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Pitcher Baldwin back with Goldeyes

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WINNIPEG Goldeyes manager Rick Forney has some roster decisions to make as backup catcher Kyle Day is ready to come off the disabled list and former Goldeyes pitcher Zach Baldwin is back with the club.

The Goldeyes' roster on Thursday had the league maximum 22 players, 11 pitchers and 11 position players, not including Day and Baldwin.

However, second baseman Matt Cusick has been placed on irrevocable waivers, which means the Goldeyes cannot reclaim him.

Baldwin, who was released earlier this year to attend university, can start or relieve. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder could be added to the roster Saturday, when he is expected to start against Gary.

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Left-fielder Jon Weber returned for Thursday's 3-2 win over Amarillo after serving the second of his two-game suspension for his part in an eighth-inning altercation last Saturday in El Paso. Weber wasted no time getting back to work, hitting a pair of singles to keep his hitting streak alive at 10 games.

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Yurendell de Caster, though batting only .184, leads the team with two home runs and 12 RBI.

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The Goldeyes are second only to Amarillo in errors. The Goldeyes have committed 22 and the Sox have 25.

"I don't think we're playing the greatest of baseball right now... we're certainly fortunate to be where we are," Forney said.

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An old friend helped Goldeyes third baseman Amos Ramon, hitting .275, regain his focus heading into Thursday's 3-2 win, where he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

He said he got a call at 7 a.m. Thursday from former Goldeyes shortstop Wes Long.

"I was like, 'Hey Wes, I'm kind of struggling here' and he's like, 'Naw, you're playing baseball, I'm over here working now. Just relax a little bit and have fun,'" Ramon said, noting Long now works in Seattle as a sales representative for a pipe-fitting company. "He's a real good friend of mine and my wife's. To have that kind of guy still cheering you on, it means a lot to me."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2012 C6

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