- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 30, 2002

BALTIMORE Mike Bordick set two fielding records Friday night without ever realizing it.
All right, so his three putouts in the eighth inning of the Baltimore Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies aren't much of a record, having been accomplished countless times in baseball history.
Bordick's other mark 60 straight games without an error at shortstop is noteworthy, however, even if the Orioles' veteran was unaware he had surpassed his career-best streak.
"I didn't know when it was. I read something about it in the paper this morning," he said before last night's game at Camden Yards. "There have been a few balls, I think, that should have been errors. So I'm kind of downplaying this."
Bordick, who went 59 games without an error while playing for the Oakland Athletics in 1993, had a particularly close call in Arizona last week, when he felt he should have been charged with an error after booting a hard bouncer to his left. He even went so far as to ask the Diamondbacks' official scorer to review the play the next day, though the original ruling stood.
"I think when a pitcher makes good pitches and balls are put into play that should be outs and they're not made, then we'll take the error," Bordick said.
The streak also spans 326 consecutive chances in the field, sixth longest in history among American League shortstops. The feat is all the more impressive considering Bordick missed the final 104 games of last season with a separated right shoulder.
"I just wanted to prove to myself that I could come out and play," he said. "I still think my arm has some improving to do. It has felt better since it's warmed up a little. Hopefully, it continues to get stronger."

Conine not ready yet
Though he is eligible to come off the disabled list today, it appears first baseman Jeff Conine won't be activated until after the All-Star break.
Conine, out since June 15 with a strained right hamstring, has been running at what he termed "60 percent" speed the last two days. The Orioles will want to see him get up to full speed before bringing him back.
With the team headed west after today's game to finish out the first half at Anaheim and Texas, it might make the most sense to let Conine rest until after the All-Star break, which starts a week from tomorrow.
"You don't want to be into a situation where I'm going to be ready for the last two games of the Texas series. There's really no sense in doing that," Conine said. "Just give me the extra days going into the All-Star break."
Said manager Mike Hargrove: "I wouldn't be real surprised if we waited that long, to tell you the truth."

Extra bases
Second baseman Brian Roberts was back in the starting lineup last night after missing two games with a cramp in his left leg. Roberts did not start until completing a light afternoon workout with no problems.
The Orioles will find out who has made the AL All-Star team after today's game against the Phillies. Yankees manager Joe Torre is likely to choose third baseman Tony Batista (17 homers, 46 RBI, .268 average) or left-handed reliever Buddy Groom (2-2, 2.03 ERA).


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