The Washington Post
Thursday, May 6, 1999; Page D06

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, the
                  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."