Hits and misses

July 14, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: It had been nearly four weeks since Manny Alexander and Kent Mercker appeared in the field, before they entered the second game of the doubleheader yesterday in the same inning. Alexander took over second base in the sixth after Bill Ripken was ejected, just as Mercker took the mound in relief of Arthur Rhodes.

In the dugout: When the managers took their lineup cards to the umpires before Game 2, Davey Johnson argued the final play of NTC Game 1 with umpire Larry Barnett. The ump had ruled Roberto Alomar out for leaving the baseline, part of a game-ending double play.

In the clubhouse: "We're playing with confidence and we've got to continue to do that. I'm sure through the second half we're going to go through a dry spell." -- Yankees manager Joe Torre, after the Game 1 victory.

Pub Date: 7/14/96


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