Hits and misses

July 23, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Mark Smith fouled a ball off his left shin in the fourth inning, and after testing his leg and trying to run a couple of times, he limped off the field. Smith suffered a bone bruise, and was on crutches after the game. Trainers will continue to ice it down. "It really hurt. My whole leg just went numb," Smith said. "I didn't know if it was my knee, I just knew I couldn't feel my leg."

In the dugout: The Orioles didn't call up left-hander Rick Krivda until late in the afternoon, and as last night's game began, the bullpen was extremely short-handed. Alan Mills and Randy Myers each pitched Sunday, and Jesse Orosco has had arm stiffness. But Krivda arrived at Camden Yards midway through the game, and when Jimmy Haynes got into trouble in the fifth inning, he was pressed into relief duty.

In the clubhouse: "If I say something and I can help somebody, I hope they would take it well, as in a way I mean it, because I've played a few games and I'm here to help. . . . I'm a believer [that] you don't always have to experience something in order to learn. So you know you could learn from someone else's mistakes." -- Eddie Murray, on clubhouse leadership.

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