Hits and misses

April 14, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Cal Ripken doubled in the sixth inning, and passed Brooks Robinson as the Orioles' all-time leader in extra-base hits. It was the 819th of Ripken's career, and his 450th double.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson brought in Armando Benitez to face Chuck Knoblauch with two outs in the '' eighth inning. Knoblauch struck out, and Johnson figured he would replace Benitez at the start of the ninth when Twins manager Tom Kelly pinch-hit for right-handed-hitting third baseman Jeff Reboulet. But Kelly left Reboulet in the game, Johnson stuck with Benitez and the right-hander pitched the ninth and picked up his second major-league victory.

In the clubhouse: "I think that last inning did more for Armando, because it showed his manager has confidence in him. . . . Davey's definitely a players' manager, and that's going to pay big later for him." -- Orioles catcher Gregg Zaun.

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