Scouting report: Orioles vs. Twins

September 07, 1999|By Roch Kubatko

Scouting report: Orioles vs. Twins

At Metrodome, Minneapolis

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

Tonight ....................8: 05 .............HTS .............Scott Erickson (11-11, 5.24) vs.

........................................................................... Joe Mays (5-7, 4.23)

Tomorrow ................8: 05 .............HTS .............Jason Johnson (5-7, 6.20) vs.

........................................................................... LaTroy Hawkins (9-11, 6.45)

Thursday .................8: 05 .............HTS .............Matt Riley (major-league debut) vs.

........................................................................... Jason Ryan (0-2, 3.93)

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

Twins update

Minnesota will try to improve on a 29-36 home record. The Twins haven't had much luck with the Orioles this season, losing five of six games played at Camden Yards. Hawkins is 0-2 against them this season, though he pitched well in a 2-0 loss on Aug. 18. Orioles manager Ray Miller suggested that Hawkins had come up with a "new" pitch. "Suspicious" might have been a better word. The accusation adds some intrigue to tomorrow's game. Erickson out-dueled Hawkins that night, and Johnson went seven innings to defeat the Twins, 9-3, the following afternoon. Ron Coomer is 12-for-37 (.324) with two homers and six RBIs in his last 11 games. Corey Koskie is 12-for-27 (.444) with two homers and nine RBIs in his last nine games. Doug Mientkiewicz is 14-for-27 (.519) in his last nine games. Cal Ripken will want to creep in when Cristian Guzman is at the plate. He has 18 bunt hits this season. The Twins will get to see what all the fuss is about concerning Riley, the 20-year-old phenom just up from Double-A Bowie. (Twins statistics, 6C)

Pub Date: 9/07/99

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