Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 18, 2005; Page D10
BALTIMORE, April 17 -- The extra-base hit drought ended for Rafael Palmeiro. The Baltimore Orioles first baseman doubled in the first inning of Sunday's 8-4 win against the New York Yankees to break a streak of 37 at-bats without an extra-base hit.
"It's going to come," Palmeiro said. "Once everything is in place, I'll drive the ball. It will come in spurts like it did last year. I'm not going to worry about it."
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Palmeiro has yet to hit a home run and Sunday's double was his first of the year. In the offseason, Palmeiro used a personal trainer for the first time in hopes of having more consistency this year. Nine of Palmeiro's 23 homers last year were in September.
"I hope it kicks in now," Palmeiro said. "I'm a little disappointed I haven't gotten more results."
Hendricks Out Indefinitely
Bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, who suffered a stroke on Thursday, won't return to Baltimore until Tuesday at the earliest and will be out indefinitely. He remains in a St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital. The Orioles and Hendricks's wife, Merle, are crediting trainer Richie Bancells for rushing Hendricks to the hospital.
"There's no doubt in her mind that Richie saved Elrod's life," Orioles President Joe Foss said. "She's very appreciative. Richie's personal attention to this was incredible. He's truly one of the finest in all of professional sports." . . .
Daniel Cabrera pitched six innings, allowing three runs, in his best start of the year Sunday.
"I had the same stuff as always," Cabrera said. "It just worked better in the game."