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The Frederick News-Post: Improbable pro Dennis Torres

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This morning Greg Swatek of the The Frederick News-Post out of Frederick, Maryland, has a fantastic profile of former UMass baseball right-hander Dennis Torres who is now pitching for the Frederick Keys, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Torres is currently 2-0 with four saves and a 3.33 earned-run average over 12 appearances.

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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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Gedman Called Up To Double-A Portland For Season Finale

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UMass' own Matt Gedman had the opportunity to play the 2011 season finale with the Red Sox's double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, last night, getting the starting nod at third base.

Gedman was 0-3 in the contest in an 8-3 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats but finished his first season of professional ball with a .234 batting average (46-for-197), five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 18 runs scored and 17 RBI combined across three different teams.

Gedman began the season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox before being promoted to the short season-A Lowell Spinners in late July.

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.

Eagle Tribune: Baseball Bond Runs Deep For Gedmans

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The two men stood side by side just in front of the Lowell Spinners dugout, longtime Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman resting his hand on the shoulder of son Matt as he passed along a few words of advice.

"It feels like old times," said Rich Gedman. "I use to drag him to the ballpark and throw him pitches, and watched all of his Little League games. Now he is following his dream."

At 22 years old and now noticeably taller than his dad, Matt Gedman still listened closely to his father's advice, just as he has done his entire baseball life.

"On the field he is coach," said Matt. "But off the field he is just dad. To see him every day, to be around him is amazing. He's been working with me since I was a little kid."

Little League has now been replaced by professional baseball, but the two Gedmans again find themselves in the same dugout, father and son donning the uniform of the Lowell Spinners.

Read more of Baseball Bond Runs Deep For Gedmans from the Eagle Tribune.

Vote For Matt Gedman: Favorite Spinner Video Campaign

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Make sure to head over to the Lowell Spinners' YouTube page and vote for former Minuteman Matt Gedman in the "2011 Favorite Spinner Election". Check out Matt's campaign video:

Clegg Earns Win Out Of Pen For P-Nats

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Former UMass left-hander Mitchell Clegg picked up the win out of the bullpen for the Potomac Nationals last night, a 4-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash. 

Clegg allowed one run on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work. He is currently 4-5 on the season with a 5.22 earned run average over 79.1 innings in 25 appearances with 25 walks to 36 strikeouts.

Copa Off To Hot Start As A Pro

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In limited action since signing a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last month, UMass baseball alum Peter Copa has hit safely in all three games he has appeared in with the Arizona League Angels.

This past Sunday against the Rangers, he had his first career multi-hit game as a pro, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

Copa is currently hitting .364 (4-for-11) wth an RBI and three runs scored.

Leigh Earns First Win With Everett

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Former UMass right hander Bryan Leigh pitched last night as the Everett AquaSox closed out the first half of the season with a 4-2 win over the division champion Eugene Emeralds.

Leigh (1-2) pitched 22/3 innings of scoreless relief to record his first win of the season for the Frogs. He currently holds a 2.92 earned run average in 12.1 innings over seven appearances with five walks and nine strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .205.

Paronto Tosses Gem Against Quebec Capitales

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Former UMass hurler Chad Paronto tossed a gem on Wednesday night, throwing all nine innings as the Pittsfield Colonials earned their first win of the second half with a 10-1 rout of the Quebec Capitales.

Paronto, who is 5-4 on the year, set a career high with nine innings pitched. He scattered 10 hits allowing just one run and tied a career high with nine strikeouts in the contest.

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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.

Gedman Leading GCL Red Sox In Hits

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A month into his professional career, UMass' Matt Gedman is among the top hitters for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

Through 21 Games, Gedman is tied for the team lead with 18 hits, is tied for second in doubles (4) and is fourth in RBI (8) and on base percentage (.306).

The second baseman is hitting .234 in 77 at bats. 
Former UMass lefty Mitchell Clegg tossed two perfect innings of relief for the Potomac Nationals last night as the squad rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win 6-4 in 10 innings against the Frederick Keys.

Clegg pitched the sixth and the seventh, striking out two in his 16th appearance of the season. He has thrown 55.0 innings to date and holds a 4.91 ERA with 22 walks and 22 strikeouts.

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.

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.

Paronto Tosses First Career Complete Game Shutout

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Chad Paronto pitched the first complete game shutout of his 16-year professional career in game one of a doubleheader as the Pittsfield Colonials defeated the New Jersey Jackals 9-0 on Wednesday.

