Rosario homers in first Double-A at-bat
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April 7, 2008 - NORWICH, Conn. – Former Rockford RiverHawk Olmo Rosario hit in an unaccustomed spot in the lineup in his first at-bat with the San Francisco Giants’ Class AA affiliate, but he still provided the usual production.

Batting ninth, Rosario broke a scoreless tie when he hit a two-run homer in the third inning of the Connecticut Defenders’ 6-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Saturday. Rosario was 2-for-4 in his first Eastern League game.

On Sunday, Rosario was 1-for-2 with a RBI in a 4-2 win over the Fisher Cats, a Toronto affiliate.

Rosario missed Thursday’s season opener because of a rib injury. Friday’s game was rained out.

The Giants signed Rosario last fall after he won the Can-Am League batting title and was named the independent circuit’s Player of the Year. Rosario hit .362 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI and stole 25 bases for the Nashua Pride in 2007. Rosario led the CAL with a career-high 133 hits.

In the 2004 postseason, Rosario hit .429 during the RiverHawks’ run to the Frontier League pennant and was voted Finals MVP. He returned for 2005 and hit a team-record .373. Rosario hit 11 home runs in his final season with Rockford, one of just seven times in team history a player has reached double digits.

Opening Night is at 7:05 p.m. May 21, when the RiverHawks host River City. The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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