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Tanana controls Davis with pinpoint pitches


The Orioles were shut down offensively in the latter part of yesterday's 7-4 loss, largely because Detroit Tigers starter Frank Tanana was able to handle designated hitter Glenn Davis.

Davis, who is 4-for-30 (.133) since hitting two home runs in Seattle on May 26, was hitless in four at-bats, including three strikeouts, and left a runner in scoring position three times.

"He pitched me tough," said Davis, who admitted to some frustration over his slump, which has dropped his average to .215. "It's a bad combination when you're not swinging well and he's making good pitches.

"It makes for a long day. I made him look like Cy Young. When he did throw me fastballs, he was able to pinpoint them," said Davis, who twice took fastballs for third strikes after mainly seeing off-speed pitches.

"The one at-bat where I might've helped the team, the ball went foul," Davis said of a drive down the leftfield line with two on and two out in the seventh, when the score was still 4-4.

* SHOT FOR JOHNSON? The Tigers are looking for pitching depth, and that search could lead them to former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson. The Tigers apparently are going to contact Johnson this week to discuss the possibility of a Triple-A contract.

Johnson spent spring training with the California Angels and opened the season with that club's Triple-A Edmonton Trappers franchise, but he was released and is back home in the Baltimore area.

* AROUND THE HORN: The Orioles came into the game with six victories in their past seven games in which a lefthander started for the opposition. . . . Tanana is one of 13 pitchers to have beaten the Orioles 20 times or more in his career. He and Bert Blyleven are the only two still active. . . . Saturday night's game was the first this year in which the Orioles did not draw a walk. . . . When Mike Flanagan faced 13 batters in the eighth inning on Saturday night, he came within three batters of tying the American League record for batters faced by one pitcher in the same inning. . . . Rick Sutcliffe has not pitched in Cleveland since June 6, 1984, when he was a member of the Indians. His last victory there was April 23, 1984.

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