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What a night at Goss!

August 6, 2013

Wow, what a night at Goss Stadium on Monday!

A big win over second-place Bend, lots of extra-base hits, a great (1,706) crowd, warm weather ... what wasn't to like?

We'll do it all again tonight, starting at 6:40 p.m. Righty Chris Bishop (3-2, 2.45) of Pacific Lutheran, one of our most efficient pitchers of late, is our starter. It's a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday; all GA seats are $2 with your Bi-Mart card. It's also a $2 Tuesday for Coors Light.

Now, on with the news.

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Remember, if we finish in first place in the South Division, we'll open the divisional playoffs on the road on Aug. 13 and then play at home on Aug. 14 and (if necessary) Aug. 15. If we take second, we're home on the 13th and away on the 14th and 15th.

The WCL Championship Series starts on Aug. 17 at the North representative's stadium. Game 2 is Aug. 19; game 3 is Aug. 20, if necessary.

Punch cards are still good for the playoffs, but season-ticket holders have to purchase tickets if they want their same seats.

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Last night's Wilson Motors Night crowd pushed our season attendance to 36,413 for 28 dates, an average of 1,300 per date. So with three dates left, plus at least one home playoff game, we've got a shot to break our all-time record of 42,447, established in 2011, and to hit our preseason goal of 45,000 fans. But we can't do it without you, so come on out to the ballpark and watch what we think is the top team in the WCL!

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Lansing (A Midwest, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed one run on three hits and had two strikeouts in four innings of a 2-0 loss to Fort Wayne on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. It was the first run he's allowed this season in nine innings.

No honorable mentions today. Many of the leagues had the day off, or had an abbreviated schedule, so there were pretty slim pickings.

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That's all for today, See you at the ballpark tonight, and back here on Wednesday.


Big series with Bend on tap

August 5, 2013

We've got a huge series with the Bend Elks on tap for this Monday-Wednesday at Goss Stadium. We took 2 of 3 from the Elks in Bend on June 25-27 and we'll be in great shape for another South (formerly West) Division title if we can duplicate that this week.

We hold a one-game lead over the Elks in the battle for the South Division regular-season championship. Also, we can clinch a playoff berth with one win in our final six games. The top two finishers in the division advance to the postseason, which starts Aug. 13 at the second-place team's venue.

Corvallis and Bend have combined for 10 of the last 12 berths in the South (formerly West) Division playoffs since the current format was adopted in 2007. They've met four times in the divisional playoffs (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), with the Knights winning every year except 2010.

Bend's coaching staff features Alan Embree, a former major-league pitcher with 10 different teams from 1992-2009. He retired after the 2009 season and now lives in Bend.

The Knights conclude the home portion of the regular season on Thursday with a nonconference Fireworks Night game against the U-19 Portland Lobos, the same team they opened the season with back on June 4. The Knights close the regular season at Klamath Falls on Aug. 9-11; the WCL divisional playoffs start Aug. 13.

Now, on with today's news.

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The Knights have risen to No. 13 in Perfect Game's summer baseball rankings. Bend is No. 18. Perfect Game's final ranking of the nation's top 50 clubs will be released Monday, Aug. 18, once all summer leagues have completed play. Here's a link to the Perfect Game website.

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The weekend series with Kelowna drew 2,423 fans for two openings and pushed our season attendance to 34,707 for 27 dates, an average of 1,285 per date.

So with four dates left, plus at least one home playoff game, we've got a shot to break our all-time record of 42,447, established in 2011, and to hit our preseason goal of 45,000 fans. But we can't do it without you, so come on out to the ballpark and watch what we think is the top team in the WCL!

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One minor-league move to announce. Pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) has been promoted to Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the advanced-A Florida State League. He has been pitching for Greensboro in the low-A South Atlantic League.

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WCL powerhouse Wenatchee, the defending champion, has used a record number of players this season searching for a winning combination. Here are the details, from The Wenatchee World newspaper.

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Alum Brandon Jackson (2012) of Oregon State is having a big year for the Eau Claire (Wisc.) Express in the Northwoods League. Here's the story from the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper.

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Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-4 with two runs, two doubles and four RBIs on Sunday in a 13-4 win over Helena to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Brevard County (A Florida State, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-4 with a run, a double and an RBI in a 9-6 win over Charlotte.

* West Michigan (A Midwest, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-5 with two runs in a 10-3 win over Dayton.

* Hillsboro (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched a scoreless inning and had one strikeout in a 6-0 loss to Vancouver.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) pitched a scoreless inning and had a strikeout in an 8-3 win over New Hampshire.

