Orioles' ups and downs

May 23, 1999|By Joe Strauss

Delino DeShields --UP

Second baseman is gradually shaking off rust from lost spring training. So far helpless in one-run games, the Orioles need his speed to create an impact.

Rafael Palmeiro --UP

Stat-conscious? You bet. Pouty? Sometimes. But a change of address and a bum leg haven't prevented Palmeiro from extending his run of gaudy production. He is the Orioles' latest Boogie Man.

Little-ball intrigue --DOWN

According to the manager, anyone second-guessing his decision to unsuccessfully bunt Brady Anderson on an 0-2 count during last Saturday's eighth-inning can "kiss my [oops]." The incident moved Jim Palmer to levy strong criticism at Anderson. "Disgraceful," said 'Cakes.

Jr. --UP

The Orioles maintained they sent Cal Ripken to Sarasota for privacy reasons. Or was it to visit the Fountain of Youth?

Mike Timlin --DOWN

One of the game's most stand-up guys, he continues to show effects of inconsistent usage. Six saves, nine chances. Ouch.

Charles Johnson --UP

With Lenny Webster on the disabled list, C. J. entered Friday's game having played 15 consecutive games. His three homers in as many at-bats last Sunday-Tuesday were within one of the club record. Had one RBI in first 51 at-bats, 14 in his next 52.

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