Dopson tough on top of Oriole lineup

April 28, 1994|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

If past performance is any indication, the Orioles can't count on much production from the top of their lineup when they face the California Angels tonight.

John Dopson (1-2, 6.00) doesn't have dominating numbers against the Orioles (0-1 last year, 2-2 lifetime). But the hitters who have been occupying the first three places in the lineup are hitting a collective .148 (9-for-61) with one home run and three RBIs against the Angels' right-hander.

Of the Orioles' hitters, Dopson has been most successful against Brady Anderson (1-for-15, .067), Mark McLemore (2-for-11, .182) Mike Devereaux (3-for-16, .188) and Rafael Palmeiro (3-for-19). And one of his biggest tormentors, Harold Baines (7-for-16, .438) is sidelined with a pulled groin muscle.

Of those expected to be in tonight's lineup, only Chris Hoiles (5-for-9, .556), Cal Ripken (6-for-20, .300) and Leo Gomez (3-for-12, .250) have had any success against Dopson, the former Red Sox right-hander who signed with the Angels as a free agent last winter.

Sid Fernandez (0-0, 2.38) will be making his third start in search of his first American League victory. The big left-hander will be trying to extend the Orioles' current win streak -- if not complete-game streak -- to three.

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