Milacki, 3-0 with Hagerstown, says he's willing to stay put


For the time being, it appears that Bob Milacki will stay where he is.

The former Baltimore Orioles right-hander is doing fine with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, and short of a return to the major leagues, Milacki says he is willing to remain on their roster.

"If I go to Rochester, basically I have to move my family," said Milacki, who has won all three of his starts for Hagerstown and has a 1.06 ERA with 18 strikeouts and three walks in 17 innings.

"I think I'm better off here," he said. "I really don't see me getting called up, because they look at me as strictly a starter. I don't see them moving anyone out of the rotation into the 'pen yet."

Assistant general manager Doug Melvin said that if Milacki is moved to Rochester, it could disrupt the Red Wings' staff because his turn falls on the same day as Mike Mussina's.

Milacki is the first pitcher since Jim Palmer (1983) to join the Suns from Baltimore and win his first three starts.

Scheduled to make his next start tomorrow night at home, Milacki is contemplating working out with the Orioles in Baltimore today.

"But I'm not sure I should do that," he said. "I have to remember where I am."

* Hagerstown is off to its best start in its three-season Class AA history, thanks to an offense that has produced 77 runs in the first 10 games.

First baseman Ken Shamburg earned Player of the Week honors by hitting 429 with six doubles. Outfielder Tyrone Kingwood has a 10-game hitting streak and has stolen five bases in six fTC attempts, and outfielder Paul Carey leads the league with 14 RBI and is 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Tony Beasley spent most of spring training with Hagerstown, where 12 of his teammates from last year's Class A Frederick Keys had been moved.

But when the season began, he was back at second base an batting ninth for Frederick, a promotion delayed because of a backup of talent in the organization.

"I thought I had a chance, but I know how the system works, said Beasley, whose 10-game hitting streak at the start of the season is a Keys record.

The Orioles want Beasley to be more patient at the plate an make better use of his speed.

"Tony has been a little more patient, but he has a ways to go, said Frederick manager Wally Moon. "He'll stay at this level for a while, but it doesn't really matter too much between A and AA."

* Pitcher Pat Leinen (elbow) returned from the disabled list wit ,, three scoreless innings, and outfielder Dan Berthel went on the list with a hip injury. With outfielder Damon Buford suffering a jammed foot after ramming into the center-field wall, Roy Gilbert was outrighted from the Suns to plug an outfield shortage.

Kent Baker


The Red Wings endured a five-game losing streak in which they batted .120 with runners in scoring position. Imagine what it would have been like without Jeff McKnight.

McKnight, who leads the Class AAA International League with .395 average, drove in half the Red Wings' runs in two of their losses. He has an 11-game hitting streak, with six two-hit games, and led the league with 13 RBI.

"He's not missing his pitch, and he's hitting the ball hard,manager Greg Biagini said.

* David Segui hyperextended his right knee and strained hihamstring last Thursday when he hit the first-base bag while trying to beat out a hit and went on the seven-day disabled list. The switch-hitter was batting .320.

* The Red Wings scored 48 runs in their first 10 games, but thewere only enough for three victories. Red Wings pitchers gave up 52 runs during that span.

* Left-hander Mike Linskey pitched 2 1/3 innings in his first start of the season, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. The Baltimore native, who began the season on the disabled list because of a stiff back, also hit a batter. . . . Luis Mercedes, after going 4-for-29, has six hits and three RBI in his last 11 at-bats.

Patti Singer

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