Palmeiro boosts stats with another hot July

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

July 24, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro leads the club in batting average, runs, hits, doubles, total bases, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and extra-base hits.

Other than that, he is having a lousy season.

Palmeiro homered in yesterday's 6-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics for the sixth time in eight post-All-Star break games. He is batting .332, has scored 69 runs, hit 21 home runs and driven in 65 runs.

Palmeiro is batting .439 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 29 day games and is hitting .358 with 22 RBIs in July.

Last July en route to a 37-home run season, Palmeiro hit .426 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs.

"I don't know what's going on with that," Palmeiro said of his July success.

Last season, Palmeiro hit two home runs against left-handed pitchers. This season, he has hit nine home runs against lefties and is batting .376 against them.

"I'd still rather face a right-hander, but if you are going to hit .300 in the big leagues, you have to be able to hit left-handers," Palmeiro said.

Danny Jackson audition today

The Orioles will scout Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Danny Jackson today in Philadelphia when he faces the San Diego Padres.

Jackson (12-4), one of 13 potential free agents on the Phillies, pitched in the All-Star Game and commands a steep price.

The Orioles have ranked Jackson No. 1 on their wish list.

Jackson, 32, has pitched for five major-league teams and has pitched in the postseason for four clubs (Kansas City, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).

Hammonds shreds brace

Orioles right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds has seen the last of the custom-fit brace he picked up in Anaheim, Calif. For the second time in less than a week, the brace caught in the infield dirt when Hammonds started to slide.

It ripped through his uniform pants and left a big hole in the infield dirt in the second inning of Friday night's game when Hammonds doubled.

"It stuck completely in the ground and tore apart," recounted Orioles manager Johnny Oates, who like many in the dugout feared much worse had happened. "I don't know how he didn't break his leg."

Hammonds took the brace off, returned to second base, and put a lighter brace on later in the game.

"I felt it protruding and I didn't know if it was my knee or my brace at first," Hammonds said. "Once I got up and put pressure on it I knew it was the brace."

Hammonds said he expects to wear a brace on his right knee for the remainder of the season.

"A little protection is better than no protection," Hammonds said.

Tickets available Tuesday

The Orioles' consecutive sellout streak, which has reached 40 games, is in jeopardy.

More than 7,000 tickets remain for the first game of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader, a 1:35 start.

Holders of tickets from the May 7 rainout must use those for the first game of the doubleheader and their seat locations will be the same as they were for the rainout. Fans with rain checks may exchange them for another game by tomorrow or use them for Tuesday's day game. Rain checks will have no value after Tuesday.

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