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Hits and misses

On the field: The Detroit Tigers entered last night's game fresh off a powerful three-game sweep of the New York Mets. They had hit 15 home runs in their past four games and were averaging 7.4 runs in their past 14 games. Jimmy Key had none of it. He allowed only five hits, including a bases-empty home run in the eighth inning, to a scalding lineup. Key improved to only 14-13 lifetime against the Tigers and 6-7 at Tiger Stadium. The Orioles have won a franchise- record 10 straight over the Tigers.

In the dugout: Davey Johnson did everything possible to play his reserves. Wednesday's hero, Jeff Reboulet, pinch hit for Brady Anderson, and Pete Incaviglia doubled for Roberto Alomar. Johnson's manipulations allowed Jeffrey Hammonds to play all three outfield positions, something Orioles researchers could not document as happening this season.

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In the clubhouse: "I've never had the opportunity to play this much before, so I'm still learning. I sit here and watch Cal and Raffy and Robbie handle things, and it's something I take seriously. You watch these guys and you want it to rub off on you." -- Hammonds, after his second four-RBI game this season. He now has 12 home runs, two more than his previous major- or minor-league high.

Pub Date: 7/04/97

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