Gallagher does number on ex-mates


It was nothing personal, but the California Angels' Dave Gallagher sure did a number on his former Orioles teammates.

Gallagher, who played in 23 games with Baltimore last year, nicked Mark Williamson for a home run in the ninth inning of the Angels' 8-4 loss last night. It was his first since April 15, 1989.

Gallagher finished the Angels' season series against the Orioles hitting .407 (11-for-27). This by a fellow who batted .216 for the Orioles last season.

* COSTNER TO TAKE BP: Actor Kevin Costner is expected to take batting practice Sunday with the Orioles or the Oakland A's.

* APPROACHING BAYLOR, BOOG: Dave Parker's solo home run off Roy Smith in the second inning was career No. 337, leaving the 40-year-old slugger one behind Don Baylor and two behind Boog Powell, both former Orioles. Parker, who went 3-for-4 last night, is 45th on the all-time list.

* TIED WITH THE MICK: Dwight Evans doubled home a run as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. It was his 2,414th hit, tying him with Mickey Mantle for 77th place on the all-time list.

* DEAD EVEN: The Orioles-Angels series finished at six wins apiece. The Orioles have lost only one season series to California in the last 12 years.

* RIPKENS SCORE HIGH: In the latest issue of Baseball America, the American League managers named Cal Ripken the league's best defensive shortstop and picked brother Bill as the league's second-best second baseman behind Toronto's Roberto Alomar.

Cal went 1-for-2 last night, driving in two runs with a double, but slipped to third at .332 in the American League batting race behind Minnesota's Kirby Puckett (.335) and Kansas City's Danny Tartabull (.333).

* DJ STILL IN LIMBO: Dave Johnson, who has made five minor-league pitching appearances since recovering from a groin injury, still doesn't know where he stands with the Orioles. Neither, as of last night, did manager John Oates. "I don't know if he'll pitch here or at Rochester next," Oates said. "We're having staff meetings [today]. Some of our pitchers have nagging injuries. We'll have a lot better idea about Davey over the weekend."

* GAME NO. 3,000: Tonight's game will be the 3,000th at Memorial Stadium. Only five other current major-league parks have staged 3,000 -- Yankee Stadium, Cleveland Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Tiger Stadium.

* PITCHING MATCHUPS: Jeff Robinson (4-9) will oppose Dave Stewart (8-5) in the opener of the three-game series with Oakland tonight, followed tomorrow night by Jeff Ballard (6-10) against a pitcher to be named and Sunday by Ben McDonald (4-4) against Bob Welch (8-6).

Ballard was questionable because of a bruised pectoral muscle suffered July 14 in Oakland during batting practice when a ball hit by Tim Hulett bounced off a screen and hit him in the chest. Oates said last night the lefthander was "fine."

Approximately 123,800 tickets have been sold for the series -- 36,400 tonight, 44,200 tomorrow, 43,200 Sunday.

The Orioles will go to Seattle Monday for the opener of a three-game series with the Mariners and complete the trip with three in Chicago.

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