Hits and misses

April 20, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Brady Anderson led off last night's game with a homer, his fifth in the Orioles' last eight games and the second straight game he led off with a home run. Anderson hit a career-high 21 homers in 1992, and he's on a pace (sure, we know it's early and this will never happen) to hit 54.

In the dugout: Kent Mercker got bombed in the first inning last night, getting hit for the cycle, but the Orioles' bullpen did not stir until the beating continued in the second inning. Davey Johnson worked his bullpen hard in the extra-inning victory over Boston on Wednesday night, and Mike Mussina pitched just six innings Thursday. With rookie Jimmy Haynes starting today, Johnson wanted to avoid using his bullpen for as long as #F possible last night.

In the clubhouse: Anderson, on his streaky hitting: "I don't always have the right combination [in his approach to hitting], knowing when to back off and when to put pressure on myself."

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