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Hammonds still hampered by knee soreness


SEATTLE -- Right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds was not in the Orioles' lineup last night for the third night in a row because of soreness in his right knee.

As it turned out, the game was postponed when a piece of ceiling tile fell into the seats behind home plate. If the Orioles and Seattle Mariners play a doubleheader today, Hammonds is a "maybe" for one of the games, said Orioles manager Johnny Oates.

"I think all I need is one more day and I should be ready to go," Hammonds said before the game was postponed.

On the farm

Left-hander Rick Krivda remains the most likely candidate for a promotion to the majors.

Scott Klingenbeck is out with a mild elbow strain and Jimmy Haynes, who went 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA at Triple-A Rochester, has returned to Double-A Bowie.

"I'm a big believer in guys not taking shortcuts," Orioles assistant general manager Doug Melvin said. "I still believe that's sometimes a problem with our game."

Sabo injures hip

Orioles third baseman Chris Sabo left Monday night's 7-5 loss to the Mariners at the end of the fourth inning because of a strained left hip.

Sabo injured the hip while doing his back exercises before the game. It grew progressively worse during the game and he aggravated it making an unassisted force play for the final out of the fourth inning.

Sabo spent 15 days on the disabled list in May when he suffered from a back strain.

He was in the lineup as the designated hitter for last night's postponed game.

Palmeiro streaking

Homering for the fourth time in five games, Rafael Palmeiro reached the second deck of seats beyond the right-field fence on Monday night.

"I don't know how it got up there because I didn't hit it good," Palmeiro said. "It was a changeup and I was out in front of it. I can hit them up there when I hit a fastball good, but I didn't hit that one good."

It was Palmeiro's 19th home run.

Day-night doubleheader

Tuesday's doubleheader at Camden Yards against the Cleveland Indians will be the fifth home day-night doubleheader in club history and the first since 1961.

The others, with the day-game attendance figure listed first:

* 1. June 9, 1956, vs. Kansas City A's (3,733; 9,393).

* 2. Aug. 18, 1956, vs. New York Yankees (12,840; 27,425).

* 3. April 22, 1961, vs. Yankees (12,536; 14,126).

* 4. Sept. 2, 1961, vs. Cleveland Indians (6,890; 7,896).

As of yesterday, there were 10,000 tickets on sale for the day game and 1,000 remaining for the night game.

Nine of the 12 road day-night doubleheaders have been played at Fenway Park, including one July 31, 1992.

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