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Goosebumps Then Goose Egg for Earl

June 27, 1998|STEVE HENSON

Ryan Earl (Thousand Oaks), a 6-foot-6 left-hander who signed with the Detroit Tigers two weeks ago, made his professional debut Thursday. He pitched one scoreless inning for the Tigers' rookie affiliate in the Gulf Coast League against the Devil Rays' rookie team.

Earl, a 22nd-round draft pick despite pitching only five innings in high school this season, struck out one and walked one.

One of three catchers on the Tigers' Gulf Coast League rookie team is Chris Parker, a graduate of Westlake High who is in his second pro season. Parker is two for seven.

Scanning the box scores:

Triple-A--J.P. Roberge (St. Francis High) had three hits, scored three runs and drove in one for Albuquerque in a 12-11 loss to Iowa. Roberge, who is primarily playing third base, is batting .295 with 12 doubles and four home runs. . . . Brent Cookson (Santa Paula) went three for three and hit his fifth home run for Tucson in a 5-4 victory over Tacoma. Cookson, who recently returned from an injury, is batting .333. Andrew Lorraine (Hart) of Tacoma gave up a home run in the bottom of the ninth, dropping his record to 2-1.

Double-A--Catcher Del Marine (El Camino Real, Moorpark College) had three hits, drove in two runs and hit his third home run for Jacksonville in a 6-5 loss to Knoxville. Marine is batting .380 in a backup role. Erik Hiljus pitched a scoreless inning for Jacksonville, the Southern League's first-half champion. . . . David Newhan (Pepperdine) of Mobile had two hits and drove in two runs, and is batting .227.

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