May 1, 1998 |
Mike Mussina is expected to rejoin Baltimore's rotation Sunday. Jimmy Key says that alone won't be enough to turn things around for the Orioles. "We've got to pick it up," Key said after leading Baltimore over the Chicago White Sox, 4-1, Thursday and stopping a four-game losing streak. "Whether Mike comes back or Scott [Kamieniecki] comes back or Brady [Anderson] comes back," Key said, "there's no guarantee that because they're coming back we're going to play well. We've got to play well."
October 14, 1997 |
He won World Series rings with the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. Now, with a chance to win a third ring with a third team, he had been removed from the Baltimore Orioles rotation. "A bitter pill to swallow," Jimmy Key said Monday night, when the taste turned a little sweeter but Key remained a little bitter. The Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians, 4-2, to stay alive in the American League's championship series.
September 14, 1997 |
The Baltimore Orioles may have a lock on the American League East title, but they still need a Key, and they are concerned about that. Jimmy Key is 4-8 since starting the season 11-1 and has been drubbed by his former team, the New York Yankees, in each of his last two starts, giving up 10 runs and 14 hits in 10 1/3 innings. In the 46 innings of his last eight starts, the 36-year-old left-hander has given up 49 hits and 30 runs.
July 4, 1997 |
Jimmy Key never thought about his three-game losing streak or the sore left hamstring that cut his last start short. Instead, Key pitched eight effective innings for his first win since June 13 as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers, 10-1, at Detroit for their fourth consecutive victory. Key (12-4) limited the Tigers to five hits, striking out three and walking two. His shutout bid was spoiled in the eighth when Raul Casanova homered.
May 18, 1997 |
Jimmy Key became the season's first eight-game winner Saturday night when Baltimore's bullpen survived a shaky ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Key (8-0) gave up one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings--equaling his shortest appearance this year. A Kingdome sellout crowd of 57,304 watched Key leave with a 3-1 lead after giving up a single to Mike Blowers and walking Dan Wilson with two outs in the sixth.
May 13, 1997 |
Jimmy Key gave up six hits in 7 2/3 innings to become the first seven-game winner in the major leagues as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-1, Monday night. Key (7-0) retired the first 10 batters before giving up consecutive doubles by Rafael Bournigal and Jose Canseco in the fourth inning. He gave up one other double and three singles. Key, who improved his AL-best earned-run average to 1.82, did not walk or strike out a batter.