The Orioles take two of three from the Oakland Athletics, then do the same against the Seattle Mariners to recapture first place in the American League East for the third time this spring. Mike Flanagan wins twice, becoming the first pitcher in the majors to win six games, and — surprise! — right-hander Dennis Martinez reels off back-to-back complete-game victories after struggling to a 1-5 start.
"This is a new month," Martinez says. "I don't think about April anymore."
Others break out of their own slumps. For the first time, Cal Ripken Jr. hits two home runs in one game, a 9-2 rout of the A's, and then knocks in the only run in a 1-0 win over the Mariners and Hall of Fame-bound pitcher Gaylord Perry.
"That's not one to forget," Ripken said. "The way I was hitting [last week], they could have rolled the ball up there and I couldn't have hit it."
Ken Singleton is heating up, too, with a home run and three RBIs in an 8-6 victory over Oakland. Tippy Martinez pitches stellar relief in that game, enticing the A's to chase his breaking balls in the dirt.
"With [catcher Rick] Dempsey back there, you can throw the ball down that far and he'll dig it out every time," Martinez says. "One landed 3 or 4 feet in front of home plate and he still blocked it."