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That's all for today. Get on out to the stadium this week and support the Knights!


Tough end to a good road trip

August 2, 2013

We lost last night at Kelowna in the final game of our 6-game Canadian road trip, 2-1 in 10 innings on an error.

But we still went 4-2 overall, and remain in first place (tied with Bend) in the South Division. And we're still 3.5 games ahead of third-place Medford, with nine games to play. That's important because the first two teams in each division advance to the postseason.

We head home from Kelowna today; it's a 13-hour trip so we won't be back in Corvallis until early evening. But we still should have plenty of time to rest up for the weekend series with the Falcons at Goss Stadium that begins our final homestand.

Here's what's on tap from Saturday through next Thursday:

Saturday is a $1,000 Kids Dash for Cash Night, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell.

* Sunday is a doubleheader; catch two games for the price of one. It's also our unused season-ticket night. Season-ticket holders can redeem any unused ticket for a $1 GA ticket to that night's game.

* Monday vs. Bend is Wilson Motors Night. Free GA tickets are available at the dealership (as long as they last), on the corner of 5th Street and Buchanan Avenue in Corvallis.

* Tuesday vs. Bend is a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday. Show your Bi-Mart card to purchase a GA ticket for $2. Coors Light is specially priced.

* Wednesday vs. Bend is Mid-Valley Dental Night.

* Thursday vs. the Portland Lobos U-19 club (not the WCL Portland Lobos) is our second Fireworks Night, compliments of PEAK Internet and Pioneer Telephone. We're auctioning off our camo jerseys, and it's our final Block 15 Thursday.

So, we'll see you at the ballpark. Help us set a franchise attendance record (the current mark is 42,447, set in 2011), and help us reach 45,000 for the season! We're at 32,884 at the moment.

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Another Knight from Tacoma Community College will be playing Division I baseball next season. Catcher/reliever Chad Michaud is headed for Utah Valley State in Orem. Other Tigers/Knights headed for Division I destinations in 2013-14 are pitcher Brandon Choate (Washington) and infielder Seth Heck (Mississippi State).

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Alum Miles Kizer's (2010) Dallas American Legion baseball team, the Wilson Dirtbags, won its first two games at the state tournament in Medford. It plays the Salem Canyon Crushers at 7 tonight in the undefeated game.

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Here's another story on new West Coast League president Dennis Koho, this one from The Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

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Tucson (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed one run on six hits and had four strikeouts on Thursday but received a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Memphis to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Salem (A Carolina, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009, 2010) allowed no earned runs and had two strikeouts in two innings in a 5-0 loss to Lynchburg.

* Lansing (A Midwest, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd threw three hitless, scoreless innings and had three strikeouts in his starting debut. He had a no-decision in a 12-6 win over South Bend.

* Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) allowed four hits and one run, had three strikeouts in five innings and got the win in a 9-3 victory over Spokane.

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It's time to update the stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .231 (21-91) with no homers and four RBIs in 36 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

BO ALTOBELLI (2010): Bo is hitting .316 (6-19) with no homers or RBIs in six games for Elizabethton, Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A Appalachian League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .238 (76-320) with six homers and 40 RBIs in 93 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .217 (40-184) with three homers and 15 RBIs in 54 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .267 (54-202) with four homers and 32 RBIs in 57 games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .316 (12-38) with one homer and two RBIs in 10 games for San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .221 (19-86) with one homer and nine RBIs in 26 games for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .241 (40-166) with one homer and 14 RBIs in 51 games for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .278 (20-72) with one homer and five RBIs in 26 games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .211 (15-71) with one homer and three RBIs in 24 games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .241 (7-29) with no homers and four RBIs in eight games for West Michigan, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League while on rehab assignment from Lakeland, its affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .244 (55-225) with six homers and 24 RBIs in 60 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

DANNY HAYES (2010): Danny is hitting .215 (20-93) with two homers and 16 RBIs in 24 games for Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate in the Class A Pioneer League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .258 (64-248) with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2007): Brent is hitting .277 (79-285) with five homers and 45 RBIs in 77 games with Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International league.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .279 (109-390) with 19 homers and 65 RBIs in 108 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (2010): Jake is hitting .224 (11-49) with a homer and seven RBIs in 16 games for Tri-City, Houston's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .252 (66-262) with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 83 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin is hitting .274 (26-95) with one homer and nine RBIs in 29 games with the Orioles of the Arizona Rookie League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 1-1, 0.60 in three games with Tri-City, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A Northwest League. He has 15 strikeouts in 15 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 1-4, 3.98 in seven games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 25 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max is 1-1, 3.38 in six games with the Arizona Rookie League Padres, with 12 strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010): Matt is 0-0, 0.00 in three games for Lansing, Toronto's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with six strikeouts in five innings.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 0-3, 8.10 in eight games with the Arizona Rookie League Athletics, with 11 strikeouts in 10 innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 0-3, 3.80 in 11 games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has one save and 20 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

