Johnson to pitch Sunday for Suns


Dave Johnson will pitch Sunday for the Class AA Hagerstown Suns after coming out of his first rehabilitation start in good shape.

"Things worked out better than I anticipated," he said. "I feel a little better after each time I throw. I'm going in the right direction."

Johnson threw 50 pitches Tuesday against the Williamsport Bills, completing five innings with a 5-0 lead. He allowed three hits and did not walk a batter.

"I'm glad to see him healthy and that he made good pitches," said Baltimore Orioles manager John Oates. "As far as I know, he'll go back."

Oates said he has made no guarantees that Johnson will return to the Orioles' starting rotation after the All-Star break.

"If he's pitching better than somebody who's here, he'll be with us," said Oates. "If not, he'll be pitching somewhere else. I told him I can't take someone out just because he won 13 games last year."

The next start -- against the London Tigers -- will probably mean 60 to 65 pitches for Johnson, disabled since May 19 with an injured groin muscle.

"I don't know what that means," he said. "This time I had an assumption that I'd go as long as I could and got up there and found out I had a limit.

"The next time I'll go until they take me out. I've been throwing the whole time. My arm is ready to go."

Milligan not waiting

First baseman Randy Milligan hit .487 during a nine-game hitting streak that ended Tuesday night.

But he isn't counting on a spot on the American League All-Star team after receiving 72,000-plus votes -- as an outfielder.

"The only way I can make it to the All-Star Game is if I get to carry Cal's bags," he said, referring to shortstop Cal Ripken's selection. "Or if a plane crashes with 10 outfielders on it and 10 others can't make it."

Milligan, now playing first base because Glenn Davis is hurt, said he doesn't think he'll be a manager's selection since he has nine homers now, six fewer than at this time last season -- when he also wasn't picked.


The Orioles left the stadium by bus for a flight to New York only 40 minutes after last night's game, missing the post-game fireworks. . . . The status of Dwight Evans (Achilles' tendon) remains day-to-day. . . . Brady Anderson was ejected from the game in the ninth after arguing a third-strike call by umpire Chuck Meriwether. . . . The Oriole wives colleced more than 7 tons of food for the Maryland Food Bank last night. . . . The crowd of 46,702 was considered a sellout because the last 2 sections of the general-admission seats in the outfield were left vacant to accomodate post-game fireworks.

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