Here we go again.
Unlike Tuesday's day-night pairing, tonight's games are in the form of the traditional twi-night affair. Barring extra innings, the matchups should not take as long to complete as Tuesday's 10-hour marathon.
But that may not bar the second game from becoming a marathon for the Indians' Jason Grimsley (2-1, 4.80), who will take on the Orioles' Sid Fernandez (6-5, 5.10) in a meeting of tonight's originally scheduled starters.
Against the Orioles at Jacobs Field on June 28, Indians manager let Grimsley allow 14 hits before he removed him in favor of Derek Lilliquist with nobody out, two runners on and two runs in the ninth inning.
That was the game in which the Orioles scored five runs in the ninth to tie the game. Cleveland slugger Albert Belle, who has hit six home runs in his past eight games, rendered the rally inconsequential, however, when he drove the second pitch thrown by reliever Alan Mills over the fence in right-center to give the Indians a 9-8 victory.
In any event, Hargrove has a history of going long with his starters. This season, he stayed with Grimsley through 130 pitches one night after Charles Nagy threw 145.
Orioles manager Johnny Oates probably would be delighted if Fernandez were around that long.
In his last start, a 6-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics Saturday,
Fernandez lasted three innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs in a 71-pitch performance.
After the game, Fernandez, who came to the Orioles from the New York Mets this season, was the first to lambaste his showing.
Fernandez said the most noticeable thing about changing leagues has been the difference in power hitting.
"It seems like every team in the American League has good power and not just one guy on each team," Fernandez said.
In today's first game, the Orioles' Mike Mussina (14-4, 3.02 ERA) and the Indians' Jack Morris (9-6, 5.20), last night' s originally scheduled starters, were due to meet.
Mussina is 7-1 in his past nine starts.