Scouting report: Orioles vs. Devil Rays

May 08, 1998|By Joe Strauss

At Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Day .. .. .. .. ..Time .. .. .. .TV .. .. .. .. .. ..Starters

Tonight .. .. .. .7:05 .. .. .. .HTS .. .. ..Doug Drabek (2-4, 7.85)

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...vs. Tony Saunders (1-3, 4.41)

Tomorrow .. .. ...6:35 .. .. .. .HTS .. .. ..Mike Mussina (3-2, 2.52)

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...vs. Dennis Springer (1-4, 4.91)

Sunday .. .. .. ..1:35 .. .. .. .HTS .. .. ..Jimmy Key (4-1, 2.95)

... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..vs. Wilson Alvarez (3-4, 4.06)

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

Devil Rays update

Tampa Bay began the season 11-6 and set an expansion record for April wins (12) but has since had its shortcomings exposed. Runs have stopped coming. During their 3-12 slide leading into tonight's game, the Devil Rays have been outscored 74-51. Seven of the losses have been by two runs or fewer. Manager Larry Rothschild juggled his rotation for this series by flopping Saunders and Springer, then pitching Alvarez on Sunday in place of his fifth starter. First baseman Fred McGriff has enjoyed an offensive revival with 25 RBIs. He is hitting .480 (24-for-50) at Tropicana Field. Tropicana turned ugly during the Devil Rays' last homestand when the team was swept by Anaheim and Oakland. Exiled Orioles right-hander Esteban Yan, selected during the first round of November's expansion draft, has become a terror. Opponents are hitting .077 against him (4-for-52). Yan, 23, began the season by pitching 14 1/3 shutout innings.

Pub Date: 5/08/98

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