Indians beat Baysox Buford to manage stars

June 26, 1993|By Andy Call | Andy Call,Contributing Writer

CANTON, Ohio -- Although the Baysox lost, 9-6, last night to the Canton Indians in a Double-A Eastern League game, Bowie manager Don Buford had reason to smile.

Buford learned yesterday he had been selected as the manager for the American League team in the Double-A All-Star Game July 12 in Memphis, Tenn.

"It's an exciting event for me," Buford said. "Our players deserve a lot of credit for giving 100 percent for me the entire time over 67 games."

Bowie's 37-30 record entering last night's game was the best among AL affiliates among the three Double-A leagues (Eastern, Southern, Texas) and was the reason for Buford's selection.

Harrisburg's Jim Tracy will manage the National League affiliates.

In the All-Star game, Buford will have to hope for better luck than his team had last night. The Baysox helped Canton with four errors in a game that saw the teams combine for eight wild pitches.

Canton broke away from a 5-5 tie with three runs in the seventh off Baysox reliever Chuck Ricci (6-2), those scores coming on a trio of two-out hits.

The third-place Indians drew within a half-game of the second-place Baysox. The teams meet again tonight, with Albie Lopez (7-3, 3.16) the scheduled starter for Canton and Erik Schullstrom (4-4, 2.89) for Bowie.

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