Hits and misses

September 14, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Cal Ripken slumped after breaking Lou Gehrig's record last year, and broke out in a September series against Detroit. He went into last night's game in a prolonged slump, but doubled in his first at-bat.

In the dugout: The Orioles have 32 active players and injured outfielder Mark Smith in their traveling squad, which made for a tight squeeze in the visitors' dugout at Tiger Stadium, which is made for about 10 players 5 feet 6 or shorter. "We're going to have to rotate guys in the dugout with all these call-ups," said hitting coach Rick Down. "The first three innings, we'll go A through C, the next three innings, D through G, or something like that."

In the clubhouse: "Anytime a new management team comes in, there are going to be conflicts, especially with more of a veteran nucleus. I'm going to want to look at things that may be uncomfortable to certain players on the ballclub. Anything I did early on with Cal [Ripken] -- it shocked me to the degree the interest and publicity it got. But I think you're going to have to go through those kinds of growing pains." -- Orioles manager Davey Johnson, asked by New York writers yesterday about the evolution of the club from the beginning of the season.

Pub Date: 9/14/96


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