TONIGHT: Anderson's hot bat demands time, but Oates needs Martinez look, too


TORONTO -- Based on his performance in Rochester and his first two games since being back, Brady Anderson appears on the verge of another trial by the Orioles.

However, manager John Oates won't commit to Anderson as a regular the rest of the season, other than to say he'll get some playing time. "The way he's played the last two games, he deserves to play," said Oates.

"But I can't say he's going to be in there the rest of the way," added Oates. "We still have [Chito] Martinez who we want to see as much as possible. We want to find out as much as we can about him -- whether the real Chito is the one we saw for the first two months or the one we've seen the last couple of weeks."

Martinez has only two hits in his last 25 at-bats and struck out four times yesterday, running his season total to 41 in only 47 games.

Anderson has gone 5-for-8 since returning from Rochester, where he hit .400 (10-for-25), stole four bases and reached base 18 times in only seven games. "I'm going to get him as much time as I can," said Oates, "but I've got to keep getting Martinez in there, too."

Neither Anderson nor Martinez figure to be in the lineup when the Orioles continue their current series against the Blue Jays here tonight (7:35, Ch. 2). With lefthander David Wells (13-9, 3.61) pitching for Toronto, Oates probably will go with an all-righthanded-hitting lineup, with David Segui and Dwight Evans flanking Mike Devereaux in the outfield.

For the Orioles, Ben McDonald (5-8, 5.00) will make his team-high 20th start. The big righthander pitched one of his strongest games against the Blue Jays last week, but was on the short end of a 3-0 score in a game that saw Tom Candiotti allow only one hit in eight innings.

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