Game 25: Pre-Game Notes (Yankees Sign Camden’s Rivera)

6:10 PM — Lineups are in…

CAMDEN

Chris Walker, CF
Kyle Haines, SS
Garrett Guzman, LF
Jason Botts, DH
Chris Malec, 1B
Raul Padron, C
Brian Burgamy, 3B
Richie Robnett, RF
Cesar Suarez, 2B

Brad Knox, P

SOMERSET

Wayne Lydon, CF
Joe Holden, RF
Noah Hall, DH
Matt Hagen, 2B
Michael Hernandez, 1B
Tim Raines, Jr., LF
Jason Belcher, C
Iggy Suarez, 3B
Elliott Ayala, SS

Justin Jones, P

5:50 PM — Tom Mastny has a blister on the area between his thumb and pointer finger…that’s why he left the game yesterday.

5:45 PM — I can exclusively report that the Yankees have signed Camden Riversharks catcher and former big leaguer Rene Rivera to a contract. He spent parts of 2004, 2005 and 2006 with the Seattle Mariners and spent all of last season in Triple-A Buffalo with the Mets organization.

I spoke with Rivera — who confirmed the signing and that he’s heading to Scranton and reporting tomorrow.

“I’m very happy to be signed by an organization. Let’s see what happens,” Rivera said.

“I’m going to go to Scranton, and I’m going to join the team tomorrow. I’m looking forward to staying healthy first and keep doing what I’m supposed to do.”

Rivera was kind enough to describe what kind of player he is.

“I’m a defensive guy, I like to catch,” said the 26-year-old.

“I think I call a good game, I’ve got a pretty good arm. My main thing is catching. I think about helping the pitcher out and helping the ballclub out. My hitting comes around. I don’t like to think about hitting too much, because that won’t help the pitchers. I help the pitchers out, and we’ll win some ballgames.”

3:55 PM — Coming at you live from TD Bank Ballpark, where today’s coverage is brought to you by Pepto Bismol and Immodium.  I still feel pretty gruesome, but hey…y’all need to get some Patriots coverage somewhere, right?

Not a whole lot going on here three hours before game time.  Justin Jones takes the ball for Somerset today, and he’ll be opposed by Camden’s Brian Knox.  I’ll update things as warranted.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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One Response to “Game 25: Pre-Game Notes (Yankees Sign Camden’s Rivera)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Mike guts it out for us Atlantic League fans. He’s a “Good Man”.

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