Hits and misses

June 06, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Shortstop Alan Trammell was initially in Detroit's lineup last night. However, Trammell, in his 20th year in the majors, went to manager Buddy Bell and suggested he play Chris Gomez instead. "Chris has been playing well, and I felt he deserved to play," Trammell said. "He has been swinging the bat well the last few games, and I don't feel like right now would be a good time to take him out."

In the dugout: Early in the season, Orioles manager Davey Johnson said Jeffrey Hammonds should get used to the idea of playing every day. However, the daily grind seemed to wear on Hammonds' average, and Johnson uses him intermittently now -- the former No. 1 pick was out of the starting lineup last night for the second straight game.

In the clubhouse: "When I'm facing a team that's predominantly right-handed, I'm not inclined to bring in a left-hander. But maybe I'm going to have to start doing that." -- Johnson, who wants to add a right-hander to his bullpen.

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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