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Knights sign Farley of Portland to 10-day deal

April 24, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Hopefully the rain will let up sometime this week so we can finally play some baseball in town again. Almost every high school game this week has been postponed and the weather doesn't sound very promising for weekend's Civil War series against Oregon at Goss Stadium.

We know it will break by the summer, however, which is fast approaching. It is now just 41 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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The Knights have signed University of Portland second baseman Kevin Farley to a 10-day contract.

Farley is a 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore from California High School in San Ramon, Calif. He is hitting .194 (14-72) in 26 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs, heading into this weekend's West Coast Conference series with San Francisco. Farley hit .188 (3-16) in 11 games as a freshman in 2013, with no homers and one RBI.

A two-year letterwinner at California High School, Kevin led team in home runs as a senior, helping the Grizzlies reach the CIF section championships at Oakland Coliseum. He also earned two letters in football and was the quarterback for the East Bay All-State Team, helping the squad to a victory in the Holiday Classic All-Star Game.

His grandfather Leon played soccer and rugby at UCLA and is a member of the UCLA Hall of Fame. His grandfather Norman played baseball at Arkansas State and briefly played minor league ball in the Washington Senators organization. His uncle Pat played football at UC Santa Barbara.

Welcome aboard, Kevin!

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Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) designated hitter Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 6-0 win over Bowie on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in a 7-6 win over Pensacola.

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) threw two innings of scoreless relief, had one strikeout and lowered his ERA to 1.00 in a 7-6 win over Pensacola.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: Corban College sophomore outfielder Landon Front, a starter for the Bend Bucks last summer, is having a good season and will bid for a spot with the Elks in 2014. Click here for more on Front; it's the first item on the menu.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have signed four more players for their second season in the WCL. Here is more on that story, from the Victoria website.

The HarbourCats are also looking for help in the ticket office. For more on that, please click here for additional details.

And finally, here is the latest installment of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

WALLA WALLA: Several former Sweets are making their way in affiliated baseball. Here are full details, from the Walla Walla website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Knights sign LHP Austin Sodders of RCC

April 23, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

The Beavers bounced back on Tuesday with a big 8-1 win at Sacramento State to split that series. Now it is back to Corvallis for this weekend's Civil War series against Oregon.

Speaking of back to Corvallis, we are down to 42 more days (six weeks) until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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The Knights have signed pitcher Austin Sodders of Riverside City College for the 2014 season. He is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman lefthander from Canyon Creek High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. He is 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 appearances this spring, with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Sodders replaces pitcher Chris Vargas on the roster. A freshman at UC Riverside, Vargas will miss the summer season because of injury.

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We have posted a story on returnee Kevin Kline of Dixie State on our website. Please click here to check it out, if you have not already read it. Kevin played a big role on our championship team last summer and we are looking for more big things out of the slugging first baseman this summer!

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their college teams on Tuesday. Here is a roundup:

* Oregon State catcher Logan Ice was 2-for-5 in an 8-1 win at Sacramento State. Alum Gabe Clark (2013) was 0-for-4.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker was 0-for-1 in a 7-6 win over UC Riverside. Starter Angel Landazuri gave up two runs and had two strikeouts for the Highlanders; Dylan Stuart (2011-12) gave up an unearned run and had three strikeouts in three innings and outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI for UCR.

* Cal Poly pitcher Slater Lee gave up one run, had one strikeout and pitched five innings for the win in a 12-5 victory over San Jose State. Outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-4 with two runs, third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs, shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 0-for-3 and pitcher Bryan Granger (2012) allowed one run in one inning for the Mustangs.

* Washington pitcher Brandon Choate had one strikeout in 1.2 innings of shutout relief in a 1-0 loss to Seattle University.

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin was 1-for-3 with a run, a double and two RBIs in a 17-5 loss to Santa Ana.

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Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-6 with a double, a run and two RBIs in an 11-5 win over Reading on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-5 with two runs in an 8-6 win over West Virginia.

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run in a 6-3 win over Norfolk.

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 13-2 loss to Mobile.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) had five strikeouts and allowed five hits in six shutout innings and got the win in a 5-1 victory over Ft. Myers. He lowered his ERA to 0.36.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson had six strikeouts in five shutout innings and left with a 3-0 lead but was not involved in the decision in a 4-3 loss to Hagerstown.

