Telford, Myers are bumped to bullpen
In minor-league baseball, where trickle-down is still a practiced theory, Anthony Telford and Chris Myers lost their starting jobs as the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings reacted to the Orioles' pitching moves.
Recently demoted Jeff Robinson and Paul Kilgus have come ouof the Rochester bullpen to join Jeff Ballard in the rotation.
"I'm looking at who is going to give me the most consistenouting as a starter," manager Greg Biagini said. "Between Kilgus, Robinson and Ballard, we should have some consistency."
In return, Telford and Myers, who wore out Biagini's patiencmuch as the exiled Orioles wore out manager John Oates', went to the bullpen.
"This is the domino effect," Biagini said. "Their guys weren'doing too good. They got bumped. We have
guys not doing too good. They'll get bumped. When it's time to make a move, you move guys out that haven't made improvements or haven't shown consistency out of all the work and effort."
There may be another adjustment, since left-hander IsraeSanchez went on the disabled list yesterday because a recurring elbow problem.
Telford, despite being among the International League leaders istrikeouts, has been inconsistent all season. In a stretch of 12 starts, the right-hander lost four straight, won three in a row, lost three and won two.
K? Myers showed similar streakiness. "The thing that gets disappointing is you don't see the improvement you like to see, as far as the quality of pitches, the control and location of them." Biagini said. "He's not the only one."
* MISCELLANEOUS: Robinson hasn't allowed an earned run in innings. Kilgus started last night and Ballard is scheduled to make his second start tonight.C Jeff Tackett's batting average has not been below .260 since June 8. With 20 of their final 25 games at home beginning tomorrow night, the Suns are in a position to drive for the Eastern League regular-season title.
The team's most important series of the year -- against the first-place Harrisburg Senators -- launches the homestand, and the Suns will play every other team in the league at home, except the London Tigers.
Hagerstown is 33-17 at Municipal Stadium and 29-34 on the road entering last night's game, including three straight losses at Harrisburg last weekend.
Barring a collapse, the team is almost assured of making the Eastern League playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
* MISCELLANEOUS: OF Paul Carey, one of the club's most productive hitters, is nursing a shoulder ailment and hasn't played in nearly a week. . . . Doug Robbins has been on base 20 times in his past 31 plate appearances spanning 8 games. . . . Mike Oquist has set a club season record with 113 strikeouts, but may lose it this year to Arthur Rhodes (106). . . . The Suns are 25-8 when Rodney Lofton steals a base. Lofton, who leads the league with 48 steals, has stolen third 13 times.
The top draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles this year, Mark Smith, is out of the lineup temporarily after fouling a ball off his ankle during batting practice.
The outfielder was beginning to hit while alternating between designated hitting and right field.
He is batting .205 with two home runs and nine RBI after an extremely slow start.
According to Baseball America, Smith received a $450,000 bonus for signing with the Orioles as the ninth overall pick in the June draft.
* MISCELLANEOUS: The Keys have received P Dave Miller, who appeared briefly at Rochester after spending most of the season at Hagerstown. He will replace Mark Carper in long relief. . . . Carper has moved into the starting rotation after John O'Donoghue twisted a knee on a play back to the box. . . . Frederick has signed C George Baker as a free agent. Baker played at George Washington University and was playing in the
D.C. Industrial League when signed.