He threw 87 pitches, on the night, 63 of them strikes. He did not walk a batter and struck out four for the win. Paronto (1-3) allowed six hits, with no walks and six strikeouts in his first complete game since July 9, 2000.

Read more of the recap from the Berkshire Eagle.

Globe: Gedman Set To Sign

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Framingham's Matt Gedman, the Red Sox' 45th-round draft pick out of the University of Massachusetts and son of former Sox catcher Rich Gedman, reported to the team's minor league complex in Fort Myers yesterday and is expecting to sign today after taking his physical. Gedman, who can play several infield positions, had a .334 career average in four seasons at UMass. He was a starting third baseman in the recent New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game. "It's definitely exciting and now it's time to hopefully take advantage of my opportunity,'' said Gedman, who most likely will be assigned to the Sox' Gulf Coast Rookie League team.

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Bryan Leigh Assigned To Everett AquaSox

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Former UMass hurler Bryan Leigh is about to begin his second season in professional baseball and will be pitching for the Everett AquaSox this summer, the short season A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, who announced their opening day roster yesterday. He is joined by three more former Atlantic 10 pitchers: Cameron Hobson (Dayton), Cody Weiss (La Salle) and Max Krakowiak (Fordham).

Leigh, who signed with the Seattle Mariners' organization last summer as a free agent, was 2-0 with a 1.71 earned run average over 21.0 innings with the Pulaski Mariners in 2010. He registered three saves in his 12 appearances, as well, with 19 strikeouts to just six walks and an opponent batting average of .203.

The AquaSox open their season this Friday, Jun. 17, on the road against the Tri-City Dust Devils.
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 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.

Clegg Mentioned In SteepleCats Pro Alumni Update

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Former UMass hurler Mitchell Clegg is mentioned in this piece from on the North Adams SteepleCats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the team's 74 alumni who have gone on to play professionally.

Clegg, who played for the SteepleCats in the Summer of 2008, is 2-3 in eight starts for the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.

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.

An Entertaining Blog Entry On Paronto

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Dan Hoard's, tv/radio broadcaster for the Pawtucket Red Sox, latest blog post is an interesting read on former PawSox pitcher, UMass' own, Chad Paronto, who will be making his debut with the Pittsfield Colonials this thursday night as the team's opening night starter.

"The 35-year-old pitcher, who has appeared in 177 major league games with the Orioles, Indians, Braves, and Astros, has agreed to come out of retirement to be a player/coach for the Colonials. Chad lives in Pittsfield with his wife and two children.

'I really wanted to coach-slash-teach,' Paronto said.  'I guess I'm called the pitching coach, but I just want to teach guys how to pitch a little bit, and share some of the ideologies that I've come across in the 16 years that I've played.  I think it's going to be exciting...and the stadium is only about eight-tenths of a mile from my house.'

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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.

UMass baseball's own Mitchell Clegg fired his best outing of the year and Potomac knocked off Lynchburg 6-2 from City Stadium on Friday night.

The Woburn, Mass., native improved to 2-2, only allowing four hits and never dealing with any significant jams. The one run he allowed came in the first inning when he hit lead-off man Todd Cunningham and then gave up a double to Phil Gosselin two batters later. Cunningham came all the way around from first to score, but by that point, Potomac had all the runs it needed.

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Clegg's performance is also mentioned on and on

Through seven starts this season, Clegg has thrown a total of 36.2 innings with 11 walks, 16 strikeouts and a 4.66 earned run average.

Republican: Former Minuteman is now a Colonial

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Bill Buckner won't be the only former big leaguer in town Saturday when the Brockton Rox meet the Pittsfield Colonials in a Can-Am League exhibition at Forest Park (2 p.m.)

Buckner's the major celebrity as manager of the Rox. As for the Colonials, they have Chad Paronto, a former University of Massachusetts pitcher who spent parts of seven seasons in the majors as a middle reliever.

Paronto, 35, has a dual role as pitcher and pitching coach.

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Solid Outing For Clegg, P-Nats Walk Off With Win

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UMass' Mitchell Clegg drew the start for Potomac on Sunday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks and though he did not get the win, Clegg kept the P-Nats in the game, yielding just a run on five hits through 5 1/3 innings.

He was helped by his defense which turned a double play and caught a runner trying to steal. Josh Smoker relieved Clegg with one out in the sixth and was helped by a spectacular diving catch in right field by Hood and a brilliant stab of a grounder and strong throw to first by Francisco Soriano.

The P-Nats won on a walk-off single in the ninth, a 5-4 victory.

