Hits and misses

August 22, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Cal Ripken pulled a ball down the left-field line in the first, and he reached second about the same time as the throw from left fielder Mark Whiten. But the throw went to the front of the bag, Ripken threw his body around to the back of the bag and eluded the tag of second baseman Joey Cora. Seattle manager Lou Piniella rushed a couple of steps out of the dugout to argue -- but quickly turned around when Cora waved him back.

In the dugout: Right-handed-hitting Mike Devereaux started last night against Sterling Hitchcock, even though Devereaux has struggled in limited at-bats against the left-hander, with only one hit in 10 at-bats going into the game. He went 0-for-2 against Hitchcock, then singled off Mike Jackson and scored in the eighth inning.

In the clubhouse: Manager Davey Johnson on newly acquired reliever Terry Mathews, who is expected to join the Orioles today: "I don't know how he's being used this year, but I know last year he was used as a set-up man for [Robb] Nen, and we couldn't hit him with a paddle."

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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