KEEP YOUR EYE on Chris Hoiles. After languishing in Rochester or on the big club's bench most of the year, the young Orioles catcher finally showed what he can do Wednesday night when he had two doubles and a single in the 8-4 win over the Red Sox. The ball jumps off this guy's bat. When Hoiles was hitting .390 at Rochester the O's should have given him an honest shot. His play over these last two weeks could influence the team's decision on re-signing Mickey Tettleton.
* The Red Sox don't deserve to win the AL East if, while losing six of their last seven games, they couldn't do any better than drop two out of three to the stumbling Orioles. The lineup Baltimore fielded in the Boston series looked more like Rochester's, with a little Hagerstown thrown in. For shame, Red Sox.
* Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy (formerly of The Evening Sun) got off a good one when he wrote of Boston's Tony Pena throwing a chair in the losers' clubhouse here: "It should be noted that it was a folding chair."
* There's only one correction needed in the piece on Bob Irsay and his embarrassing Colts reprinted here yesterday from the Indianapolis Star's Bill Benner. "The good citizens of Baltimore," he wrote, "don't know how well off they are." Oh yes we do.
* There are smiles all over the Orioles' offices because of a wedding this month within the club's official family. Traveling secretary Phil Itzoe married Tylisa Conklin, daughter of Helen Conklin, of the club's public relations department. Ty has herself one great guy.
* Remember Dave Dolch, the young football coach who built a winning program at Bowie State? He's enjoying the same sort of success at Morningside College in Iowa. His team is 3-0. Dolch appears a good bet to end up at a big school. At 34 he has time. Dolch's former head coach at Western Maryland, Jim Hindman, is listed as advisory coach at Morningside. He flies out for the games.
* Coach Bill Mackley, whose 0-2 Calvert Hall football team is scoreless after losses to Wilde Lake and Forest Park, says Foresters running back Obie Barnes Jr., son of the Forest Park coach, is "definitely Division I college material." Young Barnes has "driving leg strength," says Mackley. Calvert Hall plays tomorrow at Wyoming Seminary in Wilkes Barre, Pa. The Cards are hoping to get their first win there before coming home to entertain McDonogh next Friday afternoon.
* It suits me fine that Cleveland's John McNamara and the Angels' Doug Rader have been rehired for '91. There are no better guys managing in the American League -- unless we're allowed to include a legend, Sparky Anderson. Neither McNamara nor Rader is going to finish even close, but then managers these days seem to have more job security than general managers.