Hits and misses

September 27, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: The Blue Jays really have nothing to play for now, other than the remote chance they'll knock the Orioles from the wild-card race. But that isn't affecting the way Toronto third baseman Ed Sprague is playing. He dived into the stands, DTC crashing across three rows of seats, to catch a foul pop by Cal Ripken in the second inning, and charged the stands again in the sixth to backhand a foul pop hit by Bobby Bonilla.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson juggled his lineup the first five months of the season, trying to settle on a particular combination. But he has started the same six hitters in the first six spots in the order the past 18 games -- Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar, Todd Zeile, Rafael Palmeiro, Bonilla and Ripken.

In the clubhouse: "Nobody wants to be over there [in the other dugout], watching some other people jump up and down. That's how it's always been. Just like I didn't watch ESPN [Wednesday night], because I didn't want to watch the Yankees celebrating." -- Johnson.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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