HITS AND MISSES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

On the field: Texas left fielder Mark McLemore fouled a pitch off his foot in the first inning, the ball taking a funny hop toward first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. McLemore, for some reason, started running to first, and so when plate umpire Larry Barnett called a foul ball, Orioles manager Phil Regan came out of the dugout and argued mildly. After all that, McLemore got back into the batter's box -- and grounded out to Palmeiro.

In the dugout: Out of the starting lineup Wednesday, Orioles rookie center fielder Curtis Goodwin was back in the order last night. He was 0-for-4 and has five hits in 43 at-bats (.116) since the All-Star break.

In the clubhouse: "It doesn't matter if we're going home or Cleveland or anywhere after winning this one. We've been waiting for this one for a while." -- Rangers manager Johnny Oates, after Texas broke its 10-game losing streak

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