Hits and misses

August 16, 1996|By Peter Schmuck

On the field: First baseman Rafael Palmeiro homered in the first inning off A's right-hander Willie Adams. It was his seventh hit in 13 at-bats and his 17th RBI in the last 19 games. He needs just four more runs batted in to equal his career high (105), set in 1993.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson returned center fielder Brady Anderson to the starting lineup. Anderson has been hobbled with a strain in his lower right calf and had missed three starts, but declared himself ready to play. Johnson was concerned about the poor condition of the field at the Oakland Coliseum, but chose to let Anderson make the call. "He's his own doctor," Johnson said.

In the clubhouse: Oakland manager Art Howe held slugger Mark McGwire out of the starting lineup, apparently to rest him up for today's doubleheader. McGwire also does not have great success against Orioles starter Mike Mussina, with three hits in 17 career at-bats (.176).

Pub Date: 8/16/96

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