Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Veteran reliever Javier Lopez played at the University of Virginia before beginning a pro career that includes helping Boston and San Francisco win the World Series.
Javier Lopez, a product of Fairfax Little League, sat in the third-base dugout of the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park before Tuesday's game against Washington. He looked out at the field during batting practice and envisioned more than just a three-game series between first-place teams in the National League. "My friends have told me this could be the (preview of) the National League Championship Series. That would be nice," Lopez, a 1995 graduate of Robinson Secondary, said with a smile. "The teams are playing hot right now and that would be great." A left-handed reliever, Lopez is used to being with winners. He was a member of World Series champs with the Red Sox in 2007 and the Giants in 2010. "A lot of it has been trial and …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Paul Clemens' spring includes training with the Astros and the birth of his first child.
Paul Clemens knew that his first spring training with the Houston Astros would be eventful. A right-handed relief pitcher and Robinson graduate, Clemens was traded by the Atlanta Braves to Houston in July 2011. He enters this year as the no. 5 prospect in the Houston farm system, according to Baseball America. "I don't have anything to worry about. I am staying quiet and listening to what I can," said Clemens, standing in the Houston clubhouse before a spring training game in Kissimmee, Fla., against the Detroit Tigers on March 11. "Anytime the skipper (Brad Mills) gives me the ball I try to get three outs as quickly as I can." His spring training became more eventful when his wife, Marlee, gave birth to their first child, a girl named …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Former Burke resident Paul Clemens was recently
named the No. 5 prospect in the farm system of the Houston Astros.
The Major League dreams of Robinson Secondary School graduate Paul Clemens could become reality in 2012. Clemens, who had worked his way up the Atlanta minor league ladder, was traded by the Atlanta Braves along with three other players to the Houston Astros on July 31 for big leaguer Michael Bourn. At the time the 6-foot-4 Clemens was pitching at the Class AA level with Mississippi in the Southern League, where he was 6-5 with an ERA of 3.73 in 20 starts. He was also traded along with pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, who had been another top prospect in the Atlanta system. “From the business aspect I understood completely,” Clemens, 23, a right-hander, said of the trade from his parents new home in Oxford, PA. “We were on the road in Jackson, …