CHASE JOHNSON (2011): Chase is 2-1, 1.23 in five games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has 18 strikeouts in 22 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 4-3, 2.31 in 10 games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 58 strikeouts in 58.1 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 2-2, 4.46 in nine games with Salem, Boston's affiliate in the single-A Carolina League. He has 19 strikeouts in 36.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 1-0, 1.69 in one game with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 6-2, 2.22 in 29 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He has 23 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 0-1, 7.71 in five games with Boise, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with nine strikeouts in seven innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 0-2, 7.50 in 10 appearances with Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has two saves and 14 strikeouts in 12 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 0-0, 2.25 in one game with Binghamton, the New York Mets' affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has four strikeouts in four innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (2011): Jimmie is 0-0, 0.00 in five appearances with Hillsboro, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has two saves and 10 strikeouts in five innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 5-8, 6.29 in 20 games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 55 strikeouts in 103 innings.

That's all for today. See you at the ballpark on Saturday.


Knights have set stolen base record

August 1, 2013

Good morning everyone, and Happy Thursday.

Bad news from Kelowna last night, where we lost 8-5 to end our 8-game winning streak. However, we did finish July with a 16-4 record in West Coast League games, and a 19-4 overall mark. That's a great month, by any standard.

We have also shattered the WCL record for stolen bases. We set the former mark of 105 last year; this summer we've already swiped 109, with 10 league games left to play. Dane Lund leads us with 19; Grant Melker has 17 and Blake Drake has 15.

Game 6 of our long Canadian road trip is set for 6:35 p.m. today, when we close out the series at Kelowna. Lefty Elliot Surrey (4-1, 1.26), fresh off a 4-0 shutout of Medford on July 26 in his last start, is our scheduled starter.

We'll stay overnight in Kelowna and then make the 13-hour bus trip back on Friday. Maybe we can race Kelowna's bus; the Falcons will also drive to Corvallis on Friday and the teams will open a three-game series at Goss Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Saturday on a Kid's $1,000 Dash for Cash night, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell. See you there.

Now, on with today's news.

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Free GA tickets are still available at Wilson Motors for our Monday night against Bend. Get to the dealership at 5th Street & Buchanan Avenue in Corvallis to get your ticket(s). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 pm.

And tickets are still available for the Aug. 8 Fireworks Night against the U-19 Portland Lobos (not the WCL Portland Lobos). Reserved seats are $11, GA are $5. Should be a great show and a super way to close out the regular season.

Our attendance has risen to 32,804 for 25 dates, an average of 1,312 per opening. We're 1,053 ahead of last year's number through a corresponding number of dates.

We're still on target to break our all-time record of 42,447, set in 2011. But we can't get there without your help, so get on out to the ballpark for our final homestand.

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New WCL president Dennis Koho has concluded his introductory tour of all the league cities. Here's a story of his visit to Wenatchee, from The Wenatchee World newspaper.

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Here's a story from the Klamath Falls Herald and News on Gems' pitcher Nick Sabo and his adjustment to Southern Oregon from his hometown of San Diego.

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Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-5 with two runs, a homer and three RBIs in an 11-2 win over Brevard County on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) allowed one earned run and had two strikeouts in winning the aforementioned game against Brevard County. He was recently promoted from Greensboro in the low-A South Atlantic League.

* Tri-Valley (A New York-Penn, Astros) catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was 1-for-4 with three RBIs in a 7-4 loss to State College.

* Hillsboro (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched a scoreless inning and had two strikeouts in a 7-1 win over Vancouver.

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That's all for today. See you on a TGIF.


Another win, this time in Kelowna

July 31, 2013

We continued our July hot streak on Tuesday night with a 10-4 victory at Kelowna. We've now won eight straight games overall and are 16-3 in West Coast League games and 19-3 overall in July.

Game 2 at Kelowna is set for 6:35 p.m. today. Righty Alex Nesbitt (1-0, 1.95) of Washington is our projected starter; lefty Elliot Surrey (4-1, 1.26) of UC Irvine will start Thursday's series finale.

