TONIGHT: If giveaways are your thing, Memorial Stadium is the ticket


Last night it was an umbrella. Tonight it'll be a set of baseball cards. Tomorrow night, a print of Pride of Baltimore II.

The Orioles are celebrating the club's final 33 dates at Memorial Stadium with a different giveaway item each night. For each of the final 33 "Memorial Days," a corresponding number of items will be awarded to selected fans at that game. The winners, determined by random seat selection, will be flashed on the scoreboard during the game.

Last night, for example, 33 umbrellas were given away. Tonight the loot is 32 sets of baseball cards. Tomorrow night: 31 prints of the Pride of Baltimore II.

Grand prizes will be awarded on the final weekend of the regular season, Oct. 4-6 against the Detroit Tigers. The giveaways the rest of this month:

Thursday, 30 beach towels; Friday, 29 lottery ticket packages; Saturday, 28 prize packages; Sunday, 27 sweat shirts and T-shirts; Aug. 12, 26 items autographed by Boog Powell; Aug. 13, 25 half gallons of ice cream; Aug. 14, 24 cases of soft drink; Aug. 15, 23 commemorative can trophies; Aug. 23, 22 baseballs autographed by Jim Palmer; Aug. 24, 21 art litho prints; Aug. 25, 20 Omni overnight Orioles packages; Aug. 26, 19 prize packages; Aug. 27, 18 lottery packages; Aug. 28, 17 polo shirts.

In the second game of the series against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight, the Orioles will send Dave Johnson (1-3, 8.07) against Jim Hunter (0-4, 6.51). It will be Johnson's second start since coming off the disabled list. In the first one, last week in Seattle, Johnson allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings, but didn't get the win.

"If he throws that well, I'll be happy," manager John Oates said. "If we're ahead."

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