Davis finds O's uniform still fits

SARASOTRA, FLA. — SARASOTA, Fla. -- Glenn Davis made his first spring training appearance about halfway through yesterday's workout and had enough time for an impressive five-minute stint in the batting cage.

"I've been hitting since Feb. 1 and I'm ready to turn it up a notch," said the first baseman, who is expected to solidify the middle of the Orioles' batting order.


"This is the first [professional] uniform I ever put on," said Davis, who was drafted out of high school by the Orioles and worked out briefly with their Rookie League team in Bluefield before deciding to go to college.

If Davis had remained in Bluefield, he would have been a teammate of Cal Ripken Jr., the hitter he's now expected to complement in the Orioles' lineup.


* DEVO, DUBOIS ARRIVE: Outfielder Mike Devereaux also showed up yesterday, along with pitcher Brian DuBois, giving the Orioles 44 players in camp.

With Steve Finley gone, in the trade to Houston for Davis, Devereaux figures prominently as an everyday outfielder for the Orioles. DuBois, the lefthander reclaimed from Detroit last fall, is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery and isn't expected to be ready for competition before midseason.

* PRIME NO. 1 TOPIC: The Orioles' crack public relations department has uncovered the fact that only five major-league teams have their last four No. 1 draft choices in training camp.

The Orioles, of course, are one of the five -- and all four of those No. 1s are pitchers. Mike Mussina, last year's top pick, is a non-roster candidate; Ben McDonald, the 1989 selection, figures as the team's top starter; Gregg Olson, picked first in 1988, is the king of the bullpen.

The first-round pick in 1987, and somewhat of a forgotten man of late, is 21-year-old lefthander Chris Myers, who impressed his minor-league coaches by coming to camp noticeably stronger.

* CATCHING ON? Larry Sheets made his '91 debut as a catcher yesterday, donning the gear to receive tosses as the first group of pitchers threw on the side for the third time.

Sheets, whom former manager Earl Weaver wanted to convert to a catcher, played the position six times in 1986 -- Weaver's last year.

* NO FRESH CANDY: General manager Roland Hemond reported nothing new on outfielder Candy Maldonado, the best free agent available without a contract. The Orioles are one of several teams believed to be interested in giving Maldonado a one-year contract.