Scouting report: Mets vs. Orioles

THE BALTIMORE SUN

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day, Time, TV, Starters

Tonight, 7: 35, 13, 50 Dave Mlicki (6-10, 4.63) vs. Scott Kamieniecki (9-5, 4.03)

Tomorrow, 1: 15, 45, 5, Brian Bohanon (3-3, 3.22) vs. Rick Krivda (2-0, 7.13)

Sunday, 1: 35, HTS, Rick Reed (10-8, 3.08) vs. Jimmy Key (14-7, 2.87)

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

Mets update

Manager Bobby Valentine just signed a three-year contract extension worth $2 million. Now he'll try to improve his club's 2-7 interleague record. The Orioles are 7-2 in such games. If nothing else, this series will revive talk of the 1969 World Series. The Mets' wild-card hopes are vanishing, dropping to six games behind Florida after losing seven of 10 before Wednesday's 15-6 romp over the San Francisco Giants. Third baseman Edgar Alfonzo isn't to blame; he's batting .331 and playing superb defense. Catcher Todd Hundley (28 home runs) supplies most of the power. John Olerud is 24-for-74 (.324) over his past 21 games. The bullpen has been retooled since the All-Star break, though John Franco (32 saves) remains one of the game's top closers. Former Orioles prospect Alex Ochoa, who came to New York in the Bobby Bonilla trade, is hitting .218.

Pub Date: 8/29/97

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