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July 16, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

AL Scoreboard: Nashua beat Somerset, 6-4, in front of their second largest crowd of the year, a little under 7,700. Brian Becker and Joe Kilburg hit back to back home runs in the win.

The Ducks beat the Surf, 14-7. Lincoln Mikkelsen picked up his league leading 8th loss just one season after leading the league in wins.

Newark beat Bridgeport, 8-6. Michael Moore went yard for Newark in the win.

Lancaster beat Camden, 3-2. Travis Hake drove in two of Lancaster’s three runs.

Bichette Back?: The Nashua Telegraph’s Tom King reports that the team may bring back Dante Bichette. This was something that I also asked Pride GM Todd Marlin about before the season, and he certainly made no secret that he’d welcome Bichette back with open arms.

My understanding of the situation is that Bichette would like to come back and do exactly what he did last season, play for half of a half…he told me so himself at the end of last season. However, just because Bichette’s coming back to the Atlantic League, don’t be so sure it’ll be with the Pride. The odds are better that he does than he doesn’t, but if one team in particular is interested, Dante might want to go there instead. I’m just not so sure that team will be interested…

Gannon officially gone: The Bears have confirmed that they released P Joe Gannon. If he wants to pitch somewhere else in the league, I’m sure he could. Top candidates for his return would be Lancaster and Somerset.

Sure. Unsure. Schurman: The Atlantic City Surf signed P Ryan Schurman today. Schurman most recently played for the Bluefish in 2004. – Mike Ashmore

Bears Signing: The Bears signed right-handed pitcher Tetsu Yofu today after he was referred by starting pitcher Carlos Castillo.

After an extensive career in his homeland of Japan, Yofu was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Chicago White Sox in January of 2003. That first season in North America, he appeared in 32 games, splitting the season with double-A Birmingham and triple-A Charlotte. Yofu posted a 9-9 record with 2 saves and a sub-4.00 ERA with those two teams in 2003. Over 140.1 innings he allowed only 128 hits while striking out 127 batters that season.

Last year the 6’0”, 180 pound Yofu once again split the season between Birmingham and Charlotte, appearing in 28 games. He posted an 8-6 record and struck out 152 batters in 154 combined innings.

(I think I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so…this isn’t the first time the Bears have had Asian born players on their team, as they had one or two on their roster over their first five years of existence. -MA)

Gann Today, Back Tomorrow: The Bridgeport Bluefish are bringing back Jamie Gann, who should improve the team’s chance of a playoff spot during the second half.

Gann was named the Atlantic League’s Player of the Month for the month of May before being signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and reporting to Double A Montgomery. In the month of May alone, Gann hit .364 scoring 21 runs, with 40 hits, including 10 doubles and six homeruns. Jamie’s on-base percentage in the month of May was an impressive .418 with a slugging percentage of .636 while knocking home 26 RBI’s.

Jamie had seventeen multi-hit games for the Bluefish accompanied by a team leading seven multi-RBI games at the time of his signing, for Bridgeport. With Montgomery, Gann struggled to produce the same numbers he had in Bridgeport and batted .095 in five games with one double and two hits.

Gann is in his second season with the Bluefish after his 2004 season with the team was cut short after being signed by the Milwaukee Brewers on June 30 and reporting to Double A Huntsville of the Southern League. – Scott Stanchak.



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