Scouting Report: Orioles Vs. Athletics

May 03, 1994|By Tom Keegan

At Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum

Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 10:05 54 Ben McDonald (5-0, 2.65) vs.

Ron Darling (2-2, 4.60)

Tomorrow 10:35 HTS Sid Fernandez (1-0, 2.29) vs.

Todd Van Poppel (0-3, 11.49)

E9 Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Orioles update

The Orioles are 3-2 in the midst of a trip that winds up with two games at Oakland Coliseum. They are tied with the Yankees for second place in the American League East, 2 1/2 games behind Boston, the only AL team with a better record. Right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds, who suffered cuts and swelling above the lip and on the left cheek in a home-plate run-in Saturday night with Seattle catcher Bill Haselman, said he is probable to return to the lineup tonight. Chris Sabo (back soreness), limited to designated hitting duties on the artificial turf in Seattle, said his back has improved and might return to third base tonight. Rafael Palmeiro (.355) and Cal Ripken (.327) have been the Orioles' hottest hitters, Mike Devereaux (.160, 27 strikeouts in 75 at-bats) their coldest. The bullpen earned run averages excluding closer Lee Smith (12-for-12 in saves, 0.00 ERA) reads like a wine price list at a spiffy restaurant: Mark Williamson (5.40), Mark Eichhorn (7.56), Jim Poole (8.10), Mike Oquist (9.00) and Alan Mills (17.55).

Athletics update

The A's are unbeaten in May. They defeated the New York Yankees, 8-1, to end a 12-game losing streak that dropped the A's (8-17) from first to last place in the American League West. Dennis Eckersley has blown all three save attempts. . . . Ace Steve Karsay (sore elbow) is on the disabled list, as is second baseman Brent Gates (torn ligaments, right thumb). The A's signed veteran second baseman Steve Sax, who was released by the White Sox despite being signed through 1995. Sax is the fifth player (Junior Noboa, Fausto Cruz, Mike Brumley, Scott Hemond) used at second since Gates suffered the injury April 9. First baseman Mark McGwire has received cortisone shots for his ailing left heel. McGwire has not played at first base since April 21 and has gone 1-for-19 as a designated hitter and pinch hitter since then. He is a candidate to go on to the disabled list. Rickey Henderson (sprained left knee) has not played during the homestand (five games) but might start tonight.

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