TONIGHT: Only meaningful Orioles-Indians battle is one for all-time lead

September 12, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

A pairing between the bottom two teams in the AL East doesn't figure to stir much enthusiasm the next four days at Memorial Stadium. But there is at least one statistical note of interest.

In the 38 seasons the Orioles have played at Memorial Stadium, they hold a winning record at home against every AL team. Overall, however, three teams hold an edge on the Orioles -- and one of them happens to be the Cleveland Indians.

Of the three teams (Boston and New York are the others), the Indians are the only one the Orioles can overtake before Memorial Stadium becomes baseball history.

With seven games left between the clubs this season, the Indians currently hold the slimmest advantage, with a 313-312 record, despite a 149-165 mark at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles have won four of the six games this year, taking two out of three here and in Cleveland.

The Indians come in with the worst record in baseball (45-93) and are virtually assured of a 100-loss season. In addition to all their other woes, the Indians have also been hit with a rash of injuries that has led to a constant turnover in personnel.

With the addition of outfielder Wayne Kirby, Cleveland has had 53 different players on its active roster this year. That's five more than the previous club record of 48 -- set in 1912 and matched a mere 45 years ago, in 1946.

Because their game last night in Milwaukee was rained out, the Indians have changed their original pitching rotation for the four games against the Orioles.

Righthander Chuck Nagy (8-12, 4.16) was bumped back and will now face Jose Mesa (5-9, 5.68) in the first game of the series tonight (7:35, HTS).

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