ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orioles player representatives Mike Mussina and Jim Poole were encouraged by their union's ability to come to an agreement with the Orioles on playing a day-night doubleheader July 26 against the Cleveland Indians.
"We try to take care of the fans as best we can," Mussina said. "Also, we wanted to prove it's actually possible to sit down and get something accomplished without hitting each other over the head and without it being an 11th-hour situation. We didn't want it to be us against them. The last time when we turned it down in '92 it was poorly handled and it was a last-minute thing. This time we had time."
Poole, the Orioles' assistant player rep, liked the tone of the agreement.
"When is the last time the owners' side and our side actually got together and got something done with no animosity, no screaming, no one banging any tables?" Poole said.
Gene Orza of the players association handled the negotiations for the players from the Orioles and Indians, each of whom will be paid approximately $2,000 extra.
"Most of us will give the money to charity," Poole said.
Said Orioles manager Johnny Oates: "I don't know what to read into it. I do know I was surprised. It's a step."
Hammonds tests new brace
Jeffrey Hammonds tested a custom-fit knee brace designed for anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knees before last night's game.
Hammonds tore the ACL joint during a high school football game and never had it repaired in surgery. As a result, he essentially does not have an ACL.
"That's basically right," Hammonds said. "There's no way of knowing for sure unless they go in there, but there is no reason to go in there."
The condition is fairly common among athletes, especially football players.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos took in last night's game, but that wasn't his sole purpose for making the trip to Southern California.
Angelos again met with officials from the Los Angeles Rams to discuss purchasing part of the team and moving it to Baltimore.
Fernandez seeks better half
Left-hander Sid Fernandez makes his first start of the second half tonight when he opposes California's Phil Leftwich.
Fernandez, who returned to his native Hawaii during the All-Star break, has allowed 20 home runs in 90 2/3 innings. "I'd like to do a lot of things better this half," Fernandez said. "Not just one thing."
Pennington to start
Rochester Red Wings left-hander Brad Pennington has been moved from the bullpen into the starting rotation to give him more innings to work on developing reliable pitches other than his fastball. Pennington is scheduled to start either tomorrow or Sunday.
In other news at Rochester, Paul Carey made his 1994 Red Wings debut and went 2-for-4 with a single and a two-run home run in a 9-6 comeback victory over the Syracuse Chiefs. The Red Wings trailed 6-0 after Arthur Rhodes allowed six unearned runs in four innings.
Carey suffered a broken wrist during spring training, underwent rehabilitation for the injury in Florida, then spent two weeks playing for Single-A Frederick.
D. Smith trade completed
The Angels decided to take Bowie Baysox outfielder Bo Ortiz as the player to be named in the trade for Dwight Smith on June 14.
Ortiz, not considered a top prospect, was hitting .309 with 21 doubles 10 home runs and 54 RBIs for the Orioles' Double-A affiliate.
What: Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians, day-night doubleheader.
When: July 26, 1:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.
Gates open: Noon for first game, 6:30 p.m. for second game.
Tickets: More than 16,000 tickets for the first game, which is a makeup of a May 7 rainout with the Indians, will go on sale today at 10 a.m. via TicketMaster, PhoneCharge, all regular Orioles ticket outlets and the Oriole Park box office. Fans with rain checks from the May 7 game can use them for the day contest. After July 26, the May 7 rain checks will have no value. No complimentary tickets from May 7 will be honored.
Parking: Season-ticket holders can use their May 7 parking ticket at Oriole Park (lots A, B, C, D, F) for the day game. Fans wishing to park on the Oriole Park lots for both games can purchase a second game parking coupon in the parking lot between games.