Hits and misses

August 21, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: There's no better proof of how much the pitcher affects the running game than the numbers generated by Mike Mussina and Chris Hoiles. The Orioles catcher has thrown out four of eight runners trying to steal with Mussina on the mound, including Seattle's Rich Amaral in the third inning last night. With other pitchers on the mound, Hoiles has thrown out seven of 76.

In the dugout: Right fielder Jay Buhner was in the Mariners' original starting lineup last night, but a sore right foot -- which bothers him from time to time -- forced manager Lou Piniella to make a late change. Buhner, 9-for-21 with three homers in his career against Mussina, could be back tonight.

In the clubhouse: Before the game, Orioles manager Davey Johnson chatted with Piniella, asking about how the New York media reacted to the Yankees' losses to Seattle over the weekend. "I had to get all the tabloid stuff from Lou," said Johnson, smiling.

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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