Horn may give Davis a break at DH Oates promises changes tonight

September 08, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Manager Johnny Oates indicated after last night's game that he will make some lineup changes for tonight's game against the New York Yankees.

"It won't be anything drastic, no big deal," Oates said after back-to-back losses, "but we'll try something different."

The best bet is that Sam Horn will replace Glenn Davis as the designated hitter. Davis, whose average was .308 on Aug. 5, is hitting only .196 (22-for-113) in 29 games since then and .167 (12-for-72) in his last 17 games.

Devereaux's stats among best

His recent hot streak has put Mike Devereaux in some select company. At his current pace, Devereaux would finish the season with 114 RBI and 323 total bases.

In the past 30 years, only three center fielders have exceeded those numbers. Fred Lynn had 122 RBI and 338 total bases for the Boston Red Sox in 1979; Tony Armas drove in 123 runs with 339 total bases in 1984, also for the Red Sox; and Kirby Puckett had 121 RBI and 358 total bases for the Minnesota Twins in 1988.

Devereaux has 33 RBI in his past 34 games. Until failing to drive one in last night, he had had at least one RBI in eight straight games, the third-longest streak in club history.

Doug DeCinces had an RBI in 11 straight games over two seasons, 1978 and 1979, and Reggie Jackson set the single-season mark in 1976, when he drove in at least one run in 10 straight games.

3 million in sight

The Orioles had their 45th straight sellout crowd (45,903) and 53rd of the season last night. With total attendance at 2,939,789, the Orioles should exceed 3 million tomorrow night.

It will mark the 17th time in baseball history that a team has drawn more than 3 million at home. The Toronto Blue Jays are the only team to have gone over 4 million, a mark they will surpass this year for the second straight season.

With their remaining 15 home dates virtually sold out (except for standing room, scattered single seats and returns from groups or season-ticket holders), the Orioles are on a pace to finish with the fourth-highest attendance in baseball history -- more than 3.6 million.

Miscellaneous

Bill Ripken's strained left Achilles' tendon probably will keep him sidelined for an additional three or four days. . . . The Orioles are one of four major-league teams with a better record on the road than at home -- Montreal, Detroit and Texas are the others. . . . In the past eight games of the recent West Coast trip, the Orioles fashioned a 1.75 team ERA and held the opposition to a composite .181 average.

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