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ESPN Boston: Matt Torra Still Chasing Dream

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Today ESPN Boston has a feature from Marty Dobrow on former UMass pitcher Matt Torra. In his seventh season in professional baseball, Torra is currently a member of Triple-A Durham Bulls and is 4-6 with a 5.02 earned run average through 61 innings over 11 starts.

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The Virginian-Pilot: Torra Terrific Again

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra continued his stellar work for the Durham Bulls in his latest outing on the mound this past Sunday:
  

The Tides (55-87) went three up, three down six times against Bulls starter Matt Torra (5-1) in the penultimate game of the season Sunday night.

The 27-year-old acquired from Arizona in July baffled Tides batters up until the eighth inning. Torra struck out six and averaged an efficient 10 pitches per inning through seven innings as Tides batters constantly swung on the first pitch. Durham improved to 10-1 when Torra starts.

"He's got a nice little slider," Tides manager Gary Allenson said. "He gets ahead with something else and throws that slider up there, and it's a tough pitch to lay off of."

Torra retired 13 straight batters between shortstop Carlos Rojas' single in the third and Hughes' stand-up triple to start the eighth. After the triple, second baseman Brendan Harris reached first base on a hit-by-pitch and catcher John Hester doubled, scoring Hughes, before Dane De La Rosa relieved Torra.

Hester left the game with an injury following the double. He had two of the Tides' four hits against Torra, which may not be a coincidence. In 2007, Hester caught Torra when the two were with the Arizona Diamondback's Class A-Advanced affiliate Visalia.

"I would think it would help you a little bit if you caught the guy before," Allenson said. "You get an idea of how he works and what his stuff does."

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Torra Now 4-1 With Durham Bulls

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Former UMass hurler Matt Torra pitched six shutout innings and struck out three in game two of a doubleheader against the Charlotte Knights yesterday.

The Bulls swept the Knights Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, winning 4-3 in eight innings and then 3-0 in the nightcap in front of 10,015. Durham (77-57) reduced its magic number in the South Division to five and extended its lead to 3.5 games over Gwinnett, which comes to the DBAP Monday for a two-game series.

Torra started the year in Reno, where he had a 6.07 ERA before being traded to Tampa. He had a 6.86 ERA in his first four starts in Durham, but the 27-year-old righty has given up just nine runs in his last 39.2 innings and is 4-0 in his last six starts.

Torra credited pitching coach Neil Allen for making some mechanical adjustments, including moving him from the third-base side to the first-base side of the rubber and getting him more upright in his delivery. He gave up just four hits and no walks Sunday to lower his ERA to 3.81.

Read more of the recap from the Herald-Sun.

Former UMass hurler Matt Torra will again be the host for the seventh annual Conor Dillon Memorial Golf Tournament this October 1 at the Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown, Mass., with proceeds benefitting Pittsfield Little Leagues and the Girls' Softball League.


The tourney has donated over $40,000 in the past six years to fund the sandlot needs of local youth. Last fall, over $12,500 was raised and used to buy - among more traditional items like bats, balls and bases - a hot water heater and slush machine for the South Little League concession stand plus bullpen fencing, bleachers and a batting cage net for the West Little League. And, participants in the Girls Softball League this spring honed their batting eyes with the use of a new fast-pitch batting machine as well as a new soft toss system.


Besides the lights, lawn mowers, tarps, scoreboards and other initiatives to improve the local playing fields over the years, the tournament has also established a scholarship fund for students of the culinary arts - a passion of Torra's childhood friend Conor Dillon for whom the tournament is named.


Click here to register for the event and to view sponsorship opportunities.

The text message received from Matt Torra Thursday morning was written with a sense of surprise.

"Who would have thought Bateman and I on the same team. The Durham Bulls," is what the text message said.

The Bateman in question is Joe Bateman, who has returned to Durham to join a Bulls' pitching staff that Torra is a member of.

"Two kids from the same high school team pitching on the same [minor league] team -- that's crazy," Pittsfield High baseball coach Bob Moynihan said. "That's just unbelievable."

