Bill Ripken will go to Frederick tonight to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Class A Keys.
"The plan is to send him there to DH and then possibly to Hagerstown to play second base the following night," said Baltimore Orioles manager John Oates. "Glenn [Davis] will be DHing in Hagerstown."
Ripken is on the disabled list with strained muscles in the rib-cage area. The Orioles thought he might be ready to play by now, but the problem has come and gone, then returned again.
"He agrees that it will be a whole lot better go out and test this thing," said Oates. "That way, if it re-occurs, we won't lose him for 15 days again. If he happens to re-do it there, he will already be on rehab."
Yesterday's no-hitter by Wilson Alvarez was the fourth thrown against the Orioles.
The others were by Bo Belinsky of the California Angels on May 5, 1962 at Dodger Stadium, by Nolan Ryan of California June 1, 1975 at Anaheim and by Juan Nieves of Milwaukee April 15, 1987 at Memorial Stadium.
It was the fourth one-pitcher no-hitter this season. Ryan no-hit Toronto May 1, Tommy Greene threw one for Philadelphia May 23 and Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game for Montreal July 28 at Los Angeles.
The Orioles combined for a four-pitcher no-hitter at Oakland on July 13.
The defeat was the fifth in a row for the Orioles and put them 24 games under .500 for the first time since 1988. They have lost 9 of their past 10 at home and are 1-6 on the current homestand. . . . Lost in the excitement was a great second-inning play by Mike Devereaux, who leaped above the fence to rob Frank Thomas of a second home run in the game. Devereaux reached over the fence and got a glove on the ball but couldn't hold it. He was able to knock the ball back onto the field. Thomas wound up with a double. . . . Oates does not know yet who his pitcher will be in the second game of tomorrow night's doubleheader, but Stacy Jones remains the top candidate. . . . Ramon Garcia, who started Saturday night for the White Sox, was optioned to Class AAA Vancouver yesterday to make room for Alvarez on the White Sox roster. . . . Dave Johnson is 0-4 in 5 lifetime starts against Chicago. They are batting .472 with 6 home runs against him.