The Bowie Baysox can't escape the Eastern League's Southern Division basement because they can't win away from Prince George's Stadium.
"There is a completely different attitude at home than on the road," said Baysox manager Tim Blackwell. "They're comfortable here.
"The players do basically the same things on the road, so it's hard to understand. Of course, the clubhouses aren't as nice. Maybe that has something to do with it."
The Baysox have been out of last place one day since April 24.
They still have not won two straight games on the road this season. Their overall road record is 9-31.
Wings' rotation flies away
The Rochester Red Wings began the season with a starting rotation of Rocky Coppinger, Rick Krivda, Oscar Munoz, Brian Sackinsky and Garrett Stephenson.
Of that group, only one remains.
Coppinger and Krivda are pitching for the Orioles, and Sackinsky and Munoz are out with arm injuries. That leaves Stephenson -- with a 2-4 record and 5.37 ERA -- as the ace.
Replacing the missing four in the rotation are three former relievers (Jim Dedrick, Keith Shepherd and Don Florence) and a player cut by Kansas City in spring training (Tom Edens).
Pitching is Keys' strength
If the Frederick Keys are to make a serious run at the second-half title in the Northern Division of the Carolina League, the offense will have to improve.
L There is certainly nothing wrong with the starting pitching.
Entering the week, the Keys had three players in the league's top 10 in ERA and a fourth, Sidney Ponson, who would be there had he had enough innings to qualify.
The foursome of Chris Fussell, Julio Moreno, Nerio Rodriguez and Ponson had a combined ERA of 2.64 with 277 strikeouts and only 89 walks in 276 innings. They had allowed 237 hits.
Bowie reliever Mark Tranbarger decided to go for a new look last week and dyed his hair.
It was supposed to turn out blond. Instead, it was red.
So, now, His teammates have dubbed him "Little Orphan Trannie."
Pub Date: 7/03/96