Evans to rest easy until after All-Star break


With only six games remaining before the midseason break the decision has been made to keep Dwight Evans on the disabled list until after the ALL-Star Game.

Evans has been on the disabled list with a strained Achilles' tendon since June 14. He was eligible to return last Saturday, but the doctors have advised it's better to take the extra time afforded by the All-Star break.

"The reason we put him on the DL was to get him well," said manager John Oates. "We've still got a long way to go and I'd rather have him ready for the last 81 [games] than the next six."

* TOP GUN: Randy Milligan, who hit .481 (13-for-27) with three home runs and 10 runs batted in over a six-game stretch, has been named the American League's Player of the Week.

It is the first time Milligan has ever won the award and is the first time an Oriole has won since Mike Devereaux did it last July 22-29.

* SECOND BEST: Cal Ripken led the AL with a .371 average during June, but lost out to Toronto's Joe Carter for Player of the Month honors.

It was the fourth best month of Ripken's career and marked the third straight month that Ripken has hit for a higher average. He hit .338 in April (23-for-68) and .349 in May (37-for-106). Ripken has led the American League in hitting every day but one since June 4.

* MORE ON 'RIP-GAN': Ripken's 18th homer last night represents the most he's ever had at this point in a season (74 games). It was the third straight game in which Ripken has homered. He also has scored at least one run in 10 straight games, one short of the club record Frank Robinson set in the first 11 games he played for the Orioles in 1966.

Milligan had driven in a run in seven straight games, tying for the third longest streak (Joe Orsulak 1990, Eddie Murray 1982) in club history, before being stopped last night. The one-season record is 10, set by Reggie Jackson in 1976 and Doug DeCinces holds the overall mark of 11 in 1978-79.

During the last nine games, Ripken and Milligan have combined for a .462 average (36-for-78), with 22 RBIs.

* THOU SHALT NOT STEAL: Chris Hoiles has thrown out 13 of 28 baserunners (.464 percentage) who have attempted to steal this season. That represents the second best ratio in the American League.

Seattle's Dave Valle (18 of 38 -- .476) has the best percentage in the AL.

* THIS 'N THAT: Ripken's league-leading average dropped one point last night to .354. The Orioles are now 18-19 under Oates.

The Tigers had a three-game winning streak stopped last night. The Orioles have won eight of their last 10 and 11 of 16.

Sam Horn's fifth-inning homer off Steve Searcy was his first off a lefthander since Sept. 25, 1987, when he connected against Milwaukee's Juan Nieves as a member of the Red Sox.

Ben McDonald lowered his earned run average from 7.03 to 5.63 with eight shutout innings.

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