The Orioles (13-10) win three of five games but lose right-hander Jim Palmer (sore back) to the disabled list. Palmer had begged off a start in Seattle amid jabs that he'd rather not pitch in the hitter-friendly Kingdome.
"That's crap," Palmer says. "The way I feel, it wouldn't matter if we were playing in Yosemite Park. I haven't felt normal all season."
Who'll replace the future Hall of Famer? The club beckons Mike Boddicker, 25, a breaking ball artist, from Triple-A Rochester. He'll become an ace of the staff.
Meanwhile, Scott McGregor wins his third straight complete game, 9-1, over the Mariners, and Mike Flanagan improves to 4-0, retiring the last 10 batters in a 4-2 defeat of the California Angels. Struggling of late, Cal Ripken Jr. hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning to win it.
Ken Singleton also shakes off an early slump (.191), getting six hits as the team takes two of three from Seattle. But a former Oriole and a future Oriole stick it to Baltimore. Doug DeCinces, an alum, homers twice in a 16-8 romp by the Angels. And Todd Cruz drives in four runs in a 6-2 loss to the Mariners. Come June, Cruz will be an Oriole.