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Former BU trio set for another spring of pro ball
Diamond takes hill on Friday vs. Mets; Smith and Augliera look to build off 2012 success
April 8, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—As spring weather finally graces the Southern Tier and Binghamton baseball counts down to its first home game of 2013, BU’s three most successful pitching alumni are settling in with their respective teams to continue their journeys in the professional ranks.
Leading the way is Minnesota Twins starter Scott Diamond, who has finished a rehabilitation stint and is set to join the Twins and start Friday’s home game against the New York Mets at Target Field. Diamond had surgery in December to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow and will be activated from the 15-day DL. He was the Twins’ most effective pitcher in 2012, leading the club in wins (12) and ERA (3.54). Diamond made 27 starts and was selected as the team’s Pitcher of the Year and also its Most Outstanding Rookie.
Murphy Smith is beginning his fifth year of pro ball with the Oakland Athletics organization and will start at the Double-A level at Midland (Texas). He made his season debut on April 4 and fired five innings of two-hit, scoreless ball in a Midland win over Northwest Arkansas. Smith struck out four hitters.
Mike Augliera gets the ball for the first time tonight for the Salem Red Sox (Va.), Boston’s High-A team. Augliera, who pitched his first pro season for Lowell in Single-A, earned a quick promotion and will pitch for Salem in their road game at Potomac (Va.) at 7 p.m.