Around the horn
Orioles investors began arriving here last night, for the weekend meetings. Peter Angelos is expected to attend. Orioles officials spoke with the agent for Cal Ripken Wednesday, and general manager Pat Gillick said he may speak with representative Ron Shapiro again today. The two sides are entrenched in contract talks, the Orioles offering a two-year extension plus an option for a third year, while Ripken is seeking a three-year deal, all guaranteed.
Outfielder Jerome Walton flew to Birmingham, Ala., to be examined by Drs. James Andrews and William Clancy, who confirmed he had suffered a strained abdominal muscle in Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Walton is listed as day-to-day. Catcher Ryan Luzinski was assigned to the Orioles' minor-league camp in Sarasota. Ripken update: one single in three at-bats, zero questions about his strained groin.
What the Orioles did yesterday: Played to a 6-6 tie in a B game with the Montreal Expos at Municipal Stadium, then committed four errors in the regular game and still won, 9-7. Jeffrey Hammonds drove in four runs in the victory, as the Orioles improved their Grapefruit League record to 5-2-1.
What the Orioles will do today: Send left-hander Jimmy Key to the mound to face the Atlanta Braves in West Palm Beach -- the same team he pitched against in his last start. Scheduled to follow Key are right-handers Mike Johnson, Archie Corbin and Terry Mathews, and left-hander Randy Myers.
You know it's spring training when: The press notes from yesterday's B game list the attendance as six fans, 17 scouts, one general manager and one assistant GM. And that might have been a generous estimate.
Pub Date: 3/07/97