Scouting Report: Indians Vs. Orioles

May 06, 1994|By Tom Keegan

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day ........ Time ... TV ... Starters

Tonight .... 7:35 ... HTS ... Dennis Martinez (0-3, 4.29) vs.

....... .... .... ... ... ... Mike Mussina (5-1, 2.89)

Tomorrow ... 1:35 ... 54,50.. Mark Clark (2-0, 4.22) vs.

........ ... .... ... ....... Mike Oquist (0-0, 9.00)

Sunday ..... 1:35 ... 13,20.. Jack Morris (1-3, 7.39) vs.

...... ..... .... ... ....... Ben McDonald (6-0, 2.33)

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

Indians update

The Indians seek to break a four-game losing streak in their first meeting of 1994 against the Orioles. They dropped out of first place in the American League Central after 12-1 and 6-1 losses at Chicago. Former Oriole Eddie Murray can make Camden Yards the 30th ballpark in which he has hit a home run. Orioles assistant general manager Frank Robinson holds the major-league record of 32 ballparks. Murray is hitting .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs in the Indians' last 11 games. Former Oriole Dennis Martinez also will be making a return trip to Baltimore. Leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton has reached base in all but one game this season.

Orioles update

They concluded a 5-2 West Coast trip with a 4-3 victory over Oakland in 10 innings, but still lost two games in the American League East standings to first-place Boston. Ben McDonald placed first, Lee Smith second and Mike Mussina tied for third in voting for American League Pitcher of the Month honors in April. Smith has saved 12 games in 13 opportunities, the lone exception coming Wednesday night in Oakland, when he allowed a ninth-inning home run to Troy Neel and was credited with the win when the Orioles scored in the 10th inning. Rafael Palmeiro has hit .412 in his past 14 games, with six doubles, five home runs and 10 RBIs. He has a 10-game hitting streak. Right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds, recovering from a concussion, is questionable for tonight's game. The Orioles purchased the contract of left-hander Tom Bolton from Triple-A Rochester, which gives them seven relievers, two of them left-handed. They will use a four-man pitching rotation for most of the rest of the month.

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