Clegg scattered five hits, walked one and struck out two in his outing. He is now 1-2 on the year through six starts with a 5.46 ERA.

Read the entire game recap here: Walk-off single leads Potomac Nationals to victory

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 web site.

Clegg Scheduled To Start For Potomac This Afternoon

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Former Minuteman Mitchell Clegg is slated to start for the Potomac Nationals this afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader on the road against the Frederick Keys. Game one is slated to begin at noon.

Clegg is currently 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA after pitching four innings in his 2011 debut last week, a 3-2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash.

Clegg Featured In Springfield Republican

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Mitch Clegg, the former University of Massachusetts pitcher, made some changes to his offseason conditioning program this past winter that he hopes will pay off as he pursues his dream of playing in the major leagues.

Instead of working out on his own, Clegg's new routine called for visiting Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning four times a week for 15 weeks. Other athletes who have sought out Boyle in the past include Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, Ray Bourque and Rich Hill, a Boston native who pitched for the Red Sox in 2010.

"It is in Woburn, in my hometown, so I really had no excuse not to go," said Clegg, a minor league pitcher in the Washington Nationals' farm system. "I slimmed down and put on some muscle mass. I needed it. I feel as good as I have in a couple of years."

Read more of David Driver's Former UMass pitcher Mitch Clegg making strides in Nationals' farm system
After pitching seven season in the major leagues, Chad Paronto is coming home.

The 35-year-old city resident signed a contract with the Pittsfield Colonials in dual roles as pitching coach and starter.

Despite having been invited to spring training by multiple professional clubs, Paronto decided to hang up his professional career to be closer to his family.

"I know that I can pitch in the big leagues but that's the least of my concerns," Paronto said at a press conference Friday. "I chose to retire for my family."

Last season, Paronto led the Pawtucket Red Sox in appearances with 54 and posted a 4.22 ERA out of the bullpen. But at the end of the year, he said he began thinking of retiring in order to spend more time with his children.

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Clegg Starts, P-Nats Win Second Game Of Doubleheader

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Former Minuteman lefty hurler Mitchell Clegg made his first start of the 2011 season last night with the Potomac Nationals, and helped the team salvage a split of its doubleheader with a 3-2 game two victory.

Clegg did not earn a decision, but threw four innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts in the seven-inning contest.

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.

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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 and the contest will also air on MiLB.TV.

Clegg To Begin 2011 With Potomac Nationals

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Former UMass lefty hurler Mitchell Clegg will begin his third professional season with the Potomac Nationals, the class-A advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Clegg was 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 107 innings of work last season and started 16 games. He logged 63 strikeouts and 25 walks in 2010.

Potomac will open its season on Friday, Apr. 8, at home against the Lynchburg Hillcats at 7:05 p.m.

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.

An Entertaining Blog Entry On Chad Paronto

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Pawtucket Red Sox TV/radio broadcaster Dan Hoard's latest entry on his blog, Heard It From Hoard, is entirely dedicated to former Minuteman pitcher Chad Paronto, who was a member of the PawSox this past season.

Paronto had a weekly radio segment on the team's radio broadcasts called "Hangin' With Chad" that featured him interviewing his teammates. (Listen to the segments here)

Click here to read the blog posting, which includes a link to this video, which prominently features Paronto.

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, recapping the 2010 minor league season for all seven UMass baseball alumni.

Suns' Fan Club Names Clegg Pitcher Of The Year

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With the regular season winding down, the Hagerstown Suns Fan Club gave out its annual awards last Thursday night at Municipal Stadium. UMass' own Mitchell Clegg captured Pitcher of the Year honors and, at 9-3, currently leads the Suns in victories. The left-hander holds a 3.38 ERA in 19 games, including 12 starts and two saves.

Clegg, who has battled injury over the past two months, is currently on the seven-day disabled list.

Leigh's Pulaski Mariners Win Division Title

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Congratulations to UMass baseball alum Bryan Leigh who is a member of the Pulaski Mariners team that clinched an Appalachian League division title on Sunday.

Pulaski will play at home vs. Greeneville both tonight and tomorrow to wrap up the regular season and will await its playoff opponent.

Leigh, who signed with the Mariners in late June, is currently 2.0 with a 1.71 ERA and has thrown 21.0 innings in his first season of pro ball.

Paronto Helps PawSox Win Fifth Straight

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Former Minuteman Chad Paronto helped the Pawtucket Red Sox to their fifth straight win over the weekend, pitching one hitless inning of relief in a 2-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings.

Paronto is currently 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 71.0 innings pitched on the season.

