Hits and misses

April 06, 1997|By Joe Strauss

On the field: Shortstop Mike Bordick showed signs of life at the plate last night. Dropped to ninth in the order after starting the season 0-for-11, he lined to first base and grounded to short before singling to center against Bobby Witt in the sixth inning.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson juggled his lineup for the first time, using Jerome Walton in left field and Lenny Webster behind the plate. Walton was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and Webster was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

In the clubhouse: Pitching coach Ray Miller on his emphasis on a quicker pace for Orioles pitchers: "The quicker you pitch, the less time you have to be stupid." The Orioles' first four games lasted 3: 36, 3: 10, 3: 00 and 3: 34.

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