Hits and misses

April 24, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Another good day for Roberto Alomar. When he singled to open the fourth inning, he extended his hitting streak to eight games, and in the third inning, Alomar started a nifty 4-6-3 double play when he fielded a grounder hit by his brother, Indians catcher Sandy Alomar, and flipped quickly to shortstop Cal Ripken.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson followed up on his plan to hold a team meeting before yesterday's game, perhaps the shortest team meeting ever -- about a minute. He told his players to relax, and stay on an even keel. Before the meeting, Johnson told reporters, "I didn't feel like we had won the pennant when we were 11-2, but I don't feel like we've blown anything now that we're 11-7."

In the clubhouse: In light of Albert Belle's latest incident, Johnson was asked about how he expects his players to behave. His main rule, which Johnson relays to his players every spring, "is don't embarrass me or the club. I don't think that's asking too much. I'm not going to embarrass you, so don't embarrass me."

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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