Gorneault Leads The Bees Down Final Stretch

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Former UMass outfielder Nick Gorneault has 10 seasons of professional baseball under his belt but is still looking for his first championship.

"I've been on teams where we were close but it was just one or two plays that made the difference," recalled Gorneault. "Unfortunately for us they went the wrong way."

He hopes this Bees team is different.

Read more of this great feature on Gorneault from the Salt Lake Bees web site.

Leigh Mentioned In Herald News Story

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UMass baseball alum Bryan Leigh is mentioned in this piece in The Herald News on former Atlantic 10 opponent and current Pulaski Mariners teammate, Tim Boyce (URI). Leigh pitched two scoreless innings last night in a 3-2 victory over the Elizabethton Twins and picked up his third save of the season.

Leigh is currently 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched. Heading into the final week of the regular season, Pulaski is 35-25 and is in first place in the East Division of the Appalachian League.

Nick Serino Featured In Saugus Advertiser

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Former Minuteman Nick Serino is profiled in his hometown paper, the Saugus Advertiser. Serino, who will wrap up his first season in pro baseball this week, is 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched with the Gulf Coast League Nationals.

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.

Gorneault Earns Triple-A Weekly Honor

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Former Minuteman outfielder and Springfield native Nick Gorneault was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week on Monday.

Playing for the AAA Salt Lake Bees, Gorneault  batted .435 (10-for-22) with three home runs, three doubles and 10 runs batted in last week, helping the Bees overtake Tacoma in the Pacific Northern Division. The veteran outfielder finished the week with a flourish, going 8-for-12 with three homers and nine RBI in three weekend games, boosting his batting average from .196 to .221 in the process.

Summer Baseball Signings Covered In Collegian

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With the Daily Collegian back in action for the Fall, Dan Gigliotti has an article on Nick Serino and Bryan Leigh signing pro contracts this summer.

Serino picked up a win in his most recent outing with Gulf Coast League Nationals, throwing 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings of relief against the GCL Astros. He is currently 2-2 on the season with a 2.70 ERA with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 16.2 innings pitched.

Leigh also earned a win in his last appearance for the Pulaski Mariners, an 8-5 victory over the Princeton Rays. He tossed three innings of relief and allowed just one hit, a solo home run, striking out two. Leigh is now 2-0 on the year with a 1.45 ERA with five walks and 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .188 against him.

Clegg Dominant In Hagerstown Return

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Former Minuteman Mitchell Clegg was dominant in his return to the mound for the Hagerstown Suns on Monday night, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings to pick up the win in the 8-1 victory.

Clegg was interviewed by the Herald-Mail following the game: "I felt good," Clegg said. "The biggest thing was I was trying to get back to how I was doing before I got hurt and I wanted to control my emotions. I know I'm not going to be a strikeout pitcher. so it is important for me to have good defense behind me. I tried to work fast to help them stay ready. I got a lot of ground balls off my sinker."

Clegg is now 9-1 on the season with Hagerstown, boasting a 2.52 ERA with 44 strikeouts to just 17 walks in 78.2 innings on the hill.

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.

Chad Paronto Presents Teammate With Unusual Award

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Former UMass hurler Chad Paronto is mentioned in this piece on PawSox teammate Jarrod Saltalamacchia who was just called up to the Red Sox and has the longest surname in Major League Baseball history.

Gordon Edes writes that, "Saltalamacchia learned about his call-up around 2:30 a.m., after the PawSox arrived by bus in Allentown, Pa., from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. For the ride, he wore a special sweater, acquired by Pawtucket pitcher Chad Paronto, awarded in the clubhouse to the player deemed the star of the game.

'It's a sweater he made, bought in a convenience store,' Saltalamacchia said, momentariliy abashed by the sweater's notoriety. "It says 'Meowy Christmas.' [PawSox pitcher] Rich Hill loves cats, but we decided to make it a team thing. The first night Rich Hill won it, which was good. Last night it was me. I was very excited, thrilled."

Torra Leads Pacific Coast League In Innings Pitched

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According to the Diamondbacks Farm Report on, 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.

Nick Gorneault Earns Call-Up To AAA

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The Republican had a nice feature on UMass alum and local product Nick Gorneault over the weekend by freelancer David Driver. Gorneault, a member of the Anaheim Angels' minor league system, was recently recalled to the AAA Salt Lake Bees after a successful stint with the AA Arkansas Travelers. Last night, Gorneault was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in a 12-8 loss to New Orleans.

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 Torra is 7-6 thus far this season with a 4.14 ERA.

