I cannot help but wonder if Justin Christian (Southern Maryland, Atlantic League, and River City, Frontier League) may get another look from the San Francisco Giants because of the 50-game ban handed out to Melky Cabrera. It did not help that Christian hit less than .200 in his last stint with the Giants although sporadic play is much more difficult than being in the lineup on a regular basis.
The Giants have two openings on the roster. Christian is at a lofty .343 in 72 games for Triple-A Fresno, but has only hit .250 (11-for-44) with four doubles, a triple and three RBI over the last 10 games.
GOLDEN LEAGUER GETS A NEW JOB
Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (Victoria, BC, Golden League) was idle only a very short time after being released by Washington before Colorado signed the 27-year-old.
The Oregonian had been a non-roster invitee to the Nationals' spring training camp, but he struggled to a 5.59 ERA for 29 appearances (two starts) with Triple-A Syracuse. The Rockies have Bibens-Dirkx with their top farm club in Colorado Springs where he gave up three runs in his first inning of work for the team Wednesday.
FARGO TOPS 3,000,000
Congratulations to the Fargo (ND) RedHawks for reaching the 3,000,000 mark in attendance for 17 years of Independent play this week. They have been a very steady draw in a rather isolated community, and Doug Simunic's constant contending teams have built a lot of equity for the American Association club.
A GOOD READ
Anyone who wants a nice look at life on the road with an Independent team should search out the August 11 Winnipeg Free Pressfor the lengthy story Randy Turner filed while on the road with the American Association's Winnipeg Goldeyes.
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