Broke into the majors with the Orioles in 1993 and has pitched as a starter and reliever. Attended the University of Arkansas and played in the 1987 and 1989 College World Series.
Born in and resides in La Junta, Colo. Turned 27 on May 30. Is married to Lindi Rae Russell and has two sons, 9-month-old Dallas Russell and 2-year-old Braxton Michael. Earned 12 letters and captained the football, baseball and basketball teams at La Junta High, which former Oriole Tippy Martinez also graduated from.
Favorite music group/performer
Garth Brooks and other country artists
Favorite way to pass time on road trips
Go to the malls
Favorite road city
Chicago. "Just the atmosphere. Where we stay is right downtown. There's a real nice park. There's a lot of things to see."
Toughest hitters he has faced
Mo Vaughn and Albert Belle
If he weren't playing baseball, he'd be . . .
A plumber. "I'd probably be doing that because that's what I do in the off-season."
Earning his first major-league win in his second appearance with the Orioles, pitching five innings of no-hit, shutout relief at Camden Yards. "I just remember walking off and getting a standing ovation. That has to be my best moment."
Most embarrassing moment
"Last year, getting hit with a line drive in the head."
Favorite road stadiums
"I like Yankee Stadium because that's where I made my major-league debut and the whole mystique. And SkyDome, because I seem to pitch good there."
What he remembers about his major-league debut
"I don't even think I threw a strike out in the bullpen. I was a little nervous when I came in because I didn't know how I would do. I threw a first-pitch slider for a strike, and from then on I was fine."