Davis delivers for O's

March 03, 1997

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - It didn't take long for Eric Davis to show why the Baltimore Orioles believe he will be an ideal replacement for Bobby Bonilla as their starting right fielder.

Davis went 3-for-3 with a monstrous homer and a stolen base Sunday in the Orioles' 11-2 exhibition rout of the Montreal Expos. His home run took about two seconds to leave the park and hit the scoreboard with a resounding thud.

``Nope, didn't get all of it,'' Davis said, quite sincerely.

Davis, signed as a free agent after Bonilla left Baltimore for the Florida Marlins, is expected to deliver speed, power and defense.

``We've got a little different look with him in there,'' manager Davey Johnson said. ``He stole a base, hit one 900 miles and made some good plays in the outfield - made them look pretty easy.''


Jimmy Haynes had his curveball working Sunday in a ``B'' game against the Expos, even though the numbers by his name in the box score might seem to indicate otherwise.

Haynes yielded three runs and five hits, including a home run, in two innings of work. But the idea wasn't so much to shut down the Expos as to work on the curveball that seemingly abandoned the right-hander last year.

``I think I had a pretty good curveball today. It was working well,'' Haynes said. ``Hopefully, I can keep it that way.''

Haynes emerged from spring training last year as the No. 5 man in the rotation, but he struggled and eventually was shipped back to Triple-A Rochester. One reason for the demotion was improper mechanics, which hampered his effort to get his offspeed pitches over the plate.

``Today, I had a sharp curve and I could throw it in the zone for a strike,'' he said. ``They surprised me by hitting a lot of first pitches, and I made a few mistakes.''

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