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Fish reel in a power lefty

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THE Winnipeg Goldeyes think they've found their big left-handed bat, signing former big-league hitter Rhyne Hughes for the upcoming baseball season.

Hughes, 30, played 14 games with the Balitmore Orioles in 2010, going two-for-five with an RBI in his major-league debut against the Boston Red Sox that year. For most of his career, he bounced between double-A and triple-A affiliated ball, and last year knocked out a .278 batting average with five home runs and 30 RBI in 53 games for the New York Mets' AA affiliate in Binghamton.

Oh, and he packs a walloping bat with the left hand -- the Goldeyes were on the hunt for exactly that.

"He'll hit for power and drive some runs in," Fish manager Rick Forney said, guessing that Hughes could pot up to 15 homers in the American Association. "Maybe more, depending on how he's seeing the ball. He's a power threat in the middle of the lineup."

Hughes typically plays first base, where the Fish had solid Casey Haerther -- also signed for 2014 -- last season. Hughes started his career after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the eighth round of the 2004 MLB amateur draft, and played six seasons in their system before he was traded to Baltimore.

The Fish now have 18 players signed up for 2014, including eight pitchers and 10 position players.

Blue sign QB, wide receiver

THE CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed a pair of players Friday, adding import quarterback Robert Marve and import wide receiver Mario Urrutia.

Marve played at Miami (2007-08) and Purdue University (2010-12) and completed 389 passes for 3,960 yards with 29 TDs and 25 interceptions throughout his NCAA career.

Urrutia attended Louisville University where he spent three seasons (2005-07) catching 130 passes for 2,271 yards and 16 TDs. He was drafted by Cincinnati in the seventh round of the 2008 draft (246th overall) and spent time in the NFL with New York Jets and Tampa Bay. Urrutia has also had stints in the UFL and Arena Football League and was named rookie of the year in 2013.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 8, 2014 C6

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