With back injury, Davis gets day off


CLEVELAND -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis, who was removed from Friday night's game in the sixth inning, was out of the lineup again yesterday with a strained muscle in his upper back.

Davis apparently suffered a strained left lattisimus (the muscle below the shoulder blade) when he reacted to a sharp one-hopper that caromed off his chest in the third inning.

"I strained it trying to come up on the ball," Davis said. "Then it really started to bother me swinging the bat."

He already was playing with a variety of nagging injuries -- including a sore hamstring -- so manager John Oates gave him the day off yesterday and may sit him again today.

Fan injured

A 40-year-old Hiram, Ohio, man was injured yesterday when he was hit in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken in the first inning.

Ripken hit a line drive into the first row of seats next to the third-base dugout, striking Jim Macaluso, who suffered bruises and a laceration under his right eye. He was removed from the stadium on a stretcher and taken to a hospital near his home.

Ripken sent Macaluso a bat and signed balls for the two young

boys who were with him at the game.

Ripken extends HR streak

Ripken's 31st home run, a bases-empty shot in the fourth inning, gave the Orioles at least one home run in each of their past 12 games. That left the club two games shy of the team record, set May 8-22, 1987. Ripken has five home runs during the 12-game streak. Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Randy Milligan and Sam Horn each has three in that span.

The home run also gave Ripken 76 extra-base hits, equaling his career high for a single season. Only two shortstops have had more -- record-holder Robin Yount (87 in 1982 and 82 in 1980) and Ernie Banks (83 in 1957 and 82 in 1955).

Ripken also moved up the ladder for total bases by a shortstop in a season, moving into seventh place with 332. He also owns the sixth-best single-season total, 343, set in 1983.

"There isn't much left that I can say about him," Oates said. "He's just hitting the ball with authority every day."

Errorless streak

The Orioles have played nine consecutive errorless games, one shy of the club record set by the 1962 club. The team has 87 errorless games this year, six short of the club record set in 1989.

Bullpen notes

The Orioles bullpen had given up two earned runs in 42 1/3 innings against the Indians (0.43 ERA) before Jeff Ballard and Mark Williamson combined to give up four runs in the seventh inning. . . . The bullpen has pitched a major-league high 508 1/3 innings this year, 19 1/3 shy of the club record. The bullpen is a combined 21-22 with a 3.51 ERA.

Charity golf

Twenty-one Orioles have agreed to take part in the First National Bank Celebrity Golf Tournament, which will benefit the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation. The tournament will take place Thursday at Eagle's Nest, Towson Golf and Country Club.


Yesterday's blowout ended a string of 5 straight 1-run games between the Orioles and Indians. . . . The Indians have moved Shawn Hillegas into today's start against Mike Mussina. . . . Red Sox ace Roger Clemens will start against Bob Milacki on Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium.

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