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Republican: UMass Pitcher Dennis Torres Overcomes Odds

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An excellent feature on Dennis Torres by the Springfield Republican's Harry Plumer. Torres signed with the Orioles this morning and will report to the Gulf City Orioles.

You wouldn't even know Dennis Torres played baseball if it weren't for the picture leaning against the wall in his bedroom.

Trophies and medals from years past are packed away in boxes somewhere. There are no framed cutouts of newspaper articles.

His career, at least at his mother's house, is nothing more than a ghost.

It won't be for long.

Phones have been ringing, text messages have been dinging and Torres' Twitter account has been blowing up since the UMass pitcher was drafted in the 28th round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles on June 6.

People are coming out of the woodwork to congratulate him. They tell them they always knew he had it in him, even though he was cut from his high school baseball team all four years. They tell him they knew he could do it, even though he never gave baseball a thought during his first year at UMass.

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