Baltimore Orioles General Manager Roland Hemond, attending Class A affiliate Frederick's bid for the Carolina League championship at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, said he is committed to improving the major league team "in the best method possible.

"We have been building from within, and we don't want to deviate dramatically from that course," he said. "We came off a great season in 1989, but we are not adverse to using other methods as well."

Hemond didn't comment on specific players in which the Orioles might be interested, but said team chemistry would be a key component in any decision.

Manager Frank Robinson said Tuesday night the Orioles "will be much more willing to spend money {on quality free agents} than they were last winter."

Tibbs Deal Finished

The Orioles acquired veteran right-hander Dorn Taylor from the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the June 25 deal for right-hander Jay Tibbs.

Taylor, 32, was the American Association pitcher of the year for the second time in three seasons after posting a 14-6 record with a 2.91 earned run average for the Pirates' Buffalo team.

He has a 3-4 record in 23 appearances with Pittsburgh.

Bumps and Bruises

There was good news and bad news on the injury front. Reliever Gregg Olson threw on the side today and said he might be able to pitch this weekend against the California Angels.

Left-hander Brian DuBois was far less fortunate when he received the results of a CAT scan on his pitching elbow. He was put on the disabled list and will undergo surgery next week.