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Hits and misses

On the field: Shortstop Mike Bordick served as the catalyst for both Orioles rallies by singling in the eighth and ninth innings. He also had lined back to Roger Clemens with a runner on second in the fifth inning. The shot was the hardest hit ball all day off Clemens. Victimized by more great plays than any other Oriole, Bordick's day began inconspicuously with him grounding into a third-inning double play. Bordick, hitting .216, is 6-for-17 in his last five games.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson went against the percentages in the Orioles' two-run eighth inning by overlooking right-handed-hitting Pete Incaviglia with one out, runners at second and third, and Roberto Alomar due up against lefty Dan (( Plesac. Because of a strained left shoulder, switch-hitter Alomar had to hit left-handed against Plesac. Johnson contemplated using the slumping Incaviglia, but noticed his career 0-for-17 against Plesac. Alomar struck out.

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In the clubhouse: "If they feel we need a hitter, then that's what they're going to try to do. If they feel we need a pitcher, then they'll try to do that. I think we've got a strong lineup, regardless." -- B. J. Surhoff on the rumored acquisition of a DH-type hitter to protect Rafael Palmeiro in the lineup.

Pub Date: 6/22/97

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