Hits and misses

June 14, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Brady Anderson turned on a pitch from Royals starter Doug Linton with one out in the third inning and smashed a high drive into the right-field stands, Anderson standing at home plate and watching the ball go out. It was Anderson's 21st homer of the year, and first in 45 at-bats, his longest drought of the year.

In the dugout: Kansas City manager Bob Boone, whose team has the fewest homers of any team in the majors, stacked his lineup with right-handed hitters against Orioles left-hander Kent Mercker. The only left-handed hitter was center fielder Johnny Damon.

In the clubhouse: Cal Ripken tied Sachio Kinugasa's all-time world record of 2,215 consecutive games played last night. "There's no one else he has to beat, is there?" Orioles manager Davey Johnson asked reporters with a small grin. "Is there someone in Italy, or something?"

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