Sabo gets in with move to outfield

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

June 11, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Chris Sabo was out in left field last night.

Literally.

Back in the lineup for the first time in eight days, Sabo was in the outfield for the first time in his life.

He batted second and played left field, Fenway Park's Green Monster at his back.

"I'll just give it my best and see what happens," Sabo said, who did pretty well at the plate, too, hitting the game-winning two-run homer in the eighth. "That's all I can do. I won't be trying to screw up."

During six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Sabo appeared in two games at shortstop and appeared nowhere else but at third base.

Sabo did not expound on his dissatisfaction with a part-time role. If his name is in the lineup, he will play, but he still would prefer to be traded. "Nothing's changed," Sabo said. "You know how I feel."

Sabo fielded his first chance impressively in the first inning of last night's game, bare-handing a ball off the wall and throwing a one-hop strike to second base, holding John Valentin to a single. He also threw out Scott Cooper trying to score at home in the seventh.

Orioles won't face Clemens

Boston manager Butch Hobson decided to give ace Roger Clemens an extra day of rest, pushing him back to Monday, which means the Orioles will not have to face him.

Clemens, battling shoulder tightness since having to stop and start repeatedly during a rain-interrupted game in Texas last month, has taken an extra day's rest before three recent starts.

Instead of facing Clemens, the Orioles will face right-hander Nate Minchey (0-0, 0.00), who is being called up from Triple-A.

Oates said he considered pushing back Ben McDonald until Monday and starting Mike Oquist in order to give McDonald's strained groin an extra day of rest.

"We thought about it but he's interested in getting on a regular groove, especially after missing that start," Oates said.

Orioles talking with Angels

The Orioles remain interested in Angels left-handed hitting outfielder Dwight Smith and also have an interest in left-handed hitting catcher Greg Myers, who is coming off a knee injury. The Angels were seeking Brad Pennington but were rebuffed by the Orioles. The Angels are looking for pitching prospects.

Robinson to scout Gant

Orioles assistant general manager Frank Robinson plans to scout free-agent outfielder Ron Gant in the coming week.

"I would want to see him do some of the things he's going to have to do in games," Robinson said. "Run, throw, hit, field."

Gant is interested in a contract for the remainder of the 1994 season, which has made many clubs reluctant to pursue him, since they would prefer an option for 1995.

Pitching set for Yankees

The most appealing pitching pairing for the coming four-game series against the Yankees at Camden Yards will be in the finale, when Yankees left-hander Jimmy Key opposes Mike Mussina.

The other matchups: Monday: Melido Perez vs. Sid Fernandez; Tuesday: Terry Mulholland vs. Mike Oquist; Jim Abbott vs. Jamie Moyer.

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