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Hits and misses

THE BALTIMORE SUN

On the field: Who says a walk is as good as a hit? In the eighth inning, B. J. Surhoff already had taken two steps toward first base before plate umpire John Hirschbeck called the 3-0 pitch a strike. On the next pitch from Gil Heredia, Surhoff hit a two-run home run to center field.

In the dugout: Texas general manager Doug Melvin said before the game the Rangers' pitching staff was allowing too many walks. Starter Darren Oliver walked in a run in the fourth inning and was pulled by manager Johnny Oates after walking Cal Ripken -- his fifth free pass -- in the fifth.

In the clubhouse: Orioles manager Davey Johnson said he prefers pitcher's duels to the slugfests his team has played recently. "I like low-scoring games," Johnson said. "Less can happen."

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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