Hits and misses

July 07, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Home plate umpire Derryl Cousins was replaced by second base umpire Tim Welke during a pitching change in the top of the sixth. Earlier in the game, Cousins twisted his knee stepping on a catcher's mask.

In the dugout: The Red Sox ranked 12th in the AL in stolen bases coming into this series, but against the Orioles -- who have thrown out only 12 of 77 runners attempting to steal -- Boston has been extremely aggressive. Tim Naehring stole a base Friday, and John Valentin and Jose Canseco swiped bases yesterday. Lee Tinsley tried to steal in the third inning, but was thrown out.

In the clubhouse: Orioles manager Davey Johnson, who grew up in Texas like Rocky Coppinger, isn't surprised that Coppinger works quickly. "If you come up in Texas," Johnson said, "it's usually hot as hell, so you work fast because you don't want to bake out there." The deliberate style of pitching? "That started in the North," Johnson said.

Pub Date: 7/07/96

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