Torra was traded to the Tampa Bay organization from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was put into the starting rotation at Durham. He is still seeking his first win. Bateman, who spent the last two years with Durham, was released by Class AA Midland (Texas League) on Tuesday and signed with the Rays on Wednesday. Tampa Bay assigned him back in Durham.

"It was a complete surprise" to see Bateman in the Bulls' clubhouse in Rochester, N.Y., Torra recalled. "We hadn't touched base yet.

"I was starting so I came to the field later. I show up and he's in the locker room. It was pretty cool to see him and now to play with another Pittsfield guy, it doesn't happen too often."

Read more of Howard Herman's Pittsfield High School graduates are members of the Durham Bulls pitching staff from the Berkshire Eagle.

Torra Debuts With Durham Bulls

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In his first outing since being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays' organization, Matt Torra started for the Durham Bulls last night against the Norfolk Tides.

Torra threw five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked none and struck out four, but did not earn a decision in the Bulls' 11-5 win. All three runs came in the first as he followed up with four shutout frames.

Following this five-games stint against Norfolk, the Bulls will be making a trip to New England to face the Pawtucket Red Sox, July 14-17.

Torra Debuts With Durham Bulls

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In his first outing since being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays' organization, Matt Torra started for the Durham Bulls last night against the Norfolk Tides.

Torra threw five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked none and struck out four, but did not earn a decision in the Bulls' 11-5 win. All three runs came in the first as he followed up with four shutout frames.

Following this five-games stint against Norfolk, the Bulls will be making a trip to New England to face the Pawtucket Red Sox, July 14-17.

Matt Torra Traded To Tampa Bay

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra was traded over the holiday weekend, going from the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. Torra, who was 4-2 this season as a member of the Triple-A Reno Aces with a 6.07 earned run average in 15 games has been assigned to the Durham Bulls' (AAA).

Locally, CBS 3 had coverage of the move: Howard Herman also had a nice piece on the Pittsfield native in Sunday's Berkshire Eagle.

Father's Day Feature On Matt Torra

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The Reno Gazette-Journal ran a nice Father's Day piece yesterday, featuring former Minuteman Matt Torra.

Torra, who took the mound in Las Vegas for the Aces against the 51s yesterday, celebrated his first Father's Day. Torra and his wife Jessica welcomed their daughter Isabel into the world nine months ago.

"Having a kid now has really put a lot of things in perspective for me," Torra said. "After a good game you go up and see your family and my daughter's like, 'Hey, let's go play. I don't care what you did on the field.' And it goes the other way, too. If you have a bad outing and you go up after the game and you see her, she smiles at you and it makes you just forget about it."

In his outing yesterday, Torra went four innings and allowed eight runs on 14 hits and struck out two. Reno rallied late, though, as the Aces went on to win 12-9 after scoring five runs in the eighth.

The New England Collegiate baseball league opened last night with current UMass catcher Tom Conley helping the Keene Swamp Bats to a 7-0 win in a rain-shortened contest against the Vermont Mountaineers. Conley hit fifth in the order and was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

On the day his younger brother was drafted, former Minuteman hurler Mike Gedman unfortunately took the loss for the Worcester Tornadoes after walking the leadoff hitter on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning vs. Chad Paronto's Pittsfield Colonials. The Colonials rallied for a 6-4 win.

Finally, Matt Torra will be on the bump tonight as the Reno Aces open a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Torra will put his 4-0 record on the line against Sky Sox RHP Esmil Rogers (0-0, No ERA), who is on a Major League rehab assignment.

Torra Tosses Gem In 3-2 Aces Win, Now 4-0

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra had a great outing over the weekend as he pitched the Reno Aces to a 3-2 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday.

Torra (4-0) scattered just seven hits and struck out four en route to his third quality start in his last four outings. The right-hander surrendered just one base on balls.

The game was covered by kolotv.com and AZ Snakepit, as well.

Through 11 starts, Torra holds a 4.64 earned run average with one complete game. In 64.0 innings pitched, he has fanned 29 batters, while walking 16.

