- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 2, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles placed outfielder Jay Gibbons on the 15-day disabled list before last night’s game against the New York Yankees because of back spasms.

The Orioles recalled outfielder Tim Raines Jr. from Class AAA Ottawa to take Gibbons’ spot on the roster.

Gibbons missed seven games after feeling spasms in the lower left side of his back when he singled in the ninth inning against the Yankees on May25. He left the game after the hit and was considered day to day before the Orioles finally placed him on the DL, retroactive to May26.

Gibbons is batting .250 with six homers and 25 RBI this season.

Raines, the son of former major leaguer Tim Raines, was batting .254 with one homer, 13 RBI and 16 steals for Ottawa. It’s his second stint with the Orioles this season after going 0-for-1 and stealing a base in four games in April.

Also, Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora has been named the American League Player of the Month for May. Mora stayed hot at the plate throughout the month, batting .402. Overall, he leads the American League with a .387 average.

Mora is also tops in the league in runs scored with 47. He leads the Orioles in home runs with 10 and is second on the team in RBI with 37. His 43 hits in May were the most by an Oriole since Brooks Robinson had 49 in May 1961.

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