HITS AND MISSES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

On the field: The Blue Jays' seventh inning ended unusually. Toronto had a runner at first and two outs when Shawn Green hit a chopper to shortstop Cal Ripken, who fielded the ball and flipped to second baseman Manny Alexander -- who hadn't moved to cover second base and was standing about eight feet from the base. Alexander, though, fired to first to barely nip Green for the final out.

In the dugout: Third baseman Leo Gomez had one hit in six games since taking over for the injured Jeff Manto, so yesterday Orioles manager Phil Regan gave utility man Jeff Huson a chance to play there. Huson made a nice backhanded stop and throw to get Ed Sprague in the first inning, but went 0-for-3, popping out twice.

In the clubhouse: "I feel terrible. I feel like I'm responsible." -- Blue Jays right fielder Shawn Green, who dropped a fly ball in the middle of the Orioles' seven-run rally in the ninth inning.

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