Scouting report: Tigers vs. Orioles

May 15, 2001|By JOE STRAUSS

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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

Tonight ... 7:05 ..... CSN .......... Dave Mlicki (3-2, 5.02)

........................................ vs. Sidney Ponson (0-3, 6.23)

Tomorrow ..7:05 ..... CSN .......... Jeff Weaver (3-4, 3.72)

.........................................vs. Pat Hentgen (1-3, 3.58)

Thursday ...7:05 .....CSN ........... Steve Sparks (1-2, 3.77)

......................................... vs. Willis Roberts (4-2, 4.54)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM)

Tigers update

The surprising third-place Tigers have reversed course since the Orioles took two of three games from them at Comerica Park last month. Despite Sunday's 14-2 loss to the Anaheim Angels, the Tigers have won five of six and 12 of 16, briefly pulling to .500 Saturday. Their surge coincides with Bobby Higginson's 14-game hitting streak (.364). Second baseman Damion Easley has hit in 10 of his past 11 games but is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. Third baseman Dean Palmer's return from the disabled list April 29 also has factored heavily. Palmer has hit in 11 of 13 games with three home runs and 15 RBIs. Of course, the Tigers also peaked while playing the bottom-heavy AL West, going 9-3. Mlicki enters tonight on a three-game win streak, striking out 17 in his past 15 innings. The Orioles "battered" the Tigers for a .267 average in Detroit, including 8-3 and 6-4 wins. The Tigers' arrival at Camden Yards has historically been a time for the Orioles to heal. The Orioles won four or six here last season and are 25-9 vs. the Tigers at Camden Yards since 1994. The Tigers rejoice at Mike Mussina's defection. Mussina had a 15-3 career record and a near no-hitter against Detroit while in Baltimore. Pat Hentgen assumes the role of Tiger-slayer. Including an April 24 win, he is 12-4 lifetime against his hometown team.

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