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June 13, 2005

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Pride Moves: The Nashua Pride signed catcher Luis Rodriguez and traded catcher Jonathan Nathans to the North Shore Spirit of the CanAm League. – Scott Stanchak

Ashmore’s Take: So Nathans just has an awesome game and you trade him? I like the Rodriguez signing, he’s an excellent defensive catcher who brought a great deal to the Ducks team last year, but it still leaves you with only one “legit” catcher.

Luis Rodriguez Fun Fact: L-Rod hit the first cycle in Ducks history last year against the Somerset Patriots.

Scoreboard: The Patriots shut out Lancaster, 10-0, behind a stellar performance from starter Scott Sobkowiak. Sobkowiak struck out 11 batters during his complete game, three hit shutout, only allowing one Barnstormer to advance past first base. Todd Betts homered for Somerset.

The Ducks beat Bridgeport, 10-2. Chris Latham, Dominick Ambrosini and Ryan Owen all homered for the Ducks.

Nashua beat Camden, 17-14. Yes, 17-14. L.J. Biernbaum, Vic Gutierrez and Jimmy Hurst each homered twice in the game. One of Gutierrez’ blasts was a grand slam. Cam Esslinger again got the win for Nashua.

The Bears beat the Surf, 10-4. Keith Maxwell and Jose Herrera each drove in two for Newark. Tom Goodwin hit his first home run of the year in the losing effort.

Each winning team today, including one losing team, scored at least 10 runs. I’d venture to guess that might be a first in AL history.

Bear Moves: The Newark Bears activated pitcher Steve Crampton from the inactive list and placed infielder Melvin Falu on the seven-day disabled list with an injured knee.

10Q Posted: The long awaited Ten Questions with 2002 Triple Crown Winner Jimmy Hurst is finally posted. Which AL manager does he accuse of not being a man? What changes would he make to the league if he were commissioner? Did he actually get a crown for winning the Triple Crown? You’ve got to read to find out…

And, oh by the way, if you don’t have an ALPlus account, you’ll never know the answer to one of those questions…

There’s never been a better time to sign up, do it now!

10Q Suggestions: I’ve interviewed 54 players currently in the league, as well as 15 coaches. That’s a little more than one out of every four players in the league, and just about every coach. I’ve done 127 total Ten Questions pieces over roughly a two year span. Sometimes, outside of the obvious choices (i.e. guys with big league time) it’s hard to come up with players I think the fans would like to hear from. So I’m asking you, the fans, to send me your suggestions of players around the league you think I should interview. Please send all requests to mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com, and let me know why you think they’d be a good interview. – Mike Ashmore

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