Pagliarulo is deep into hitting philosophy

Orioles notebook

September 05, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Pagliarulo credits a change in his hitting philosophy for the rash of home runs he has hit since joining the Orioles.

"Pulling the ball and trying to hit it over the fence in Minnesota was discouraged by the organization," said the veteran third baseman.

His acquisition by the Orioles on Aug. 15 changed that approach. "They want a left-hander who can utilize [the short right field] at Camden Yards, so that is my approach," said Pagliarulo.

In 83 games with the Twins, Pagliarulo hit three home runs. He's hit four, and driven in 12 runs, in 11 games with the Orioles.

Yesterday a two-run single up the middle by Pagliarulo gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead. The night before his long home run provided a temporary 4-3 lead in a game eventually won in 13 innings, 5-4.

"I was playing well over there, but it seems more important now because we're in a pennant race," said Pagliarulo. With his 2-for-3 performance, he is hitting .302 overall and .368 (14-for-38) for the Orioles.

"It was a pleasure to play in Minnesota -- and it's nice to be here," he said.

A 'best' for Olson

Gregg Olson threw on the side again here yesterday and the results were more positive than they've been in a month.

"That's the best it's been," said Olson, who last pitched Aug. 8. "It was very encouraging. I thought it went very well."

Pitching coach Dick Bosman also was enthusiastic after the workout. "It looks like the rehabilitation program is working," said Bosman. "We really don't know what to expect, but as long as we see some progress, we'll stay with it."

Manager Johnny Oates has said that club officials will discuss Olson's status when the team returns home tomorrow.

The reliever is adamantly against giving up on the rest of the season at this point, and his feelings will be taken into consideration.

Hammonds still hurting

Jeffrey Hammonds, one of the Orioles' other lingering injury cases, still can't play on a regular basis. After getting five at-bats as the designated hitter Thursday night in California, Hammonds was unavailable to hit Friday night and his availability was limited yesterday.

"I don't think anything is any different," said Oates, "although the doctor said he's shown marked improvement."

Hammonds most likely will be used only on a limited basis the rest of the way.

O's on homeric run, too

Chris Hoiles' home run in the sixth inning yesterday was his first since Aug. 1. It was also the 14th in the last nine games for the Orioles, who have out-homered the opposition 9-3 during their winning streak.

After hitting only 63 home runs in their first 83 games, the Orioles have 68 in their last 53.

A's streak ends

For the past six years, the A's have played .500 or better, but that streak ended with their 82nd loss of the season yesterday.

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