Healthier Mesa is eager to make amends


CLEVELAND -- Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jose Mesa said his arm feels fine and he's looking forward to a rematch with the Boston Red Sox tonight at Memorial Stadium.

"I feel OK now," said Mesa, who claimed his arm was only "80 percent" for last week's start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. "I want to get back out there against them and do better this time."

Mesa pitched six innings Tuesday night, giving up four runs on six hits to lose for the eighth time in his last nine decisions. If all goes well, he will start three more times this season.

Ripken revisited

Exhaustive research by Orioles public relations director Rick Vaughn has determined that if the season had ended after Saturday's game, Cal Ripken would have done what only six other right-handed hitters have done in the past 50 years.

He entered yesterday's game with a .325 average, 31 home runs and 100 RBI. The six right-handed batters to hit at least .325 with 30 homers and 100 RBI were Willie Mays (1954), Al Rosen (1953), Jim Rice (1977), Frank Robinson (1962), Hank Aaron (1959-61-71) and Roy Campanella (1951).

In addition, the only shortstop to hit .300 with 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBI was Ernie Banks, who did it twice (1958-59). He played on a losing team both years and was named National League MVP both years.

Glove story

The Orioles played their 10th consecutive game without an error yesterday, tying a club record set in 1962. The American League record is 12, set by the 1963 Detroit Tigers.

The club has played 88 errorless games, five short of the club record set in 1989.

Davis still out

First baseman Glenn Davis missed his second game in a row with a strained muscle in his upper back. Davis suffered the strain in Friday night's game and is doubtful for tonight's series opener.

Orsulak gets 20th assist

Left fielder Joe Orsulak threw out designated hitter Carlos Martinez at second base in the fifth inning yesterday for his major-league-leading 20th outfield assist of the year.

Orsulak set a club record for outfield assists on Wednesday, dropping Chuck Diering (17 in 1954) from the record book when he recorded his 18th and 19th assists against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He has six assists in his past four starts.

Homer streak ends

The Orioles were held homerless for the first time in 13 games, ending a streak that was two games short of a club-record 14, set in 1987. During the 12-game homer streak, the Orioles hit 21 home runs, five of them by Ripken.


When Randy Milligan walked in the seventh inning yesterday, it was the first unintentional walk by an Indians pitcher in 18 innings, dating back to a walk to Milligan in the fifth inning of Friday night's game. Ripken drew an intentional walk in the eighth inning of the same game. . . . The Orioles won the season series with the Indians, 7-6. They missed a chance to even the all-time series record. The Indians are 317-315 against the Orioles since the club moved to Baltimore in 1954.

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