Potomac stands near the lead of the Carolina League's Northern Division, but its record has little to do with its defense.

The Cannons' position players committed 52 errors through the first 36 games, 18 more than the next team in the Carolina League (Wilmington, with 34). Three teams have half as many errors as Potomac, including Frederick. The Keys have committed just 24 errors but have won only seven games.

"We're making too many errors, but I think guys will start settling down as the season goes on," Potomac Manager Edgar Caceres said. "We're working on the things we can, and we need to concentrate more when we're in the field."

Defense isn't a new problem for Potomac -- the Cannons committed 156 errors in 139 games in 2003, with mostly different players.

The only player with no errors in a significant number of attempts is center fielder Chris Denorfia, who happens to be the team's best offensive player. Second baseman Kevin Howard has a team-high 10 errors, while five other players have at least five errors.

The errors haven't ruined the season for the Cannons, who have hovered around .500. Potomac pitchers have surrendered 169 runs, 34 of them unearned.

"If we make errors, somehow we get out of it a lot," Caceres said. "The guys do a good job of making up for their mistakes, guys pick each other up."

* HOT CORNERS: The Cannons' hot hitters have cooled off, but the team's offense is staying afloat thanks to their corner infielders.

First baseman Tony Blanco still leads the Carolina League with 12 home runs, four more than the next player. Over the last 10 games, Blanco has hit a team-best .368 with 14 hits, four of them home runs. Third baseman Mark Schramek is hitting .323 with five of his six home runs during that same span.

Denorfia, despite hitting just .235 over the last 10 games, has knocked in a team-high 11 runs.