With Jeff Robinson resting comfortably at home in San Diego, Mickey Tettleton already has combined with Cecil Fielder to form the most productive Detroit Tigers' home run duo in nearly 30 years.
The Mick (28) and The Mountain (43) have combined for 71 homers, more than any two teammates in the majors this season. It's the highest total by a Tigers duo since Norm Cash (39) and Rocky Colavito (37) in 1962.
Fielder is one of three American League players to start every game this season, along with Cal Ripken and Joe Carter. In the past two seasons he has combined for 94 homers and 261 RBIs.
The Orioles play the Tigers seven of the last 10 games, including the final three at Memorial Stadium. Their other three games are against the New York Yankees, the team they are pursuing for fifth place.
As for home runs, before Phil Plantier and Jack Clark connected off Dave Johnson in the opener of yesterday's doubleheader, the Orioles' pitching staff hadn't given up two in a game since Sept. 4.
Still, it could be a slugfest in Tiger Stadium. The Orioles continue to lead the majors with 31 homers this month. Since Sept. 9, they've outhomered their opponents 22-6. They're now third in the majors in that department behind Detroit and Texas.
The pitching matchups for the series: Arthur Rhodes (0-3, 9.00) vs. Walt Terrell (12-12, 4.15) tonight (7:35, HTS); Mike Mussina vs. Bill Gullickson (19-9, 3.94) tomorrow; Jose Mesa (5-11, 5.97) vs. Scott Aldred (2-3, 5.36) Sunday; and Dave Johnson (4-6, 7.34) vs. Mark Leiter (8-5, 4.07) Monday.
Terrell has pitched eight complete games, as many as the Orioles' entire staff.