Alexander, Pedroza Promotion MovesTop Players

Being the organizational leaders in two key departments has its rewards as both Mark Alexander and Sergio Pedroza have received promotions as part of a number of player moves within the Dodger organization. Alexander, whose 22 saves at Jacksonville are by far the best in that category has gone up to Las Vegas while Pedroza, whose 21 home runs at Columbus leads all in that area, has moved to Vero.

Alexander had an 0.68 ERA while with the Suns, allowing only three earned runs in 41 innings. He struck out 62 while walking only 11 during that span. Pedroza, who was batting .281 with Columbus, wasted little time getting into service with Vero Beach, hitting his first Florida State homer in his initial game Sunday,

In order to make room for Alexander, Las Vegas released outfielder Jon Weber, who was batting .258-2-31. Weber will be replaced by Matt Kemp, sent down from the Dodgers, who'll now be activated.

But Vegas, in the midst of all its losing woes, still is minus a key starter for righthander William Juarez has gone home to Nicaragua for "family reasons" and hasn't returned. As a result, he's been placed on the suspended list. Juarez, who has a 4-5, 4.08 record, left the club in the middle of June.

At Vero, Pedroza replaces outfielder Ryan Carter, who was released. Carter, who was batting .205 with three home runs, got off to a torrid start, then cooled off, suffered a severe arm injury which limited his throwing, and couldn't recapture his stroke.

Previously, Vero received righthander Jon Meloan from Columbus, who was 1-1, 1.54 with 41 strikeouts in 23.1 innings, all in relief, for the Catfish. He went 4.1 innings without yielding a run in his Vero debut to emerge the winner.

Another move saw the Gulf Coast Dodgers signed free agent A. J. Anthony as a reserve catcher to replace Conner McGeehan, who was promoted to Columbus.

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