No. 200 brings Royals' Gibson full circle on home run cycle


Kirk Gibson hit his first major-league home run against the Orioles at Memorial Stadium in 1979. It was only fitting that he hit No. 200 here, too.

Gibson of Kansas City became the 13th player in major-league history to reach 200 home runs and 200 stolen bases when he homered in the ninth to beat the Orioles, 6-4, last night. It was his eighth of the year, and first off a lefthander (Paul Kilgus).

* STRIKEOUTS UP: Randy Milligan, who struck out only 68 times last year, made it 49 this season in the second inning. He has 28 walks. He and Cal Ripken were the only Orioles last year with more walks than strikeouts.

* CAL STILL FIRST: Ripken went 2-for-4 to raise his major league-leading total of multi-hit games to 27, matching his entire 1990 output. No. 1 in the American League with his .353 average, Ripken has the highest mark ever for an Orioles hitter this far into a season.

* SABERHAGEN HURT: The Royals' Bret Saberhagen has tendi

nitis in his rotator cuff and probably will miss his next turn. He came out of Wednesday night's game after five innings and was examined yesterday in Kansas City.

* MORE SIGNINGS: The Orioles have signed seven of their first 10 picks in this month's free-agent draft, 15 of their first 20 and 25 of 48 overall. In the latest batch is right-handed pitcher Rick Forney, a 26th-round selection out of Anne Arundel Community College.

The others: 12th round, outfielder Curtis Goodwin of San Leandro (Calif.) High; 13th round, outfielder James Audley, who batted .329 in 79 games for Wichita State, runner-up to national champion LSU; 19th round, catcher Troy Tallman of Stanford; 21st round, first baseman Jeremy Wingett of Murray (Utah) High; 24th round, outfielder Glenn Tatro of Bryant (R.I.) College; 30th round, outfielder Basilio Ortiz of Eastern Connecticut College; 34th round, pitcher Scot Conner of New Mexico Junior College.

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