Hits and misses

August 14, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Roberto Alomar walked leading off last night's game and came around to score, nothing new. He's led off the last 18 games for the Orioles and reached base in his first plate appearance 12 times (six walks, five singles and a double). He's scored a first-inning run in eight of 18 games.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson continues to tinker with his lineup, trying to find a No. 2 hitter to bat behind Alomar. He tried third baseman B. J. Surhoff Sunday against right-hander Kevin Tapani and started Jeffrey Hammonds in the No. 2 spot last night against left-hander Scott Karl. The Orioles have had 10 different hitters in the No. 2 spot, far more than any other spot in the top six in the order.

In the clubhouse: Nothing has rankled Johnson more this year than the schedule. The Orioles, having just returned from a 13-game road trip, are playing this one three-game home series against Milwaukee, then flying to Oakland to play five games in four days. "I hate one-series homestands," Johnson said. "It's like you might as well stay on the road, if you're going to come home for just three games. I like at least two or three series in a homestand. . . . This [schedule] is the worst I've ever seen."

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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