Devereaux, Ripken hot if team's not


SEATTLE -- Collectively, it wasn't much of a road trip for the Orioles, but at least a couple of individuals prospered.

Cal Ripken and Mike Devereaux continue to be two of thhottest hitters in baseball. Ripken drove in three runs yesterday with a double and home run to increase his RBI total to 26, tying him with Oakland's Dave Henderson for the league lead. Ripken's eighth home run ties Rob Deer for second place in the AL.

Devereaux had 16 hits in the nine games, hitting at a .421 paceDuring his last 17 games, the centerfielder is hitting .367 (22-for-60). Even more impressively, Devereaux has raised his on-base percentage to .372.

Before popping out in his last at-bat yesterday, Ripken hareached base eight straight times (five hits, three walks). He hit .406 (13-for-32) during the trip and is hitting .350 for the season.

* PITCHING PROBABLES: Righthander Jeff Robinson (1-3, 5.16returns to the Orioles' rotation tomorrow night here against Oakland. Jeff Ballard (2-4, 4.43) and Jose Mesa (4-3, 2.83) will pitch the next two nights.

Joe Slusarski (1-0, 2.08), Bob Welch (3-2, 3.35) and KirDressendorfer (3-2, 4.85) are scheduled to pitch for the A's. All three games will be televised by HTS.

* DURABLE DWIGHT: Dwight Evans made his 22nd start in rightfield yesterday, and played all three games on the Kingdome AstroTurf. "I was a little worried coming in here," said Evans, "because this place and the one in Minnesota have been tough on me.

"But they've got a new carpet here, and it's a lot better. I didn'have any problems."

Evans walked in his first three at-bats yesterday, increasing hiclub-leading total to 19. He is third on the club -- behind Ripken and Devereaux -- with 10 runs scored.

* THIS 'N THAT: Yesterday's pitching matchup of 6-foot-10 Randy Johnson and 6-7 Ben McDonald was the tallest in major-league history. Their combined 161 inches betters the old record of 160 inches, set April 10, 1989, when Johnson opposed California's 6-6 Chuck Finley, and again on April 16, 1989, when Johnson faced 6-6 David West of Minnesota.

The Orioles have announced the gates will open at 5:30 p.m., a half-hour earlier than usual, for Wednesday's game against Oakland, which will be attended by Queen Elizabeth. Approximately 25,000 tickets have been sold for that game.

Mesa is the only Orioles' starter to pitch seven innings and get win since Robinson did it April 19 against Texas.

Yesterday was a tough day for the bottom third of the Oriolesbatting order. Craig Worthington, whose seven-game hitting streak was stopped, Jeff McKnight, Bill Ripken and pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak went 0-for-12.

The Orioles have lost six successive series (5-13 overall) to thMariners, dating back to July 1989.

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