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Goldeyes round out starting rotation

A new left-handed pitcher has been added to the Winnipeg Goldeyes' rotation as the team gears up for training camp.

On Monday, the Fish announced they had signed Edgar Osuna for the 2013 season, bringing the club to 27 players under contract before training camp opens on May 4. American Association teams are allowed 28 on their camp roster.

Osuna, 25, is the first Mexican-born player to wear Goldeyes colours. He was once a promising prospect for the Kansas City Royals, but his career was derailed last season by Tommy John surgery to replace an injured elbow tendon.

Still, he was back in playing form this past off-season, playing in the Mexican winter league. He went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 11 starts with Aguilas de Mexicali.

"He's the final piece to our puzzle," Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said in a statement. "We're going to bring him in and install him in our rotation... Hopefully we can get him back on track."

Osuna got his start in pro ball as an 18-year-old, signing with the Atlanta Braves. In 2009 he was claimed by Kansas City in the Major League Baseball Rule 5 draft, and went on to play AA and AAA ball for the organization. In 2011, before his surgery, Osuna went 6-4 with 7.89 ERA in 14 games, including 11 starts.

 

Twisters derail Hawks

THE Pembina Valley Twisters have unseated the reigning champions to claim the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League title.

In front of a hometown crowd at Morris Arena on Sunday night, the Twisters clinched Game 6 of the MMJHL final, dispatching the powerhouse Charleswood Hawks 3-2 to claim the league title. Forward Jory Coates's 13th goal of the playoffs, a second-period marker, proved the game-winner for the Twisters.

The win clinched a dramatic series that saw the fourth-ranked Twisters bring it hard to the dynastic Hawks, who went 37-4-4 over the regular season to lead the MMJHL and looked well on their way to defending their title for the fifth year in a row.

Indeed, the only time the Hawks lost in the playoffs were the four games they dropped to the Twisters in the league final.

 

Lacrosse event on tap

FOR the first time, Winnipeg will host the National Bantam Box Lacrosse Championships.

The tournament will head to Winnipeg after being hosted out of the Ontario Lacrosse Festival in Whitby, Ont., for almost a decade. The tournament pits the top 13- and 14-year-old players from across Canada against each other on provincial all-star teams. Between eight and 10 provincial teams will make the trip to Billy Mosienko Arena from Aug. 2-8.

"Our game is growing here in Manitoba and we really want to maximize the opportunity of hosting this national event for the first time to showcase Manitoba lacrosse as a true gem and valuable member of Canada's lacrosse community," Manitoba Lacrosse Association director Don Jacks said in a release.

 

Potent Piston honoured

STEINBACH Pistons forward Justin Dalebozik is the MJHL player of the week after leading his team to an emotional final victory over the Dauphin Kings.

The 20-year-old Treherne, Man.. product scored three goals and added an assist in two playoff games for the Pistons to help clinch their first-ever Turnbull Trophy, and earn his honour as the Recycle Everywhere MJHL Player of the Week.

The Pistons are now heading to Nanaimo, B.C., to battle for the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup from April 25 to May 6.

 

Super-Spike plans to rock

WESTERN Canada's largest outdoor volleyball tournament will get an adrenaline boost from raging raw rockers Buckcherry this summer.

The Los Angeles band will headline the MTS Super-Spike tournament, which is slated for July 19-20 at Maple Grove Rugby Park.

Since its inception, the annual beach volleyball bash, which also features rocking bands and a beer garden, has raised over $500,000 to support Canada's national women's volleyball team.

Last year, 7,000 people turned out for the tournament, which featured 342 teams. This year, organizers are hoping to register 350 teams and raise $125,000 for the national team.

Early bird registration for teams is $45 per person until June 15. Early bird passes go on sale Friday at SuperSpike.ca for $20 until May 3. After that, tickets will be $25.

 

melissa.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 23, 2013 D5

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