On the field: Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken went hitless in three at-bats last night, and since he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games record, he has three hits in 37 at-bats. But his current slump isn't something that just started: on July 16, he was hitting .297, and since then, his average has dropped more than 40 points.
In the dugout: Orioles pitching coach Mike Flanagan told Ben McDonald to be ready, but the first relievers to throw in the Orioles' bullpen were right-hander Joe Borowski and left-hander Jesse Orosco, in the eighth inning.
In the clubhouse: When the first three Detroit hitters reached base, McDonald was scrambling around the Orioles' clubhouse, dressing quickly in case manager Phil Regan wanted him to start warming up. "But then he settled down," McDonald said, "and threw the ball great. . . . By the fourth inning, it was his game."