Hits and misses

July 06, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

On the field: The game's first flyout came in the fifth inning. Unfortunately for Orioles starter David Wells, it wasn't in the Red Sox's half of the inning -- Jose Canseco hit a fly to center that dropped for a double. Luis Polonia then hit the first flyout of the game leading off the bottom of the fifth.

In the clubhouse: Manager Davey Johnson expressed his expectations for the Orioles in the second half of the season. "There's only one place to get and that's the World Series," Johnson said. "Anything less than that I'm not going to be real happy about. I wouldn't expect anyone else on this team to want anything less. I think we want it as bad as anyone else in our division."

In the dugout: Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy can use his relievers more freely in this series with the addition of Tim Wakefield to the bullpen. Wakefield threw 141 pitches on Thursday, but he could pitch in relief as soon as today, Kennedy said. Wakefield, a knuckleball pitcher with a resilient arm, will return to the starting rotation after the All-Star break.

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