Honeycutt has only 1 team to go


Oakland's Rick Honeycutt now has 25 notches in his belt, one for each of the major-league teams he has defeated. Only the Dodgers are missing from the list.

The lefthanded reliever made the Orioles No. 25 when he worked two scoreless innings in the A's 4-3 victory yesterday. It was his first career victory over the Orioles after five reversals.

Honeycutt arrived at the start of the seventh inning in relief of Bob Welch, last year's Cy Young Award winner, with the score tied, 3-3. The Orioles promptly loaded the bases with none out, but Honeycutt wriggled out unscathed.

"I just told him to concentrate on getting the first hitter and go from there," A's manager Tony La Russa said. "I didn't see anything wrong with the way he was throwing, so I stayed with him."

* MILACKI TO OPEN: Bob Milacki (6-4) will face Erik Hanson (5-5) when the Orioles open a three-game series tonight in Seattle. It will be Roy Smith (5-2) vs. Bill Krueger (8-3) tomorrow night and Jeff Robinson (4-9) vs. Rich DeLucia (9-6) Wednesday night. The Orioles then will play three games against the White Sox in Chicago.

* ATTENDANCE STILL AHEAD: Yesterday's crowd of 48,341 raised the weekend total to 141,619, third highest for a three-game series in Memorial Stadium history. The only three-gamers that drew more were the Yankees Sept. 22-24, 1989 (147,202) and the A's Aug. 17-19, 1990 (142,552). The Orioles' home total for the season (1,531,677) is the most ever through 47 dates.

* THREE-RUN DINGERS: Jose Canseco's home run off Ben McDonald was Oakland's 26th three-run homer; the A's also have six grand slams. The Orioles, by comparison, have seven three-run homers and five grand slams.

* HOT AND COLD: The A's have won six of their last seven. The Orioles are as cold as Oakland is hot -- they've dropped three straight and nine of their last 12. They completed the homestand with a 3-6 record.

* THIS AND THAT: Joe Orsulak came out of a 1-for-13 funk with two singles and a double in four trips . . . Since they no-hit Oakland July 13, the Orioles have lost four straight to the Athletics . . . Yesterday's was Oakland's 141st and final game at Memorial Stadium. Their first was their first anywhere -- a 3-1 loss to the Orioles April 10, 1968, as Tom Phoebus beat Catfish Hunter. Brooks Robinson homered for the Orioles, Reggie Jackson for the A's.

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