Hits and misses

April 26, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Brady Anderson singled on the first pitch last night, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Anderson's career high is 13. Roberto Alomar extended his hitting streak to 10 games, but Cal Ripken's ended at six. Ripken extended his streak of consecutive games to 2,174.

In the dugout: Kansas City manager Bob Boone has virtually no power in his lineup, leaving him to manufacture runs, which is why the Royals bunt more than any other team in the league. In the third inning, however, the Royals developed a bunt situation -- runners on first and second, nobody out -- and Boone let Bip Roberts swing away. Roberts struck out, and the Royals' rally fizzled.

In the clubhouse: "I didn't want to take a chance on abusing Brian [Sackinsky]. I don't want to take a chance and bring back a young pitcher like that on back-to-back days." -- Manager Davey Johnson, on his rationale for sending Sackinsky to the minors and calling up Keith Shepherd.

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