Orioles' ups and downs

August 29, 1999|By Joe Strauss

20 wins- UP- Mike Mussina's dark-horse run at a Cy Young Award and 20 wins took a shot to the right shoulder last weekend from Brook Fordyce, and he'll probably miss two starts. No wonder Moose is a multiple Gold Glove winner. He gets more practice than anyone at his position.

Jay Witasick- UP- The Kansas City Royals right-hander and Bel Air native realized every local kid's dream Thursday night: to grow up, pitch for a small-market franchise going nowhere and shut out the Orioles. Four singles vs. a guy with an ERA higher than the national debt.

Starter by committee- EVEN- Rather than place Will Clark on the 60-day disabled list, the Orioles refused to promote a starter from Rochester for Friday's game in Detroit. Doug Johns, Arthur Rhodes, Al Reyes and Jesse Orosco pitched in. Does anyone believe this would have happened at home? Terry Burrows, where are you?

Friday rush hour - UP- Ravens, Redskins, Orioles, Springsteen they're all happening within an eight-hour window and a 40-mile radius at the beginning of Labor Day weekend. Helicopter rental, anyone? Oh, the humanity.

A-Bomb- DOWN- Albert Belle made his 350th career home run a game-winner Tuesday. Could he reach 400 next season?

Peter Angelos - UP- He's answering questions about his manager's future with a "no comment." Enough said.

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