SARASOTA, FLA. — Intrasquad game is old-timers day
Evans gets two hits; Dempsey stars again
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dwight Evans had two hits for the second straight game yesterday, as the Black Jerseys beat the Orange Jerseys, 4-3, in the last intrasquad game. Evans, who doubled and scored the first run on a single by Luis Mercedes, was the only player with two hits.
Rick Dempsey was the other old-timer who was prominent iboth games. After hitting a home run off Gregg Olson in the first game, Dempsey delivered a game-tying single in the sixth inning that set up Joe Orsulak's game-winning double.
The teams, managed by coaches Elrod Hendricks and Davey Lopes, split the two games.
Unsigned down to five
The Orioles continued to make progress in the contract department yesterday, with the signings of four players.
Mesa, infielder Juan Bell, outfielder Chito Martinez and first baseman-outfielder David Segui agreed to terms for 1992. As is generally the case with players who are not eligible for arbitration or free agency, the Orioles did not reveal terms.
Five unsigned players -- pitchers Mike Mussina, Arthur Rhodes and Jim Lewis, third baseman Leo Gomez and Mercedes -- are in camp.
Shriver gets honor
The Orioles have come up with a new twist for the first-ball ceremony for their home exhibition opener in St. Petersburg.
Pam Shriver of Lutherville, Md., one of the top-ranked players on the women's tennis tour for more than 10 years, will handle the honors. Shriver, a longtime promoter of Baltimore, is an avid fan who fits the Orioles into her schedule whenever possible.
Left-hande reliever Jim Poole threw off a mound for the first time in 10 days yesterday and should be ready to pitch in a game when the pitching rotation reaches the second round.
Israel Sanchez, another left-handed reliever, is on a little fastepace than Poole and could be ready any time.
Oates reiterated yesterday that, at this point, he is considering non-roster invitee Dennis Rasmussen only as a starting pitcher. The 6-foot-7 left-hander is one of six pitchers scheduled to work today's first exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bob Milacki, Rasmussen and Anthony Telford were prepared to go two innings apiece, with Mike Oquist, Amalio Carreno and Lewis scheduled for one apiece.
Ben McDonald, Rhodes, Eric Hetzel, Brad Pennington and Todd Frohwirth are on deck to face Kansas City tomorrow.