Oates may throw 3 lefties at Yankees


August 04, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Looking ahead to the three-game series starting next Monday in New York, Orioles manager Johnny Oates was considering setting up his starting rotation in a way that will result in three left-handers facing the Yankees.

Sid Fernandez, who missed a start in the rotation and received a cortisone shot in his left knee Tuesday, is scheduled to pitch the opener of the series at Yankee Stadium and will be followed by Jamie Moyer.

The normal rotation would call for Ben McDonald to pitch the final game of the series and for Arthur Rhodes to pitch against Boston on Aug. 11, the final day before the probable strike.

"It's a possibility we'll throw three left-handers against the Yankees," Oates said. "We might hold Ben to pitch against Boston in the game at home to get better matchups."

If Oates decides to go in that direction, he would pitch Rhodes on three days' rest against the Yankees and McDonald on five days' rest against the Red Sox.

Fernandez threw briefly on the side yesterday and is scheduled to throw again today.

Meanwhile, versatile Mark Williamson, in the midst of a valuable season for someone who has been considered a spare part on the pitching staff most of the time, makes the start today in the opener of the Milwaukee Brewers' series.

Williamson allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start of the season, Saturday against Toronto.

Another quality start for Moyer

Orioles left-hander Moyer (4-7, 4.72), who led the organization with 18 victories last season including six at Triple-A Rochester, has only four victories in 22 starts, but has pitched much better lately.

In his past eight starts, Moyer has gone 2-2 with a 2.96 ERA.

By the standards of the quality start -- a statistic of which the quality often is debated -- Moyer has seven quality starts in his past eight. To earn a QS, a pitcher must pitch at least six innings and allow a maximum of three earned runs.

Moyer allowed two earned runs and five hits in eight innings of yesterday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins before taking himself out of the game and handing a one-run lead over to closer Lee Smith.

"The bottom line is we didn't win," Moyer said. "You don't have the same feeling after you lose as after you win. When you lose, the stiffness is a little stiffer, the soreness is a little sorer. You know what I mean?"

Moyer said he does not feel as if he turned around his season at any point.

"I'm still making mistakes," Moyer said.


Brady Anderson stole second and third base in the seventh inning, extending his club-record streak of stolen bases without getting thrown out to 25. Anderson has 29 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

The only catcher to throw out Anderson? Matt Walbeck of the Twins in the first inning of a May 13th game at the Metrodome.

Jeffrey Hammonds went 0-for-4 yesterday, putting an end to his career-best 10-game hitting streak. Hammonds, who is batting .295, hit .366 during the streak.

Around the horn

Two of Twins right-hander Kevin Tapani's four complete games have come against the Orioles. . . . Steve Zabriskie and Mike Flanagan will call Saturday's game in Milwaukee for ABC. . . . The Brewers have played in all three divisions since joining the American League in 1970, the only team to do so. . . . Orioles broadcaster Chuck Thompson was among seven nominees named yesterday for the American Sportscasters Association's Hall of Fame. The others: Keith Jackson, Charlie Jones, Chick Hearn, Chris Schenkel, Pat Summerall and Ray Scott.

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