At first touch, Dave Stockstill's fingerprints already covered Double-A Bowie.
Managing his first game with the Baysox on Friday, Stockstill made some lineup changes that keyed a 6-5 victory over Binghamton. He returned Tim Raines Jr. to the leadoff spot, moved Napoleon Calzado to second, put Keith Reed fifth and lowered Scott Hunter to ninth.
The results were instantaneous. All four players hit home runs, and Bowie won its first game after a four-day layoff.
"Sometimes," he said, "just a little bit of change can bring more focus."
The Orioles also figured it was time for a change. Stockstill was named manager last Monday when Dave Cash, 29-59 in his first season, was reassigned to roving infield instructor. Stockstill will remain the minor-league field coordinator - he had been a roving hitting instructor the previous eight years - but could stay in the Baysox's dugout in 2003.
"I was told there was going to be a change, and they asked if I would take over the club the rest of the year," said Stockstill, 44, in his ninth year with the organization. "I was very disappointed for Dave Cash. We're good friends, and he's done a great job.
"At the end of the year, we'll take a look and see what's best for everyone. I'm not pushing to do either job."
As a nice follow-up, the Baysox won again Saturday for their first four-game winning streak of the season, making Stockstill 2-0 as a manager for the first time since he was player-manager for the Union Laguna Cotton Pickers of the Mexican League in 1992 and 1993.
"I enjoyed it tremendously," said Stockstill, who played eight seasons in Mexico. "The Mexican League is their major league, so it's pretty much win at all costs. I wouldn't trade those days for anything."
This marks the second consecutive summer, and the third time in club history, that the Baysox have made a managerial change in midseason. Last August, Bien Figueroa replaced Dave Machemer, who left for personal reasons. And in 1996, Bob Miscik resigned in late April and was replaced by Tim Blackwell. Stockstill is the 10th manager in the Baysox's 10-year history.
The Red Wings had lost six of their past seven games going into yesterday. ... John Stephens tossed two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He wrote the initials HC on one side of his cap, and the No. 22 on the other, to honor Red Wings teammate Howie Clark, who wasn't chosen despite batting .335 with 19 doubles, four triples, seven homers and 39 RBIs. Clark has been in the Orioles' organization since 1992, excluding last season, which he spent in Mexico, but has never been called up to the majors despite putting up strong numbers and being versatile enough to play anywhere on the field. ... Darryl Brinkley was a late addition to the All-Star team after a 16-game hitting streak. He went 0-for-2 and struck out to end the game. Brinkley was batting .304 overall with five homers and 56 RBIs. ... Catcher Mike Hubbard extended his hitting streak to 14 games. ... Infielder Luis De Los Santos had 41 hits in his past 34 games heading into the weekend, raising his average to .320.
The Baysox's four homers on Friday were a season high. ... Outfielder Luis Matos played in his first game since June 25 and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on Reed's fielder's choice. Reliever Aaron Rakers struck out two in the ninth to strand two runners. ... Matos played hero again on Saturday, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning for a 7-6 win over Binghamton. Bowie had been 0-51 when trailing in the final inning before rallying for four runs to wipe out a 6-3 deficit. ... Matt Riley allowed six hits and four runs in six innings Saturday, but his seven strikeouts put him one shy of Bowie's all-time record of 261 held by Matt Snyder. His 271 innings also rank second behind Snyder's 290.
The Keys were 11-11 in the second half after Saturday's 3-0 loss to Winston-Salem. ... Juan Figueroa tossed eight scoreless innings in Friday's 2-0 victory, improving to 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his past four starts. Figueroa, who hasn't allowed a run in his past 17 innings, was part of the July 2000 trade that sent catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines to the Chicago White Sox. ... Rodney Ormond hasn't permitted a run in his past 10 1/3 innings. ... Kris Wilken's 82 hits led the club heading into the weekend. ... Jancy Andrade was leading the Carolina League with 113 strikeouts. ... Cory Keylor led Frederick with 16 doubles, 38 runs, 39 walks, nine steals and 84 games. ... Sean Jones hadn't allowed a run in his past nine innings covering five games, giving him a team-best 1.88 ERA. He led all relievers with three wins.
The Shorebirds were 14-8 in the second half, improving their overall record to 46-46, going into Saturday. Delmarva's pitching staff had 14 straight scoreless innings until Friday's 2-1 win over Hagerstown. Left-hander Kurt Birkins tossed his third complete game of the season, retiring 14 of the last 16 batters. He has walked 11 in his past 76 2/3 innings. ... Anthony Boughner, D.J. Jones, Jayme Sperring and Rommie Lewis combined for last Monday's 1-0 victory over Greensboro - the club's fourth shutout of the season. The only run came on an Alex Gordon homer.
Aberdeen entered the weekend 9-14 and tied for fifth place in the McNamara Division of the New York -Penn League. ... Shortstop Brandon Fahey extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Thursday. ... Outfielder Gregg Davies reached base in 20 straight games. ... Shortstop Manny Del Rosario ranked second in the league with a .344 average.