Data: vs. Minnesota Twins, Memorial Stadium, tonight (7:35), Friday (8:05 p.m.), Saturday (7:35) and Sunday (2:05).
TV: HTS (all games).
Radio: WTOP-1500, WFBR-1300.
Records: Orioles are 46-41. Twins are 37-51.
Injuries: Orioles pitchers Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez are injured. The team hopes to have first baseman Eddie Murray (severely pulled left hamstring) and designated hitter Larry Sheets (pulled muscle near rib cage) back by this weekend.
Starting pitchers: Ken Dixon (8-7, 4.12) vs. Frank Viola (9-7, 5.05), Scott McGregor (6-8, 4.46) vs. Bert Blyleven (8-8, 4.95), Mike Flanagan (3-6, 4.07) vs. Neal Heaton (3-8, 3.94) and Mike Boddicker (11-5, 4.44) vs. Mike Smithson (8-8, 4.88).
If Davis, Sheets and Murray return in the next couple of weeks, the Orioles still hope to salvage something from a season that may have been ruined by injuries. Manager Earl Weaver said, for the rest of the season, he'll play the people who have been producing. That may mean bench time for John Shelby and Mike Young (10 homers, 56 RBI combined).
The Twins are on a pace to hit 225 homers, with five players already having 15 or more, led by Kent Hrbek's 20.
But Minnesota's pitching has been awful. The bullpen has 11 fewer saves (12) than Don Aase (23). Opponents have hit 107 homers, and Blyleven, who has allowed 29, may break the all-time record for home runs allowed in a season (46 by Robin Roberts in 1956).