Camden Yards puts on happy homecoming O's win exhibition over Pirates, 6-4

Orioles notebook

April 03, 1993|By Ken Murray and Kent Baker | Ken Murray and Kent Baker,Staff Writers

The Orioles scored their runs in bunches in yesterday's 6-4 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards.

A two-run double down the left-field line by Chris Hoiles capped a four-run first-inning rally. Mike Devereaux drove in the first run with a sharp single to center, and Cal Ripken drove in the second with a fielder's-choice grounder.

The winning runs ultimately came in the fourth, when Mark McLemore delivered a two-out, two-run single to left off Pittsburgh left-hander Dave Otto. That gave the Orioles a 6-0 lead.

McLemore, who was the designated hitter and batted second, and Brady Anderson each had two hits.

Struggle for Mills

Reliever Alan Mills struggled in his brief appearance behind Mike Mussina. Mills pitched a scoreless seventh, but was chased in the eighth after a David Segui error at first and four straight Pirates hits.

An RBI single by Orlando Merced cut the Orioles' lead to 6-3, then manager Johnny Oates waved in Todd Frohwirth.

Frohwirth retired Lonnie Smith on a fly to center and then got Kevin Young to line into a double play. Third baseman Leo Gomez made a leaping backhand stab of Young's line drive and

doubled Jeff King off second to end the rally.

Neagle starting in relief

Anne Arundel County native Denny Neagle (Arundel) pitched one scoreless inning for the Pirates, striking out two, walking one and giving up a single to Ripken.

Neagle will be a member of the Pittsburgh bullpen, said pitching coach Ray Miller.

"He's a real hyper kid who gets all excited, so we don't want him in that [starting] role right now. But he's getting bigger and stronger and learning how to pitch.

"He comes in and throws hard, so with another year of maturation, he might become a starter."

Neagle has given up nine hits and five runs in 13 1/3 innings this spring and has struck out nine.

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Rhodes to face Rochester

Arthur Rhodes will be in Albany, Ga., tomorrow to work for the Orioles' Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate against the Triple-A club, Rochester, which is wending its way north from Florida.

"We don't have a game, and it's his regular day to pitch," Oates said.

Ripken moves to the corner

Ripken said there is no particular significance to his selection of the locker in the farthest corner of Oriole Park.

It was the one used last season by his father, Cal Ripken Sr.

"It's in the corner of a big clubhouse, that's about it," the shortstop said. "I just don't like being in the middle."

Davis dresses for Storm

Glenn Davis sported No. 34 yesterday, the jersey normally worn by pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.

"It's just a tribute to Storm," said Glenn. Storm Davis returned to theOakland Athletics after a second stint in Baltimore last

summer during which he wore No. 34.

O'Dell to sign autographs

Former Orioles pitcher Billy O'Dell, the Most Valuable Player in the 1958 All-Star Game, will appear at the Babe Ruth Museum tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. to sign autographs for free.

Yankees, Mets struck out

Yesterday's scheduled exhibition game between the New York Yankees and New York Mets at RFK Stadium was canceled because of rain.

The decision came at 1 p.m., just as the game was scheduled to start.

Fans with tickets can exchange them for tickets for today's game between the Orioles and Pirates, or get a refund at the place of purchase.

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