Hoiles named AL Player of Week

Orioles notebook

June 29, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

Catcher Chris Hoiles just had the week of his life, and he was recognized for it yesterday when he was named American League Player of the Week.

Hoiles batted .565 (13-for-23) with five home runs and 11 RBI last week to become the first Oriole to win Player of the Week honors since Cal Ripken did so last September.

"He deserves it," manager Johnny Oates said. "He had a pretty good week. Who had a better one? You know, it's a little embarrassing. He did more in one week than I did in 11 years."

That's something of an exaggeration, of course, but Oates didn't think so. He hit 14 home runs during his major-league career. Hoiles had six home runs in a span of 26 at-bats and now has 14 for the season.

Hoiles' weeklong home run spree is the biggest by an Oriole since Eddie Murray hit six homers in a span of 21 at-bats from May 8 to May 13 of 1987.

O's draw biggest crowd

Last night's crowd of 46,606 was the largest in the brief history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The previous high was 46,564 for the May 23 game against Milwaukee.

The sellout was the seventh straight on this homestand, the 26th 35 dates this year and the 93rd (in 115 dates) overall.

Rhodes throws again today

Left-hander Arthur Rhodes will pitch a simulated game again today before the Orioles make a decision on what to do with him. If all goes well, he could be sent on an injury rehabilitation assignment to the minor leagues, but he needs to prove his knee is sound.

It has been nearly six weeks since he had arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee, but he still is exhibiting a limp.

"He's got a limp," Oates said, "but the trainers tell me that he always has. His arm is fine. He's ready to pitch. I just want to see him one more time."

Mussina feeling fine

Right-hander Mike Mussina said he felt fine the day after he threw on the side for the second time since admitting to stiffness in his right shoulder. He missed a start with biceps tendinitis, but is scheduled to return to the rotation on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Speaking of Mussina. . .

Despite his arm problems, Mussina still has a chance to be the AL's starting pitcher in next month's All-Star Game, says Toronto and AL manager Cito Gaston.

"He's certainly one of the candidates, that's for sure," Gaston said yesterday. "It would be nice for him to start here. . . . He's an All-Star type pitcher."

Anderson improving

Brady Anderson apparently is over the worst of his case of the chickenpox and probably will resume workouts at Oriole Park on Thursday. He will not be eligible for reinstatement from the disabled list until July 8, so there is no chance of him joining the club on the upcoming trip to Chicago and Kansas City.

"He's through breaking out," Oates said. "I talked to him today and he sounded much better."

Obando examined

Outfielder Sherman Obando underwent tests yesterday to determine the cause of recurrent muscle spasms in his legs and arms, but it may be a few days before doctors are able to determine what is wrong.

McLemore among the big guys

Going into last night's game, Mark McLemore had produced 40 runs in the month of June, second only to the 42 produced by Detroit Tigers first baseman Cecil Fielder among American League hitters. Runs produced are determined by adding runs scored and RBI and subtracting home runs.

McLemore also ranks second in the league in runs scored in June with 23, two behind Blue Jays leadoff hitter Devon White.

Segui's big month

First baseman David Segui entered last night batting .403 (27-for-67) this month. Among AL hitters, only Blue Jays first baseman John Olerud has been hotter, hitting .424 (36-for-85) this month before last night and .405 overall. Segui is attempting to become the first Orioles hitter to bat above .400 in a month since Murray hit .441 in April of 1982.

Scholar-athletes honored

Before last night's game, the Orioles honored 48 scholar-athletes from the Baltimore Baseball League in on-field ceremonies.

The league, sponsored by the Orioles, Major League Baseball and the Abell Foundation, gave more than 1,000 city fourth and fifth graders a chance to play.

Requirements for the league are good grades and good attendance -- with one player from each team honored last night.

Tickets remain

Approximately 1,500 tickets remain on sale for the All-Star workout, Gatorade Home Run Derby and Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball Game scheduled Monday, July 12, the day before baseball's 64th All-Star Game at Camden Yards.

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