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Fernandez is put on disabled list


Orioles left-hander Sid Fernandez, suffering from a sore left collarbone, was unable to work out yesterday and was put on the 15-day disabled list.

Right-hander Scott Klingenbeck was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and will start against the California Angels tomorrow night.

Klingenbeck is 3-1 for the Red Wings with a 2.85 ERA, and has allowed 43 hits and 10 walks and struck out 29 in 41 innings. The Orioles called up Klingenbeck for one start last June 1 and he beat the Detroit Tigers, 11-5.

Left-hander Arthur Rhodes, who began the year in the Orioles' rotation before being sent down May 26, also was available; he has pitched well in both his starts for Rochester.

But manager Phil Regan said that Rhodes is making progress in his minor-league assignment, trying to correct some flaws in his delivery, and the Orioles want him to be fully ready before returning to the majors.

"Basically what we want to do is get him straightened out and make sure he stays here the next time he comes up," said Regan.

Fernandez pitched pain-free in Sunday's game, Regan said, but woke up Monday morning with pain in his left clavicle. The pitcher, who has declined to talk about the injury, had a magnetic resonance imaging scan Tuesday. Regan didn't know the results of that test before last night's game.

Fan injured

A woman was hit in the left side of her face by Felix Fermin's eighth-inning foul line drive to the right side. She was taken to University Hospital with a possible broken nose. Her condition and name were unavailable late last night.

Palmeiro also guiding force

During the Orioles' West Coast road trip, Regan went to first baseman Rafael Palmeiro and asked him to work with rookies Armando Benitez and Manny Alexander. His request came shortly after a team meeting, in which team sources say Regan yelled at Alexander for cracking a smile.

Since then, Regan says Alexander has started coming out early more for extra grounders and batting practice, and he has started the last three games and is making a bid to win the second-base job.

Palmeiro said: "[Regan] knows that I'm close with those two guys. He felt I could help the situation just by talking with them more often, making sure they're aware of everything going on, making sure they're comfortable with everything. Pretty much take them under my wing, which I did."

Alexander called Palmeiro "a good friend," and said that the first baseman will remind him of little things, like what time he should be at the park, that tomorrow is a day game.

E9 "He's kind of like an older brother," Alexander said.

At the quarter pole

Victories have been elusive at times, but the Orioles are compiling some impressive numbers. In the first 36 games of the year -- the quarter mark in this 144-game season -- they've hit 45 homers. At this rate, they'll total 180, or 34 short of the club record of 214, set in 1985.

Counting the games through Tuesday, Brady Anderson and Harold Baines each had six, and were on pace to hit 24. Palmeiro had nine homers and 30 RBIs, which would project to 36 homers and 120 RBIs. Jeffrey Hammonds was on line to hit 16 homers, Chris Hoiles 20. Among the pitchers, Kevin Brown had five wins, and was on track for 20.

Draft update

The Orioles signed two more draft choices: 15th-round pick Timothy Olszewski, a right-handed pitcher from Trition College, and No. 28 Johnny Isom, an outfielder from Texas Wesleyan. In all, the Orioles have signed nine of their 49 draft picks.


After Manny Alexander's error on a potential double-play ball led to the end of the Orioles' 2-0 lead and Kevin Brown's departure in Seattle's nine-run eighth inning, the bullpen did little to help, turning a 3-2 game into a 9-2 blowout:

Armando Benitez: Walked Alex Diaz. Gave up a grand slam to Edgar Martinez. Hit Tino Martinez with pitch, bringing both teams from dugout.

Alan Mills: Gave up two-run homer to Doug Strange. Retired last two hitters to end inning.

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