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Catching Up With Albany Area Players In Major League Baseball

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There are currently 3 players in Major League Baseball with Albany area ties.  Two of them played for Section II high schools while another went to a local college.

Here’s an update on each with about a month left in the regular season.

Schenectady High School’s Casper Wells is a starting outfielder for the Seattle Mariners.  Wells is hitting .247 with 10 homeruns and 26 RBIs.  He went 0 for 3 in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over the LA Angels.  Wells is currently in an 0 for 24 slump which has seen his average drop nearly 40 points – he was hitting .282 before the cold streak.  Since being traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Mariners on July 30th, the 26-year old has 6 HRs and 14 RBIs.

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Spa Catholic graduate Tim Stauffer is a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres.  Stauffer is 8-11 with a 3.76 ERA.  In his most recent outing, he was rocked for 7 runs over just 1 2/3 innings – his shortest outing of the season in an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.  The right-hander gave up just one hit and but walked a career-high seven and struck out two.  He walked 6-runs in one inning – a new Padres franchise record.  The Saratoga native’s ERA jumped all the way from 3.42 to 3.76.

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While John Lannan, a Siena graduate, is a starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals.  Lannan is 8-11 with a 3.54 ERA.  He’s lost four straight starts, but hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of the contests.

On Wednesday, Lannan gave up three runs – two earned - off seven hits in his seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He struck out six and issued one walk.

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