Hits and misses

September 10, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Pete Incaviglia went back to the wall in the first inning in pursuit of Curtis Pride's homer, and as Incaviglia crashed into the fence, his glove fell over the wall. Incaviglia stood and faced the fans plaintively and asked for his glove, before someone handed it back to him.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson demonstrated great confidence in his offense in the second inning. With Detroit leading 1-0, one out and runners at second and third, Johnson played the infield back. A passed ball scored Tony Clark to put the Tigers ahead 2-0, and Johnson still played the infield back. Pride's grounder to short scored Phil Hiatt with the Tigers' third run.

In the clubhouse: Johnson used to say he didn't pay much attention to watching the standings and trying to calculate how well his team had to play down the stretch. That's changed. "I think it's going to take us winning 14 of our next 20," said Johnson. "Then I think we've got a good chance of winning the division."

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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