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Quebec wins 5th straight Can-Am League title

(Photo taken from the Canadian American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Facebook page)
(Photo taken from the Canadian American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Facebook page)

The Quebec Capitales rallied from a four-run deficit to win a 12-7 victory over the New Jersey Jackals to claim their fifth Can-Am League title in as many years on Tuesday night.

Jeff Helps was Quebec’s main run-producer in the series-deciding game. The shortstop was 3-for-4 with a double, four RBI and three runs scored. Boucher was the next most productive Quebec batter, going 3-for-5 with three RBI.

While Helps was certainly the main cog in the Capitales’ offense, Charle Rosario deserves credit for a stellar relief pitching performance. When the right-hander entered the game, Quebec was trailing by four runs. But, Rosario proceeded to pitch 4.2 solid innings and walked away with the win. Rosario surrendered one run on four hits, while striking out five, thus giving the Capitales a chance to mount their comeback.

Pat Scalabrini earned his fourth championship in four seasons as the Captiales’ skipper. In that time, the 2013 Can-Am League Manager of the Year has steered Quebec to a remarkable 20-6 record in postseason play, capped by this game-seven victory over New Jersey. Quebec leads the Can-Am League in championships with six overall.

In the league’s nine years of existence, Quebec has won six titles. None of the other four teams that are currently part of the league have ever won the championship.

[Source: Can-Am League website]

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Senators face Thunder in Eastern League playoff series beginning tonight

Autographed Nik Turley 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card from my collection
Autographed Nik Turley 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card from my collection

The Trenton Thunder will take on the Harrisburg Senators for the Eastern League title tonight, starting a best-of-five playoff series at 7:05 p.m. at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.

Nik Turley will take the hill for the Thunder against Blake Treinen for Harrisburg, the Washington National’s Double-A affiliate.

The series will continue in Trenton at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night, when Bryan Mitchell of the Thunder takes on the Senators’ A.J. Cole.

On Thursday, the series shifts to Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, Pa. for Game 3. Games 4 and 5 will be played on Friday and Saturday, if necessary. All will be 7 p.m. starts.

Can Am-League Playoffs

After falling behind 3 games to 1 in the best-of-seven Can-Am League Championship Series, the New Jersey Jackals won the last two days to force a deciding Game 7 in Quebec tonight. If the Jackals win, it will be their first Can-Am League title… if the Capitales win, it will be their fifth straight.

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Newark Bears holiday toy drive video

‘Tis the season, so here’s more from the Newark Bears Toy Drive – this time, via the team’s YouTube account.

Davis signed by Blue Jays

In other Can-Am League news, the Toronto Blue Jays purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Tony Davis from the Quebec Capitales today. He went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 20 regular-season relief appearances, striking out 16 in 17 innings pitched. Originally selected in the 12th round of the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Twins, Davis made it as far as Double-A in affiliated baseball.

“The Blue Jays needed some more lefthanded relievers in their organization, and had shown a lot of interest in Tony Davis,” Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini said in a Can-Am League press release. “He definitely has a chance to climb the ladder quickly.”

Earlier this off-season, Quebec sold the contract of right-handed pitcher Chris Cox to the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and the Newark Bears sold the contract of right-handed pitcher Omar Javier to the San Francisco Giants organization.

2013 schedule?

There’s a schedule posted on the league website. The calendar headings still say 2012, but Trois-Rivieres is there and Worcester is not so I assume it’s for 2013. You’d think the league and its teams would make a formal announcement…

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Two nights of Newark Bears baseball

Thursday night, I went to watch the Newark Bears play the Quebec Capitales because I missed baseball. It was a nice night, but the game drew another sparse crowd.

Brian Parker

The Bears celebrated Irish Heritage Night, so we got a different-than-usual selection of music to listen to before the game started. We were also treated to the performance of three national anthems: Ireland’s and Canada’s preceded the Star-Spangled Banner.

The team also recognized Mike Ness’ no-hitter by playing a short video clip of the final out and the on-field celebration. The PA announced “re-created” a play-by-play call that never existed, since the Bears are one of the few professional teams that do not broadcast their games. (Here’s a link to a longer video from the game

Newark got another strong starting pitching performance Thursday night. Brian Parker wasn’t quite as good as Ness – he allowed one run on six hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out seven – but he certainly pitched well enough for his team to win.

The bullpen let them down. Anthony Pluta came on to start the eighth with the score tied 1-1, and couldn’t find the strike zone. He loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batsman, then walked in a couple more batters and allowed a third run to score on a wild pitch. Newark rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut their deficit to 4-3, but Joe Haumacher came in for the ninth and gave up a two run homer to Sebastien Boucher. That was the ballgame.

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[Press Release] Fireworks, Auctions and More at Riverfront Stadium as Quebec Visits Newark for Weekend Series

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Opening Night (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

This weekend, the Quebec Capitales, winners of the last three CanAm League championships, will pay a visit to Newark for a three-game series starting on Friday night.

Friday’s game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and includes:

  • A fireworks show following the game
  • A post-game autograph session with players and coaches
  • Storage Wars-inspired auction: “Locker Wars”
  • Raising awareness of Lyme Disease throughout the game

Saturday’s game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and includes:

  • NJIT Night—students, faculty, alumni and fans of NJIT are encouraged to show their Highlander pride! College students enjoy season-long deals: 2-for-1 tickets, 2-for-1 hot dogs and for those 21-and-over, $1 beers
  • Launch-A-Ball—fans are challenged to throw tennis balls from the stands into hula hoops on the field. One of the four hula hoops is worth $500! Each attempt is $1

Sunday’s game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and includes:

  • Free food for children 12-and-under. Vouchers can be picked up at Will Call
  • Kids Club members are treated to a free gift upon entering the stadium
  • Following the game, Kids Club members can run the bases
  • Raising awareness of the 100+ types of arthritis throughout the game

For more information, visit or call 973-848-1000.

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