Bullpen mows down June record, tooOlson leads charge...

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July 02, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

CHICAGO — Bullpen mows down June record, too

Olson leads charge, going 11-for-11

CHICAGO -- The Orioles' 20-7 record for the month of June was highlighted yesterday when it was revealed that the bullpen set a one-month record for relief points.

With an 8-0 record and 14 saves in 17 opportunities, the Orioles amassed 52 points for the month -- the most since the blown save was introduced in 1988. The Minnesota Twins held the previous record with 47 points in May 1990. That mark also was bettered by one last month by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The scoring system used by Rolaids, the keeper of relief statistics, credits three points for a save, two for a win and subtracts two for a loss or blown save.

Gregg Olson, who has 22 saves in 25 opportunities, including 18 of his past 19 chances, was the biggest contributor for the Orioles in June. He set a club record for saves in a month, going 11-for-11, to account for 33 points -- the most in the American League.

The St. Louis Cardinals' Lee Smith won National League honors with 15 saves and 45 points, both major-league records.

Mussina returns

Orioles manager Johnny Oates said he has no special game plan for Mike Mussina, who makes his first start in 10 days against the Chicago White Sox tonight.

"My understanding is that he's 100 percent," said Oates. "But I'll make my own observation by what I see and what he says."

Mussina missed one start with what was diagnosed as a mild case of biceps tendinitis, but said he was never really worried about the condition. "I had the same thing around the All-Star break last year," he said.

The right-hander threw on the side Tuesday and reported progress. "There was improvement over the time before that," said Mussina.

Mussina said that, if he should be selected for the All-Star Game, he wouldn't ask out in order to get extra rest. "The way it [the rotation] is set up, my turn to pitch would be Monday [the off-day before the All-Star Game], so I'll be getting extra rest anyhow," he said.

Hulett gets shot

There were obvious reasons Tim Hulett was in the starting lineup at third base last night. And Leo Gomez's 0-for-23 slide wasn't necessarily the primary one.

"He is always in there against [Jack] McDowell," said Oates. Hulett had a .529 lifetime average against McDowell before the game, then went 0-for-2.

Nevertheless, Oates indicated the move wasn't a one-time shot. "Timmy will probably stay in there for a few days," he said.

Hulett drew a walk in his first at-bat and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Biding time for Brady

Oates said that the Orioles might stay with their current 12-man pitching staff until Brady Anderson returns from the disabled list.

Anderson, sidelined with the chickenpox, is eligible to return to the lineup when the Orioles return home to face the White Sox on Thursday night. He has started workouts at Camden Yards.

Streaks end

McDowell stopped David Segui's career-high 12-game hitting streak and Jeffrey Hammonds' six-game streak. Hammonds' streak matched Chito Martinez's of 1991 for the longest in club history at the start of a career.

Miscellaneous

After last night's win, the Orioles are 19-19 against the Western Division, having won 14 of 20 since losing to Chicago on April 27. . . . The White Sox are honoring their 1983 Western DTC Division championship team with a promotion this weekend. Orioles GM Roland Hemond, who was the White Sox GM that year, is here for the occasion.

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