Luck bounces slumping Devereaux's way Center fielder drives in 2 with pair of infield hits

Orioles notebook

September 20, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE -- The road trip has not been good to center fielder Mike Devereaux, but he found a way to make a contribution to yesterday's 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Devereaux had a pair of run-scoring infield singles as part of a three-hit performance that helped the Orioles end a three-game losing streak. None of the three singles was a ringing hit, but it has reached the point where he'll take what he can get.

"Infield singles -- you've got to love them when you get them," Devereaux said. "There's no doubt getting a few infield singles has the potential to get you out of a slump."

He went to the plate in the third in the midst of a frustrating road slump. He had just one hit in his first 22 at-bats of this crucial trip, and that was an infield single Saturday night that could just as easily have been ruled an error.

His big little performance yesterday started with a chopper to shortstop that brought home the second run of a four-run rally in the third inning. He also reached base on a high chopper over third base in the fifth and drove in a run in the eighth when his one-hopper up the middle glanced off the glove of former teammate Juan Bell.

The two RBI ran Devereaux's 1993 total to 74, which isn't bad when you consider that he spent 3 1/2 weeks on the disabled list in May. With two weeks to go in the season, he could still end up with more than 80 RBI, which would be a solid season in spite of a significant drop-off from last year's 107-RBI performance.

Nevertheless, manager Johnny Oates said yesterday that he did consider -- though not seriously -- moving Devereaux down in the lineup until he got back into a groove.

"I thought about it, but why move him when nobody else in the lineup is hitting anyway?" Oates said. "If everyone around him was crushing the ball, maybe it would be different."

Olson could be activated

Closer Gregg Olson said yesterday that he may be activated during the next few days and could appear in a game against the Indians at Cleveland Stadium.

He indicated that his workout yesterday was not all he had hoped it would be, but it was good enough to get him ready to pitch in a non-save situation.

"I thought it went well," he said. "The velocity was good, but the breaking ball was not as good as I wanted it to be. I wasn't really patient with it."

Olson feels that it is very important for him to pitch in game action again this year.

"I feel the situation will be resolved if I get back into a game," he said. "That will be my way of knowing if I have made enough progress."

Security manager dies

Larry Dolle, security manager at Camden Yards, died yesterday of a heart attack. He was 47.

A graduate of Catonsville High and Towson State, Dolle had been in charge of stadium security since the ballpark opened.

A viewing will be held for Dolle, who served in Vietnam for one year and was a Baltimore City policeman from 1972 to 1976, tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rucks Funeral Home in Towson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Dolle's name to the American Heart Association.

SCOUTING TEAMS

The Orioles have dispatched scouting teams to monitor the contenders in the three other divisions beginning today. The club already is set to advance the other AL East contenders, but has sent out another 12 scouts to be at every important site until the Orioles are out of the race. Here's a listing of who will scout whom:

Team... ... ... ... ... ... ... .Scouts... ... ... ... ... ..

Philadelphia... ... ... ... ... .John Stokoe, Jim Howard... .

Montreal... ... ... ... ... ... .Manny Estrada, Earl Winn... .

Atlanta... ... ... ... ... ... ..Fred Uhlman Sr., Curt Motton

San Francisco... ... ... ... ...John Cox, Ed Sprague... ... ..

Chicago... ... ... ... ... ... .Gordon Goldsberry, Mike Ledna

Texas... ... ... ... ... ... .. Ray Crone, Lane Decker... ...

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