SCOUTING REPORT: Mariners vs. Orioles


Site: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Dates and times: Today, 7:35 p.m.; tomorrow, 7:05 p.m.; Sunday, 1:35 p.m.

Tickets: Approximately 2,150 available for tonight's game, 1,200 for tomorrow night's game and 1,950 for Sunday's game Season series: First meeting. The Orioles lost last year's season series, 8-4.

Pitching matchups

Tonight: Randy Johnson (3-0, 1.53) vs. Ben McDonald (2-0, 3.47)

Tomorrow night: Erik Hanson (1-3, 5.04) vs. Rick Sutcliffe (3-2, 2.65)

Sunday: Rich DeLucia (1-2, 8.10) vs. Mike Mussina (3-0, 2.37)

Mariners update

Johnson, 6 feet 10, is the tallest starting pitcher in major-league history and presents a tall order for the Orioles tonight. He has been pitching well, he is averaging more than a strikeout an inning (30 in 29 1/3 innings) and he has held opposing hitters to a .196 combined batting average. He has not had great success against the Orioles, however, losing two of his three career decisions. Hanson is another story. He won both his decisions against the Orioles last year and is 4-0 lifetime against them, but has struggled through his first five starts. DeLucia is 2-1 lifetime against the Orioles, but has pitched just 13 1/3 innings in his first three starts. IF Omar Vizquel is on the DL with a sprained left knee.

Orioles update

The Orioles are coming off a successful road trip. They won six of nine games in three cities where they usually run into trouble, but are happy to return to Camden Yards, where they played just seven regular-season games in April. 1B Glenn Davis is expected to work out with the team today, but there is no timetable for his return to the lineup. P Jim Poole and P Mark Williamson also remain on the DL. LF Brady Anderson set a club record for April with his fifth triple in Wednesday's game. CF Mike Devereaux is batting .340 in his past 12 games. C Chris Hoiles continues to hit the ball with authority (five home runs), despite the bruised elbow he suffered in Monday night's game.

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