Hits and misses

July 26, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Albert Belle's homer in the first inning was the 227th of his career, and with it he passed Earl Averill as the all-time leading home run hitter in Cleveland Indians history. After hitting another homer in the third inning, Belle has 10 homers at Camden Yards, more than any other visiting player.

In the dugout: The Orioles came out running in the first inning. After Brady Anderson hit a two-run homer to draw them within 3-2, Rafael Palmeiro singled and broke from first on a 2-1 pitch to Cal Ripken. Ripken fouled off the pitch, but Cleveland starter Charles Nagy concentrated more on Palmeiro and walked Ripken.

In the clubhouse: "I hate to lose. I don't do it well. . . . This is my 11th year as a manager. If I become complacent about not playing well, then I need to get out" -- Orioles manager Davey Johnson, looking grim-faced before yesterday's game.

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