Our rotation has also been set for this weekend's series with the Falcons. Righty Casey Bloomquist (4-0, 2.48) of Cal Poly will start Saturday night. Right-handers Jacob Schroeder (3-0, 2.01) of Washington State and Jorge Perez (0-1, 1.76) of Grand Canyon will start Sunday's doubleheader, when both games are seven innings.

Saturday night's 7:05 game is our second Kid's $1,000 Dash for Cash, and it's presented by Dr. Curtis R. Trammell. Sunday's 5:05 doubleheader is Unused Season-Ticket Night; bring any unused season ticket to the box office and it can be exchanged for a GA ticket to Sunday's games for just $1.

Now, on to today's news.

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The Knights have signed Oregon State infielder Kavin Keyes for the remainder of the season. He is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound rising senior from Alta High School in Sandy, Utah.

Keyes is a three-year starter for the Beavers and hit .316 (67-212) this past season, with two homers and 34 RBIs. He started 57 of the 64 games he played in, primarily at third base, and helped OSU win the Pacific-12 Conference championship and earn a berth in the College World Series.

Keyes will help fill the void created by a hand injury to West Coast League South Division All-Star catcher/outfielder Dane Lund, who is out indefinitely after being hurt at Victoria on July 27. With Lund unable to play, Chris Rabago has assumed full-time catching duties; Rabago also played infield when not catching.

Lund was hitting .344 (42-122) in 38 league games, with no homers and 14 RBIs.

Keyes will be eligible for the postseason playoffs, which begin on Aug. 13. He joins rising sophomore Gabe Clark and incoming freshman Kevin Flemer as Beavers on the Knights.

A switch-hitter, Keyes hit .302 (55-182) with a homer and 30 RBIs in 55 games as an OSU freshman in 2011 and was a first-team Pac-10 all-star. He then played for the Anchorage Pilots in the Alaskan Summer League.

He hit .226 (40-177) with no homers and 18 RBIs in 54 games in 2012. He then played briefly for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League before leaving the team with an injury.

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Knights' alum Marc Rzepczynski (2006) was traded to the Cleveland Indians from the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Here are full details, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

And the Baltimore Orioles have acquired pitcher Bud Norris (2005) from the Houston Astros. Here's more on that deal from MLB.com.

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Knights' alum Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly was 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for the South Division on Monday in a 9-4 win over the North in Game 1 of the Northwoods League Big League Dreams Showcase at Madison. Torres plays for the Green Bay Bullfrogs.

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We're in Kelowna right now for the final two games of that series, and the Falcons come to Goss Stadium this weekend for the second half of the home-and-home. Here's a story on two of the Falcons players, brothers Griffin and Cody Andreychuk, from the The Naimaino Daily News newspaper.

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The Bellingham Bells are honoring longtime coach Gary Hatch with a Bobblehead Night. Here's more on that story from The Bellingham Herald newspaper.

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Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) threw three scoreless innings and got the win to improve to 6-2 in a 2-1 victory over Brevard County on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Lots of honorable mentions.

* Athletics (R Arizona Rookie League) pitcher AJ Burke (2012) threw two scoreless, hitless innings and had two strikeouts in a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs and two walks in an 11-5 win over Erie.

* San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with a run for the second game in a row in a 4-0 win over Corpus Christi.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) homered, singled, drove in a run and scored twice in a 4-3 win over Beloit.

* Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank did not allow an earned run and struck out three in two innings for his first save in a 3-1 win over Aberdeen.

* Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) allowed two runs and struck out seven in 6.1 innings and got the win in a 6-5 victory over Tri-City.

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That's all for today. See you on Thursday.


A sweep in Victoria

July 30, 2013

The bottom of the ninth just about drove me crazy for the third game in a row, but we held on to defeat Victoria 6-5 on Monday night to sweep our first-ever series with the expansion HarbourCats.

We also stayed in first place in the South Division of the WCL, one game ahead of Bend. We're also 5.5 games ahead of third-place Medford, with 12 games to play. That's crucial because the top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs, which start Aug. 13 at the second-place finisher's venue.

We've gone 16-3 in our last 19 league games to surge past the Elks and in to first place. We're at Kelowna tonight, Wednesday night and Thursday night; Friday is a travel day back from British Columbia and we host the Falcons in a single game on Saturday and in a doubleheader on Sunday.

If we can get through the next six games in good shape, a seventh straight playoff berth looks probable. We've also won the South (formerly West) Division regular-season title all six years since moving to Corvallis from Gresham for the 2007 season, and we'd like to keep that streak intact also.

