Hits and misses

August 07, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: For years, Cal Ripken watched as Ben McDonald had trouble holding runners. Last night, he took advantage of the right-hander's big leg kick, stealing second base -- his first steal of 1996, and his first since May 23, 1994, accomplished against the Brewers at County Stadium.

In the dugout: The Orioles' staff wavered on its decision to demote catcher Gregg Zaun. At first, the plan was to keep three catchers, and Keith Shepherd was told he was going back to Triple-A yesterday. He actually was given a plane ticket and sent to the airport. But then the Orioles reversed their decision, keeping Shepherd and sending down Zaun.

In the clubhouse: "I think we need to be aggressive with some of our young guys. We need to find out where they're at physically and emotionally." -- Orioles manager Davey Johnson, on how he would like to push the development of some of the Orioles' top minor-league pitching prospects.

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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