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It's Easier This Time for Alexander

June 03, 1997

Manny Alexander took over at shortstop for the New York Mets on Monday, replacing injured Rey Ordonez and proclaiming that the switch was a lot easier than his last.

That when in Baltimore last season, when Alexander replaced Cal Ripken, who moved to third base.

"There was a great deal of tension between Ripken and myself when I was inserted into the lineup," Alexander said. "He thought I was out to take his job. All I was doing was what the manager told me to do, play shortstop.

"The fans made it very difficult for me and so did Ripken. He and I never talked baseball. I never asked him anything and he never told me anything. I would've felt better if he talked to me. Playing shortstop is the same any place but in Baltimore."

Ordonez broke his left hand diving for a ground ball Sunday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

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The Philadelphia Phillies recalled outfielder Ricky Otero from the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and sent right-handed pitcher Calvin Maduro to the triple-A team.

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