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Home opener a big deal for Suns

April 12, 2001

Home opener a big deal for Suns



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Greensboro Bats


Mike Knowles (0-1, 27.00)

at Hagerstown Suns


Jeff Clark (1-0, 1.80)

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Time: 7

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The Hagerstown Suns have a really "big" show in the making for tonight's opening game.

The Suns will show off the new big team, the new big guy and the new big bug when they meet the Greensboro Bats in their 21st home opener at Municipal Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

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Hagerstown will play its first home game as the Single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants (the big team) after spending the last eight seasons with Toronto.

New team owner Andrew Rayburn (the big guy) will be on hand for the kickoff for the new season as will Woolie B., Hagerstown's new woolie bear caterpillar mascot (the big bug).

Mayor Robert Bruchey and former Suns owner Winston Blenckstone will throw out first pitches and the North Hagerstown band will perform the national anthem.

And after the festivities, it gets down to the Suns vs. the Bats. Jeff Clark gets the opening day assignment, coming off last Friday's five-inning, five-hit performance in a 4-1 win over Hickory.

The Suns open the home schedule after going 3-3 on a season-opening road trip through Hickory, N.C., and Lexington, Ky. Hagerstown closed the swing with a 7-1 win over the Legends.

Through the first six games, the Suns have either been very good or very average.

Hagerstown's hitting and pitching have been relatively consistent, but the defense has leaked at times. The Suns have committed nine of their 10 errors in their three losses.

The Suns have been led offensively by catcher Trey Lunsford, who is hitting .316 with a home run and a team-leading six RBI. Tomas Garrido has Hagerstown's top average at .421 with eight singles.

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