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Milligan to help inner-city youngsters News reports spur him to action


Randy Milligan watches TV news and reads the newspapers.

He is aware that "kids are getting shot in the street by drug dealers, and 14-year-olds are staying out until 4 in the morning because they have nothing to do. I figured there has to be something I can do about it."

So, Milligan and his wife, Renee, -- in conjunction with the Baltimore Community Foundation -- announced yesterday the establishment of the Randy Milligan Charitable Fund to benefit inner-city youth.

"I thought about when we were kids and some of the activities we had to grow up with, the help we had from a lot of organizations around the inner city," he said. "I thought I could raise some money and alleviate some of the problems here."

Milligan has been involved in numerous volunteer activities as an Oriole, visiting schools and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and working at Roads for Recovery, a center which provides transportation and housing for persons who must travel long distances for medical care.

The Milligans have made a substantial monetary contribution to the project, which begins Aug. 22 with the Randy Milligan Baseball Festival at the Pikesville Hilton, starting at 10 a.m.

Orioles Mike Devereaux, Sam Horn, Mark McLemore, Alan Mills, Arthur Rhodes and coach Elrod Hendricks have donated their services to the day, which will include autographs, grab bags, a live auction and games for the children.

This event will benefit the 44-year-old Forest Park Little League.

"I've been in a lot of causes, but this one has to be the pet project," said Milligan. "I get to do what I feel is right. I get to make a difference.

"Little League is a dying breed. It's how I got my start and learned a lot of my values because I never had a male role model for myself at home."

"We wanted to do something for Baltimore rather than in one of our hometowns because Baltimore has given us so much as a family," said Renee Milligan.

Segui on infield call

With McLemore away from the ballpark awaiting the birth of his first child, and Bill Ripken still nursing a tender shoulder, the Orioles infield corps was depleted last night.

The backup was . . . left-handed-throwing David Segui.

"I have no doubts about him catching the ball," said manager Johnny Oates. "Some of the throws might be a little awkward, depending on the direction."

"I played shortstop in JuCo ball and I think third base once in the minors," said Segui. "A ground ball is a ground ball.

"There might be some trouble with footwork around the bag if I have to play second, and slow rollers at third might be tough. You just have to come around the ball a little bit.

"Hey, anywhere I can play, I'll play."

Segui was only slated to play in an emergency. Ripken was available first if needed.

Williamson to Wing it

Pitcher Mark Williamson is scheduled to leave for Rochester today to continue his rehabilitation assignment with the Red Wings.

"Until we get a spot on the roster and he pitches into shape, he'll be there on permanent assignment," said Oates.

Williamson has been starting for the Double-A Hagerstown Suns. In six appearances, he had an 0-1 record with a 4.91 ERA for the Suns, allowing 13 hits and two walks in 14 2/3 innings.

He will work out of the bullpen in Rochester.

"I've been ready," he said. "I've thrown more in the past two weeks than I did all of spring training."

Dempsey instructing again

Rick Dempsey has cleared waivers and has resumed his duties as an instructor.

Next week, he will be in Hagerstown and Frederick to work with the minor-league catchers, then he will rejoin the Orioles when their trip to Toronto and Kansas City ends.

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