Then the rains returned for the second game of yesterday's doubleheader and chaos reigned again.
The teams and the league spent a day negotiating a way to avoid playing Monday's makeup game today. But with yesterday's rainout, the Rangers and Orioles will be doing just that.
"Usually, this is a fairly simple procedure," said Derek Irwin, the AL's director of finance and schedule maker after the teams had finally agreed to make up Monday's suspended game with a doubleheader yesterday. "But every now and then you get into a long and drawn-out process like this was."
Irwin and league president Gene Budig made the final call on when to play the game. Irwin said the league wanted to support Orioles owner Peter Angelos' request to give the Baltimore fans a chance to see the game at night. Today was scheduled to be a day off for both teams and the league also wanted to honor the Rangers' need to travel back to Texas for a game tomorrow night.
"It was a very difficult problem," Irwin said. "Both teams understood what we had to do. We took Peter Angelos' wishes and the Rangers' wishes into consideration."
Will Clark, the Rangers' player representative, took exception to a paragraph in the Orioles news release that announced the decision to play the doubleheader. Clark disagreed with the sentence: "Unfortunately, due to scheduling problems pertaining to the Rangers, the clubs were unable to [schedule a replay of Monday's game for tonight]."
Clark's response: "The press release made us seem like we were the fall guys. We were trying to do not only what was best for the Texas Rangers but for the fans of Baltimore by playing a day game Thursday. That got shot down."
Until last night, that is.
Hoiles back in action
Catcher Chris Hoiles returned to the lineup Tuesday night after missing three games after he fouled a ball off his foot.
Hoiles also started yesterday's game, but would have been replaced by Gregg Zaun in the second game if it hadn't been rained out. Hoiles said he could have batted Sunday or Monday, but manager Davey Johnson did not want to take any chances.
"It's still swollen a little bit," Hoiles said. "It's still discolored. There's a little pain in there. But I'm ready to get back out there."
Hoiles said it still hurts to walk on the foot, but the pain is more pronounced when he has to squat behind the plate.
"Catching is a pretty hard position," Hoiles said. "You have to play in pain a lot anyway."
Jimmy Haynes was the Orioles' only bright spot in Tuesday's 7-0 loss. Haynes threw 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits and walking four. The lone run came on a homer by the first batter he faced, Damon Buford.
"He was miserable for two innings, but then he got his release point back," Johnson said. "He's showing some promise."
'Doppler' on call
Head groundskeeper Paul Zwaska was a popular guy in the clubhouse yesterday.
Everyone from pitching coach Pat Dobson to Rafael Palmeiro was grilling him for the latest weather updates. Zwaska has earned the nickname "Doppler" for his efforts, in reference to the radar tracking device that monitors storms.
Zwaska predicts even worse weather for today.
Honors for Bonilla
Bobby Bonilla was selected the Orioles' representative for the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award. True Value Hardware will donate $2,500 to the charity of Bonilla's choice and $1,000 to the Roberto Clemente Foundation on behalf of Bonilla. Bonilla is in the running for the national man of the year award, which carries a $25,000 donation and will be announced at the World Series in September.
Around the horn
Plate umpire Jim McKeon broke his finger in the second inning of the first game on a Cal Ripken foul ball and had to leave. Drew Coble replaced him behind the plate. . . . Jeff Huson will begin his minor-league rehab assignment in a week at Single-A Frederick. He'll be in Frederick for four days and then he'll move on to Double-A Bowie for at least two days. . . . The Orioles signed center fielder Luis Matos, their 10th-round pick in the June draft, last night. The Orioles have reached agreements with five of their first nine picks. . . . The Orioles charity golf outing is scheduled for today. The first annual event's field will include Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Roberto Alomar and Johnson. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. at Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster. . . . Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 19 games. . . . Jeffrey Hammonds did not report to Triple-A Rochester yesterday, but is expected to join the team today. He had 72 hours to report after being demoted Monday.
Fans holding tickets for last night's Orioles-Rangers game can use them today or for one of a number of selected exchange dates listed below. A limited number of $5 general admission seats also will be available at 9 a.m. this morning.
Those living outside a 75-mile radius of Camden Yards are entitled to a cash refund. Full season-ticket holders must use their rain checks for today's makeup game. Fans using rain checks from last night's game will be entitled to the same seat location. Season permit parking holders may use their parking pass from last night's game.
Date(s) .. .. .. .. .. Opponent
July 16 .. .. .. .. .. .Toronto
July 24 .. .. .. .. ..Minnesota
Aug. 12 .. .. .. .. ..Milwaukee
Aug. 14 .. .. .. .. ..Milwaukee
Aug. 26, 27, 28 .. .. ..Oakland
Sept. 11 .. .. .. .. ...Chicago
Pub Date: 6/20/96