Orioles' ups and downs


Doug Johns -- UP -- Pitching coach Mike Flanagan's pet project has prevented a disappointing stretch from becoming a catastrophe. Barring a trade, the 30-year-old left-hander will remain a part of the rotation for the near future.

Interleague play -- DOWN -- Last year, it was cool. This year, what was a beauty mark looks more like a wart. Blame it for the two-game series.

Roberto Alomar -- UP -- Trade rumors appear to have invigorated him. Was hitting .387 against left-handers entering the weekend and has rediscovered his total game.

Hideo Nomo -- DOWN -- The Dodgers wanted a starter and a reliever for Nomo and Brad Clontz, released by the Braves this spring. Orioles doctors were not allowed to poke at Nomo.

Buying on the cheap, the New York Mets accepted a no-return policy. The Orioles didn't play that game.

Bullpen madness -- DOWN -- Ray Miller can trust only four relievers. Any 20-year-old with a live arm, a willingness to listen and a sub-6.00 ERA can apply.

Rafael Palmeiro -- UP -- See Alomar. Two game-winning homers against the Seattle Mariners were the perfect answer to stranding nine runners last Sunday. Had 33 RBIs in last 45 games before the Braves hit town.

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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