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Here are the updated stats (through Tuesday) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .257 (27-105) in 36 games, with no homers and 12 RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 in one game.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in seven games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .187 (23-123) with no homers and eight RBIs in 40 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .292 (14-48) with no homers and six RBIs in 36 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .258 (17-66) with no homers and seven RBIs in 27 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 7-1, 3.40 in 10 games, with 56 strikeouts in 53 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 2-0, 1.59 over 11 appearances, with 19 strikeouts in 17 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.26 in nine games, with 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-1, 3.93 in 13 games, with 23 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-1, 5.17 in 12 games, with 32 strikeouts in 47 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.53 in 14 games, with 19 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 9.64 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 7.94 in seven appearances, with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 1-1, 2.50 in 11 games, with 11 strikeouts in 18 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-0, 1.82 in 11 games, with 22 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-1, 11.57 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed three more players for their first season in the WCL. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

The Pippins are also making final preparations at Yakima County Stadium. For more on that, please click here for a story and video, from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper's website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Haddeland nominated for NWC honors

April 22, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Tough loss for the Beavers at Sacramento State on Monday. Game 2 is today so hopefully they can even things up.

It is now a mere 43 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Linfield junior pitcher Chris Haddeland (2014) was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected. He allowed three earned runs and had nine strikeouts in eight innings of a 4-1 loss against George Fox this past Friday. It was his first loss of the season.

Linfield won the final two games of the series, however, to clinch the NWC title and to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Linfield is the defending national champion.

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Former Knights' pitcher/outfielder Michael Blake (2010) was traded to the Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries by the Laredo Lemurs of the independent American Association on Monday. Blake was an all-WCL choice for us in 2010 after his sophomore season at Mt. Hood. He later played at Hawaii and spent three seasons in the Arizona organization before being released in the offseason.

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A couple of 2014 Knights were in action for their college teams on Monday. Here is a roundup:

* Oregon State catcher Logan Ice was 1-for-3 in a 7-6 loss at Sacramento State. Alum Jace Fry (2011) allowed three runs and had four strikeouts in four innings; Scott Schultz (2011) allowed two runs in 1.2 innings and Ben Wetzler (2011) allowed no runs in .2 innings.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker scored as a pinch-runner in the ninth, when the USD rallied for three runs to defeat Long Beach State 4-3.

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Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs, a double and three walks in an 11-4 win over West Virginia on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-4 with a double an RBI in a 9-4 loss to Bowie.

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) threw two innings of scoreless relief and had three strikeouts in a 17-1 loss to Pensacola.

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Here are the updated stats of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights.

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but is starring for the JV.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .333 (38-114) in 32 games, with five homers and 29 RBIs.

MARC GALLEGOS (Corban): A returnee from 2012 who missed last summer with an injury, Marc is hitting .311 (57-183) in 47 games, with two homers and 17 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .305 (50-164) in 42 games, with six homers and 42 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .200 (9-45) in 15 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .275 (28-102) in 32 games, with no homers and 16 RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .246 (30-122) in 38 games, with five homers and 24 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .100 (1-10) in 21 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .322 (39-121) in 37 games, with eight homers and 36 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 4-5, 2.94 in 70.1 innings over 11 games, with 65 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-2, 4.79 in 20.2 innings over 14 games, with two saves and 12 strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 8-1, 1.21 in 11 games, with 63 strikeouts in 82 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 3.65 in 15 appearances, with four strikeouts in 12.1 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Michael is 1-2, 5.52 in four games, with 11 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 6-3, 2.31 in 10 games, with 69 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 2.65 in five games, with 20 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: Former Bend High School outfielder Justin Erlandson, a 2014 Elk, is hitting .283 and is starting for Scottsdale Community College. Click here for complete details; it is the top item on the menu.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed three players from partner school UCLA for the 2014 season. Here is more on that story, from the Summer Baseball Insider website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Pirates recall catcher Chris Stewart

April 21, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Trust you all had a nice weekend, as we did in Corvallis. Nothing like brilliant sunshine on Sunday to cap off two days off.

