- The Washington Times - Monday, June 30, 2003

BALTIMORE — Yesterday’s Old-Timers game at Camden Yards ended the same way the 1983 World Series did — with Baltimore defeating Philadelphia.

The Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 lead and rolled to a 5-2 victory in the four-inning game. Former infielder Glenn Gulliver, who drove in only two runs in the 1983 season, poked a two-run single in the second to give the Orioles the lead. Second baseman Rich Dauer also drove in a run during the rally.

Eddie Murray, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next month, smoked a double off the wall in right field in his first at-bat, then flew out to deep left his second time up.

Other former Orioles who returned included manager Joe Altobelli, general manager Hank Peters, outfielders Al Bumbry and Ken Singleton and pitchers Mike Boddicker, Scott McGregor and Jim Palmer.

One of the loudest ovations during the pregame introductions was reserved for former Phillies reliever Tug McGraw, who underwent surgery in March to remove a malignant brain tumor.

Roberts shelved

Reliever Willis Roberts, who had struggled for more than a month, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ulnar collateral ligament sprain before the game. The Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Hector Carrasco from Class AAA Ottawa to replace Roberts.

Roberts, who will have an MRI on his elbow today, had been a solid setup man last season, but hasn’t followed up that success. The right-hander has posted a 5.72 ERA in 39⅓ innings. He has surrendered at least one run in eight of his last 16 appearances, while posting a 7.13 during that stretch.

“With those type of MRIs, it’s typical to have five or six days completely off,” Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. “Then beyond that you need three or four days where you get back and get ready. I just felt like it would probably be better for him and the ballclub to put him on the DL now.”

The 33-year-old Carrasco, who has pitched in 458 major league games over an eight-year career with Cincinnati, Kansas City, Minnesota and Boston, was 4-2 with a 2.22 ERA and four saves at Ottawa. Carrasco pitched 2⅔ scoreless innings yesterday in relief of starter Rick Helling.

“The last time I saw him he was in Minnesota and it looks like he’s lost a lot of weight,” Hargrove said. “That’s as good as I’ve ever seen him throw. He throws like that, then he’s going to be a welcome addition.”

Second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr., out since May 21 with a broken bone in his foot, was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL to make room for Carrasco on the 40-man roster.

Sakata remembers

Infielder Lenn Sakata was one of several former players who reminisced about the 1983 champions yesterday, as well as how much the game has changed in the last 20 years.

“There’s a lot of money involved now,” said Sakata, now a roving minor league instructor for the San Francisco Giants. “Before it was just play to win because no one was really making a lot of money. For guys that weren’t making a lot of money like me, I was just trying to keep my job.”

Sakata was involved in one of the most bizarre innings in franchise history. On Aug. 23, 1983, Tippy Martinez picked off three Toronto baserunners in the 10th inning while Sakata was being used as an emergency catcher. In the bottom of the inning, Sakata hit a three-run homer to give the Orioles a 7-4 victory.

Comic relief

Philadelphia Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt provided one of the day’s lighter moments on the final play of the Old-Timers game. Former Orioles pitcher Tim Stoddard hit a smash to Schmidt, who ran to the mound before he finally tossed it to Al Holland to get the hefty Stoddard out at first.

Schmidt had a solid day at the plate as well, knocking in a run in the third.

Loewen debuts

Adam Loewen, the Orioles’ first-round pick last year, made his professional debut yesterday with Class A Aberdeen. Facing New York Yankees affiliate Staten Island, Loewen struck out five in two innings without allowing a walk or hit. He did hit a batter.

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