Baines has no trouble talking way back into lineup


CHICAGO -- All Orioles manager Johnny Oates needed yesterday was a few words of encouragement from Harold Baines to write the veteran designated hitter's name in the lineup. Originally, Baines, who sat out Friday night's game, was scheduled to get the day off to rest his left knee.

But after reaching base five straight times (three hits, two walks) in Saturday night's 9-6 win over the Chicago White Sox, Baines said he was ready to play yesterday. "He said he felt great," said Oates, who plans to give Baines at least one day off during the three-game series in Kansas City.

"The AstroTurf really kills him," said Oates. Baines reached base for a sixth straight time with a first-inning single yesterday, then saw the streak end with a fly to left in the fourth.

"No setbacks," Baines said after the game, which means he'll probably play again tonight.

"I expect he's going to say he's OK," said Oates, "and if he does, then he'll be in there. Then I'll see how he feels Tuesday.

"But I don't expect to use him Wednesday, regardless," said Oates. "I don't think he could play both Wednesday and Thursday. We won't get back [to Baltimore] until about 4 a.m., and I'd rather have him ready to play at home."

Carey up, Telford down

Paul Carey rejoined the Orioles yesterday, and right-hander Anthony Telford was returned to Triple-A Rochester. Telford spent a week with the club as an emergency 12th pitcher and worked four scoreless innings in two games.

Carey, who was with the Orioles May 25 to June 24, was added to provide another left-handed hitter. He pinch hit yesterday in the eighth inning and popped out. At Rochester, he was hitting .321, with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 50 games (168 at-bats).

The Orioles will have to make another roster move Thursday, when outfielder Brady Anderson comes off the disabled list.

'83 O's, Sox renew rivalry

Members of the 1983 Orioles and White Sox played a scoreless old-timers game yesterday afternoon. The Orioles needed a ringer to prevent a no-hitter being thrown against them.

Brooks Robinson, who had been retired six years and installed in the Hall of Fame before the teams met for the American League pennant,got the only Baltimore hit.

There was one other significant at-bat in the game. White Sox left-hander Britt Burns struck out Tito Landrum -- one at-bat and 10 years too late for Chicago fans. It was a home run by Landrum off Burns that broke a 0-0 tie and ignited a 3-0 win for the Orioles in the fourth game of that best-of-five series.

Segui creeps up on leaders

David Segui leads the Orioles with a .317 average, and is close to joining the league leaders.

With 219 plate appearances, Segui is 32 shy of being eligible for ranking. His current average would put him among the top 10 AL hitters.

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