We are down to just 44 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates re-activated catcher Chris Stewart (2001) from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and recalled him from triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit .400 (6-15) in a four-game rehab stint.

Stewie started Sunday's game against Milwaukee, went 1-for-6, and was in the middle of this brawl between the teams. Quite the welcome back to the bigs!

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The St. Louis Cardinals released outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) of Cal Poly after four years in their minor-league system. However, he immediately caught on with the Los Angeles Angels, was assigned to their AA Texas League Arkansas affiliate on Friday, and went 4-for-5 in his debut, with a homer, a double and three RBIs on Sunday in an 11-3 win against his former team, the Springfield Cardinals.

Congrats to Adam, one of the more popular Knights during his days with us. He's the older brother of current Knights' outfielder of the University of San Diego.

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You may have already seen the story on our website, but if you haven't please check out this profile on returning Knights' pitcher Brandon Choate of the University of Washington.

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Aforementioned Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 4-for-5 with a homer, a double, two runs and three RBIs in an 11-3 win at Springfield on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI in a 9-4 win over Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 5-4 win over Pensacola.

* Salem (A Carolina, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus allowed four hits and one run and had two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of relief in a 10-8 loss to Winston-Salem.

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UC Irvine sophomore Elliot Surrey (2013), the WCL's ERA leader and our Top Pitcher in 2013, was nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors but was not selected. He allowed no runs and four hits and had five strikeouts in 7.1 innings on Saturday in a 3-0 win over San Diego State.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks have signed Corban University lefty Austin Guzzon for the 2014 season. Click here for complete details, from the Summer Baseball Insider website.

COWLITZ: Here is the latest news on the Black Bears, from the Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a regular feature on the team website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Another week closer to the 2014 season!

April 18, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

It is now only 47 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Timberline (Wash.) High School baseball coach Matt Acker will join the ownership group of the Kitsap BlueJackets, The Olympian newspaper of Olympia, Wash. reported Thursday. He will be in charge of their operational decisions.

The rest of the newspaper's story:

"The BlueJackets are one of 12 teams in the West Coast League, which features some of the country's top college baseball players. Acker was the BlueJackets' head coach from 2005 to 2011.

"I care about the owners of the BlueJackets and what they're trying to do and what they've created," said Acker, who also is president of the Puget Sound Collegiate League, a local summer wood-bat league. "They've supported me and started the league (PSCL), and I feel an obligation to help them.

"It makes me feel proud as somebody who runs a business and works with all these guys. They stay around. They don't have turnover."

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Only one 2014 Knight was in action yesterday for his college team. Here's a roundup:

* UC Santa Barbara outfielder Scott Quinlan scored as a pinch-runner in a 3-2 loss at Long Beach State. Alum Greg Mahle (2012) allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth and took the loss; he had three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

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Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, two RBIs and two runs in a 7-3 win over Sacramento on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 3-for-5 with an RBI in a 6-2 win over Louisville.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) got a hold with one strikeout in one inning of scoreless relief in a 2-1 win over Altoona.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green was 1-for-3 with a double and a run in a 5-3 loss to Trenton.

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-3 with a double that drove in the game's lone run in a 1-0 victory over Mississippi.

* Lancaster (A California, Astros) catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was 2-for-4 in an 8-4 loss to High Desert.

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Here is the first installment of our "Knights in the Pros" update, which will be a Friday feature throughout the minor-league season.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .250 (3-12) in five games, with no homers or RBIs.

CARTER BELL (A South Bend, Diamondbacks): The infielder from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .250 (1-4) in one game, with no homers or RBIs.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .192 (5-26) in nine games, with no homers or RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .286 (14-49) in 13 games, with eight RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .317 (13-41) in 13 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .071 (1-14) in five games, with one RBI.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's): The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .100 (2-20) in six games, with no homers or RBIs.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .219 (7-32) in 10 games, with one RBI.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .167 (8-48) in 13 games, with three homers and eight RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .222 (12-54) in 15 games, with a homer and six RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .317 (13-41) in 11 games, with a homer and eight RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .229 (11-48) in 14 games, with a homer and three RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Lancaster, Astros): The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .188 (3-16) in three games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .333 (15-45) in 13 games, with two homers and nine RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 1-1, 3.00 in three games, with 11 strikeouts in 15 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 1-1, 5.25 in three games, with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings.

