Scouting report: Marlins vs. Orioles

July 16, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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

Today ........ 1:35 ... 54, 50.......Chuck Smith (0-2, 2.76)

........................................vs. Pat Rapp (5-6, 5.63)

Tomorrow .....7:35 ......HTS .......Reid Cornelius (3-2, 3.76)

.........................................vs. Jose Mercedes (3-4, 6.25)

Tuesday .......7:35 ......HTS........Jesus Sanchez (5-7, 5.47)

.........................................vs. Mike Mussina (6-8, 3.82)

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

Marlins update

If the Marlins finish above .500, John Boles should win Manager of the Year in a landslide. He's taken a young club expected to languish at the bottom of the NL East and hoisted it into third place, two games above sea level. The Marlins have won eight of 11. Their closer, Antonio Alfonseca, led the majors with 29 saves but wasn't chosen to the All-Star team. Their second baseman, Luis Castillo, was tied for the lead in stolen bases with 36 to go with a .370 average that ranked among the NL leaders but didn't get him into the All-Star Game, either. The Orioles will miss Florida's lone All-Star representative, pitcher Ryan Dempster, but they'll get a look at some of the club's promising young arms. The Marlins' cleanup hitter, Preston Wilson, is on pace to become the first player to strike out 200 times in a season. These teams met three times in Florida last season, with the Marlins winning twice. All three games were decided by two runs or fewer.

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