Now, on to today's Knights news.

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Pitching coach Connor Lambert has set our rotation for the Kelowna series.

* Righty Chris Bishop (2-2, 1.96) of Pacific Lutheran starts tonight.

* Righty Alex Nesbitt (1-0, 1.95) of Washington starts on Wednesday.

* Lefty Elliot Surrey (4-1, 1.26) of UC Irvine will start Thursday.

All three had strong outings against Medford in their most recent starts when we swept the Rogues at Goss Stadium on July 24-26.

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Don't forget, free GA tickets are still available at Wilson Motors for our Monday night against Bend. Get to the dealership at 5th Street & Buchanan Avenue in Corvallis to get your ticket(s). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 pm.

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It may have been the easiest choice in WCL history.

Kitsap pitcher Spenser Watkins of Western Oregon was selected as the WCL Player of the Week, for pitching the first perfect game in league history against Victoria on July 27. Here are the full details, from the WCL website.

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Here's a nice story from reporter Matt Schubert of The Daily News of Kelso-Longview, Wash., on Cowlitz's Story Field, a pretty nice place to watch a ballgame.

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West Michigan (A Midwest, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs on Monday in a 4-3 win over South Bend to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 4-3 w2in over Corpus Christi.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) doubled, scored and had an RBI in an 8-4 loss to Billings.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Great weekend for the Knights

July 29, 2013

It was a great weekend for the Knights.

We finished off a sweep of Medford on Friday night before a great Cap Night crowd of 1,755, and then took the first two games of our first-ever series against Victoria by defeating the HarbourCats on Saturday and Sunday in Victoria.

So we now lead the South Division of the West Coast League by one game over Bend heading into Monday night's series finale in Victoria. We also lead third-place Klamath Falls by five games; that's key because the top two teams in each division advance to the West Coast League playoffs, which start on Aug. 13.

We're off to Kelowna on Tuesday morning for a three-game series with the Falcons that concludes on Thursday night. Friday is a travel day, and we then open the final homestand of the regular season at 7:05 p.m. this Saturday, against Kelowna.

That game is our second $1,000 Kids Dash for Cash Night, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell. Those games are always popular, so bring the whole family. The stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Now, on to today's Knights news.

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The Knights are ranked No. 20 in PG Crosschecker's latest national summer collegiate baseball poll, released on Monday morning. Click here to find this week's rankings.

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Friday night's crowd of 1,755 pushed our season attendance to 32,804 for 25 dates, an average of 1,312 per opening. We're 1,053 ahead of last year's number through a corresponding number of dates.

We're on target to break our all-time record of 42,447, set in 2011. But we can't get there without your help, so get on out to the ballpark for our final homestand.

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Our 2012 game-worn camo jerseys are available for only $100. They will be auctioned off at our final regular-season home game on Thursday night, August 8.

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Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third basebal Brent Morel (2007) was 3-fgor-3 with a double, a run and three RBIs in a 6-1 win over Gwinnett on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Lots of honorable mentions.

* Indians (R Arizona Rookie League, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 10-7 loss to the Dodgers.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 3-for-3 with a run, a double and an RBI in a 6-5 win over NW Arkansas.

* Brevard County (A Florida State, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-5 with a run, a double and an RBI in an 11-9 loss to Bradenton.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 4-2 loss to Stockton.

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That's all for today. See you on Tuesday.


Big win over Medford

July 26, 2013

Major win for us against Medford on Thursday night, coming from behind in the last of the ninth to stun the Rogues 5-4. We're now tied with Bend for first place in the South Division, four games ahead of third-place Cowlitz with just 16 games remaining.

It was not a well-played game, and it seemed to drag on forever, for three hours and 21 minutes, to be exact. That might be average for the majors, but it's about a hour longer than is customary for a WCL game.

Maybe it was the heat, but nobody seemed to be in much of a hurry to do anything. Medford's pitching changes took forever, and the umpires didn't seem very motivated to move things along either. Hopefully tonight's 6:40 p.m. series finale will be a lot snappier.

It's Cap Night, and we've got 1,000 two-toned hats with the interlocking "CK" to give away at the gate. The stadium opens at 6 p.m., so get there early to guarantee yourself a nice new lid.

Now, on to today's news.

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Last night's crowd of 1,262 raised our season attendance to 30,529 in 24 openings, an average of 1,272 per game. We're 1,050 fans ahead of last year's number total through a corresponding number of dates.

