Hits and misses

June 28, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: With two outs into the bottom of the first inning, Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez hit a roller into center field, and Bernie Williams rounded second and rambled to third. But Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar took the throw from center fielder Brady Anderson and stamped his foot on second, and second base umpire Rich Garcia ruled -- as Alomar had seen -- that Williams missed second base.

In the dugout: The Yankees, much more aggressive on the bases under Joe Torre, were off and running in the second inning. Catcher Joe Girardi swiped second, his eighth of the year, the most of any major-league catcher.

In the clubhouse: Orioles manager Davey Johnson, discussing the proposed move of Cal Ripken to third base in May, said that you can never say never in baseball. But, he added, "messing with Cal is the closest thing to never."

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