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Winthrop rising seniors playing in Alaska Baseball League

Eddie Tisdale and Bryn Henderson, rising seniors at Winthrop, have been playing this summer for Anchorage of the Alaska Baseball League.

Tisdale, a first baseman, is batting .307, third-best on the team. He has nine doubles, a triple and 26 RBIs in 40 games.

Henderson, an outfielder who plays third base at Winthrop, has appeared in 34 games and is hitting .242 with eight doubles, a homer and 18 RBIs.

Tisdale, a native of Lugoff, led Winthrop with a .340 batting average last season. He had five homers and 29 RBIs. Henderson, who hails from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, hit .288 with seven homers and 43 RBIs.

• ODD HR FOR CARTE: Ex-Winthrop outfielder Daniel Carte's eighth home run of the season for Double-A Tulsa wasn't the usual out-of-stadium drive. This one was an inside-the-park poke last week in the Drillers' 7-2 victory over Northwest Arkansas.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Carte hit a line drive off the center field wall, out of the reach of Northwest Arkansas center fielder Cody Fuller. The ball caromed toward right, allowing Carte to circle the bases.

Carte's homer helped Colorado left-hander Jeff Francis post the mound victory in a rehabilitation start.

Carte is batting .277 with eight homers and 48 RBIs.

• BIG SOUTH FLAVOR: Washington of the independent Frontier League has a Big South Conference look, with four players from BSC schools.

Infielder Chris Carrara and outfielder-designated hitter Jacob Dempsey are from Winthrop while infielder Brett Grandstrand and outfielder Chris Raber are Coastal Carolina alumni.

Grandstrand and Carrara form the Wild Things' double play combination.

Carrara, who spent last year in the New York Yankees' organization, hit his first professional homer last week in a 5-3 win over Traverse City. Carrara led off the eighth with a solo homer.

• KNIGHTS IN FENWAY: Charlotte will face Pawtucket in the third "Futures at Fenway" on Saturday at Boston's Fenway Park.

Lowell, Boston's Class A short-season affiliate, will play Hudson Valley at 12:05 p.m. in the first of two games.

That game will be followed by the International League contest between the Knights and PawSox.

• POWER SHORTAGE: Charlotte's newly-signed free agent outfielder Jason Tyner isn't noted for his power.

Tyner, who spent all of last year with Minnesota, entered 2008 with only three home runs in a 10-year career.

In 1,356 major league at-bats, Tyner managed only one homer, which came with the Twins last season. And he had only two homers in the minor leagues in 3,059 plate appearances.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Tyner homered once with Buffalo this year before being released by Cleveland on July 25. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox two days later.

• EX-KNIGHTS TRADED: Three former Knights were involved in trades on Thursday.

Boston shipped outfielder Manny Ramirez, who played for the Knights in 1993, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way trade with Pittsburgh.

The White Sox swapped pitcher Nick Masset (2007) and infielder Danny Richar (2007-08) to Cincinnati for outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.

• CAPRA NAMED: Nick Capra, who managed Charlotte for three seasons (2002-04), was named skipper at Kannapolis.

Capra guided the White Sox Class A team to the South Atlantic League championship in 2005.

Capra also holds the title of Assistant Director of Minor League Instruction for the White Sox, but will guide the Intimidators for the final weeks of 2008.

Capra replaces Chris Jones, who was relieved of his duties.

• PC PITCHER SIGNS: Former Presbyterian College pitcher Ben Dollar has signed a free agent contract with Arizona.

Dollar, a right-hander, was assigned to the Diamondbacks' Yakima, Wash., entry in the short-season Northwest League.

A Gaffney native, Dollar completed his PC career with a pair of victories as a senior, compiling 43 strikeouts in 60 1-3 innings.

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