Rhodes: I'll face Yankees Saturday

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

May 18, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Milton Kent and Milestones and Memories contributed to this article.

The only career shutout for Arthur Rhodes came July 29, 1992, at Yankee Stadium.

Reminded that he shut out the Yankees, Rhodes said, "Yes I did. That was one of my better games and I hope to do even better this time."

Rhodes didn't say exactly what would be better than a shutout, but he will get a chance to show it Saturday against the Yankees in his first start since May 1. Rhodes is on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right knee.

"I'll be starting Saturday in New York," Rhodes said, revealing classified information the club had been guarding with Pentagon-like secrecy.

Pitching for Single-A Frederick, Rhodes threw five shutout innings, allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven Monday night in Kinston, N.C.

"My knee felt good," Rhodes said. "I covered first twice and didn't feel it at all. I was down in the strike zone all day, had a good fastball working, threw a lot of changeups and had a good breaking ball."

Said Orioles manager Johnny Oates on Rhodes' status: "He'll pitch somewhere on Saturday."

Frohwirth still puzzled

Boston reliever Todd Frohwirth had ERAs of 1.87, 2.46 and 3.83 in three seasons with the Orioles, but that wasn't enough to keep him from being released by the Orioles midway through this past Grapefruit League season.

"Greg Harris and I had about the same year numbers-wise," Frohwirth said. "I got released and he's pretty much a hero in Boston. The thing that still bothers me is why am

I gone? I have no idea. I didn't have a bad year. I did not let the Orioles down."

Frohwirth started the year with Boston's Triple-A team in Pawtucket and was purchased by the Red Sox on May 3. He has pitched to a 4.76 ERA in seven appearances covering 5 2/3 innings.

"I miss the guys," Frohwirth said of his former Orioles teammates. "It was like a college-type thing for me. I really liked those guys. I wanted to go to war with them. . . . We were building our way up to a World Series. Now I won't be a part of that. Of course, they have to get through the Boston Red Sox first to get to the World Series."

Clemens strikes again

Boston starter Roger Clemens struck out a season-high 11 Orioles batters, the fifth time in his career that he has struck out 11, but the first time he has struck out 10 or more in a road game since last May 11 against the Orioles.

Mark McLemore was the only Orioles starter not to strike out last night.

Sixth sense

Harold Baines' homer was the Orioles' 14th of the season in the sixth inning.

That means that nearly 32 percent of the Orioles' 44 home runs have come in the sixth.

RBI specialists

Mike Devereaux's sacrifice fly briefly tied Cal Ripken for the lead in RBIs that gave the Orioles a tie or the lead, but Ripken reclaimed the lead with his eighth-inning sacrifice fly, his 10th such RBI.

Celebrity fan in attendance

Rock star Meat Loaf, the world's most hip Rotisserie geek, was on the field before the game. He received an invitation from a friend of Mike Mussina's to watch the Mussina-Clemens pitching duel.

Meat Loaf said he manages Rotisserie baseball teams that compete in Prodigy computer leagues.

"I had nine teams the first year and six of them won the World Series," Meat Loaf said. "I had 12 teams the second year and won the World Series with 11 of them. I just joined a new league this morning and my first pick was Mike Mussina. I'm a big fan of baseball, especially American League baseball. Go ahead, ask me any question about the American League."

Asked if Mussina would show up on one of his music videos, Meat Loaf said, "As long as he keeps that ERA under 3, he's in the next music video."

Miscellaneous

Right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds, on the disabled list with a strained right knee, isn't likely to be activated tomorrow, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. "Don't count on him coming back then," Oates said before last night's game. "Not the way it looks now, but I don't know that for sure." Said Hammonds: "I'll try jogging and turning on it tomorrow and see how it is. If it pulls, or tugs, or strains, I'll stop." . . . Rochester left-hander Brad Pennington earned the win in relief Monday with 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. Pennington walked three and struck out six in the Red Wings' 5-4 win. . . . Rafael Palmeiro is batting .368 (28-for-76) during his 19-game hitting streak.

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