Valenzuela keeps spot - for now Place in rotation seems to be shaky

Orioles notebook

August 30, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Fernando Valenzuela's position in the Orioles' rotation appears shaky, but the left-hander probably will make his next start.

Manager Johnny Oates thought about using Jamie Moyer in Oakland Friday and substituting some one, possibly John O'Donoghue, for Valenzuela the next day. But yesterday Oates said that Valenzuela "probably" would start the game on Friday night. Since being named the American League's Pitcher of the Month in July, Valenzuela has not won a game.

His overall record is 6-9, with a 4.86 ERA.

More on Gonzalez

Some footnotes to the three home-run performance by Juan Gonzalez against the Orioles Saturday night:

Seven other players have hit three or more home runs againsthe Orioles. Rocky Colavito heads that list, having hit four June 10, 1959. Current Oriole Harold Baines was the most recent to hit three in a game, doing it at Oakland May 7, 1991.

Others who have hit three home runs are ex-Oriole Ernie Whittwho did it for the Toronto Blue Jays Sept. 14, 1987; Bill Madlock, Detroit, June 28, 1987; Lee Stanton, California, July 10, 1973; Manny Jimenez, Kansas City, July 4, 1964; and Preston Ward, Kansas City, Sept. 9, 1958.

Farewell to Arlington

Yesterday's win left the Orioles with a record of 81-46 at Arlington Stadium, which will be replaced next year.

This was only the seventh time in 21 seasons that the Oriolehad a losing record against the Rangers in Texas (2-4). The Rangers won the season series, 8-4, for only the second time in the past 16 years (1986 was the other).

Briefly

The Orioles have won only two of their past 12 games on the road. . . . Their 38 road losses are three more than all of last season. . . . Since their one day in first place, July 20, the Orioles are 17-20, but they are 48-32 since being a season-high nine games below .500 (21-30) June 1.

Mike Devereaux was hitless in five at-bats yesterday and i1-for-32 in his last eight games. . . . Before getting 10 hits yesterday, the Orioles had only 25 in their previous five games -- and 12 of them came during Thursday's 9-4 win over California. . . . Moyer had a career-high streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings before the Rangers got a run in the seventh inning yesterday.

The Rangers' Julio Franco extended his hitting streak to 1games. . . . Since Gregg Olson went on the disabled list Aug. 9, the Orioles are 7-13 and the bullpen has two saves in five opportunities. . . . Cal Ripken's last four home runs have come against the Rangers. . . . Mark Williamson leads the American League with seven wins in relief and Todd Frohwirth has the most losses, also seven.

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