Hits and misses

August 31, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Orioles designated hitter Eddie Murray, two homers shy of 500, has gone two weeks without hitting a homer, which is why the Orioles stopped posting a huge No. 498 on the scoreboard at Camden Yards. "Our thought was maybe it was a little bit too much," said Orioles media relations director John Maroon. "Eddie never said a word, but it was a constant reminder."

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson wasted no time in starting Todd Zeile at third, despite the fact that Zeile hadn't played third since July 30. Zeile, knowing there was a chance he would be traded, has been taking grounders at third, "trying to keep my arm in shape."

In the clubhouse: The Orioles continue to look for pitching, but there isn't much available, according to assistant general manager Kevin Malone. "We're trying, but I don't think [we'll acquire a pitcher]," Malone said. "I'm not optimistic, but we're trying." The Orioles must acquire a player by midnight tonight for him to be eligible for the postseason roster.

Pub Date: 8/31/96

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