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Martinez to deliver a bit of heat to Baysox with 'Tippy's Tacos'


Another former Oriole is getting into the food-service business at a Baltimore stadium.

The minor-league Baysox announced yesterday that their concessions for the 1993 season at Memorial Stadium will feature "Tippy's Taco Stand" containing a collection of home-style Mexican recipes from the kitchen of Eva Martinez, mother of the Orioles' all-time left-handed saves leader, Tippy Martinez.

Last year, former Orioles first baseman Boog Powell opened a barbecue stand that became one of the most popular concessions at Oriole Park.

Overlea Caterers Inc., the Baysox's concessionaire, will prepare the food on the Martinez menu. It will include tacos, burritos, supreme nachos, original salsa and other dishes from the family cookbook.

The most expensive item will be a supreme platter ($4).

"We can give Baltimoreans an idea of what Mexican food really does taste like at home," Martinez said. "I've been worried sick about it because I want everything to be perfect."

Martinez, also the pitching coach at Towson State, said he will make personal appearances at the stand occasionally and "sign autographs and chat. I hope people like Mexican food hot. I guarantee you it will be that."

NOTES: Baysox owner Peter Kirk is walking with the aid of crutches after injuring his left Achilles' tendon while playing basketball with his children. Kirk underwent outpatient surgery for a partly torn tendon at Kernan Hospital and is expected to return to full strength in about six weeks. . . . Kevin Hickey has left the Baysox to give his playing career yet another go-around. Hickey, 37, was contacted by the Houston Astros last week and agreed to a minor-league contract. He had been working for the Baysox as director of customer relations. Lupton said: "We have no plans to fill his position until we find out how it goes. As of now, he's on a leave of absence."

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