Miller gives go-ahead on Bones

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Back to Plan A for Sunday

Anderson's ankle on mend

August 06, 1999|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Orioles manager Ray Miller has decided to stick with his original plan of giving Ricky Bones another start on Sunday.

Miller also was considering left-hander Doug Johns, who followed Bones in Tuesday's 12-2 loss in Oakland. Bones, making his first start in almost two years, gave up four runs in the third inning before being pulled with two outs. Johns allowed four more runs in the fourth.

"I'm not going to judge [Bones] off that one outing," Miller said. "He did throw 60 pitches. We'll give him another outing and see if he can go a little better."

Bones, who didn't have a start among his 32 appearances with Kansas City last year, welcomes the opportunity.

"That's good that I'm getting another shot to do better," he said. "I figure to go out there and be stronger and have a better outing and give the team a chance to win.

"I knew the first time was going to be hard because I was going to be on a pitch limit. I thought I made some good pitches in the third inning, but they got hit."

Ankle on upswing

Center fielder Brady Anderson said his left ankle has improved significantly since Monday night's game in Oakland, when the pain was severe enough that he almost walked off the field.

Anderson didn't play in the three-game series in Seattle over the weekend to allow a cortisone injection to take effect. His mobility in center was so restricted in Oakland that he had trouble stopping after getting to some balls in the gaps. Rather than plant his left foot, he had to slow his momentum before throwing, losing valuable time.

"It feels a lot better now. That's why I'm in such a good mood," he said before leading off the first inning with a double last night and later scoring.

Anderson injured the ankle when he jammed his left foot into the padded fence at Camden Yards while leaping for a ball.

Murray will manage

Bench coach Eddie Murray will manage the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

Murray, in his second season on the Orioles' staff, will be making his managerial debut when the six-team developmental league begins play Oct. 5. He'll report to Arizona when the Orioles conclude their season.

The AFL will be entering its eighth season, with each team playing a 52-game schedule through Nov. 18, followed by a three-day playoff. Each team is comprised of 30 players. Scottsdale's roster will include minor-league players from the Orioles, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers.

Minor: more at ease?

Miller said he's noticed that Ryan Minor, who started at third base again last night, appears more comfortable than when he played four games last month while Cal Ripken nursed a bruised wrist.

"Last time, he was really in an uppercut mode," Miller said of Minor, who went 1-for-10 before returning to Triple-A Rochester. "I think he's a little more relaxed. I told him nobody was judging him on the last time. We know that was a tough situation. Just go out and play and have fun. If you make an out, don't worry about it. Just play the game. Hopefully, he'll do that."

Minor got two hits, including a double, in his first start Wednesday in Oakland and added two hits last night.

Around the horn

Fans coming to Sunday's game are encouraged to bring new and gently used children's books to Camden Yards as part of the "Books to the Ballpark" campaign. The books, which will be collected at gates A, C and H, will benefit Baltimore Reads and Baltimore City Public Schools. In addition, youngsters ages 6-9 who have tickets to the game will receive a Reading by 9 backpack from The Sun if they bring a written book report (50 words or less) to the Orioles Community Booth at the park.

Pub Date: 8/06/99

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