Johnson's reshuffling due to injuries Anderson, Alomar ailments force more lineup changes

Orioles Notebook

June 30, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK -- The Orioles lineup was mixed up again yesterday, but this time it was not by Davey Johnson's design.

Johnson reshuffled the lineup on Friday to charge up his offense, and it was altered again yesterday because of an injury to outfielder Brady Anderson. Anderson awoke with a sore right shoulder yesterday morning after he hurt it trying to make a diving catch in Friday's game. Anderson said he exacerbated a lingering shoulder injury when he rolled to the ground.

Mike Devereaux replaced Anderson in center field yesterday and Bobby Bonilla, the designated hitter on Friday, moved back to right field. Roberto Alomar, who aggravated a hip pointer Friday while rounding third base to score the winning run, took Bonilla's place at DH and Bill Ripken played second base.

"Roberto requested to play DH," Johnson said. "So, that's what I'm going to do with him."

Anderson is day-to-day with the shoulder injury. Alomar said he expects to return to second base very soon.

Rhodes: All-Star material?

Arthur Rhodes is making a case to be a member of the American League All-Star team.

Rhodes raised his record to an AL-best 9-0 after shutting down the Yankees for 3 1/3 innings Friday. Rhodes is a middle reliever, the rarest of All-Stars, but his impressive statistics are hard to overlook.

Eight of Rhodes' wins have come out of the bullpen. His ERA as a reliever is 3.06, and he has allowed just 23 hits and struck out 37 in 35 innings.

"To tell you the truth, I haven't really been thinking about the All-Star Game," Rhodes said. "If I go, it would be great. I always wanted to make the All-Star team. I always thought it would be as a starter, but I can make it out of the bullpen. If I don't go, I'm not going to be upset about it. I just know I've been pitching well."

Orioles pitching coach Pat Dobson said he would like to see three of his relievers on the team -- Rhodes, Roger McDowell and closer Randy Myers. Dobson said Rhodes and the Yankees' Mariano Rivera are the two best AL long relievers right now, and he hopes there's room for both of them on the All-Star team.

So, it was a treat for Dobson to watch them duel for nearly three innings on Friday, with Rivera picking up his first loss of the year.

"This is probably the first year that two setup guys should be on the team," Dobson said.

Devereaux feeds off crowd

The Orioles have been whipped up by the enthusiasm and excitement of the crowd and music at Yankee Stadium.

Yes, the crowd is vulgar and violent, but the fans also are out of their seats at every crucial moment of the game and they keep the players lively.

Devereaux gets animated when he talks about what it's like to play in the Bronx in front of 45,000 raucous fans.

"They get me pumped up to play," Devereaux said. "This is the best place to play, not for the Yankees, but in Yankee Stadium. It's constant music. The organ is always going. I wanted us to be close to the Yankees in the standings going into this series so bad. I wanted the excitement. This is the way to go. They have the ability to pump us up at Camden Yards like this. They need to play different music and get more creative."

Devereaux has been hitting well, pumped up or not. He brought an 11-for-29 (.379) streak into yesterday's game, then went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Around the horn

Manny Alexander pinch ran for Chris Hoiles on Friday, his first appearance since June 19 (when he also pinch ran). Bill Ripken entered Friday's game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement, his first appearance since June 18. . . . Mike Mussina's start was his 18th of the season but his first against the Yankees. He is now 2-4 lifetime in New York. . . . Luis Polonia, who sat out yesterday, has one hit in his last 25 at-bats. . . . Bonilla was 3-for-4 and is 5-for-8 in the series. . . . Andy Pettitte, leads the majors with eight pickoffs and the Yankees staff leads the AL with 17. . . . The Yankees have not lost consecutive home games since Aug. 21, 1995. . . . Jeff Huson began his rehabilitation stint at Single-A Frederick on a 3-for-7 tear with a home run, a double and one RBI in his first two games. Huson will rehab at Double-A Bowie next week. Huson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on May 21 to repair a small cartilage tear.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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