Bowie had seven players in last night's Eastern League All-Star Game, more than any of the 11 other league teams. Val Majewski, who played three innings Sunday for the U.S. squad in the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Houston, started in right field and Eli Whiteside started at catcher. Both went 0 for 2.

For Whiteside, playing in an all-star game marked a big jump from last year's disappointing season, in which he hit .204.

"It's always great to be recognized for an all-star team," he said. "The fans seemed to have a great time and they saw some great plays in the field."

Baysox pitchers Dave Crouthers and Scott Rice pitched one inning each. Crouthers retired the side in the third inning and earned the win, and Rice allowed one hit and struck out a batter in the sixth.

Keith Reed and Walter Young came into the game in the sixth. Reed, playing right field, was 0 for 2 but threw out Trenton's Aaron Rifkin at home when he tried to score in the ninth.

"Didn't get any hits so I gotta do something," Reed said. "My little contribution right there."

Young was 1 for 2 with a single and a run scored and made a nice play at first base in the eighth, snaring a wide throw from shortstop and tagging the runner.

Reliever Jacobo Sequea allowed three hits and one run in the ninth inning but, with the tying run at the plate, induced Portland's Kenny Perez into a game-ending fly out.

Going, Going, Gone

Six players competed in a Home Run Derby prior to the game, including Young and Reading's Ryan Howard. Howard leads the league with 33 home runs and already has tied the club's single-season mark set by Greg Luzinski in 1970.

Young is third in the league with 21 and 10 shy of the Baysox' single-season record of 31 set by Calvin Pickering in 1998. A left-handed batter, Young said learning to hit to the opposite field has been a key to his success.

"Hitting the ball to left field has opened up the door to a lot of great things," said Young, who has a team-high 60 RBI.

Trenton's Mitch Young won the Home Run Derby with six in the finals, defeating Majewski (five) and Norwich's Michael Cervenak (four). Howard was eliminated after he did not hit a home run in the first round.

All-Star Floyd Takes a Rest

Severna Park native Gavin Floyd (Reading), the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft, was on the Eastern League All-Star team.

Floyd attended last night's game, but because he pitched in the Futures Game on Sunday and will start in four days, did not play. . . .

Former Washington Senator Frank Howard, 67, who played in D.C. for seven of his 16 major league seasons, served as hitting coach for the Northern Divison squad. He received one of the evening's loudest ovations during the pregame introductions.

Baysox outfielder Val Majewski, batting .300, signs autographs prior to playing in his second all-star game in four days. Majewski went 0 for 2.