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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Arthur Rhodes, 1997 Fleer Ultra #10

This Day in Orioles History: August 9, 1993

Orioles 4, Tigers 1 at Tiger Stadium

The red-hot Birds won their eighth in a row, closing within a half a game of the idle Blue Jays. Young lefty Arthur Rhodes stymied the powerful Tigers, taking a shutout into the ninth inning and whiffing eight hitters. No Detroit baserunner made it to third base against Rhodes, and their lone run scored after Alan Mills had relieved the starter.

Rhodes and Tigers veteran Mike Moore traded zeroes until the fifth inning, when journeyman catcher Mark Parent socked a two-run home run to put the O's on top. Brady Anderson followed with a triple and scored on a Mark McLemore sacrifice fly. Baltimore added an insurance run in the ninth when Skeeter Barnes threw wildly to first on a Parent grounder.

It's interesting to note that fifteen years later, two players from this game are still active: Arthur Rhodes was just traded from Seattle to the Marlins to add a veteran presence to their bullpen in the fight for the N.L. East. Shortstop Chris Gomez, who was a rookie with the Tigers in 1993 and eventually put in a few years as a reserve in Baltimore, is now a utility infielder for the Pirates. How time flies.

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