Baltimore Orioles reliever Jesse Orosco said today he plans to give the Baseball Hall of Fame a game ball and the jersey he wore Tuesday night, when he set a major league record with his 1,072nd career pitching appearance.
He also plans to donate something to the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, and keep one ball for himself.
Before his historic appearance, Orosco, 42, arranged to have the game ball taken out of play after every pitch. But since Orosco threw only two pitches -- getting Todd Walker to fly out to deep center on a 1-0 pitch -- plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth gave Orosco a third ball as Orosco walked off the mound to a standing ovation.
Orosco said he celebrated privately with his family after leaving the park at close to midnight. "Everyone was still wide awake," he said. "The kids were very excited. It was definitely a night to remember."
The Orioles plan to honor Orosco with a ceremony prior to Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Orosco said the reception he got from the crowd and from his teammates Tuesday night was "more than I thought would happen." Even though he had looked forward to the moment for a long time, he said he was relieved it was over.
"It's nice to get it behind me," he said. "But I'm glad I got to do it at home."
Clark Still Ailing
First baseman Will Clark was out of the lineup a fourth straight day with a hyperextended left elbow, although he was available to pinch-hit. "He can swing, but it's still biting him throwing," said Manager Ray Miller. "We need to give him another day."
Clark's frequent absences this season -- he has started only 65 of the team's 118 games entering tonight -- has made the spring acquisition of Jeff Conine seem that much more important. Conine had four hits including his 10th homer Tuesday night, raising his average to .302.
"He's an everyday player," Miller said. "He's always been a good hitter, but he's been remarkable." . . .
Left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan, one of two pitchers the Orioles acquired for Juan Guzman on July 31, is 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA in 18 Class AAA appearances, with 24 strikeouts and only six walks in 17 2/3 innings. Orioles General Manager Frank Wren said Ryan likely will be called up when rosters expand Sept. 1.