Scouting report: Rangers vs. Orioles

April 11, 1997|By Peter Schmuck

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

' Day, Time, TV, Starters

Tonight, 7: 35, 13, 50, John Burkett (0-0, 3.18)

vs. Mike Mussina (0-1, 13.50)

Tomorrow, 1: 35, HTS, Darren Oliver (0-1, 13.50)

Jimmy Key (1-0, 2.25)

Sunday, 1: 35, HTS, Roger Pavlik (1-0, 2.84)

Scott Erickson (1-0, 6.00)

E9 Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Rangers update

The Rangers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday on an eight-inning, three-hit performance by Bobby Witt and reliever John Wetteland's first save of the year. Texas won the season opener, but had lost three of four games before yesterday's victory. The Orioles faced them in a three-game series at The Ballpark in Arlington last weekend and took two of three games, but were dominated by the Rangers both at home and away last season, losing five of seven at Camden Yards. The departure of leadoff man Darryl Hamilton and shortstop Kevin Elster, coupled with the injury to American League MVP Juan Gonzalez, has left the Rangers hard- pressed to produce the consistent offensive performance that carried them to the American League West title last year. In fact, through yesterday's game, only one member of the batting order (Rusty Greer) was hitting over .300 and the club had totaled seven or fewer hits in five of their six games. The inconsistent hitting probably can be attributed to the club's inconsistent schedule. The Rangers have played on just six of the first 10 days of the season. Gonzalez (hand surgery) and first baseman Will Clark (bruised wrist) are on the disabled list. Regular shortstop Benji Gil has been sidelined with a groin strain.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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