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Former Winthrop pitcher named an all-star

Former Winthrop pitcher Heath Rollins, in his first full season of professional baseball, has been named an all-star in the South Atlantic League.

Rollins, a right-hander with Columbus, was selected to the 48th annual SAL All-Star Game, which is set for 7:30 p.m. June 19 at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, Ga.

An 11th-round pick of Tampa Bay in the 2006 draft, Rollins is having an outstanding season. He is 6-0 and has appeared in 11 games with a 1.09 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 66 1-3 innings. Rollins ranks second in the league in ERA and strikeouts.

Rollins is one of five Catfish to be picked for the All-Star Game. He will join manager Jim Morrison, catcher Nevin Ashley and outfielders Desmond Jennings and Ryan Royster.

• AAA GAME: The Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for July 11 in Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M., at 7:30 p.m.

The 20th annual game between standouts of the International League and Pacific Coast League will be televised on ESPN2 (cable channel 28 in Rock Hill).

The IL team will be managed by Ottawa manager John Russell, the defending IL Manager of the Year.

Russell's staff consists of Rochester manager Stan Cliburn, Buffalo manager Torey Lovullo and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre trainer Darren London.

The Pacific Coast League All-Stars will be guided by Albuquerque manager Dean Treanor, who will lead the All-Stars in his home park.

On Treanor's staff will be Iowa hitting coach Von Joshua, Las Vegas pitching coach Ken Howell and Albuquerque trainer Steve Miller.

• WILD WEEKEND: Last weekend was an unusual one, to say the least, with a rash of ejections ranging from the major leagues through the minors and into the college ranks.

Six major league managers were tossed starting June 1 when the Yankees' Joe Torre was given the thumb. Yankees pitcher Scott Proctor joined Torre.

That was just the beginning.

Other big-league skippers tossed over the weekend were Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel, a former Charlotte Knights manager; the Cubs' Lou Piniella; Detroit's Jim Leyland (along with pitcher Justin Verlander); the Dodgers' Grady Little and the White Sox's Ozzie Guillen.

In the college ranks, East Carolina coach Billy Godwin was ejected as was North Carolina pitching coach Scott Forbes, a former Winthrop assistant.

However, the ejection documented worldwide was the meltdown of Phillip Wellman of Double-A Mississippi.

Wellman's antics, entertainment to some but distasteful to others, came against Chattanooga. Wellman covered the plate with dirt, drew a new and wider plate with his finger in the dirt, tossed bases and used a resin bag like a grenade before bowing out of the park.

The parent Atlanta Braves rewarded Wellman's exhibition with a three-day suspension.

• ON DECK: The Knights continue an eight-game homestand today with a 2:15 p.m. game against Indianapolis.

The teams play Monday and Tuesday with Tuesday's contest at 12:15 p.m.

After an off-day Wednesday, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to town to open a four-game series at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

• EXTRA BASES: Charlie Lisk, a former Fort Mill High School standout catcher, was released by San Diego. Lisk was hitting .171 in 35 at-bats with Lake Elsinore. ... Dan McDonnell, a former player and assistant coach at The Citadel, is the coach at Louisville and has the Cardinals in the NCAA Super Regionals. ... Ex-Charlotte IF Mark Lewis, who retired in 2001, attempted a comeback with Long Island. He was 0-for-2 in his lone game and hung up his spikes again.

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