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Mathews Out: Have heard that Bridgeport P T.J. Mathews has been signed by Boston and assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Surf Go Shopping At American Association: In a somewhat surprising move, the Surf have signed three pitchers for the stretch run.

P Tony Pierce, P Caleb Balbuena and P Jamie Tricoglou have all agreed to terms with Atlantic City.

Pierce is a 29 year old righty who was serving as the closer in Pensacola, an American Association team.

Balbuena, a 6′ 7″ righthander, was a middle reliever for St. Joe’s of the American Association. Balbuena was picked by Seattle in the 26th round of the 1998 draft. He spent four years in the organization, and also spent part of last year with the Rockies organization. He’s never pitched above A-Ball.

Tricoglou, another righty, had 19 saves for St. Joe’s of the American Association. He was selected by the Rockies in the 6th round of the 2001 draft, reaching A-Ball with the organization.

Blame It On The Rain: Almost the entire Atlantic League schedule was rained out last night, with only Lancaster being able to get their game in. They might be wishing they didn’t, as the Road Warriors beat up on them by a final of 9-4.

Meet NFL Players In Somerset:

Bridgewater, NJ – The Three-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that Thursday, September 7th will be NFL Night at Commerce Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots will welcome former New York Giants Stephen Baker, Bart Oates, Billy Ard, as well as former Detroit Lion Scott Conover to NFL Night. All NFL guests will sign autographs for fans on the main concourse during the first few innings of the game.

Baker, known as the “Touchdown Maker,” spent his entire career from 1987-1992 with the Giants. He played wide receiver and was a part of the 1990 Super Bowl Champion team.

Oates played 11 years as a center in the NFL for the Giants and San Francisco 49ers, where he was on three Super Bowl Championship teams and was selected to the Pro Bowl on five occasions.

Ard spent 11 seasons as an offensive lineman in the NFL for the Giants and the Green Bay Packers. He played in 148 NFL games and won a Super Bowl Championship with the Giants in 1986.

Conover played six seasons in the NFL for the Lions, where he played in 68 games as an offensive lineman. He is currently the head coach at Perth Amboy High School.

Fans will be able to sign up to win great NFL related prizes during the game from various NFL teams.

The event also includes a special day for the Somerset County United Way, where over 800 United Way guests are expected to enjoy the game from the Upper Box seating area and picnic patio.

Somerset County United Way will have a special pre-game presentation on the field that will include recognition of NFL Night and several community partnerships with the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

Great seats are available for NFL Night by stopping by the Patriots Ticket Office located at Commerce Bank Ballpark, by calling (908) 252-0700, or on-line at http://www.somersetpatriots.com. – Mike Ashmore



1. Amy - August 30, 2006

John…come on…I think everyone’s pitching staff is pretty “short” right now. Lancaster is in the same situation!

2. question mark - August 30, 2006

Why are the Surf’s moves somewhat surprising?

3. Anonymous - August 30, 2006

its is surprising because the level of pitching and play in the aa is below atl play.

b-fish fan

4. question mark - August 30, 2006

At this time of year, the level of Atlantic League pitching isn’t very high. Teams are just looking for healthy arms.

5. Anonymous - August 30, 2006

Was thinking about visiting the Lancaster area from out of state (New York) Can anyone suggest hotels? Preferably not the team hotel

New Newark Fan

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 30, 2006

It’s surprising because the Surf aren’t necessarily the most aggressive organization when it comes to player moves.

I can tell you where not to stay in Lancaster, I’ll say that much…


7. Amy - August 30, 2006

anonymous….email me about motels in lancaster…think i can probably help you out a little on that!! ditzball4@comcast.net Mike is right…the motel that is closest to the ballpark IS NOT a good choice!

8. Amy - August 30, 2006

Are you coming for this weekend series or some other time?

9. qwackedup - August 30, 2006

Fulton Steamboat Inn is a great place to stay if you don’t mind spending a little more.

