Hits and misses

July 22, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Outfielder Mark Smith generally has struggled since he was last called up by the Orioles. However, he seems to be coming around. He's hit in four straight games, getting two hits Saturday and one hit yesterday, pushing his average to .224. He drove in what proved to be the winning run when he was drilled in the back by Boston's Heathcliff Slocumb with the bases loaded in the 10th inning.

n the dugout: Boston manager Kevin Kennedy gave starter Roger Clemens chances to win -- and then some. Even with Clemens' pitch count mounting, Kennedy stuck with his ace. The Orioles began to rally in the eighth, and Kennedy stuck with his ace. As soon as B. J. Surhoff hit a two-run triple, Kennedy came out to pull Clemens, who threw an incredible 161 pitches.

In the clubhouse: Kent Mercker, who resides in Ohio, is excited by the prospect of pitching for the Indians. "There or Atlanta," he said. "You can't be disappointed getting traded to a team like Cleveland."

Pub Date: 7/22/96

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