Hits and Misses

April 08, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: With the Orioles leading 3-2, two outs and two on in the top of the ninth, first baseman Rafael Palmeiro drove a double off the right-field wall, scoring Tony Tarasco with an insurance run. The hit broke an 0-for-14 slump for Palmeiro. "It's about time I did something to help this team," Palmeiro said.

In the dugout: Jeffrey Hammonds led off the seventh with a walk, and with the Orioles leading 1-0, manager Davey Johnson figured it was a good time to go for broke and add a second run. Hammonds surprised the Twins -- who were looking for a bunt from Brady Anderson -- by breaking for second on the first pitch. Hammonds was safe and moved to third on a sacrifice by Anderson, and scored on a fly ball by Roberto Alomar.

In the clubhouse: After the game, a playful scrum broke out in the Orioles' clubhouse, some low-intensity wrestling involving about 10 players. What was it all about? "It's the Posse vs. the anti-Posse," said catcher Gregg Zaun. OK, so who's the Posse and who's the anti-Posse? "If I told you," Zaun said mysteriously, "I'd have to kill you. It has nothing to do with something in a refrigerator. It is something to do with personnel. We know what it's all about."

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