Minor-league notes


Segui,confused by his role, downplays exhibition game

Baltimore Orioles manager Frank Robinson said tonight's exhibition game against the Rochester Red Wings will give him a chance to see some of the organization's players, but for David Segui, it's just another game.

"You play your nine innings," Segui said. "He knows what we can do. If he makes his decision based on one game, that's dumb. This is a game for the fans. I don't think it will benefit any players. It's a PR deal."

Robinson said: "This is important. It gives me an opportunity to see some of the younger players under game conditions. . . . It's a morale boost to play against the major-league club, to see their buddies who were with them and are now in the major leagues."

The city and county have named today "Baltimore Orioles Appreciation Day" in commemoration of their 30-year affiliation with the Red Wings.

The teams will celebrate the 30th year of their affiliation today, first with a luncheon and later with the game.

L Segui will mark the start of his second season in Class AAA.

After batting .336 last season as a first baseman at Rochester and .244 with the Orioles, Segui was sent down the day before the 1991 season began.

"I'm in a total state of confusion of what's going on," Segui, 24, said. "I know I'm supposed to work in the outfield. I don't know if they're looking at me as an outfielder or first baseman. I can't figure anything out here. I just play and don't worry about it, I


Segui is batting .267 after going 0-for-4 yesterday. "I should be hitting .350," he said.

He has played four games in left field, eight at first base and was the designated hitter in his first game back from the disabled list (hyperextended right knee) last week.

"I can't figure out why I'm in left field," said Segui, who leads International League first basemen with a .996 fielding percentage. "They told me they think I can play out there. I don't know how much I believe. I know I can play. I don't think they know I can play."

Segui said he has not concerned himself with what Glenn Davis' injury might mean to him.

"I don't try to anticipate what they'll do," Segui said. "I just play and don't worry about it. Just tell me I'll stay here all year and I'll be fine. I won't be happy with it."

* Right-hander Mike Mussina will miss tomorrow's start because of strain in his right lattisimus dorsi muscle. Mussina is scheduled to start Tuesday.

* The Orioles are contributing $5,000, plus the netting, for the installation of a batting cage at Silver Stadium. The Red Wings will pick up the rest of the cost, which is not expected to be much more than $1,000 more.

The Red Wings are watching their expenditures because of financial problems brought about by the $4.5 million debt incurred for the 1986-87 renovation of the ballpark.

The Orioles are overseeing construction of batting cages for each of their affiliates.

* MISCELLANEOUS: The Red Wings, not expected to be a power-hitting team, hit homers in 6 straight games and 7 of 8. They were tied for second in the league with 17 homers, but 11 of them have come from 2 players, Chito Martinez with 7 (tying him for the IL lead) and Tony Chance with 4. Chance had hit all of his homers, and collected all 7 of his RBI, in a span of 5 games. The right-handed hitter missed 4 of the Red Wings first 8 games because of a glut of outfielders. . . . Oddibe McDowell missed 2 games with a bruised right knee after diving into home plate with the winning run Friday. . . . Benny Distefano has gone 37 at-bats between strikeouts. . . . Six of Jeff Tackett's 11 hits are for extra bases -- 5 doubles and a home run. . . . Infielder Shane Turner (.304, 10 RBI) is out at least until the weekend after reinjuring his right hamstring. Turner missed 2 games last week because of the injury.

Pitcher Pat Leinen had a rude welcome to the Class AA Eastern League after his promotion from Frederick, allowing 11 hits and four runs in 3 1/3 innings to the Reading Phillies.

Leinen made one appearance for the Keys after recovering from a fractured finger, pitching three scoreless innings.

* Kevin Hickey is doing well in his latest comeback.

The former Oriole has pitched nine innings and has a 1.00 ERA and a save.

* Shortstop Ricky Gutierrez made an error on his first chance of the season and hasn't made one since, including 68 chances.

His play has helped tighten a Suns defense that was a problem last year. The Suns have nine errorless games this season and went 80 innings without allowing an unearned run.

Kent Baker


Damon Buford is back from a jammed toe he suffered slamming into a wall and is doing the designated hitting.

Manager Wally Moon plans to get him into center field as soon as he is healthy.

* Outfielder Dan Berthel (hip) has returned from the disabled list.

* A reservations-only restaurant, the Keys Club, has opened on the second tier of the stadium. Fans can purchase a buffet and a good seat in one package.

* One rainout and four of seven home dates when the tarpaulin was required have cut into early attendance.

The Keys, who return home tonight for seven games, have averaged 2,105 per game.

Kent Baker

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