Friday, April 20, 2012
WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO BE ON OPENING NIGHT?
Some odds and ends on the day after this week's Independent Baseball Insider... Nelson Figueroa is getting another opportunity after barely taking the mound and eventually getting released out of the Toronto Blue Jays' major league camp this spring. He signed with the New York Yankees and is going to work for the time being at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA. The right-hander, who once threw two games for the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks and turns 38 next month, has made his way into 145 major league games through the years (20-35 record) while pitching for six teams (Philadelphia twice). ORIOLES LET JOSH JOHNSON GO, DUCKS STEP IN Catcher Josh Johnson, with the league's traveling Road Warriors last season, was released after a brief time in the Baltimore organization, but it did not take much time for him to find a new job. With two catchers signed away by major league organizations, Long Island stepped forward and inked him. WHERE TO GO ON OPENING NIGHT It is time, thankfully, to greet another season starting Thursday (April 26). The major attention likely will be on Sugar Land, TX since the new Skeeters will inaugurate their fancy stadium against two-time defending champion York, but fans also should be thinking about these matchups: Long Island at Somerset, Camden at Bridgeport and Lancaster at Southern Maryland. All four games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. local time, with Sugar Land in the central time zone.