Baysox hope roadshow has reached homestretch


Peter Kirk promises that the next date announced for the opening of the new Bowie baseball stadium will be, well, concrete.

For the moment, May 20 appears out. May 30 or early June appear more likely.

Meanwhile, the Baysox have been flitting about from one home park to another, playing respectable ball.

"We don't want to have an opening before it's really going to look good," said Kirk, chairman of Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership, which owns the Baysox and Frederick Keys. "We're not going to open just to open. Right now, we're making plans to be at the University of Maryland May 20."

That will be the fourth temporary home in a little more than a month for the Orioles' Double-A affiliate, which closed a nine-game run at Frederick's Grove Stadium on Monday night and opened a three-game stay at the Naval Academy's Bishop Field yesterday.

Including a three-game sweep of the Reading Phillies in Wilmington, Del., Bowie is 9-6 in those games after losing to Harrisburg yesterday.

"The field drainage is in, and the seating bowl is 90 percent finished," Kirk said of Prince George's Stadium. "We've started installing seats, and the scoreboard is in.

"But rain last weekend brought a sea of mud, and getting the parking lot paved has been held up. We don't want people coming in and leaving with their cars all muddy."

Red Wings clipped

The Triple-A Rochester Red Wings emerged from last week's showdown with Pawtucket bruised, scarred and 10 games behind the Red Sox in the International League East.

The Red Sox won six of the seven consecutive meetings between the teams and moved their record to 25-6, the best in pro baseball.

Almost everything went wrong for Rochester. To wit:

* Monday: Silver Stadium's lights malfunctioned, causing a 45-minute delay. Rick Krivda suffered his first Triple-A loss, 9-4, and Manny Alexander went 0-for-5 and committed two errors in his first game at second base.

* Tuesday: Mark Smith hit into a triple play in Rochester's 5-3 loss.

* Wednesday: The Red Wings won, 6-4, but Brad Pennington suffered a mild concussion when the only pitch he threw was lined off his temple by Luis Ortiz. Pennington rejoined the team this week after being advised not to pitch for several days.

* Thursday: Red Wings pitchers gave up two grand slams in the first four innings in a 14-8 loss.

* Friday: Rochester lost, 6-4.

* Saturday: Pawtucket left 17 runners on base but won, 3-2, after trailing 2-1 with two outs and none on in the bottom of the ninth. Tracy Woodson dropped a foul pop that would have been the third out, and Tom Wegmann walked home the winning run.

* Sunday: The Red Wings' Jason Satre, in a scoreless duel with two outs in the ninth, gave up a three-run homer to Mike Twardoski and lost, 3-0.

This and that

A crowd of 9,000 is expected at Silver Stadium tomorrow for the Orioles' first exhibition game in Rochester since 1991. . . . Maryland alumnus Jeff Schaefer, replaced on the roster by Alexander, turned down an offer to coach the Red Wings and left the team. . . . Rochester catcher Greg Zaun changed his number from 1 to 6 after his average dipped to .169. . . . T. R. Lewis was International League Player of the Week after hitting .407 with 12 RBIs on May 1-7. . . . Through Sunday, the Baysox's starting five was 12-4 with 160 strikeouts and 40 walks in 167 2/3 innings. Jimmy Haynes, the organization's Pitcher of the Month, had 53 strikeouts and six walks in 38 2/3 innings. . . . Bowie's Steve Adkins (0-1, 2.25 ERA, one save) was promoted to Rochester. . . . Catcher Cesar Devarez missed a series after experiencing chest pains, but tests were negative. He is back with the Baysox. . . . Outfielder Curtis Goodwin tied for the Eastern League steals lead with 10 and has eight bunt hits. . . . Single-A Frederick pitcher Garrett Stephenson (Linganore, Boonsboro) missed a start after having back spasms and shortness of breath while warming up Sunday. He was treated at a hospital and released. . . . Keys first baseman Billy Owens was the organization's Player of the Month after batting .309 in April with nine doubles, eight homers and 22 RBIs. . . . Keys center fielder Kim Bartee struck out 35 times in his first 115 at-bats. . . . Single-A Hagerstown catcher Jeff Ladd is batting .442 at home and is 0-for-19 on the road. Dave Sinnes is perfect in eight save chances. Of the 41 batters he has faced, one has scored. None of the last 25 men he has faced has a hit off him.

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