Young Bere gives Chicago more zip

June 03, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

The news for the Orioles is only half-good.

Although they miss Chicago White Sox ace Wilson Alvarez this series, they face Jason Bere (6-1) tonight at 7:30 at Camden Yards.

As baseball's premier one-two punch, Alvarez and Bere have gone 28-1 in their past 36 starts since last August.

Bere is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in his past three starts. The 23-year-old right-hander finished last month with a 4-0 record with only David Cone and John Doherty winning more games. The league is batting .205 against him.

Last Saturday, Bere held the Orioles to two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings, but walked six. He completely reversed his track record against the Orioles, who went 1-1 vs. Bere and scored 10 earned runs in six innings last year.

Most of the attention will focus on White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas, who went 7-for-10 with three bases-empty home runs in last week's three-game series against the Orioles. Thomas was only 8-for-41 (.195), but had four home runs and 14 RBIs in 12 games last season against Orioles pitching.

Last week, one of Thomas' home runs was hit off Sid Fernandez, tonight's Orioles starter.

Still, Fernandez beat the White Sox last Sunday to help the Orioles avoid a three-game sweep as he went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Fernandez, who also gave up a home run to Tim Raines in that game, is attempting to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

Fernandez has not been sharp recently. In two of his last four starts, Fernandez hasn't finished the fifth inning.

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