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May 4, 2006 May 4, 2006

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Bears Ink Matos: As mentioned here about a week ago, the Bears have officially signed P Josue Matos to a contract. Matos was most recently in the Blue Jays organization, where he pitched for Triple-A Syracuse in 2005. Before he signed that deal with Toronto, Matos was rumored to be coming to Somerset.

Bluefish Sign One, Lose One: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post has had an eventful couple of days covering the Bridgeport Bluefish. Darula’s in, now he’s out, Offerman’s in, now he’s out.

The latest player to leave the team is 3B Brian Rios, who played just one game for the team before, according to Elliott, telling GM Charlie Dowd that he needed to go home for “personal reasons.”

Dowd then scrambled to sign 3B Luis Figueroa, who played in the Mexican League last season.

Figueroa is not to be confused with Luis R. Figueroa, who played in the big leagues a few years ago and also plays second base. I’ve actually seen both of them play in the Eastern League, so I got a bit confused.

Nicholson (Finally) Back With Pats: The Somerset Patriots have finally been able to get SS Kevin Nicholson in uniform after weeks of visa issues delayed his arrival.

“Nic” hit .281 with 11 HR and 74 RBI last season for Somerset, all while fighting through some nagging injuries. He most recently represented Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, alongside Patriots teammate Ryan Radmanovich.

Castellano Talks About the AL: I caught up with Long Island Ducks alum John Castellano before an Eastern League game last night, and I got to talk to him a little bit about his time in the Atlantic League.

“It was the best experience of my life,” Castellano said of his time with the Ducks in 2000. “I got to play with about 10 or 11 big league guys and watch the way they went about their business, and I was about 21 at the time.”

“(The season) was a blur. I had to live at home with my mom and I made $1,000 a month, so it was a unique situation. But you can’t pay for that kind of experience in the locker room with those guys every day.”

As for whether he’d consider coming back to the league, “It would have to be the right situation for me to do it again,” Castellano said. “I’m getting a little older and I’d like to get into coaching or managing one day, so as long as I can stay in affiliated ball, we’ll see where that takes me.”

Steve Torrealba went yard for AC today.

Scoreboard: The Atlantic City Surf defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers, 11-2. Todd Leathers continued his hot start, hitting another home run for AC, his third of the season. Ozzie Timmons and Steve Torrealba joined him in the home run column with their first longballs of the season.

Bridgeport defeated Long Island, 4-2, in the ever popular morning start. Brian Boehringer picked up the win for the Bluefish, while Luther Hackman got the save.

Camden beat the Road Warriors, 8-1. Dwight Maness and Pedro Swann each drove in three runs. The Riversharks victory was the 500th in the Atlantic League career of manager Wayne Krenchicki.

The Patriots entered the 2006 season with 535 wins in franchise history. Sparky Lyle has been the manager for all but a handful, so he’d have to be the leader among AL managers.

Speaking of the Patriots, they picked up just their second win of the season after beating Newark, 6-4, tonight. Tony Gsell was the catalyst tonight, hitting a grand slam. It looks like Sparky tried something a little different tonight, putting Gsell at second base with Nicholson now in at short. Nicholson went 2-for-5 with an RBI, not bad for someone who just got into the country yesterday. – Mike Ashmore

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