A face from past opposes Orioles

June 08, 1994|By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen | Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer

A familiar Orioles face takes the mound tonight, but he won't be out there to help the Orioles get a win.

Kansas City's Bob Milacki makes his pitching debut against his former team at Kauffman Stadium.

As an Orioles rookie in 1989, Milacki showed promise with 14 victories. However, shoulder problems caused him to make just 24 starts in 1990 and he finished 5-8.

Although he won a team-leading 10 games in 1991, he started just 20 games in 1992 and finished 6-8.

Milacki was released on Dec. 18, 1992, and his 5.84 ERA for 1992 was the third-highest in Orioles history (minimum 100 innings pitched).

After stints in the Oakland Athletics' and the Cleveland Indians' organizations, Milacki was picked up by the Royals. He is 0-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two appearances and 13 innings.

On Friday, Milacki pitched 6 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees. He gave up three runs on seven hits, but did not get a decision in the Royals' victory.

Only designated hitter Harold Baines and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro have considerable at-bats against Milacki. Palmeiro is batting .600 against Milacki (9-for-15) with two home runs, five RBIs and five walks. Baines is batting .208 (5-for-24) but also has five RBIs.

Sid Fernandez, tonight's Orioles starter, is 3-3 with a 4.16 ERA.

Last Friday, Fernandez pitched a seven-hit complete game against the Chicago White Sox. But two of the hits were home runs by Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura in Chicago's 4-2 victory.

Only four of the Royals have faced Fernandez, and of them, the only one with success is Jose Lind, who is 13-for-42 for a .310 average.

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