Hits and misses

September 16, 1996|By BUSTER OLNEY

On the field: The Orioles outhomered young Detroit slugger Tony Clark, five to two, but he won the contest for distance. Clark launched a fastball over the roof in right field for his second homer, the third homer hit out of Tiger Stadium this year and the 30th all-time. Estimated distance: 461 feet.

In the dugout: Tigers manager Buddy Bell never has quit during this long, frustrating season, and he didn't yesterday. With Detroit trailing 14-6 and Orioles on first and third with one out in the ninth, Bell had his infield play in to try to cut off a run at the plate.

In the clubhouse: "To score lots of runs, we've got to hit homers. We don't steal bases, and I wouldn't either, with a team that hit 240 homers in a season." -- Hitting coach Rick Down, after the Orioles broke the single-season record for homers yesterday.

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