Hits and misses

April 05, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Roberto Alomar was extraordinary in his first three days with the Orioles. On Opening Day, he had a double, scored a run and started a double play. He went 3-for-3 in Game 2, with his first homer, drove in two runs and participated in two double plays. Then yesterday, Alomar went 2-for-3, drew a walk and started another double play. It was his double in the eighth-inning rally, pitcher Mike Mussina would say later, that got players on the bench believing they had the Royals in trouble.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson works his bullpen in teams, trying to pitch one pair of relievers one day and the other pair the next day. As the Orioles head into the three-game series in Minnesota, the bullpen is well-rested -- Jesse Orosco last pitched on Opening Day, closer Randy Myers has thrown only 22 pitches to get two saves, and Roger McDowell had yesterday off after two innings Wednesday. Armando Benitez and Jimmy Myers have yet to pitch.

In the clubhouse: Royals manager Bob Boone was asked to assess the Orioles. "The big difference is the second baseman," he said. That being Roberto Alomar.

Pub Date: 4/05/96

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