We drew 41,834 in 2012, the second-highest total in franchise history. If we stay ahead of last year's number, we should break the all-time mark of 42,447, set in 2011.

We'd love to hit 45,000, so get out to the ballpark!

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We've got some alumni news to report.

* The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled reliever Marc Rzepczynski (2006) from triple-A Memphis.

* Toronto has assigned Matt Boyd (2010) to the Lansing Lugnuts in the low-A Midwest League. He made his pro debut last night and threw a scoreless inning against Dayton, with two strikeouts. Boyd was a sixth-round draft choice this past June.

The Giants have promoted shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) to San Jose of the advanced-A California League from low-A Augusta of the South Atlantic League. Nice move for Matt, a Californian who played at Long Beach State.

* First baseman Dean Green (2008) has completed a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Tigers and is now with West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League.

* Pitcher Tyler Anderson (2009) is on injury rehab with Tri-City, Colorado's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He had been with Modesto in the California League.

* Pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) is on injury rehab with Boise, the Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He had been at Kane County in the Midwest League.

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Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) allowed three hits and had four strikeouts over six scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to Hillsboro on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He got a no-decision.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 2-for-3 with two runs and a double in a 5-4 win over Indianapolis.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI in a 5-1 loss to Akron.

* San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 1-for-2 with a double and a run in a 2-1 win over Frisco.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs in a 9-6 loss to Missoula.

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It's time to update the stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .228 (18-79) with no homers and three RBIs in 33 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

BO ALTOBELLI (2010): Bo is hitting .333 (5-15) with no homers or RBIs in five games for Elizabethton, Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A Appalachian League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .235 (70-298) with five homers and 38 RBIs in 87 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .212 (36-170) with three homers and 12 RBIs in 50 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .276 (51-185) with three homers and 29 RBIs in 53 games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .294 (5-17) with one RBI in four games for San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .205 (15-73) with one homer and five RBIs in 22 games for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .243 (28-119) with one homer and 14 RBIs in 44 games for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .278 (20-72) with one homer and five RBIs in 26 games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .217 (13-60) with one homer and two RBIs in 20 games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .143 (1-7) with no homers or RBIs for West Michigan, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League while on rehab assignment from Lakeland, its affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .245 (48-196) with six homers and 21 RBIs in 53 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

DANNY HAYES (2010): Danny is hitting .257 (18-70) with two homers and 13 RBIs in 19 games for Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate in the Class A Pioneer League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .248 (57-230) with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 78 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2007): Brent is hitting .284 (74-261) with five homers and 41 RBIs in 71 games with Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International league.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .290 (106-365) with 19 homers and 63 RBIs in 101 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (2010): Jake is hitting .237 (9-38) with a homer and four RBIs in 13 games for Tri-City, Houston's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .259 (63-243) with 12 homers and 42 RBIs in 78 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin is hitting .293 (24-82) with one homer and seven RBIs in 25 games with the Orioles of the Arizona Rookie League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 1-0, 0.00 in a rehab start with Tri-City, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A Northwest League. He has four strikeouts in five innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 1-3, 5.40 in five games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 19 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max is 1-0, 1.35 in four games with the Arizona Rookie League Padres. He has nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010): Matt is 0-0, 0.00 in one inning in one appearance for Lansing, Toronto's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 0-3, 10.13 in seven games with the Arizona Rookie League Athletics. He has nine strikeouts in eight innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 0-2, 4.32 in nine games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has 13 strikeouts in 14 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

CHASE JOHNSON (2011): Chase is 1-1, 0.00 in three games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has 13 strikeouts in 14 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 3-3, 2.25 in nine games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 51 strikeouts in 52 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 2-2, 4.60 in seven games with Salem, Boston's affiliate in the single-A Carolina League. He has 16 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 4-6, 4.36 in 19 games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 96 strikeouts in 99 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 0-0, 6.75 in three games with Boise, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with four strikeouts in four innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 4-3, 6.26 in 36 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 36 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 0-2, 10.00 in eight appearances with Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has two saves and 12 strikeouts in nine innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 4-2, 2.44 in 27 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 44.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (2011): Jimmie is 0-0, 0.00 in three appearances with Hillsboro, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has two saves and six strikeouts in three innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 5-7, 6.36 in 19 games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 52 strikeouts in 97.1 innings. ----------------------------------------------------

That's all for today. See you at the ballpark tonight.


Back from Wyoming, back to work

July 24, 2013

Yes, the Blog is back, after a quick All-Star Break vacation to the banks of the Little Laramie River, at the base of Corner Mountain on the outskirts of bustling Centennial, Wyoming.

