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His Suspension Served, Valera to Join JetHawks

April 11, 1999|DAVE DESMOND

Ramon Valera, who led the Seattle Mariner organization with 52 stolen bases last season at Class-A Wisconsin, is scheduled to make his debut with the Lancaster JetHawks today at Visalia.

Valera, a shortstop coming off a season in which he batted .298, was suspended for three games at the end of last season by the Midwest League, a ban that carried over into the JetHawks' opening series at Bakersfield.


The Mariners recalled former JetHawk Ken Cloude from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.

Cloude, 8-10 with a 6.37 ERA last season at Seattle, took the roster spot of all-star shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who underwent surgery on his left knee Thursday.

Cloude was expected to begin the season with the Mariners, but struggled during spring training, going 0-3 with a 12.67 ERA.

Denny Stark, another former JetHawk pitcher, threw five scoreless innings Friday night against Norwich in his double-A debut for New Haven.

Stark missed most of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery.


The JetHawks scored an unearned run in the first inning and for the second consecutive night the Lancaster pitchers shut out host Bakersfield to win, 1-0. Brandon Parker pitched six innings and struck out nine to earn the victory for the JetHawks (2-1).


Next game: today at Visalia.

Home opener: Wednesday, vs. San Bernardino.


Shawn Barton (Saugus High, Canyons), pitching coach last season at Bakersfield, has moved to the San Francisco Giants' other California League affiliate in San Jose.


Scanning Friday's box scores:

Triple A--Adam Kennedy (Cal State Northridge) singled and homered for Memphis (Cardinals) in a 6-5 victory over Calgary.

Double A--Pete Paciorek (Glendale College) hit an RBI double for Mobile (Padres) in a 3-1 loss to Birmingham. . . . Kurt Airoso (Northridge) hit two home runs and two singles for Jacksonville (Tigers) in a 13-11 loss to Huntsville.

CLASS A--Fernando Rios (Glendale High) was three for three, including two doubles and two RBIs, for Rockford (Reds) in a 5-3 victory over Kane County. . . . Shawn McCorkle had four hits for Lancaster in an 8-0 victory over Bakersfield. . . . Mike Glendenning (Crespi, Pierce) had two RBIs for San Jose (Giants) and Wayne Nix (Monroe High) struck out two in one inning for Modesto (Athletics) in San Jose's 9-6 victory.

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