10. Anonymous - August 30, 2006

Fairfield inn on the Manheim Pike or Ramada Inn which is in downtown Lancaster would serve you well

11. Anonymous - August 30, 2006


I emailed you. Thanks guys for the information.

12. BrickCityBruins - August 30, 2006

During the last Bears series, we stayed at the Super 8 Lancaster, 2129 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster

A non-smoking room cost $79.99 + tax and fees ($10.89) = $90.88/night.

The room was CLEAN and comfortable, which is something I can’t say about some of the other places I’ve stayed in in Lancaster.

Let’s go Bears! Don’t get swept this time!


13. Chuckerd58 - August 30, 2006

How was Somerset able to get their game in on Sunday whem the rest of league was rained out? Was the game played in bad field conditions? Or did the area get lucky and not get the bad weather.

14. BoosterBabe - August 31, 2006

Anyone know why Kevin Hodges missed his turn in the pitching rotation?

Hodges was sked to pitch Sunday. Which was cancelled due to rain. Porzio was sked to go Tuesday. Krines tonight.

Logic would say that Hodges and Porzio would have gone tonight, Krines tomorrow.

Pitching order is:

Unless….they wanted to keep it Matthews/Hodges/Porzio vs AC this weekend?

Is it typical for a pitcher ot lose his turn in the rotation when there are rainouts? I don’t remember this happening before, but then again, I don’t remember really watching teh pitching rotation as closely as I am watching this season.

BTW, cannot get the webcast tonight. It looks like it should be playing but it’s breaking up to the point where it’s almost not playing at all. Weird.

15. BoosterBabe - August 31, 2006

Ok….I just read the front page. Matthews went to Pawtucket. Huh? I thought their season ends Monday.
Someone please explain this to me….I know Toledo and Scranton are post-season bound. Didn’t think the Paw Sox were, though. I’m further confused because I read today that Varitek would be playing some rehab games in Pawtucket in the coming weeks. And like I said: I thought the affiliated minor league regular season ends on Labor Day. Someone please explain this to me? I’m seriously confused and I obviously know less about this than I thought I did!

And Eddy Ramos started tonight. So maybe Hodges goes tomorrow, Krines Friday, Beech Saturday. Who’s taking Matthews spot in the rotation? Do we know yet?

Augh..I hate losing any of our players.

16. Anonymous - August 31, 2006

boosterbabe,the bluefish will most likely get tj back after the aaa season ends.the pitchers the bluefish lost to the royals organization this season are all scheduled to return to bpt when the season ends.

b-fish fan

17. MorpheusDreamweaver - August 31, 2006

Somerset played their game through steady, light rain on Sunday. I’ve seen the field look worse, but I think the weather conditions may have contributed to Lancaster’s error total (I believe they had four in the game.)

18. BoosterBabe - August 31, 2006

that’s what I’m asking about. If their season ends MONDAY, why bother? HOW does that work?

Boehringer is playing for the Toledo Mudhens, along with Buzz Hannahan’s little brother. (Small world) The Mudhens are in first place. They are definitely playing beyond Monday.
I really need someone to explain this to me. I don’t get it.

19. Anonymous - August 31, 2006

i believe i read the contracts they signed end when the teams season ends.la point has asked them to return to the team if they could and they said they would.

b-fish fan

20. number1surffan John - August 31, 2006

the Surf NEED to do something…for 2 and some glorious hours last night they were 1/2 game in first. Back to 1/2 game out now behind the team they play last night (Camden).

One of the new pitchers closed in the losing battle (not his fault).

Tonight is also their much ballyho’d T.O. Unappreciation night. I noticed coverage of it on both South Jersey and Philadelphia newscasts. Maybe it will draw more than the Chicken did….

21. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 31, 2006

The Mathews move isn’t entirely unprecedented, as Jose Herrera signed with the Orioles at around this time last season…


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