Hopefully five days of sunshine, Indian Paintbrush, bone-dry weather, walking/hiking, reading a great book ("The Echoing Green," about Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard Round the World in the 1951 NL playoffs) and a few Summer Shandys will recharge me for the remainder of the season!

I think there may be lots of Knights news to pass along, so let's get started!

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The expansion Medford Rogues pay their first visit to Goss Stadium tonight, and they'll bring a couple of very familiar faces with them to Corvallis.

Their head coach is Josh Hogan, a standout middle infielder for the Knights from 2007-09. Hogan coached at Klamath Falls last summer and nearly led the Gems to the playoffs in just their second year of existence.

One of his assistant coaches is Oregon State alum Dylan Jones, a two-year (2009-10) standout pitcher/infielder/outfielder for the Knights, Dylan earned West Coast League postseason honors both summers and was our 2010 Most Valuable Player.

The Knights won 2 of 3 at Medford on June 18-20 in the first series between the clubs. The Rogues (8-2) and Knights (7-3) were the two hottest teams in the WCL over their past 10 games heading into the July 22-23 All-Star break. Medford has six straight wins and set a WCL record for wins by an expansion team (20) by defeating the Gems on July 21.

We head to Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday for our initial series with the HarbourCats, the WCL's other expansion team. The Knights then head to Kelowna for a July 30-Aug. 1 series before returning home to host Kelowna on Aug. 3-4.

And, consider this an early warning: the Blog will be filling in for Mike Parker on our KEJO-AM 1240 redio broadcast on Thursday and Friday while he's at Pac-12 media days in Los Angeles.

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Our attendance is on the rise after our last two home games, which drew a combined 3,536 fans. We had 1,706 for the July 13 Walla Walla game, and an impressive 1,830 for last Thursday's game with the Mid-Valley Rockets.

That boosted our season total to 28,222 in 22 openings, an average of 1,283 per game. We're 823 fans ahead of last year's pace through a corresponding number of games.

This short homestand should be solid also.

* Tonight is the United Way Knight of Caring; 20 percent of all walkup sales will be donated to the United Way.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday, with discounts on adult beverages, and a $1 hot dog night.

* Friday is Cap Night, presented by the Mario Pastega House. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free, two-toned Knights cap, with the interlocking "CK." They look very sharp indeed.

So, we'll see you at the ballpark. With your help we can still break our season attendance record (42,447, set in 2011) and break the 45,000 mark.

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Some alumni news:

* The New York Mets have sent pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) of Oregon State to the double-A Binghamton (NY) Mets. He'd been at triple-A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League and was 4-3 with a 6.00 ERA in 38 appearances.

* Toronto still has not assigned pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) to a minor-league affiliate. He was their 6th-round selection in the June MLB draft.

* The White Sox sent infielder Brent Morel (2006-07) back to triple-A Charlotte in the International League when they activated Paul Konerko on Tuesday. BeMo had been with the big club since July 3 (his second stint) and he hit .200 (5-25) in 12 games.

* The Los Angeles Angels have actived pitcher Tommy Hanson (2005) from the 15-day DL, after a rehab stint at Class A Inland Empire. He's 4-2, 4.92 in 10 starts with the Angels.

* The Padres have returned pitcher Max Beatty (2010-12) to the Arizona Rookie League after a short stay with the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League.

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San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-5 with two runs, a double and an RBI in an 11-3 win over Corpus Christi on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day" honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Padres (Arizona Rookie League) pitcher Max Beatty had two scoreless innings and one strikeout in a 5-0 win over the ARL Diamondbacks.

* Brevard County (A Florida State, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs in a 10-4 win over Fort Myers.

* Hillsboro (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) struck out the side in the ninth and got his second save in a 9-6 win over Salem-Keizer.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes 92010) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in a 5-4 win over Grand Junction.

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That's all for today. See you at the ballpark tonight!


Welcome back to first place!

July 17, 2013

It's a beautiful day at the WWHQ for the FIRST-PLACE Corvallis Knights.

Yes, you read it right. After a so-so start, we are now back on top of the South Division following last night's 14-3 thrashing of the Bellingham Bells in Bellingham.

We now hold a 1/2-game lead over the rival Bend Elks, who were thrashed 16-8 in Bend by Klamath Falls last night to fall out of first place. Bend had led the division from the start of the season before we moved ahead last night.

