BALTIMORE, JUNE 8 -- The New York Yankees' revolving door continued to spew forth new faces tonight before the start of a three-game series against the Orioles.
Right-hander Alan Mills and third baseman Jim Leyritz were recalled from Class AAA Columbus. Third baseman Mike Blowers took his .204 batting average and eight errors back to the International League club, and catcher Rick Cerone was placed on the 21-day disabled list with a sore left knee.
In possibly the most significant development, Darrell Evans was hired as batting coach. Within five minutes of assuming that role, he was offering advice to outfielder Roberto Kelly.
Evans's task is monumental, considering the team was batting .241, with three hits in two games, before getting 10 tonight.
"I think he'll make a real difference," said Gene Michael, the former Yankees manager who became the eye-in-the-sky coach Wednesday when Stump Merrill replaced Bucky Dent as manager. "Darrell was an intelligent hitter and he has a good attitude. He has the kind of personality that gets guys to pay attention."
A Stormy Entrance
As the Yankees began batting practice at 6:15 p.m., dark clouds appeared beyond center field. By 6:30 a heavy rain had driven the players from the field to make way for the tarpaulin.
"That's just the black cloud that's been following the Yankees around," an out-of-town writer observed. . . .
For the Orioles, tonight's game was the eighth of 26 straight against American League East teams. They were 5-2 in New York and Milwaukee to close a 9-4 road trip.
Asked if he would like to stay on the road, Manager Frank Robinson said: "No, you're always glad to come home. But you have to play 81 games on the road and it's nice to be able to win our share.
"We're doing a lot of things that make it easier to win. We're putting people on base, we're getting a few timely hits, we're scoring runs and we're getting good pitching and good defense. All those things mean we're giving ourselves a chance to win some games."
Outfielder Brady Anderson, scheduled to start for the first time since Sunday, twisted an ankle during batting practice. . . .
Outfielder Mike Devereaux, placed on the 15-day disabled list May 18 with a pulled hamstring, will begin a rehabilitation assignment Saturday with the Frederick Keys.