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July 7, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Red Sox Sign Mann and Pearson: Oh wow, did the Pride bullpen just get killed. The Boston Red Sox have signed both P Jimmy Mann and P Jason Pearson. Both players have reported to the Eastern League’s Portland Sea Dogs, Boston’s Double-A affiliate. Mann is a Massachusetts native and I couldn’t imagine what it must be like for him to have the opportunity to put on those Red Sox colors.

At the time of the signing, Mann led the Atlantic League with 16 saves. Pearson, who has to be the biggest snub in All-Star history, was 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA at the time of his departure. He now hands over the snub title to Jimmy Hurst, who’s likely not going for fairly obvious reasons…his disdain for Atlantic City being one of them.

The Sea Dogs now have four former Atlantic League players on their roster, three of them are Pride alumni. P Marc Deschenes pitched in Nashua last year, and P Conor Brooks was a member of the Surf last season as well. They also had P Phil Devey, who pitched for the Ducks last season, but he was released not too long ago.

I wonder if they’ll get on the horn and give Mel Rojas a call…Brad Guy and Jay Yennaco also come to mind as possible replacements. Jeff Sparks, Ned Darley, Julian Heredia, Dave Richards and Devey are also possibilities.

Watch them sign none of those guys…

Krines Added to All-Star team: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post reports that P Dan Krines has been added to the All-Star team, replacing P Richard Bell.

AL Scoreboard: The Atlantic City Surf beat the Camden Riversharks, 8-3. Dario Delgado hit his 14th home run in the win, but Raul Marval got hit in the win, prompting a bench clearing incident which led to the ejection of Surf manager Jeff Ball.

The Somerset Patriots took advantage of the Riversharks loss by beating the Bridgeport Bluefish, 5-2, the franchise’s 496th victory in their eight year history. Pat Boran hit his first Atlantic League home run in the win, with Brian Tollberg becoming the league’s first 10 game winner by improving to 10-2. Dave Elder got his 3rd save as well.

Nashua beat Newark, 6-5. Teuris Olivares and Michael Moore homered for Newark in the loss, with Moore’s home run being his first as a Bear. Manny Bermudez gave up hits to the first four batters he faced in the 8th, and that was the catalyst in the Nashua comeback.

Long Island beat Lancaster, 4-2. This marked Lancaster’s 7th consecutive loss. Ryan Minor homered in the loss for the Barnstormers. Todd Erdos picked up his 17th save for the Ducks, and you’ve got to wonder how much longer he’ll be here. John Nathans went 2-4 in his Barnstormers debut.

Don’t Call it a Comeback: Am hearing former Riversharks C Angel Pena is in talks with one AL team regarding coming back to the league. – Mike Ashmore



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