Our series in Bellingham concludes tonight. Washington sophomore-to-be Alex Nesbitt makes his Knights' starting debut; he's been very impressive as a reliever of late so he's earned a starting shot. He's allowed no runs and just two hits over eight innings in his last two appearances, with five strikeouts.

We'll make the long trip home after tonight's game and then face the Mid-Valley Rockets American Legion team in a nonleague game at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at Goss Stadium. That game drew more than 1,400 fans last year and we're expecting another good turnout on a Block 15 Thursday.

The Knights are then idle until Wednesday (7/24), when we begin a three-game home series with the expansion Medford Rogues. It will be a homecoming for Medford coach Josh Hogan, a standout middle infielder for the Knights from 2007-09, and for Medford assistant coach Dylan Jones, an Oregon State alum and a 2009-10 Knight who was our 2010 MVP.

So, now you're all caught up, and we'll get on with today's news.

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There's been some movement by our minor-league Knights alums.

* The Boston Red Sox have promoted alum Kyle Kraus (2009-10) for the third time this season. He's now pitching for Portland (Maine) in the Class AA Eastern League. He started the season in low-A and twice was moved up to high-A before his most recent jump.

* The San Francisco Giants have promoted pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) to Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League from the Arizona Rookie League.

* First baseman Dean Green is on rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Tigers after spending nearly two months on the DL. He started the year at high-A Lakeland in the Florida State League.

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Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy was 1-for-1 with a homer, two RBIs, a run and two walks in a 6-3 win over Trenton on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention went to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) threw two scoreless innings and had a strikeout in a 9-3 win over Binghamton.

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Good story in the Medford Mail-Tribune on Victoria HarbourCats coach Dennis Rogers, who also is a great friend of the Knights through his position as the head coach at partner school Riverside City College.

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It's time to update the stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .234 (15-64) with three homers and three RBIs in 28 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

BO ALTOBELLI (2010): Bo is hitting .444 (4-9) with no homers or RBIs for Elizabethton, Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A Appalachian League. He's on the DL.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .234 (64-274) with five homers and 37 RBIs in 80 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .208 (32-154) with two homers and 11 RBIs in 45 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .287 (47-164) with three homers and 28 RBIs in 48 games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .308 (82-266) with four homers and 42 RBIs in 72 games with Augusta (Ga.), San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .196 (10-51) with one RBI in 16 games for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .235 (28-119) with one homer and 11 RBIs in 35 games for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .299 (20-67) with one homer and five RBIs in 23 games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .265 (11-43) with one homer and two RBIs in 15 games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .250 (2-8) with a homer and three RBIs with the Gulf Coast League Tigers while on rehab assignment from Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .257 (43-167) with four homers and 18 RBIs in 45 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

DANNY HAYES (2010): Danny is hitting .250 (10-40) with one homer and six RBIs in 11 games for Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate in the Class A Pioneer League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .225 (47-209) with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 70 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .291 (97-333) with 16 homers and 58 RBIs in 92 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (2010): Jake is hitting .167 (4-24) with two RBIs in nine games for Tri-City, Houston's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .265 (59-223) with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 71 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin is hitting .328 (21-64) with one homer and six RBIs in 19 games with the Orioles of the Arizona Rookie League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-1, 3.80 in eight games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 39 strikeouts in 42.2 innings, but is presently on the DL.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 1-2, 4.15 in four games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 15 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max is 0-1, 13.50 in five games with Eugene, San Diego's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has four strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010): Matt has signed with Toronto but has not yet been assigned to a team.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 0-2, 12.00 in five games with the Athletics, Oakland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League. He has seven strikeouts in six innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 0-2, 4.61 in seven games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

CHASE JOHNSON (2011): Chase is 0-0, 0.00 in one game with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has five strikeouts in four innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 3-2, 2.70 in seven games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 41 strikeouts in 40 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 0-0, 0.00 in one game with Portland, Boston's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has two strikeouts in four innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 3-6, 4.35 in 18 games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 91 strikeouts in 93 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 3-3, 4.87 with two saves in 17 appearances with Kane County (Ill.), the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with 17 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 4-3, 6.26 in 36 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 36 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 0-2, 9.95 in five appearances with Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 4-2, 2.68 in 24 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He has 19 strikeouts in 40.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (2011): Jimmie is 0-0, 0.00 in one appearance with Hillsboro, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has one strikeout in one inning.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 5-6, 5.91 in 17 games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 46 strikeouts in 91.1 innings. ----------------------------------------------------

That's all for today. The blog is taking a little all-star break after today; we'll see you next Tuesday.