ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Center fielder Brady Anderson isn't going to hit 50 home runs this season, but he appears to have recaptured his power stroke. He homered off Anaheim Angels starter Ken Hill in the third inning yesterday and has three homers in his past seven games.
Anderson opened the season with a broken rib, which clearly affected his ability to drive the ball during the early weeks of the season. Instead, he concentrated more on reaching base and spent much of the first half among the league leaders in on-base percentage.
He has been doing a little bit of everything lately, even though he has been hobbled by a sore knee and a bruised calf. The home run extended his hitting streak to 10 games and gave him four tTC homers and 13 RBIs since July 22. Though he cannot be expected to duplicate last year's numbers, he is on pace for a respectable 18-homer, 85-RBI season.
Second baseman Roberto Alomar has been at the club's minor-league facility in Sarasota, Fla., rehabbing his strained groin, but manager Davey Johnson said yesterday that he expects Alomar to be in Baltimore by tomorrow to continue his treatment with the major-league training staff.
Alomar has been on the disabled list since he suffered the injury July 29. He is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Thursday, but almost certainly will need more time to recover sufficiently.
Saturday night in review
Right-hander Scott Kamieniecki pitched one of his best games of the season on Saturday night, giving up just a run on three hits in seven innings, but said he was not frustrated at the club's inability to get him a victory in a 4-3 loss.
"I don't think it's frustrating," he said. "It was a heck of a ballgame. We hit [Chuck] Finley pretty good."
The game got away when left-hander Arthur Rhodes had a rare late-inning blowup and gave up three runs in the eighth inning. Rhodes was frustrated, but Kamieniecki tried to console him later in the clubhouse.
"I said, 'Hey, everybody's entitled to a bad game,' " Kamieniecki said. "I don't think he has had one all year. I don't think this team is going to lose any confidence in him. He has done it so many times."
Johnson had sent in a pinch hitter for Mike Bordick in the Orioles' two-run ninth inning on Saturday night and considered using Tony Tarasco to hit for reserve second baseman Jeff Reboulet. Reboulet ended up batting for himself and struck out with one out and the tying run on base, but if he had been replaced and the Orioles had tied the game, Johnson would have had quite an infield configuration in the bottom of the inning.
He said that he likely would have used B. J. Surhoff at second base, Cal Ripken at short and Tarasco at third. Surhoff would not be that out of place. He can play virtually every position and did show up at second occasionally when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Tarasco, however, has played the outfield almost exclusively throughout his professional career. The only exception was the 1992 minor-league season at Double-A Greenville, where he got a little playing time at second base.
Mays next target for Murray
Angels DH Eddie Murray singled in the sixth inning yesterday to move past Nap Lajoie into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time hit list with 3,253. Some 30 hits behind No. 9 Willie Mays, the low-key former Oriole is less than excited by the chase.
"I don't look into stuff like that," the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer said after tying Lajoie Friday.
Around the horn
Angels outfielder Tim Salmon moved into a tie for fourth place on the Angels' all-time home run list when he homered off Orioles starter Jimmy Key to lead off the second inning. It was his 141st career homer, tying former Angels captain and current Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor. The Orioles have an off day today before opening a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics tomorrow night at Camden Yards.
Pub Date: 8/11/97