Hits And Misses

June 08, 1995|By Buster Olney

On the field: Second baseman Manny Alexander's third straight start began well but turned ugly. He singled in a run in the second, moved to second when the Mariners threw home to try to cut off the run and hustled to third when catcher Chad Kreuter got tangled up with Matt Nokes at home plate. In the eighth, however, Alexander's error allowed the Mariners' first run to score, opening the floodgates on a nine-run inning.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Phil Regan continued to tinker with his lineup, moving center fielder Curtis Goodwin back into the leadoff spot and hitting Brady Anderson second and Alexander ninth. In this way, he put his fastest guys together in the order, decreasing the chance slower Orioles would impede their progress on the bases.

In the clubhouse: Regan was encouraged that Tuesday, the night after Randy Johnson struck out Goodwin four times, the rookie came back with a couple of hits and an RBI: "Coming off the four strikeouts, he could've died," Regan said.

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