Next season, it's Texas to open, Toronto to closeThe...

Orioles notebook

September 12, 1992|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

Next season, it's Texas to open, Toronto to close

The Orioles yesterday released their 1993 home schedule, which includes an Opening Day game against the Texas Rangers and a season-ending four-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Orioles will begin the 1993 season at home April 5 and wilnot play host to an American League East opponent until May 10, when the Boston Red Sox come for a three-game series.

The Blue Jays will close the regular season at Camden Yardwith four games from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, which will also mark the end of a 10-game homestand, the season's longest.

Other schedule highlights include midweek afternoon gamewith Cleveland (May 20), Kansas City (July 21) and California (Aug. 26) and the All-Star Game on July 13.

Marathon men

All year, manager Johnny Oates has likened the season to a marathon race, and now that the team is hitting the stretch, he's hoping to get a lineup that finishes well.

"We're at the stretch where you need a kick. You want youfastest runners out there. You don't want the guys who can hold on for 24 miles. Now, you want guys with the kick," said Oates.

To that end, Oates is planning to keep his lineup as constant apossible, though he admitted that he passed about 20 lineup combinations among his coaching staff before he settled on the one he used last night.

"I want [to] eliminate as many changes as possible. We woseven out of nine [on the recent West Coast swing] with basically this lineup," said Oates.

With Bill Wegman starting for the Milwaukee Brewers last night, Oates wanted to be sure to get Bill Ripken and Sam Horn into the line up, since both have had success against Wegman.

Ripken, who missed the previous seven games with a slight left Achilles' tendon strain, came into the game with nine hits in 11 career at-bats against Wegman.

Horn, who was making his third straight start at designatehitter, was 7-for-15 with two home runs and two doubles.

Horn, however, left the ballgame in the fourth inning with strained right oblique muscle suffered during his at-bat in the second inning. Glenn Davis replaced Horn.

Helen Conklin dies

Longtime Orioles employee Helen Conklin died yesterday at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson of complications after she suffered a heart attack Wednesday.

She had worked for the Orioles since 1971, with most of her timspent in the team's public relations department.

She is survived by two sons, a daughter, a granddaughter anfive brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributionbe made to either the Johns Hopkins Children's Center or the Maryland Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Ernie Tyler, the Orioles' omnipresent field attendant, nearly saw his streak of 2,720 consecutive games behind the plate end last night.

Tyler, who has not missed a game dating back to April 19, 1960was in a car accident earlier this week and was briefly hospitalized.

However, doctors released him yesterday, and Tyler, who is also suffering from the flu, kept his streak intact.

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