Torra Improves to 3-0, Reaches 500 Career Ks

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Congratulations to former UMass pitcher Matt Torra, who hit a milestone last night as he improved to 3-0 on the season after pitching the Reno Aces to a 7-2 victory over the Round Rock Express.

Torra held the Express to two runs on seven hits in seven innings on the mound with a season-high six strikeouts and two walks. His first K of game was the 500th of his professional career.

Through 52.0 innings over nine starts, Torra currently holds a 4.67 ERA with 12 walks and 23 strikeouts.

UMass' Torra In Action On Friday Night For Reno

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UMass baseball alum Matt Torra started on the mound for Reno on Friday night, but did not factor in the decision as the Albuquerque Isotopes posted their second-straight walk-off win over the Reno Aces, 7-6, at Isotopes Park.

Torra threw six innings and allowed three runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. He is currently 2-0 on the season through eight starts with a 5.00 earned run average in 45.0 innings pitched with 10 walks and 17 strikeouts.

Torra & Clegg In Action On Monday In The Minors

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Former Minutemen hurlers Matt Torra and Mitchell Clegg drew starts on the mound for their respective clubs on Monday night.

Torra threw a seven inning complete game two-hitter, collecting a win as the Reno Aces swept a doubleheader against the Salt Lake Bees. He allowed two runs, walked one and struck out two en route to the 3-2 victory. Torra is now 2-0 on the season with a 4.50 ERA, throwing 34 innings over six starts with nine walks and 12 strikeouts.

Clegg started, but did not factor into the decision for the Potomac Nationals who fell to the Winston-Salem Dash, 5-3 on the road. The former UMass lefty tossed five innings and allowed two runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out three. He is currently 1-2 on the year with a 6.29 ERA in five starts for a total of 24.1 innings with eight walks and 12 Ks.

Matt Torra Scheduled To Start Tonight For Reno

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season tonight as the Reno Aces take on the Las Vegas 51s.

Torra is currently 1-0 with a 4.29 ERA in 21.0 innings, five walks and 10 strikeouts.

Live audio is available through the MiLB.com web site.

Torra Pitches Aces To Third Straight Win

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Former UMass hurler Matt Torra earned the win in his 2011 debut for the Reno Aces last night as the squad defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 9-1. Torra threw six innings and allowed just one run and scattered five hits, striking out two without walking a batter.

Check out the recap and box score on on MiLB.com.

Matt Torra On The Hill For Reno Tonight

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra will make his 2011 debut tonight as he will start on the mound for the Reno Aces on the road against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at 8:05 Eastern.

Audio is available on MiLB.com and the contest will also air on MiLB.TV.

Torra On Reno Aces' Opening Day Roster

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With the minor league season getting underway next week, clubs have begun to announce their opening day rosters. The Reno Aces, the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, unveiled their 2011 Opening Day roster yesterday, which includes former Minuteman Matt Torra.

Torra won 11 games for the Aces last season and set a D-backs Triple-A record with 178.0 innings pitched.

The Reno Gazette-Journal also has a position-by-position preview of the season.

Reno opens 2011 next Thursday, Apr. 7, on the road against the Salt Lake Bees.

Examiner Roundup of UMass Minutemen Playing Pro Baseball

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This past summer, seven former UMass baseball players were in action in the minor leagues, including Nick Serino and Bryan Leigh, who both spent their first summers in pro ball.

Serino and Leigh joined Mitchell Clegg, Matt Torra, Ron Villone, Chad Paronto, and Nick Gorneault as former Minutemen getting paid to play the national past time.

Check out this piece from Examiner.com, recapping the 2010 minor league season for all seven UMass baseball alumni.

Torra Gets 11th Win, Strikes Out Nine

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Former Minuteman hurler Matt Torra picked up his 11th win last night against the Tacoma Rainiers, despite giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits over six innings of work in the 7-6 victory. He struck out nine, a season high, while walking just one to bring his season strikeouts total to 94.