MAX BEATTY (TBA, Padres): The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

MATT BOYD (A Dunedin, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 3-0, 0.00 in three games, with 16 strikeouts in 17 innings.

A.J. BURKE (TBA, A's): The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 0-0, 3.00 in five games, with two saves and seven strikeouts in six innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 0-2, 7.00 in two games, with 10 strikeouts in nine innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-1, 2.70 in three games, with 15 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (TBA, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

KYLE KRAUS (A Salem, Red Sox): The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 0-0, 9.35 in three games, with six strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 1-1, 0.47 in three games, with 15 strikeouts in 19 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-0, 2.25 in three games, with five strikeouts in four innings.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 5.14 in six games, with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

GREG PEAVEY (AA Binghamton, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 0-1, 6.75 in two games, with 10 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (A Visalia, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 0-0, 0.00 in five games, with four saves and 14 strikeouts in six innings.

NICK STRUCK (TBA, Dodgers) : The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have named Grand View junior second baseman Zac Smit as their Player of the Week. Click here for complete details, from the Our Sports Central website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have announced their promotional schedule for the summer. Here is more on that story from the Victoria website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed two more players for the upcoming season. Please click here for more details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Alum Kavin Keyes out 5-6 weeks with broken thumb

April 17, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

It is now only 48 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Some bad news from Oregon State. Senior first baseman Kavin Keyes, a late addition to our 2013 club and a key part of our drive to the West Coast League championship, has a fractured left thumb and will miss the next 5-to-6 weeks. Here is more on that story, from the Corvallis Gazette-Times newspaper.

Best wishes to Kav in his recovery.

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Several 2014 Knights were in action yesterday for their college teams. Here's a roundup:

* Bellarmine outfielder Phillip Leopold, a 10-day signee, was 1-for-2 in a loss to Southern Indiana in the opener of a doubleheader. He did not play in the nightcap, which SIU also won. Leopold had missed the previous six games with a sore hamstring.

* Grand Canyon pitcher Joey Wise gave up five runs in 2/3 of an inning in his first start, an eventual 7-1 loss at Kansas. Three walks led to his undoing.

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Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy, our 2007 MVP, hit his first career triple-A homer in a 6-5 loss to Syracuse on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 4-2 loss at Sacramento.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 4-1 win over Reading.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed University of British Columbia right-handed pitchers Alex Graham and Jeremy Newton and infielder Kevin Biro for the 2014 season. Click here for complete details.

VICTORIA: Infielder Alex DeGoti, left-handed pitcherBryan Conant and right-hander Logan Lombana will return to Victoria for the 2014 season. DeGoti and Conant were second-team WCL all-stars in 2013. Here is more on that story from the Victoria website.

WENATCHEE: Northwest Nazarene University assistant coach Jason Krohn will join the AppleSox as an assistant coach. Please click here for more details, from the Wenatchee website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Knights picked to win South Division

April 16, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Halfway through the week, and we are down to 49 more days (seven weeks) until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Reporter Jacob Garcia of the Best Coast Baseball website picks the Knights to repeat as South Division champions. Here's what he wrote in previewing our team:

"The Knights are stacked with talent. Again. Their history of being a powerhouse will most likely carry on this season. Will they run away with the division? That's up to the Elks and the Rogues to decide. Their pitching is beyond impressive and I'd go as far to stay that they have the best overall pitching staff in the league. The Knights aren't exactly strangers to 30 win seasons and look for that trend to continue."

For the complete story, please click here.

Winning the South sounds like a plan. Jacob picked Walla Walla to win the East Division; we will pass along his North Division preview when it appears.

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It's now official, since he's been added to the website: Former Knights broadcaster Kevin Burke (2012) will call all the action for the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League this season. They open May 16. Click here to read more about another successful alum. There is no mention of his summer with the Knights, but we all remember he did an outstanding job.

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Several 2014 Knights were in action yesterday for their college teams. Here's a roundup:

* Cal Poly pitcher Justin Calomeni gave up one run, had seven strikeouts and got the victory in a 9-1 win over Cal State-Bakersfield. Infielder Alec Smith was 0-for-1; outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 with an RBI, third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 0-for-4 and shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-4 with a run for the Mustangs.

