Milligan named AL Player of the WeekFirst baseman Randy...

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July 02, 1991|By Peter Schmuck

Milligan named AL Player of the Week

First baseman Randy Milligan was named American League Player of the Week for the first time in his career, thanks to a six-game performance in which he batted .481.

Milligan also hit three homers and had 10 RBI, driving in at least one run in each of the six games last week to become the first Oriole to win the award since Mike Devereaux last July 22-29.

Those statistics do not include his 4-for-4 performance in the second game of the June 24 doubleheader in Kansas City, which helped bring him into last night's game on a 17-for-31 tear (.548).

In a short time, Milligan has turned a frustrating start into a satisfactory half-season. Even he wouldn't have envisioned this a few weeks ago.

"No," he said, "but I could envision myself in Rochester three or four weeks ago."

Evans still sore

Right fielder Dwight Evans underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test to ascertain the source of continuing soreness in his left Achilles' tendon.

"He has chronic tendinitis of the Achilles tendon," manager John Oates said. "It's going to take a little while longer to get better."

Evans originally expressed hope that he would need only five days or so to overcome the soreness, but he has been out 2 1/2 weeks.

"I took it upon myself to give him 15 days," Oates said. "Sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong. This time, I think we did the right thing."

DuBois comeback on course

Left-hander Brian DuBois, who underwent a Tommy John tendon transplant last year, threw in the Orioles bullpen yesterday and impressed the Orioles brass. He apparently could be ready to face live competition in a week or two.

"We're going to send him down to Florida to get some more work," general manager Roland Hemond said. "He could be ready for a minor-league rehabilitation assignment soon."

DuBois, however, would not figure to be a candidate for the Orioles pitching staff until next year.

Segui back in lineup

David Segui suffered a slight ankle sprain when he ran into the wall to rob Wade Boggs of an extra-base hit on Sunday, but he was back in the starting lineup last night.

"It's not 100 percent, but he's fine," Oates said. "When you play every day, there aren't very many times when you don't feel something somewhere."

Oates has been very impressed with the job that Segui is doing in the outfield.

"I think he's doing very well," Oates said. "With Randy [Milligan] playing first base every day, he has to play left and I'm very happy with the way he has accepted the position."

Mussina progressing

Oates is hoping that Rochester Red Wings starter Mike Mussina will be the breakthrough pitcher in next year's starting rotation.

"I'm hoping he'll be our Scott Erickson," Oates said, referring to Minnesota Twins pitcher who has taken the American League by storm. "They have similar backgrounds. They're from about the same class. From what I've been told, Mike is maturing very well."

Mussina took some lumps in spring training, but Oates liked what he saw anyway.

"I think he was trying to make every outing a great one," Oates said. "You don't know how close he was to making our team. Going into spring training, there were people in our organization who projected him as a member of our Opening Day starting rotation."

He probably will join it in the near future. Dave Johnson probably will get the first shot at the next opening, but Mussina figures to be next in line.

Miscellaneous

Cal Ripken batted .371 in June, the fourth best month of his career. The top three: September 1983 (.392); July 1984 (.382) and July 1986 (.379). . . . Chris Hoiles entered the game ranked second in the league in percentage of base-runners caught stealing (13-for-28, .464). . . . Ripken has scored a run in 10 straight games, 1 shy of Frank Robinson's club record, set in 1966).

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