On the field: Toronto manager Cito Gaston has a reputation...

HITS AND MISSES

July 02, 1995|By Buster Olney

On the field: Toronto manager Cito Gaston has a reputation for being laid-back, but yesterday he was ejected for the fourth time this season on a play in the first inning. With a runner on first, Paul Molitor hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but the throw from Orioles second baseman Manny Alexander seemed to drag Rafael Palmeiro off first base. Gaston marched deliberately out to first, quietly arguing for several minutes with umpire Joe Brinkman. Finally, as Orioles starter Jamie Moyer threw warm-up pitches and the infielders threw a ball around, Gaston was ejected -- and continued to argue, with a little more gusto. The episode delayed the game some five or six minutes.

In the dugout: Left-hander Jamie Moyer had thrown just 83 pitches and had retired seven straight hitters after Lance Parrish grounded out to start the bottom of the eighth. Nevertheless, Orioles manager Phil Regan called on right-hander Terry Clark to face Alex Gonzalez, who had two hits in three at-bats against Moyer, and Clark retired the last two hitters of the inning.

In the clubhouse: "I've got enough pressure just being here. I don't worry about that." -- Orioles center fielder Curtis Goodwin, on the possibility that he could compete for the AL Rookie of the Year Award.

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