Friday, March 23, 2007

A familiar face

New Hampshire manager Bill Masse isn't the only former Thunder skipper to be back in the Double-A ranks this season.

Billy Gardner, Jr. will lead the Montgomery Biscuits, the Devil Rays' Double-A affiliate this season. Gardner managed the Thunder in 2000 and 2001, and spent the 2006 campaign leading Dayton, the Low-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

The Thunder beat the Biscuits today, 12-3, in spring training action. Former Princeton star Ross Ohlendorf pitched for the Thunder, but forget about him starting the season near his college stomping grounds. The Yankees have tagged him for Triple-A pretty much from the time he arrived from the Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson trade.

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