Having 'blast,' Reynolds hopes to return

Orioles notebook

August 18, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

SEATTLE -- Second baseman Harold Reynolds enjoys being back in the Pacific Northwest, but he obviously isn't homesick. He said yesterday that he hopes to be back in an Orioles uniform next year.

"That's the scoop," Reynolds said. "I'd like to be back. It's a blast playing on the East Coast with all the different rivalries. I don't think people understand how different it is."

Reynolds had played his entire major-league career in Seattle before signing a one-year contract with the Orioles last December. He has gotten hooked on playing in front of big crowds, something that wasn't often possible at the Kingdome.

"You don't know how fun it was, playing in New York, with the people booing us," he said. "It was like a high school playoff game. Of course, Cal [Ripken] might tell you it was like a real [American League] playoff game, but I've never played in one of those, so I wouldn't know."

Don't get the wrong impression. Reynolds isn't campaigning for a new contract. He was just explaining how Baltimore has lived up to all of his preseason expectations.

"My main concern was getting a chance to play, and these guys have given me a chance to play," he said. "I want to honor that loyalty and come back, but that's in their court. We'll deal with that at the end of the season."

Randy Johnson revisited

Randy Johnson threw 146 pitches two days before making a 1 1/3 -inning relief appearance against the Orioles on Monday night, but he's still scheduled to make his next start on Friday night in Toronto.

"There are a few specimens around like that," Orioles manager Johnny Oates said. "Jack McDowell threw a ton of pitches against us on the Sunday before the All-Star break and then came back on Tuesday night to pitch an inning."

Oates said he was not surprised that Johnson was available out of the bullpen to pitch to Brady Anderson with the bases loaded.

"When I saw him go to the bullpen, I knew it was a possibility," he said. "It was amazing how quick he got ready. He only used seven pitches when he got out to the mound. He didn't even need the last one."

Anderson climbing

Misplaced in the ruins of the Orioles' seventh straight loss on Monday night was a three-hit, three-RBI performance by Anderson, who raised his average to .246 with two singles and his 11th home run.

The home run was his first to lead off a game this season, but 10 of his 11 home runs have come with no one on base.

Ticket situation

The four-game series against the Texas Rangers that opens on Friday night at Camden Yards is a tough ticket. Only standing-room tickets remain for the first three games, including a scheduled start by Nolan Ryan on Saturday night. There are some single tickets to go with the standing room on Monday night. It doesn't get much better for coming series against the California Angels in August and Mariners and Oakland Athletics in September.

Martinez disabled

Seattle Mariners third baseman Edgar Martinez was returned to the disabled list yesterday after aggravating the hamstring injury that has hampered him throughout the season. This is his third stay on the disabled list this year.

Griffey returns

Ken Griffey was back in the lineup last night after missing four games with a back strain suffered while moving boxes at his home.

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