Torra Wins Fifth Straight

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Former UMass hurler Matt Torra won his fifth straight last night, helping the Reno Aces to a 5-3 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Torra went seven innings in his start, scattering two runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts. He is 6-1 in his last 10 starts and is 10-6 on the season.

Minor League Updates On Torra And Clegg

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A pair of former Minutemen started on the mound yesterday with very different results. Aces starter Matt Torra didn't replicate his eight-inning gem from his last outing, but used poise and a little Reno lumber to quickly turn a disaster into an 11-8 shootout win Wednesday afternoon. Torra earned the decision for his fourth straight win. He is 6-1 with a 4.09 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Conversely, lefty Mitchell Clegg limited the Gulf Coast League Mets to two runs, one earned, on seven hits over five innings in his rehab start with the GCL Nationals, but was hooked with the loss in the 4-1 game.

Torra Leads Pacific Coast League In Innings Pitched

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According to the Diamondbacks Farm Report on TriValleyCentral.com, former UMass pitcher Matt Torra has won his last three starts and leads the league with 147.1 innings pitched. Torra is 8-6 on the season with a 3.97 ERA.

Another UMass baseball alum playing in AAA, Chad Paronto, threw two shutout innings of relief for the Pawtucket Red Sox in a 2-1 loss to the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees last night. Paronto is 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 64.0 innings pitched.

Torra Brilliant in 6-2 Aces Win

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra took a shutout into the ninth and finished with eight hits and two runs, one earned, working 8.1 innings in the Reno Aces' 6-2 win over Nashville last night. He walked one and punched out two in a 106-pitch effort. The Reno Gazette Journal also has a recap of the game and mentions that Torra has pitched six complete games in his career and owns one of two in franchise history, which came against Las Vegas on July 1. 

Another former UMass pitcher, Mitchell Clegg, also started yesterday, continuing his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Nationals. In his longest outing since coming off the DL, Clegg threw four innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with no walks and one strikeout vs. the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Torra Gets Start Tonight Vs. Nashville

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KTVN in Reno reports that Matt Torra will get the start on the mound tonight for the Reno Aces as they take on the Nashville Sounds at 10 p.m., Eastern. Listen to the game on Gameday Audio, offered through MiLB.com. Torra is 7-6 thus far this season with a 4.14 ERA.

Clegg Featured In Springfield Republican

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The Springfield Republican has a sensational feature on UMass alum Mitchell Clegg. The 2009 alum is 8-1 this year with an ERA of 2.60 in 16 games, including nine starts, for Hagerstown. In 72.2 innings he allowed 69 hits and 15 walks with 43 strikeouts. The story also mentions UMass' other products in the minors: Matt Torra, Chad Paronto, Nick Gorneault and Doug Clark.

Torra Takes The Hill For Aces Tonight

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According to a Reno Aces press release posted on kolotv.com, former Minuteman Matt Torra will start tonight against the Las Vegas 51s. Torra is 7-6 on the season with a 4.18 ERA. The Aces have won eight of their last 11 games.

Torra Earns Win, Throws Eight Innings For Reno

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Matt Torra won last night for the Triple-A Reno Aces as they took on the Portland Beavers, capturing a 10-3 victory. Torra (7-6) kept the Beavers at bay, tossing eight innings and surrendering just two runs on six hits.

Matt Torra Gets Back In Winning Column With Reno

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Alum Matt Torra got back on the winning side of the ledger with a solid 6-3 victory for the Reno Aces on Saturday. After allowing one run in the first inning and two in the third, Torra (6-6) settled down and held Tacoma scoreless for the next three frames. Over 6 2/3 innings of work, he allowed three runs on 10 hits and struck out six.

Torra Allows 13 Hits In Loss

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With the Reno Aces, Matt Torra had a rough outing last night as his squad fell 6-4 to Colorado Springs. Torra (5-6) surrendered the season-high 13 hits, but blasted a two-run, go-ahead home run in the sixth inning to give the Aces a 4-3 lead.

Torra Gets No Decision For Reno

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In his start, Matt Torra earned a no-decision in Reno's 14-13 slugfest loss to Sacramento. Torra allowed six runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings on the hill.

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