On the field: In the aftermath of Streak Week, there's more speculation that Cal Ripken soon will be moved from shortstop ** to third, but he continues to play well in the field. Last night, in consecutive game No. 2,138, Ripken ranged up the middle to reach a grounder by Tony Fernandez, spun and threw Fernandez out by a step at first. Ripken has played 56 consecutive errorless games.

In the clubhouse: With left-hander Sterling Hitchcock pitching, Orioles manager Phil Regan gave rookie Curtis Goodwin the night off, replacing him with Jarvis Brown. Since being activated off the disabled list, Goodwin has five hits in 17 at-bats.

In the dugout: "We've had a lot of injuries. You hate to use them as an excuse, but we've had a lot of them. But to me, we could've overcome them if we had pitched well." -- Regan.


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