With no 2nd chance, it's show time
CLEVELAND -- With the Orioles eliminated for a chance at a share of second place, manager Johnny Oates has more flexibility with his lineup for the final games.
"I told the young guys [Thursday] that the lineup would depend on what Milwaukee did," Oates said. "As long as we had a chance to tie for second, they would have to wait."
Steve Scarsone was the first of the call-ups to get an opportunity, making his first start for the Orioles at second base last night.
Oates did not indicate whether he would make other changes for the games today and tomorrow.
Players vote on sharing shares
The Orioles held a meeting at the team hotel yesterday afternoon to vote on their share of the postseason money pool.
The first three finishers in each division share in the proceeds. Yesterday's meeting was to decide on grants to players who weren't with the club for the full season and non-uniformed personnel.
Three hits that made AL history
Cleveland Indians second baseman Carlos Baerga last night accomplished an impressive offensive statistic.
Baerga got three hits to reach the 201 hits for the season.
He became the first second baseman in American League history to have a .300 average, 20 home runs, 100 RBI and 200 hits.
The only other second baseman to perform the feat was Rogers Hornsby, who did it five times -- three with the St. Louis Cardinals and once each with the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs.
Although no American League second baseman had done it, Baerga isn't the first middle infielder to reach those numbers in the American League.
Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken did it in his MVP years -- 1983 and last year.
The Orioles will dedicate several areas of their new ballpark, with ceremonies to be held at a later date.
The ticket office plaza and entrance at the north end of the warehouse will be Edward Bennett Williams Plaza, in honor of the former owner.
The right-field flag court will be Eli S. Jacobs Plaza, honoring the team's current owner.
The tomato plants growing in the sod farm in center field will be dedicated to former manager Earl Weaver and former groundskeeper Pat Santarone.
The training room in the Orioles clubhouse will be named in honor of former trainer Ralph Salvon and club physician Dr. Leonard Wallenstein.
And the dressing room used by the Orioles Bird mascot will be dedicated in memory of Jamie Parker, who was the Oriole Bird from June 1990 until his death in November 1991.
Also, the Orioles Hall of Fame will be relocated on the wall along the north end of the Eutaw Street corridor, and each of the 23 members will have a plaque bearing his likeness.