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Goldeyes look to sweep Pheasants despite injuries

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The Winnipeg Goldeyes' treatment room is already pretty crowded, but shortstop Jose Duran was welcomed in today and will sit out tonight.

Duran suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday's game running to second base after hitting a double in his first at-bat. He'll be a spectator tonight at 7 at Shaw Park when the Goldeyes will try for a sweep of the Sioux Falls Pheasants in the final game of their three-game series.

The Goldeyes beat Sioux Falls 20-16 on Monday and 8-2 on Tuesday.

"This, by far, has been the most trying (season) in terms of trying to keep people healthy," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. "This is the hand we're dealt, and we're going to play it."

Price Kendall will return to shortstop, where he played 15 games at the start of the season, to replace Duran. Yurendell de Caster, who has been playing first base, will move to Kendall's usual spot at second base.

Jon Weber will play left field and Mike Coles will get his first start in right field as Josh Mazzola will move in from right field to play first base in place of de Caster. Luis Alen will return to catcher duty with Kyle Day, who was behind the plate Tuesday working as the designated hitter. Amos Ramon at third base and Chris Roberson at centre field are in their usual spots.

The Goldeyes, who have won 14 series of 23 series so far this season, will be looking for their sixth sweep of the season. This team is tied with five sweeps with last year's club which won a franchise high 60 games.

Tonight is library/hockey night at Shaw Park where the first 4,500 fans will receive a special bookmark, and there are 1,000 skate towels being handed out.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPAshleyPrest

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