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Krivda gives Regan a starter to remember

THE BALTIMORE SUN

CHICAGO -- Rick Krivda was angry last year when the Orioles called up Scott Klingenbeck for one start. This year, Krivda was the one who was promoted for one game, and when Orioles manager Phil Regan told him yesterday morning that he was going back to the minors, Krivda thanked him for the chance.

Krivda, called up Friday, pitched well in his major-league debut, allowing seven hits and two runs and striking out seven against the White Sox.

But because the Orioles will suddenly be loaded with starting pitchers this week, when Ben McDonald and Kevin Brown are expected to come off the disabled list, Krivda is going back to Triple-A Rochester.

In his place, the Orioles promoted reliever Joe Borowski from Double-A Bowie, reinforcement for their bullpen yesterday and today. Borowski likely will be returned to the minors in the next few days.

Krivda, Regan said, gave him and pitching coach Mike Flanagan something to remember if they ever need a starter. "I told him that he made a great impression, and he should keep working hard," Regan said. "The impression he made sticks in your mind, and you're not afraid to call him back."

The Orioles' plan all along was to use Krivda for one game before sending him back, no matter how well he pitched. Regan debated whether to tell the left-hander before his start, but he decided to wait until yesterday morning.

"I'm not sure that if I were a player, I would want to know I was going down after a game," Regan said.

Rearranging the rotation

Regan has been figuring how to line up his rotation after the All-Star break, and these are his tentative, revised plans, with the addition of Scott Erickson: In the four games against Kansas City, Mike Mussina, McDonald, Jamie Moyer and Erickson, and then in the first game in Texas on July 17, Brown will pitch.

That assumes, of course, that McDonald and Brown will be ready to come off the disabled list. McDonald will throw again today, his first time since experiencing some recurring shoulder soreness.

Two amateur selections sign

The Orioles have agreed to terms with their third- and fourth-round selections from the June amateur draft. The third-round pick was Darrell Dent, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Montclair Prep in California. Dent is regarded as one of the best athletes in the draft. Some teams passed on him because they thought he had deteriorating eyesight, but the Orioles checked his vision and think he'll be OK.

The No. 4 pick is Louis Fisher, from Fremont (Calif.) High, a right-handed pitcher. The Orioles continue to talk with No. 1 pick Alvie Shepherd Jr. and No. 2 pick Charles Alley.

Harris' elbow still hurting

Gene Harris, diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow, threw off a mound yesterday for the first time in three weeks and had mixed results. Despite his injury, he can throw the ball hard, but he said he felt some pain in his elbow.

"I figured it would be that way because of the time off," Harris said. "It felt like spaghetti in there. . . . It wasn't great and it wasn't terrible. I threw mostly fastballs, some changeups, a few breakers [sliders]."

One of his options in dealing with his injury is reconstructive surgery, but Harris hopes to avoid that; he wants to come back with a strong rehabilitation program.

However, if the pain in his elbow persists, he may have the operation. He'll try to throw again tomorrow. "Maybe by Monday," he said. "Then I'll know. . . . I can't keep going on the disabled list, off the DL. I can't keep doing that to this team."

Harris tried adjusting his mechanics yesterday, making his arm angle more perpendicular to the ground than it had been. In this way, some stress in his motion can be shifted from his elbow to his shoulder.

Around the horn

Since June 22, Orioles pinch hitters are 8-for-12 with six RBIs and three extra-base hits. Before that, they were hitting .240 (12-for-50) with three RBIs and one extra-base hit. . . . After going 0-for-4 last night, first baseman Rafael Palmeiro is in an 0-for-20 slump, his longest hitless streak since he's been with the Orioles. . . . The Orioles have committed only one error in their last nine games. . . . The batting average of right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds has sunk from .293 on June 3 to .250 through Friday's game. . . . Regan: "I'm not sure the All-Star break is going to be good for us, because we're starting to play well." . . . . Regan may watch Jeff Manto on Monday in one of his rehabilitation starts for Bowie.

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