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May 25, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Today’s Scoreboard: Patriots 3 at Bluefish 2. D.J. Boston (2) hit a home run for Bridgeport in the loss. The teams were scheduled to play two, but didn’t, and will play a doubleheader starting today at…get this, 9:35 AM. Ouch.

Nashua beat Newark, 4-2. Nate Teut went seven and a third for Nashua, giving up only one run.

Yesterday’s Scoreboard: AC beat Camden, 9-4. Newark beat Nashua, 6-4. Lancaster at Long Island and Somerset at Bridgeport were both postponed. The Patriots and Bluefish will play a doubleheader starting at 5:05 today.

Patriots Moves: Proving me right within 24 hours of posting it, the Patriots weren’t done making moves, releasing OF Mamon Tucker and P Phil Akens. You know this already. But, considering that puts them back at 23 players (plus Dave Elder on the DL) I think there’s still some wiggle room for another move or two.

Tucker was hitting below .200, so I was kind of expecting him to go at one point, but the Akens release kind of surprised me. Granted, he didn’t have the experience some of the other players on the team had, but to get rid of a guy that was 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA, regardless of how erratic he was, kind of tips me off to the fact that there might be more to come. Don’t think it’s over yet…

And also, for the record, the Patriots have only officially announced the signing and activation of OF Mike O’Keefe. No word on P Carl Sadler yet.

Ducks make moves: In a potentially related story to the one posted above, the Ducks have placed former Patriots INF Jhonny Perez on the inactive list and signed former Newark Bears INF Juan Lorenzo. If Perez were hurt, I’d think he’d go to the DL, so there might be more than what’s being displayed since no reason is given for Perez being placed on the IL. Then again, I could be making a mountain out of a molehill, we’ll see.

Perez was acquired in a spring training deal in exchange for P Derek Lee, who’s been a steady pitcher and veteran presence in the Patriots clubhouse.

Perez made no secret that he enjoyed his time in Somerset, something I’m constantly reminded of considering “Perez #8” still graces the back of the very chair I call my own in the Patriots press box, one Jhonny apparently used during the autograph signings in 2004. The feeling was mutual from the front office, all accounts are that Perez was highly thought of by upper management.

To make this all relevant, I wouldn’t rule out a return to Somerset by Perez, but I don’t have any more information on that one than you do. If he were to return, the Patriots would likely have to clear out a spot in the infield for him… – Mike Ashmore



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