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SCRAPPERS NOTEBOOK | From Cafaro Field



Published: Wed, September 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Major-league influence: Cleveland Indians catcher Einar Diaz played his second game with the Scrappers. He went 1-for-4 as he continues to work his way back from a hand injury. "The guy has such a great personality, the way he goes about his business," Scrappers manager Chris Bando said. "It's a thrill for these guys to play with a major league player. It's a bigger thrill for the pitchers." Diaz will play his final game with the Scrappers tonight before rejoining the Indians.

You want what? After Diaz grounded out to shortstop in the first inning, a woman, standing beside the dugout, requested the Cleveland Indian's autograph. Naturally, Diaz declined the offer and returned to the dugout. The woman returned to her seat -- in the fifth row.

Incoming: The United States Army Golden Knights parachuted into the Cafaro Field outfield prior to the game. Dressed in their yellow parachute suits, the Golden Knights dropped one by one into the stadium to applause from the crowd. Then, each of the eight jumpers was introduced. The Golden Knights is the Army's only official aerial demonstration unit. It is stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Special walk: The Scrappers hosted a pre-game walk for cancer survivors and their guests. The Scrappers also handed out Dave Dravecky bobblehead dolls. Dravecky, a Boardman native, pitched in the major leagues before losing his left arm to cancer.

Delays: The first pitch wasn't thrown until 7:37 p.m. After the pre-game ceremonies, it appeared the teams were ready to play. But Scrappers pitcher Brian Slocum walked to the side of the mound, stretching lightly and then tossing lightly with third baseman Pat Osborn. Bando then walked out of the dugout and requested a drying agent for the mound. Infielder Neil Simoneaux brought the agent out of the dugout, while coach Willie Aviles carried a rake. In the third inning, play was halted for 23 minutes because of rain. Jamestown manager Johnny Rodriguez also delayed play by arguing twice with umpires. The game then ended in the 10th inning.

Roster additions: With their season over, the Rookie League Burlington Indians have sent two of their players to Mahoning Valley. They are pitcher Fausto Carmona and outfielder Ricardo Rojas, both from the Dominican Republic. Carmona has pitched two innings for the Scrappers, while Rojas, said to be one of the organization's top defensive outfielders, is batting .353 in 17 at-bats.

Heading home: Scrappers shortstop Eider Torres was scheduled to return to Venezuela to be with his mother, who is ill.

Finale: The Scrappers play their final regular season game tonight. Michael Rogers (7-4, 3.65 ERA) takes the mound against Jamestown's Josh Johnson (0-0, 0.00).




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