Beavers well represented at WBC

PORTLAND, Ore. - Baseball federations participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic recently unveiled their 60-man provisional rosters--a listing that included 19 former Portland Beavers.

The extensive group of Beavers alumni is highlighted by outfielder Jason Bay, the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year who batted .303 and led Portland with 20 home runs and 59 RBIs in 2003. Bay, a native of Trail, B.C., was one of four former Beavers named to Canada's provisional roster.

Mexico's roster included six Beavers alumni, while a total of eight baseball federations listed at least one former Beaver on provisional rosters, which were required by a January 17 deadline.

Right-handed pitcher Chris Oxspring, who led Australia to a surprising silver-medal finish in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, is slated to once again represent his native country. Oxspring, who was 18-10 with a 4.02 ERA in 43 starts over two seasons with the Beavers, recently had his contract purchased by the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League. In 2005, Oxspring's 12 wins with Portland led all Pacific Coast League pitchers, while his 4.03 ERA was good for seventh and his 125 strikeouts ranked fourth in the 16-team circuit.

The list of former Beavers named to provisional rosters included eight pitchers, five catchers, four outfielders and two infielders.

Provisional rosters allowed each of the participating baseball federations to list up to 60 players from which their final 30-man rosters will be selected. Each federation must submit its final roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and three catchers, prior to the start of the World Baseball Classic, which begins March 3.

The following is a list of Beavers alumni named to provisional rosters (years with Portland listed in parentheses): AUSTRALIA (2): Chris Oxspring, RHP (2004-05), Ben Risinger, INF (2003-05).
CANADA (4): Jason Bay, OF (2003), Eric Cyr, LHP (2002), Kevin Nicholson, INF (2001), Ryan Radmanovich, OF (2001).
ITALY (1): Dustin Delucchi, OF (2005).
MEXICO (6): Adan Amezcua, C (2002), Edgar Huerta, LHP (2004), Rodrigo Lopez, RHP (2001), Miguel Ojeda, C (2004-05), Oliver Perez, LHP (2003), Jose Silva, RHP (2003).
NETHERLANDS (1): Eugene Kingsale, OF (2004).
PANAMA (1): Roger Deago, LHP (2004-05).
PUERTO RICO (1): Chris Rojas, RHP (2004).
VENEZUELA (3): Wiki Gonzalez, C (2003), Ramon Hernandez, C (2004), Humberto Quintero, C (2004).

The World Baseball Classic, an unprecedented baseball event that will feature many of the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories for the first time ever, will take place from March 3-20, with games being played in the United States, Puerto Rico and Japan. The 16 teams will be divided into four pools of four, with the top two teams from each pool following round-robin play advancing to the second round. The top two teams from the second-round brackets will then advance to the single-elimination semi-finals, with the winners of those two games moving on to the single-elimination final. The semi-finals and championship game will take place at PETCO Park, the home stadium of the San Diego Padres, the major league affiliate of the Beavers.

The Beavers open up the 2006 Pacific Coast League season by taking on the Sacramento River Cats at PGE Park on April 6. Convenient ticket plans are currently available by phoning (503) 553-5555. Detailed ticket information is available at www.portlandbeavers.com.


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