McDonald, Rhodes learn about world of weird hits

March 21, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Yesterday was hardly a day to evaluate pitchers, but Ben McDonald and Arthur Rhodes both earned passing grades in the Orioles' 9-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I never saw so many weird hits," said McDonald. "We had a feand so did they."

McDonald gave up eight hits and three runs in five innings, whilRhodes surrendered three hits and two runs in three innings. The game was played under windy conditions.

"Ben got the ball up a couple of times and this was not the dato be missing high," said Orioles manager John Oates. "I don't think he had quite the arm speed he had the last time, but he threw the ball OK.

"Arthur threw some good fastballs," said Oates. "He's throwinsome strikes and that's what we've been looking for from him. I know it's only spring training, but there's no comparison between him now and when he came up last year."

All of the runs off McDonald came in the third inning, but the biright-hander finished with two impressive innings. "I didn't throw enough changeups until the last two innings," he said. "That can be a big pitch for me.

"If I had mixed in a changeup or two, I might have been able tavoid that three-run inning."

Wind aids offense

Tim Hulett and Cal Ripken were the game's hitting standouts. Hulett had a triple, single, and home run to drive in two runs, while Ripken contributed a run-scoring single through the middle in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth.

Chris Hoiles also homered for the Orioles, a towering two-rublow in the second inning, when the Orioles scored five times off Juan Guzman.

The wind was a factor with all three home runs, with Ripken'being the longest and the one by Hoiles requiring the most help.

Guzman gave up 11 hits and seven runs in the four innings hworked. Six Orioles had multi-hit games, including infielder Mark McLemore, who singled in his only two at-bats.

Randy Knott hit the only home run for the Blue Jays, whoslineup was merely dotted with regulars.

Canadian pitcher claimed

Left-hander Vince Horsman was claimed by the Oakland Athletics on waivers from Toronto yesterday. He was 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 42 games at Double-A Knoxville last year.

This spring, Horsman had pitched four innings and had an ERof 4.50 for the Blue Jays. What makes the story interesting is that Horsman is a Canadian, of which there are few in the big leagues. That won't make this a popular move back home.

The Blue Jays did not expect to lose Horsman as they madroom on their 40-man roster. Pitcher Eric Plunk and infielder Alfredo Griffin are non-roster players in camp and will have to be added to the roster eventually.

The Blue Jays gambled that they could get Horsman througwaivers midway through spring training. The situation was similar to that a year ago when the Orioles claimed Jim Poole from the Texas Rangers.

Orioles marriage

Lisa Siliato, an administrative assistant in the Orioles public relations department, changes her name today.

She will marry Rick Waskiewicz in Baltimore.

Two games today

The Orioles have a couple of games against the St. Louis Cardinals today. Jose Mesa will face Bob Tewksbury in a "B" squad game this morning, with Mike Mussina, who has yet to allow a hit this spring, going against Donovan Osborne in the regularly scheduled game this afternoon.

Rick Sutcliffe makes his fourth appearance tomorrow against thTexas Rangers.

Horn aplenty

Sam Horn made his first start yesterday and had singles in his first two at-bats.

The Orioles' 12-3 record is the best in the major leagues. Thehave outscored the opposition 54-12 in the first five innings.

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