Clegg Continues Rehab Assignment In Gulf Coast League

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Mitchell Clegg continued his rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League yesterday, coming out of the bullpen for the GCL Nationals against the GCL Astros. Clegg worked three scoreless innings, not allowing a run on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.

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 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.

Clegg On Disabled List With Hagerstown Suns

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In case you were wondering what has happened to Mitchell Clegg, who was a regular in JTAM early in the season. The 2009 UMass product has been on the disabled list this entire month. He last pitched on June 30. Clegg has an 8-1 record with a 2.60 ERA with Hagerstown in the Washington Nationals system.
Nick Serino suffered a loss last night with the GCL Nationals, as he fell to 1-2, allowing two runs in 2.1 innings.

Ron Villone Video Profile - The Man Of 12 Teams

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Check out a feature on UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone, who is currently in the Washington Nationals system pitching for Syracuse -- his 12th major league franchise. Check out Villone's mullet at UMass!

The Salt Lake Bees website has a story on its players earning college degrees while playing in the minors. Outfielder Nick Gorneault recently graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. "It's kind of like sports medicine and exercise science," Gorneault said. Gorneault spent four years at UMass before being drafted by the Angels in 2001. Since then, he has been taking classes part time in the offseason to finish what he started. "I wanted to have that degree under my belt so I could broaden my opportunities of other things I can do," Gorneault said. "I am very happy that I went back to finish."

Leigh Gains Win With Pulaski, Lowers ERA to 0.87

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With the Pulaski Mariners in the Appy League, Bryan Leigh picked up an 8-7 win in 12 innings over the Danville Braves. Leigh lowered his ERA to 0.87 in earning his first professional win. In his six games, he has allowed just one run.

Paronto Has 1.17 ERA In Last 10 Games With PawSox

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Checking in on veteran Chad Paronto with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Paronto has allowed just one run in his last six games and has a 1.17 ERA in his last 10 games. That has lowered his overall ERA to 4.03 along with the 3-5 record.

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.

Gorneault Keys Salt Lake Bees Triple-A Win

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With the Salt Lake Bees, alum and Springfield native Nick Gorneault played a key role 5-3 win over Sacramento.
UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Syracuse Chiefs vs. the Pawtucket Red Sox and fellow alum Chad Paronto. The PawSox won the game though, 8-2 on Thursday. Villone has 5.97 ERA for Syracuse.

Serino's Fourth Scoreless Outing In Row

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Nick Serino continues his scoreless streak with the GCL Nationals. Last night in a 9-2 win over the GCL Astros , he threw two innings and struck out two to lower his ERA to 3.24. He has not allowed a run in his last four outings out of the bullpen.

Bryan Leigh Earns First Pro Win With Pulaski

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Bryan Leigh's first professional save is mentioned in the Herald News. Leigh teamed up with another Atlantic 10 product, Rhode Island's Tim Boyce, in the winning effort for the Pulaski Mariners.

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.

Nick Gorneault Smacks 3-Run Homer For Salt Lake

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Springfield native and UMass alum Nick Gorneault blasted a three-tun home run for the Salt Lake Bees in a 9-8 loss to Las Vegas on Friday. It was his third homer of the year.

Bryan Leigh Lowers ERA To 1.23

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Checking in on Bryan Leigh with the Pulaski Mariners, the rookie pro has a 1.23 ERA in 7.1 innings with the Appalachian League squad, all in relief.

Serino Tosses Third Scoreless Outing In Row

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Nick Serino pitched a perfect two-thirds of an inning for the GCL Nationals on Sunday. He has lowered his ERA to 4.26 after a tough start to his pro career. He has not allowed a run in his last three outings.

Chad Paronto In Pawtucket Times

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Chad Paronto, currently relieving for the Pawtucket Red Sox, is mentioned in this column in the Pawtucket Times.

Nick Serino Earns First Pro Pitching Win

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Former Minuteman Nick Serino earned his first professional win for the Gulf Coast League Nationals yesterday against the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. Serino allowed just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and struck out three.

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.

Ron Villone Pitches In Three Games In A Row

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Ron Villone was on the mound in three straight games. He threw a scoreless inning in a 5-3 loss to the Sranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Saturday, but gave up runs in back-to-back games against the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday and Monday.

Chad Paronto Contributes to PawSox Shutout

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Chad Paronto worked 1.2 innings in a combined 8-0 shutout of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday.
Nick Serino threw a scoreless inning in his relief stint against the Gulf Coast League Astros on Saturday, picking up a strikeout for the third time in his three professional appearances.