Scheppers was eased into his first major league box score with Texas trailing Oakland 6-1 in the sixth inning. The onetime American Association hurler (St. Paul Saints) got the final two outs in a scoreless inning, but did give up a solo home run to Brandon Moss in the seventh. He struck out two.
Scheppers is the 36th player whose very first professional game was in an Independent league to make it to the majors and the first since Kansas City reliever Aaron Crow last year. Two other Indy vets have made their major league debut this season, infielder Mike Costanzo (Camden, NJ, Atlantic League) with Cincinnati and righty Stu Pomeranz (New Jersey, Can-Am League) with Baltimore.
I could not blame Robert Coello if he was perplexed when Toronto optioned him back to Triple-A Las Vegas Thursday. The reasoning, Manager John Farrell explained, was that they wanted a pitcher who had worked more recently and was, therefore, fresher. Coello's only appearance with the Blue Jays was for two scoreless innings against Boston June 1. Coello's Independent experience came with the Canadian teams based in Calgary and Edmonton in the Golden League.
NO GAMES IN ATLANTIC CITY THIS SEASON
Onetime Atlantic City (NJ) Surf General Manager Mario Perrucci had hoped to stage one or more Atlantic League games between Camden, NJ and Sugar Land, TX in the boardwalk city this September, but he told Baseball Digest any games would not be possible because he was fearful improvements to Surf Stadium would not be completed in time.
Nevertheless, Perrucci still hopes Atlantic City can re-join the league next season, the online news service reported.
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