At Fenway, left is right for O's pitchers

Orioles notebook

June 10, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

The Orioles will use two left-handers in the four-game series i Boston starting tonight. Oates said he didn't consider making adjustments in his rotation to keep either Jamie Moyer and/or Fernando Valenzuela from pitching in Fenway Park.

"Sometimes you can think too much in these situations," Oates said. "You've got to use four pitchers, and [at least] one of them [the left-handers] has to pitch.

jTC "Besides, you really don't want to pitch left-handers against this club [the Oakland A's]," Oates said before last night's game. "I'm hoping both of those guys [Moyer and Valenzuela] can pitch to the park -- just like [Frank] Viola does."

Viola will face Moyer in the first game of the series tonight; Valenzuela will face Roger Clemens on Sunday.

Signings announced

The Orioles announced the signing of four more draft choices yesterday.

Sixth-round pick Brian Brewer, a left-handed pitcher from Sacramento City JC; 16th-round pick Delshon Bowman, Brandon Fla.) High School; 21st-round selection Alex Pena, a right-handed pitcher from New Mexico JC; and 31st-round pick Mike Trimarco, a right-handed pitcher from Aurora (Ill.) University agreed to professional contracts.

The Orioles have signed 15 of their 44 draft choices, but none of the top five. All of those who have signed will report to the club's mini-camp at Albany, Ga.

Early exits

Oakland catcher Terry Steinbach and Orioles third baseman Tim Hulett were forced to take early exits from last night's game.

Steinbach was shaken up in the first inning when Cal Ripken, who was trying to score from second on a single by Mike Devereaux, crashed into him. Steinbach left the game complaining of dizziness and a headache and was replaced by Scott Hemond.

Hulett, who singled in both of his plate appearances, suffered a pulled groin muscle in the fourth inning, when he scored the Orioles' third run on a single by Brady Anderson. Leo Gomez took Hulett's place in the top of the fifth inning.

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