Hits and misses

June 26, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: The hits just keep coming for Brady Anderson -- the hit by pitches. Texas right-hander Kevin Gross hit Anderson in the thigh leading off the game, the 12th time Anderson has been hit this year, and the third game in a row. Anderson passed Toronto's Charlie O'Brien for the AL lead. The Orioles' entire pitching staff has accounted for 12 hit batsmen, the second-lowest total in the majors.

In the dugout: With two out in the first inning, Orioles manager Davey Johnson called for Anderson to steal a base and get in scoring position. Anderson swiped second, his 10th steal of the year, and scored when Bobby Bonilla doubled.

In the clubhouse: "We've got to go down with our payroll, so we can establish some people in the farm system." -- Johnson, who said yesterday he hopes to reduce the Orioles' payroll from $48 million to about $40 million for next year.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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