Hits and misses

September 28, 1997|By Joe Strauss

On the field: Right fielder Eric Davis hit a bases-empty home run off Jeff D'Amico in the third inning, his first since May 6 off California Angels left-hander Chuck Finley. Davis, who finished 4-for-5, had struck out six times in eight at-bats entering the game. His performance came barely 24 hours after he received his latest round of chemotherapy at a Milwaukee hospital.

In the dugout: Johnson started right-handed-hitting designated hitter Geronimo Berroa against right-hander D'Amico instead of Harold Baines. Berroa, who will likely start every game against the Seattle Mariners, entered in an 11-for-49 skid in his past 15 games, but went 2-for-3. Baines has hit in 16 of his past 19 games.

In the clubhouse: "I think right now guys aren't playing at their peak. There's something more important in front of us, and I think a number of guys want to make sure they don't hurt themselves worse before the postseason." -- Catcher Chris Hoiles on the Orioles' uninspired play in September.

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