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HITS AND MISSES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

On the field: Eddie Murray is closing in quickly on hit No. 3,000. Murray's two-out, broken-bat RBI single in the first inning was the 2,988th hit of his career, and it was his fourth hit of the series.

In the dugout: The Orioles' offense is in such a funk that manager Phil Regan ordered the infield to play in with a runner on third in the second inning. At the time, Cleveland led 1-0. Regan's strategy paid off -- sort of. The infield was in with Tony Pena at the plate and Manny Ramirez on third, and Pena struck out. But the run scored anyway, when a breaking pitch by starter Scott Klingenbeck skipped past catcher Chris Hoiles.

In the clubhouse: After the Indians completed the three-game sweep, first baseman Rafael Palmeiro asked a couple of writers if they had a drawing board. A drawing board? "Yeah," Palmeiro said. "We've got to go back to it."

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