* UC Riverside pitcher Angel Landazuri gave up two runs in three innings in a 6-5 loss to San Diego State. Outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 1-for-5 with a run for UCR.

* Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli was 1-for-4 with a run and pitcher Jackson Lockwood gave up two runs in 2.2 innings in a 9-4 loss to Seattle. Second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 0-for-3 and third baseman Cody Lenahan (2013) was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs for the Pilots.

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI in a 6-4 loss to Cuesta CC.

* Midland CC catcher Chris Shaw was 0-for-2 with a run in an 8-4 win over Odessa.

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Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 7-4 loss at Sacramento on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) pitched a scoreless ninth and had two strikeouts to close a 4-0 win over Chattanooga.

* Cedar Rapids (A Midwest, Twins) catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 1-for-2 with a run and two walks in a 7-5 loss to South Bend.

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Here are the updated stats (through Tuesday) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .247 (24-97) in 34 games, with no homers and 12 RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 in one game.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in seven games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .200 (23-115) with no homers and eight RBIs in 37 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .295 (13-44) with no homers and six RBIs in 33 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .262 (15-58) with no homers and seven RBIs in 24 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 7-1, 3.40 in 10 games, with 56 strikeouts in 53 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 2-0, 1.80 over nine appearances, with 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.77 in eight games, with seven strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-1, 3.82 in 11 games, with 20 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-1, 5.45 in 10 games, with 28 strikeouts in 38 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.62 in 13 games, with 19 strikeouts in 40 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 9.64 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 9.64 in six appearances, with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 1-1, 2.50 in 11 games, with 11 strikeouts in 18 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-0, 1.99 in 10 games, with 19 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 2.25 in four games, with three strikeouts in four innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have partnered with Smith Kia to present their first bobblehead giveaway of the 2014 season on June 28. The bobblehead giveaway will feature Dinger, the Bells' mascot, sliding into home plate to set the stage for the "Slide into Summer" theme night. Here is more on that story from the Bellingham website. The Bells will also host a "Back to School" night on July 18; Here is more from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Mahlum, Haddeland nominated for NWC honors

April 15, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

The Beavers are off all week, so things are pretty quiet in Corvallis, baseball-wise. Might have to take in a practice to get my weekly fix.

It is now only 50 days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Future 2014 Knights pitcher Chris Haddeland of Linfield and Derrick Mahlum of Pacific Lutheran were nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for April 6-13, but were not selected.

Haddeland allowed one hit, had seven strikeouts in six shutout innings and got the victory in an eventual 16-4 win over Pomona-Pitzer. Mahlum allowed four hits, no earned runs and had 11 strikeouts while getting a no-decision in an eventual 3-2 win over George Fox.

We expect both to be staff mainstays this summer.

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Several 2014 Knights were in action yesterday for their college teams. Here's a roundup:

* Washington pitcher Brandon Choate, a returnee from 2013, had four strikeouts and allowed one earned run in two innings in a 14-3 win over Northern Colorado.

* UC Santa Barbara outfielder Scott Quinlan was 1-for-3 and scored three times in a 9-5 win over BYU. Reliever Dylan Hecht (2013) was roughed up for four runs and did not retire a batter for the Gauchos.

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Dunedin (A Florida State, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) gave up five hits and had seven strikeouts in five innings and improved to 3-0 with a 1-0 win over Daytona to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Boyd has not allowed a run in 17 innings over three starts and has 16 strikeouts.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 1-for-3 with a double and a run in a 6-3 loss to Round Rock.

* Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) closer Jimmie Sherfy (2011) struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save in a 4-2 win over Modesto.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) was 1-for-3 with a grand slam in a 9-6 loss to Peoria.

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We are going to throw a changeup today. Normally we update the stats of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights on Wednesday, but from here on out we will update those players on Tuesday and save the Division I players for Wednesday, since many of them play Tuesday games.

