Hits and misses

September 21, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: The Orioles had men on first and third and one out in the bottom of the fourth when Rafael Palmeiro pulled a ball toward the first base hole. Juan Samuel grabbed it and whipped a throw to shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who stepped on second and made a quick throw to first; Toronto pitcher Pat Hentgen caught the ball off-balance and completed the double play while sprawling across the base.

In the dugout: Catcher Mark Parent started two of the three games in New York, but Orioles manager Davey Johnson went back to regular catcher Chris Hoiles for last night's game.

In the clubhouse: Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston recently acknowledged that the acquisition of Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia has helped the Orioles. "They have a few different players," Gaston said, "but like I've said all year, they've been the [more] talented team so they should be in first place, anyway. If [the New York Yankees' David] Cone had been [healthy] all year, it might be a different story."

Pub Date: 9/21/96

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