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July 22, 2005

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AL Scoreboard: The Surf beat the Ducks, 8-7, in 10 innings. David Housel drove in Demetrius Heath to win the game. Armando Rios was 0-4 with an RBI for the Ducks.

Lancaster beat Camden, 4-2. Enemencio Pacheco went six strong innings for the win, with Dwight Maness homering in the loss.

Somerset beat Newark, 11-10. Newark hit five home runs, but it wasn’t enough as Somerset held on to take the game. Jose Herrera hit two of them, with Norm Hutchins, Jose Olmeda and Tom McGee rounding out the longball parade.

500: Nashua beat Bridgeport, 16-6, for their 500th win in franchise history. The game was shortened to eight innings due to rain. The Pride hit five home runs in the 4th inning alone. Darren Bragg, Brian Becker, Tom Creighton, Glenn Murray and Joe Kilburg all went deep for the red-hot Pride, who’ve scored 44 runs in their last three games.

Pride signs McGlinchy: The Nashua Pride have signed former big league pitcher Kevin McGlinchy to a contract, beginning his second stint with the club. McGlinchy split time with the Ducks and Pride in 2003. McGlinchy pitched in 74 games with the Atlanta Braves from 1999 to 2000. He also pitched in three playoff games in 1999, including one World Series appearance. Tom Klemm was placed on the inactive list to make room for McGlinchy.

Shepard Joins Flock: Former Newark Bears pitcher David Shepard signed a contact with the Long Island Ducks today. Shepard spent part of the 2000 and 2001 season with the Bears.

He was signed by the New York Yankees this off-season; however, due to roster space limitations, he was the odd man out. Shepard started the season with the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League. – Scott Stanchak.

Crudale placed on DL: In order to accomodate Shepard on the roster, the Ducks placed former Cardinals reliever Mike Crudale on the disabled list.

2004 Quote from Shepard: Why would I find it interesting that Dave Shepard signed with the Ducks? Because he told me himself he probably wouldn’t come back to the AL.

MA: If you ever had to go back to the Atlantic League, is that something you would consider doing?

“Probably not, at this point. That’s probably run its course for me. If an opportunity presents itself sometime in the future to go overseas somewhere, that’s probably where I would go. I’m probably not going to back to the Atlantic League after being here (Trenton).”

Burnham and Burnham Circus: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post reports that the team has signed INF Brett Burnham, brother of current OF Gary Burnham. Bridgeport essentially needs at least one of everything, but infielders were their most pressing need with just three of them being healthy.

Brett Burnham was drafted by the Padres in the 21st round in 2003, and has two years of experience in their system. The 24 year old played his college ball at Auburn and UConn and has never really exhibited any power, with only one home run in two minor league seasons. He’s a career .275 hitter.

The downside of this move is that they have to make a roster move to bring Burnham aboard, so look for an outfielder or pitcher to go. I have some ideas on who it might be, but you can look at a statsheet and come to the same conclusions I would.

Hill optioned to minors: The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned 2000 Newark Bears alum Bobby Hill to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pretty hard to make a case that Hill hasn’t been a disappointment during his Major League career. His defense has been average, and he has no power. Who knows what will become of the only player in the big leagues to share his name with a cartoon character.

Ernesto Sadiek: All I really have on the Barnstormers pitcher is that he’s a 20 year old Cuban defector who signed with Lancaster. Why he signed with Lancaster or how he escaped are still foreign to me, so to speak. Team officials are looking forward to seeing him pitch, as are their anxious fans. I also know that he’s referred to as “Sadiek Verriel” on Lancaster’s website.

I’m just disappointed I can’t use my Scott Patterson/Gilmore Girls joke anymore. Anytime I can work a GG reference in here, believe me I’ll do it.

How is Patterson doing with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League? Well, Luke Danes’ alter ego has appeared in two games, allowing zero runs through four innings of work. Joe Dooley has no stats listed as of now.

50-50: Will Sportscenter’s 50 States in 50 Days Tour be covering an independent baseball league game? Yes. Will it be an Atlantic League game? No. Instead, ESPN will head west to Surprise, Arizona to take in a Golden Baseball League game. This is the same league that former Newark Bears superstar Rickey Henderson now plays in. – Mike Ashmore

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