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July 29, 2005

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Shark Out Of Water: The Camden Riversharks lost reliever Ramon Linares to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He is going to report their Class-A affiliate and will be in uniform this weekend. – Scott Stanchak.

Smith signed as well: The Pirates weren’t done, signing Barnstormers P Cliff Smith and assigning him to their Single-A affiliate in Hickory. Smith was 3-3 this season, with a 1.43 ERA.

Sadler released: The Ducks needed a roster spot to activate P Mike Crudale. Unfortunately, his activation came at the expense of P Carl Sadler, who was released for the second time this season. Sadler, who I just interviewed a few days ago, wasn’t pitching well at the time of his release, with an ERA around seven.

Bears sign Koby: Koby Perez, not Kobe Bryant. Perez, a catcher, has played for the Bears in the past. In a fact that only interests me, Perez shares a birthday with my mom. Not the same year, obviously…

Grezlovski’s status uncertain: Surf manager Jeff Ball told me today that their closer, Ben Grezlovski, is out with a strained bicep. Further tests are expected, and team officials certainly hope that the injury isn’t serious.

Jennings to be back in two weeks: I asked Ducks hitting coach Doug Jennings when he’d make his return to the field, and he told me that he expects to be back in about two weeks. Could Jennings be the boost Long Island needs to make a playoff push?

AL Scoreboard: Atlantic League fans probably weren’t expecting a pitchers duel between Greg Modica of the Patriots and Mark Persails of the Surf. But that’s exactly what the season high crowd of over 7,700 got.

Both teams were held hitless through four innings, and then the bats really woke up when Ray Navarrete took Persails yard to open up a 2-0 lead.

And that was the only offense the team would get, but it didn’t matter. Brad Clontz and Dave Elder combined for 3.2 scoreless innings, with Elder coming in and finishing the job and picking up the save.

Nashua beat Bridgeport, 8-5. Darren Bragg hit a solo home run in the victory. Jeremy Griffiths went five innings for the Pride, but did not factor in the decision.

Lancaster beat Newark, 14-4. Jeremy Todd drove in five runs for Lancaster, and the win puts them in sole possession of first place in the South Division.

Long Island beat Camden, 6-1. Shane Arthurs continued his surprising dominance of the league, allowing only one run through 6.1 innings of work. He improved to an impressive 4-0. Former Road Warrior Rob Cafiero also had a nice night, going 2-for-4 and giving the Ducks the lead for good with an RBI double. I’ve been harsh on Cafiero in the past, some would argue a bit too harsh, but I’m glad to see him do well. Anytime a former Road Warrior makes good (i.e. Dario Delgado in AC) it’s always a good thing to see.

10Q Update: Look for interviews with Dario Delgado and Eduardo Villacis to be posted in the near future.

Ashmore’s Update: The Affiliation Update will be posted either Sunday night or Monday. I will be away for the weekend covering a Triple-A game in Moosic, PA. – Mike Ashmore



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