Hits and misses

April 13, 1996|By BUSTER OLNEY

On the field: Minnesota right fielder Matt Lawton hit a chopper back to Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina in the first inning, and Mussina started a 1-6-3 double play. The Orioles have more than twice as many double plays (11) as errors (5).

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson used a number of different lineups in Cincinnati last year, employing some players in several different positions on the field and in the batting order. In his first eight games with the Orioles, however, Johnson's lineups have been remarkably consistent, the first six hitters remaining the same for every game -- Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar, Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Bonilla, Cal Ripken and B. J. Surhoff. Jeffrey Hammonds started the first eight games, batting ninth seven times and in the seventh spot once.

In the clubhouse: "He [Rich Robertson] threw a breaking ball that he got out over the plate and I got the fat part of the bat on it." -- Rafael Palmeiro on his game-winning three-run home run.

Pub Date: 4/13/96

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