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Two Capital Region Natives In MLB

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Congrats to Saratoga’s Tim Stauffer and Schenectady’s Casper Wells.  Both Capital Region natives are on Major League Baseball rosters for the 2011 season.

Stauffer, who graduated from Saratoga Central Catholic, is a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres.  He got the start on Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals because San Diego’s regular #1 starter, Matt Latos, was put on the DL with a shoulder injury.

It was a pretty good day for Stauffer.  He went 6 innings – gave up 2 runs – while walking 1 with 3 strikeouts.  The 4th overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft went 6-5 last year with a 1.85 ERA as a starter and long reliever.

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Schenectady High School graduate Casper Wells made the Detroit Tigers 25-man Opening Day roster.  Wells will serve as a back-up outfielder.  Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said that Wells is the 2nd best defensive outfielder on the club – behind Austin Jackson.

Wells, who grew up rooting for the New York Yankees, didn’t play in the Tigers Opening Day 6-3 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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