On the field: Second baseman Bret Barberie had his best defensive game of the year last night, making two strong plays. First, in the second inning, he ranged far to his left, into the second base hole, gloved a grounder by Wally Joyner and threw to first base. Then, in the fourth inning, he dove to his right to snag a hard roller by Bob Hamelin, got to his feet and gunned down the Royals' designated hitter.

In the dugout: Left-hander Mike Magnante replaced Royals starter Tom Gordon in the fourth inning, and when Harold Baines came to bat in the fifth, Orioles manager Phil Regan let him hit rather than go to a right-hander, a left-right switch he had made several times before. Baines mashed a long homer to right.

In the clubhouse: -- "These were probably the best three days I've ever had in my career. Things have gone well for me here. I don't want to go. . . . This makes me feel like I really belong." -- Orioles catcher Greg Zaun, who drove in seven runs in the three-game series.

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