Mussina tries to pick up where win streak left off Tonight's starter won last 7 '92 BASEBALL

Orioles notebook

April 07, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Mike Mussina will try for his eighth straight win tonight, when the Orioles meet the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.

The 24-year-old right-hander closed the 1992 season with seven straight wins (in nine starts) en route to an 18-5 record. His last loss was an 8-4 decision against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 10.

Mussina's winning streak is the longest by an Orioles starter since Mike Flanagan won the same number and Jim Palmer put together 11 straight in 1982. Reliever Mark Williamson won seven in a row in 1990.

Oates stays with set lineup

Manager Johnny Oates will use the same lineup against left-hander Charlie Leibrandt tonight that he used against Craig Lefferts on Opening Day.

Right field is the only position at which the Orioles are using a platoon system. Against right-handers, Chito Martinez will play right field and bat seventh, with third baseman Leo Gomez in the eighth spot.

Against left-handers, Gomez moves up a notch with Luis Mercedes or Sherman Obando hitting eighth. Mercedes has the first call against left-handers.

"Call it chain of command or seniority," said Oates. "Luis has the first shot and we'll go from there."

Mercedes had a single and a walk in two plate appearances against Lefferts on Opening Day.

Too early to tell

Oates said yesterday that he thought it would take a few months to get a good reading on the 1993 Orioles. "We just don't have enough of a track record to know at what level we'll play," said Oates.

"I think I could pretty much tell you what Junior [Cal Ripken] and [Harold] Baines are going to do, and I think Devo [Mike Devereaux] has moved into that category," said Oates. "But I don't think you can base anything on one year. It takes longer than that to get an accurate reading."

Sellout record may fall tonight

The Orioles will try to set a major-league record with their 61st consecutive sellout tonight. Late yesterday afternoon, the club reported only about 400 tickets left.

That total does not include 275 standing room admissions, which will be sold after all the seat assignments are gone.

Hulett works out

Tim Hulett, who was hit in the face with a thrown ball during a workout Sunday, was among those who participated in the Orioles' optional workout on yesterday's day off.

"Timmy hit the ball good and ran," said Oates. "He's available to play."

Baysox announcer

Dave Collins, the public relations director for the Bowie Baysox, was named the club's play-by-play announcer on WERQ-AM 1010 yesterday.

Collins, 34, had been the public relations director and television announcer in Hagerstown. He will joined on home broadcasts from Memorial Stadium by Rick Furr and David Brown. Furr, a former University of Maryland baseball player, is the Baysox's director of broadcasting and national sales accounts manager. Brown is the sports director at WBGR (860 AM).

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