Effort Against Cuba Criticized by Yankees
By Dave Sheinin
Washington Post Staff Writer
BALTIMORE, May 5—While the Baltimore Orioles have tried to put
Monday night's embarrassing loss to a team of Cuban all-stars behind
them, elsewhere the story will not go away. In today's Bergen (N.J.)
Record, players from the New York Yankees criticized the Orioles' effort
in the 12-6 loss.
Orioles right fielder Albert Belle -- who jogged to first on a ground ball
that he might have beaten out, and who later took 11 straight pitches
without swinging -- was singled out.
"They embarrassed everyone the way they played," closer Mariano Rivera
told the Record. "To get beat like that, it was embarrassing. I don't even
know why they even agreed to the game. I saw Belle, standing there,
taking pitches. That's not him. You could tell the Orioles weren't
Starting pitcher David Cone was aware that the Orioles would have
preferred to have had the day off, but said: "Some games are bigger than
the sport. It's easy as major-leaguers to get wrapped up in your own
schedule, wanting to have a day off. But the political ramifications of that
game were huge. . . . I would try to win that game as hard as any game
I've ever played in."
Cone added he would like the Yankees to get the next shot at the Cubans.
"Tell George [Steinbrenner] to schedule it," he said.
Ready in the Bullpen
Orioles pitcher Scott Kamieniecki threw in the bullpen for about 20
minutes before tonight's game, and Manager Ray Miller said Kamieniecki
will start Saturday in Detroit.
Kamieniecki, who struggled in 1 1/3 innings of work in the Cuba game,
said he felt fine after today's bullpen session.
"I have to start pitching sometime," Kamieniecki said. "And the sooner,
better. . . . I could have started five days ago, but what might be good for
me might not be good for the team. For me, yeah, it will be good [to start
Saturday]. For the team, we'll see."