Devereaux might return when club does tomorrow

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

June 30, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

CLEVELAND -- Center fielder Mike Devereaux, eligible to come off the disabled list tomorrow, could be back in the lineup when the Orioles open a 10-game homestand against the California Angels.

"I'm anticipating being ready," Devereaux said. "It's looking good."

Devereaux, hitting .220 with 56 strikeouts in 57 games, is making million and is eligible for free agency at season's end. He still holds out hope of staying with the Orioles.

"I like Baltimore, no doubt about it," Devereaux said. "It's a great place to play. There are a great bunch of guys on this team to be around. The fans are always out in big numbers and Camden Yards is a nice stadium. At the same time, I understand the business of baseball."

Orioles manager Johnny Oates said it has not been determined whether Devereaux will need to go on an injury rehabilitation assignment before returning to the lineup.

Krivda: Yo, O's, I'm down here

Left-hander Rick Krivda, bypassed twice this season by the Orioles, first in favor of Scott Klingenbeck, next in favor of Arthur Rhodes, is 7-4 with a 2.59 ERA for the Rochester Red Wings.

"It was disappointing," Krivda told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle of Rhodes' promotion over him this week. "My parents called and said they wanted to know if I was going up. We've got relatives in Cleveland, and they were going to come out there.

"It's like when you're a kid and you pick sides to play a game. There's always that one kid that's picked last, the one nobody wants. That's how I feel, picked over."

Krivda (7-4) has not allowed a run in four of his past five starts. His 2.59 ERA is second best in the league.

McDonald confident he's back

Orioles right-hander Ben McDonald, who has a 7.12 ERA in his past 10 starts, came out of yesterday's bullpen workout confident he has straightened himself out.

"It was a combination of faulty mechanics and not being able to relax on the mound," McDonald said. "When you are [6 feet 7], your mechanics can go astray in a hurry. Mechanics to me is nothing more than muscle memory, doing the same thing the same way enough times it comes naturally. I felt I got back to that today in the bullpen."

McDonald has made three starts since pitching on both sides of a two-hour rain delay in Boston, the effects of which lingered.

"That took a lot out of me," McDonald said. "If I had it to do over again, I still would have gone back out there. But I probably would have come out of the game after five or six innings instead of pitching all the way into the ninth."

Homeric mark

Chris Hoiles' fifth-inning blast last night gave the Orioles home runs in 15 straight games, a team record. During the streak, Hoiles has been the biggest contributor, hitting five of the 23 home runs. Brady Anderson is next with three.

Around the horn

Scott Nickle, assistant marketing director for the Detroit Tigers, has been named director of marketing and advertising for the Orioles. Nickle is a lifelong Orioles fan and native of Frederick. . . . Cleveland's Kenny Lofton has reached base in 20 straight games. . . . The Orioles have had five four-game winning streaks this year but haven't won five straight yet.

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