It didn't take Davey Johnson long to demonstrate that he hadn't altered his hands-on managerial approach. He hadn't managed since three years ago yesterday, when he was fired by the Mets in the same park where he made his return.
Tom Browning and the Atlanta Braves' Tom Glavine were in a scoreless duel at Riverfront Stadium through five innings when Johnson decided to remove his starter from what would become a 5-0 loss. Browning was more than a little surprised by his removal, but if it was Johnson's way of letting the Reds know that a new man was in charge, it worked.
Using his head
When Jose Canseco "headed" a drive by the Cleveland Indians' Carlos Martinez into a home run Wednesday night, he tried to make light of it at his own expense. "I'll be on ESPN for a month," said Canseco, who said he lost the ball in the sun, even though the game was played at night.
Not amused were a few of the Texas Rangers pitchers, who thought Canseco should've gotten an error on the play. In the game, a 7-6 loss, two misadventures in the outfield by Canseco )) led to five runs by the Indians.
"It's a tragedy," one American League scout said about Canseco's defensive decline. "The guy used to be a very good outfielder."
Harvey nears record
Bryan Harvey is doing his part to make himself marketable for the expansion Florida Marlins. Through Friday night, the right-handed reliever had 14 saves.
The save record for a first-year expansion team is 16, set by the Seattle Mariners' Enrique Romo in 1977. Harvey should surpass that number long before Father's Day.
It was generally believed that the Marlins gambled on Harvey's $3.25 million contract, thinking they'd be able to trade him to a contender. The Braves were considered most likely to win the bidding sweepstakes, but Mike Stanton has chilled that possibility.
Stanton, working behind what is considered the best starting rotation in baseball, leads the majors with 18 saves.
Another Miller find
Wherever ex-Orioles pitching coach Ray Miller goes, he seems to find a relative unknown to step into the starting rotation. The latest is left-hander Steve Cooke.
Cooke started out as the Pittsburgh Pirates' No. 5 starter, but went at least six innings in all but one of his first nine starts. His first major-league shutout came Tuesday night, 2-0, against the Marlins.
Until this year, the one thing Bill Ripken didn't have to wonder about was the identity of his partner at shortstop. Throughout his career with the Orioles, it was always his brother, Cal Ripken.
But when Jeff Huson came off the disabled list (strained left hamstring) Friday night in Boston, he became the fourth different shortstop Bill has teamed with this year.