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but is starring for the JV.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .336 (36-107) in 30 games, with five homers and 27 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .285 (43-151) in 39 games, with six homers and 38 RBIs. Dixie State was idle last week.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .209 (9-43) in 14 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .273 (27-99) in 30 games, with no homers and 16 RBIs. He has not played in the last six games for undetermined reasons.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .243 (26-107) in 34 games, with four homers and 18 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .125 (1-8) in 20 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .336 (38-113) in 34 games, with eight homers and 36 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 3-5, 3.18 in 62.1 innings over 10 games, with 56 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-2, 4.67 in 17.1 innings over 13 games, with two saves and 10 strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 8-0, 0.97 in 10 games, with 54 strikeouts in 74 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 2.38 in 14 appearances, with three strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Michael is 1-2, 5.52 in four games, with 11 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 5-3, 2.10 in nine games, with 61 strikeouts in 55.2 innings.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 2.65 in five games, with 20 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed returnee Dawson Yates of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, a Kelowna native, for the upcoming season. Here is more on that story from the Kelowna website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Surrey nominated for BWC Pitcher of the Week honors

April 14, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend in Corvallis, where sunshine prevailed. The Beavers also prevailed in Pullman, as 2011 alums Jace Fry and Scott Schultz combined to defeat Washington State 8-1 on Sunday in the decisive game of their three-game series.

The Beavers are now off all week. They resume play at Sacramento State on April 21-22.

We are now down to 51 days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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UC Irvine sophomore pitcher Elliot Surrey, the 2013 West Coast League ERA leader and our Pitcher of the Year, was nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors but did not win. He allowed one run on four hits and had seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings on Sunday in a 5-4 win over Cal State-Northridge.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed pitcher Nick Struck (2009), a Mt. Hood CC alum who was released by the Cubs on March 27 after four years in their minor-league system. He has not yet been assigned to a minor-league affiliate.

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Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 7-5 loss to Pensacola on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-5 with a triple and a run in a 5-4 loss to Greenville.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed three more players for the 2014 season. Here is more on that story from the Cowlitz website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have finalized the first round of improvements to Yakima County Stadium, their new home. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Wetzler makes midseason Golden Spikes Watch List

April 11, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

Yet another sunny day in Corvallis, with a great forecast for the weekend. I think spring is really here.

We noted yesterday that Knights' president Dan Segel played a big role in bringing baseball back to Linn-Benton Community College, where the program is being reinstated after a one-year hiatus. Here is more on that story, from the Corvallis Gazette-Times newspaper.

Remember, big weekend for the Beavers against Washington State up in Pullman. Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) gets the start tonight, hoping to prolong his fabulous start; alum Jace Fry (2011) gets the ball on Sunday. We'll be following Mike Parker on the radio, too.

Hard to believe it, but we are down to just 54 days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum Ben Wetzler (2011), a senior left-handed pitcher at Oregon State, was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List on Thursday by USA Baseball. The Golden Spikes Award is given annually in July to the nation's top amateur player.

Wetzler is 6-0; his 0.38 ERA ranks second nationally. He is allowing just 3.06 hits per nine innings, which is the best in the country, as is his 0.62 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched).

The list will be further dwindled to 30 on May 8 with semifinalists announced on May 27 with finalists announced June 3. The 2014 presentation to the winner will be done on July 17.

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The Miami Marlins have promoted alum James Nygren (2009) to Jacksonville of the double-A Southern league from Jupiter in the high-A Florida State League. Nygren was 0-0, 0.00 in four innings over two appearances with Jupiter; he made his Jacksonville debut on Thursday with two more scoreless frames. James played at Oregon State.

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Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin, a returnee from last summer, was 1-for4 in a 5-2 win over Saddleback JC on Thursday. He was the lone 2014 Knight in action yesterday.

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Durham (AAA International, Rays) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed three runs in five innings, had eight strikeouts and got the win in a 5-4 victory over Charlotte to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 4-2 loss to Rochester.

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The Walla Walla Sweets are Best Coast Baseball reporter Jake Garcia's preseason choice to capture the WCL's East Division title. Please click here to access the entire story.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: Texas-Pan American freshman Victor Garcia Jr. is Medford's College Player of the Week. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have added Chris Lindmark and Charlie Strandlund as assistant coaches. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a regular feature on their website.

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That is it for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.