Hits and misses

June 24, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Royals right-hander Kevin Appier hit Brady Anderson in the sixth inning, the 10th time that Anderson's been hit by a pitch this season, tying a career high that he has matched the past three seasons.

In the dugout: Appier hadn't allowed a hit in 5 2/3 innings and had retired seven straight hitters, striking out five, when Kansas City manager Bob Boone decided to replace him for the ninth inning. Boone said he relieved Appier because the right-hander is coming back from some recent arm soreness. Appier threw 120 pitches, 67 for strikes, and matched his season high of 11 strikeouts.

In the clubhouse: Rafael Palmeiro, on the importance of the upcoming road trip through Texas, New York and Toronto. "I don't know about that. I'm not really paying attention [to the entire trip]. I'm just concentrating on Texas. They've been beating the crap out of us, and I can't look past them."

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