Rochester working agreement extended two years to 1999 Clubs have oldest affiliation in Triple-A, dating to 1961


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- On a night in which baseball's greatest streak was honored, the Orioles continued one of their own.

The Orioles and Rochester Red Wings announced before last night's exhibition game at Frontier Field that they have extended their working agreement through the 1999 season. The clubs have been affiliated since 1961, the longest-running marriage in Triple-A.

"For 37 years this has been a long-standing, productive relationship," said Syd Thrift, the Orioles' director of player development. "We're very pleased to continue this relationship for another two years. The Rochester organization is first-class from top to bottom."

The Red Wings have had just two parent clubs in their history: the St. Louis Cardinals from 1928 to 1960 and the Orioles since '61.

The Red Wings honored their most famous alumnus, Cal Ripken, by placing a banner with "2,401" -- Ripken's consecutive-games streak to date -- on a warehouse building in right field, similar to what the Orioles did during Ripken's countdown to breaking Lou Gehrig's record in 1995.

Anderson goes deep

Home runs and Brady Anderson haven't been mentioned in the same sentence often this season, but last night he stole the show in the home run derby. Anderson hit seven, one over the top row of signs in right field, to help the Orioles win the pre-game contest, 10-8.

First baseman Rafael Palmeiro hit two, and outfielder Geronimo Berroa added one for the Orioles. The Red Wings' trio included outfielders Scott Bullett (five) and Danny Clyburn (one) and first baseman Tommy Davis (two).

Around the horn

Pitchers Jimmy Key (honeymoon) and Mike Mussina (flu) missed last night's exhibition, along with second baseman Roberto Alomar. Alomar, who played in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cleveland, was not on the Orioles' flight to Rochester. "We heard through the grapevine that someone was sick in his family. I'll address that when I see him. He was supposed to be here," Orioles manager Davey Johnson said. The Orioles' brass accompanied the team, including general manager Pat Gillick, assistant GM Kevin Malone, Thrift and vice president of business and finance Joe Foss.

Pub Date: 7/11/97

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