Scouting report: Rangers vs. Orioles

June 17, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day .. .. .. ..Time .. .. .. .TV .. .. .. .. .Starters

Tonight .. .. .7:35 .. .. ...HTS .. .. ..Roger Pavlik (9-1, 5.01) vs.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Scott Erickson (3-5, 5.79)

Tomorrow .. .. 7:35 .. .. ...13, 50 .. ..Darren Oliver (5-2, 3.86) vs.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Kent Mercker (3-5, 6.79)

Wednesday .. ..7:35 .. .. ...HTS .. .. ..Bobby Witt (6-5, 6.05) vs.

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Mike Mussina (9-3, 5.13)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Rangers update

Texas is one of the surprise teams in the league with a 41-27 record, best in the AL West. Most of the Rangers' damage has been done in Texas, with their 27 home wins the best in baseball. They also have dominated the Orioles, winning six of seven meetings, including a three-game home sweep in April that included a 26-7 victory. Ex-Oriole Mark McLemore, batting .311 (including an AL-best .513 in June), likely will miss the series because of his father's funeral in San Diego.

Key stats: Before play yesterday, Texas led the league in hits and batting average (.296) and was second in doubles, on-base percentage and total bases. The Rangers have scored 10 or more runs 12 times, even without the usual production from hurting slugger Juan Gonzalez, who has 10 home runs, which is one fewer than shortstop Kevin Elster. The Rangers' 4.62 ERA was third-best in the AL before yesterday, and the bullpen has converted 23 of 31 save opportunities, led by closer Mike Henneman's 18 saves.

Pub Date: 6/17/96

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