The latest – March 6

There are about 106 days before Opening Night at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Get ready Osprey fans!!

Ollie Osprey will be at Southgate Mall on Saturday from 11:30 until 1:30, dropping by for his annual visit at the Kids Fair. The Osprey will have a booth for the duration of the event, which will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Kids will be able to join the Ollie Osprey Kid’s Club at the event, as well as sign up for the Osprey Baseball Camp, taking place on August 14-16 at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

– The lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, with the D-backs playing Team Mexico, included former Osprey Adam Eaton (2010) and Paul Goldschmidt (2009) hitting 1-3 in the order. Not too bad. Especially since Goldy is putting together one whale of a spring – minus last night’s 0-for-2 exhibition game against Mexico, Goldy is hitting .467 in eight Cactus League games, with a double, RBI and five walks. Eaton, meanwhile, ended up getting a half-inning interview on the telecast – which lasted six pitches.

Charles Brewer (2009) pitched a scoreless inning of relief – albeit hectic – in last night’s 1-0 loss to Mexico. Brewer has two wins this spring, and has allowed three hits and a pair of walks in five innings of Cactus League pitching, striking out four batters.

Hector Ambriz (2006) made his spring debut on Tuesday for the Houston Astros. The right-hander was slowed due to an ankle injury, as he looks to get back to the Major Leagues. Ambriz made his MLB debut in 2010 with the Cleveland Indians, then made his way to Houston last season. Ambriz was 1-1 in 18 appearances last season for the Astros, and is seeking to find a spot in the bullpen on the Opening Day roster.

Jake Elmore (2008) isn’t putting up eye-opening numbers this spring – hitting .211 in 10 Grapefruit League games for the Houston Astros, with a double, RBI and two walks. However, it is looking like Elmore may contend for not only a roster spot, but may be in the mix to start at short. How this can happen is his strong history for getting on base … especially with a .388 career OBP in the minors.

Carlos Gonzalez (2003) wants to get this season off to an amazing start, and forget about the disappointment 2012 turned into. CarGo has a different look at things than others who suffered through a rough season last summer, but you get the feeling we’re about to see more of the All-Star, Gold Glove-winning, Triple Crown-chasing, MVP candidate version than the other … albeit 2012 wasn’t terrible on his numbers. Yet what sticks in his crawl is that .261 batting average after the All-Star Break. Now, things are different – he hit his first homer of the spring last week – and CarGo is ready to roll. And it may not just be Troy Tulowitzki that could be a key. The Rox have a few new faces, and we shall see what they bring to the table. Imagine it now … the D-backs and Rox battling for the playoffs down the stretch … it could happen.

That’s it for now … unless something Earth-shattering happens (or Ben gets bored while in Butte for the Montana Class B Basketball Tournaments) over the weekend, we’ll catch up with you on Monday. Until then … enjoy the baseball and begin your countdown to June 20!!

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