Moyer, Guzman long to keep ball in park

May 10, 1994|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

Both starting pitchers will have the same game plan tonight, when the Orioles try to make it two in a row against the Toronto Blue Jays. The idea is a simple one -- keep the ball in the park.

Orioles left-hander Jamie Moyer and Blue Jays right-hander Juan Guzman have both been tormented by the long ball during the early weeks of the season. Each has allowed eight home runs -- Moyer in 36 innings, Guzman in 43 -- to rank among the most generous in that department.

Moyer (1-1, 5.50) will be making his first start in 11 days, having last appeared in a game in Seattle April 29, when he went seven innings without a decision in a 5-4 loss to the Mariners. He subsequently missed a start as manager Johnny Oates juggled his rotation around two off days in the schedule.

Guzman (3-3, 6.49) had a 14-3 record last year, but has struggled in his first seven starts this year. The lanky, hard-throwing right-hander did not have a decision against the Orioles last year, and is 1-2 against them for his career. Moyer, who was 12-9 a year ago, has a 2-1 career mark against the Blue Jays, but did not figure in a decision last season.

The Orioles got a jump-start against the Blue Jays last night with a 4-1 win as Sid Fernandez out-dueled Al Leiter in a matchup of left-handers and Lee Smith emerged with his 14th save.

It's possible that Jeffrey Hammonds, who has missed the past five games, could return to the lineup tonight. The rookie outfielder suffered a concussion after crashing into Seattle catcher Bill Haselman 11 days ago and has appeared in only one game since then.

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