UPS AND DOWNS
Rafael Palmeiro -- UP -- In one of those streaks when, with each at-bat, you wonder if he'll hit a homer.
Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- Give the Mets anything but Alex Ochoa and Rocky Coppinger, the plums of a generally fruitless farm system.
Jeffrey Hammonds -- EVEN -- Hurt again. Maybe its a good time for him to sit down and get his head clear for the stretch drive, because he was really struggling.
Chris Hoiles -- UP -- Funny how this game goes: A month ago, the Orioles were looking for alternatives. Now they're desperate for him to get healthy again.
Jeff Manto -- DOWN -- Funny how this game goes: He carried the team in early June, and since he came off the DL, they're looking for alternatives at third base.
Curtis Goodwin -- DOWN -- Coming back down to earth.
Greg Zaun -- EVEN -- A great backup catcher, strong defense and enthusiasm. But he hurts as an everyday player because they really need some hits.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Put yourself in my situation, hitting a home run in the 13th inning against the team that basically said, 'We don't want you.' What do you think I was feeling?"
Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro,
after beating the Rangers on
STAT OF THE WEEK
In five games from July 15 to July 19, the Orioles bullpen gave up six hits, 10 walks and zero runs and struck out 13 in 17.1 innings. Their streak of scoreless innings ended Thursday in Minnesota.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday-Thursday: Vs. Texas. Texas manager Johnny Oates plays his first game in Camden Yards since leaving the Orioles. And so does Mark McLemore, and Jack Voigt, and general manager Doug Melvin... Nobody besides former Ranger Rafael Palmeiro is going to speak of a desire to beat up on his former team (Kevin Brown, Jamie Moyer and Jeff Huson all played for Texas as well), but certainly there's an inherent rivalry here.
Friday-Sunday: Vs. Chicago. A seriously disappointing year for the White Sox, who have paid dearly for their decisions not to re-sign ace Jack McDowell or cleanup-hitter Julio Franco. The White Sox are playing under interim manager Terry Bevington, who hasn't turned the team around but can be counted on for a nasty rhubarb with an umpire at some point during the series.
It's sometimes easy to forget how good a defensive outfielder Brady Anderson is, but this week in Texas, he went above and beyond, making several running catches in the gap. Nobody in baseball makes the play going to the line better than Anderson.
In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Ben McDonald was pounded by the Twins, giving up six hits and five runs in 2.2 innings.
What separates the Minnesota Twins from the rest of the major-league teams is their brutal pitching staff. In two days in the Metrodome the Orioles got 10 hits.
A MOVE THAT PAID OFF...
Switching Arthur Rhodes to the bullpen has been tremendous for both he and the Orioles. As manager Phil Regan said, maybe he's one of those guys who's better off not having four days to dwell on his next appearance.
AND ONE THAT DIDN'T
The way Jeff Manto is moving since coming off the disabled list (pulled hamstring) makes one wonder if he was really ready to get back in the lineup.