Mike Devereaux and Harold Baines got on the train and went to New York in style. The rest of the Bowie Baysox got on a bus for 11 hours and went to London, Ontario, in discomfort.
With that, the two Orioles' two-game rehab stint with the Baysox ended. Even before Bowie wrapped up a 5-1 victory over the Albany-Colonie Yankees yesterday at Memorial Stadium, Devereaux and Baines had showered, dressed and left for the train station.
In New York, they rejoined the Orioles and may be available for the game against the Yankees tonight.
"There's a good possibility they'll be activated right away," Orioles assistant general manager Doug Melvin said, noting that the club then will leave for a three-game series in California that starts tomorrow night. "The decision will be made by the players and the club [today]. They already have medical clearance."
Devereaux has been out since May 2 with a partial left shoulder dislocation suffered while diving for a fly ball. Baines has been out three weeks with a pulled rib cage muscle from swinging a bat.
"They're both swinging good," said Baysox manager Don Buford. "Baines hit the ball sharply. Devo got a few hits in his first game."
Neither player dazzled anyone during his time with the Baysox. They were a combined 2-for-13, including 0-for-6 yesterday. Devereaux's 0-for-3 included a strikeout and double-play grounder. Gaudy stats weren't the objective. The purpose of the exercise was to be sure their injuries had healed.
The Baysox's victory, which solidified their hold on second place in the Eastern League and dropped Albany to fourth behind Canton-Akron, raised their home record to 15-4. Going into tonight's game against sixth-place London, the Baysox are 8-12 on the road.
Bowie catcher Gregg Zaun, nephew of former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey, provided key hits in both games as the Baysox swept the set from Albany. After his RBI-single accounted for the winning run in the opener, Zaun came back yesterday with a two-run single that gave Bowie a 4-1, sixth-inning lead. He has hit safely in 14 of the past 16 games.
"Even when he does make an out, he hits it so hard you can hear it all over the stadium," Buford said.
Although Zaun is batting .414 in the past 16 games, Buford is keeping him in the No. 9 spot in the order.
"I used to prefer the No. 2 spot, but I'm not fast, so I'd might as well get used to No. 9," said Zaun, 22. "I'm seeing a lot of good pitches and not missing many."
For the second straight Wednesday, Bowie's Rick Krivda and Albany's Domingo Jean engaged in a pitching duel. Jean won last week's in Albany, working six scoreless innings, and Krivda won yesterday's.
Krivda pitched five scoreless innings, picked up his first win in May and raised his record to 4-2. Buford's only complaint with the 23-year-old right-hander's work was that he attempted to barehand a ground ball that went for a single in the sixth.
"It was an easy ball," Buford said. "If he gloves it and gets the out, I'd probably have let him go another inning. That's part of the learning experience for these kids."
NOTES: Bowie SS Tim Holland's hitting streak ended at 15. He was 0-for-3
with three strikeouts and a walk. Holland batted .317 during the streak, with four home runs and 12 RBI.