Scouting report: Orioles vs. Athletics

August 15, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

At Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum

Day, Time ......... TV .............. Starters

Tonight, 10:05 .... 54, 50 .......... Mike Mussina (14-8, 4.97) vs. Willie Adams (1-1, 4.02)

Tomorrow, 5:35 .... 54, 50 .......... Scott Erickson (6-10, 5.16) vs. John Wasdin (7-5, 6.19)

Game 1

Tomorrow, DH ...... HTS ............. Rick Krivda (2-4, 5.10) vs. Doug Johns (6-11, 5.75)

Game 2

Saturday, 4:05 .... 54, 50 .......... Rocky Coppinger (7-3, 4.83) vs. Ariel Prieto (3-5, 4.83)

Sunday, 4:05 ...... 54, 50 .......... David Wells (9-10, 4.62) vs. Don Wengert (5-8, 4.78)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Athletics update

The Athletics need this series as much as the Orioles do. The A's trail the Orioles by four games in the wild-card race. They have lost 13 of their past 20, but have won four of their past seven. Since June 27, the A's have the best record in the AL West (25-20). They lead the majors with 195homers and are on pace to hit 259. The major-league record is 240 homers, set by the 1961 New York Yankees. Mark McGwire leads the majors with 42 home runs and he is challenging Roger Maris' mark of 61 homers set with the 1961 Yankees. McGwire has 70 homers in his past 163 games. McGwire, Geronimo Berroa and Terry Steinbach have combined for 100homers. Scott Brosius is hitting a team-high .345 with 19 homers and 53 RBIs. Rookie Jason Giambi has a .310 average, 20 homers and 73 RBIs. The A's bullpen leads the majors with 25 relief wins and is third in the league with a 4.19 ERA. The A's have turned a major-league leading 145 double plays and are on pace to set a team record in that category.

Pub Date: 8/15/96

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