Scouting report: Orioles vs. Tigers


At Tiger Stadium, Detroit

Day ........ Time .... TV .... Starters

FTonight ... 7: 05 .. 13, 50 .. Scott Erickson (11-11, 5.22) vs. Trever ................. ............ Miller (0-1, 3.68)

Tomorrow .. 7: 05 .. 13, 50 .. David Wells (11-13, 4.57) vs. Omar ................. ............ Olivares (7-11, 5.02)

Sunday .... 1: 15 .. HTS ..... Rocky Coppinger (8-6, 5.49) vs. Todd Van ................. ............ Poppel (3-6, 7.89)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Tigers update

A few home run records could fall this weekend. After allowing four home runs to the Yankees yesterday, the Tigers are two home runs from breaking a record (226, by Orioles in 1987) for homers allowed in a season. The Orioles are seven home runs short of breaking the record for home runs by a team in a season. The Orioles should be able to feast on the three starters they will face. Miller kept the Orioles off-balance in his first major-league start last week in Baltimore, and manager Buddy Bell is considering tonight's start a test of Miller's ability to adapt to a team that's seen him before. Olivares, tomorrow's starter, is winless in his past six starts, raising his ERA from 4.34 to 5.02. Sunday's starter, Van Poppel, has pitched well against the weak-hitting Kansas City Royals since joining the Tigers, but has allowed at least five runs in less than three innings in his four starts against the rest of the league. The Tigers staff is on pace to set a record for the highest team ERA in American League history. The 1936 St. Louis Browns had a 6.24 ERA. The Tigers have a 6.38 ERA. Third baseman Phil Nevin sprained his ankle last week against the Orioles and is day-to-day. Center fielder Bobby Higginson scared Orioles manager Davey Johnson with each plate appearance last series, and he'll see more of Higginson -- against both right-handers and left-handers -- this weekend.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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