RiverHawks trade Lyons, sign catcher
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July 5, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks’ pipeline to Calgary is still open.

Today, the RiverHawks announced their fourth trade with the Vipers this year. The RiverHawks traded right-handed pitcher Tom Lyons to the independent Northern League team in exchange for a player to be named later.

The RiverHawks also announced they had signed catcher Eric Cavers, released catcher Chris Lewis and activated pitcher Auggie Rodriguez from the 14-day disabled list. Rodriguez had been on the DL because of a strained back muscle.

Lyons, a former Detroit farmhand, had no record, no saves and a 4.40 earned-run average in 13 appearances. He is the fourth RiverHawk to be traded to Calgary since the end of last season, following pitcher Frank James, first baseman Aaron McEachran and shortstop Olmo Rosario. No player acquired in the earlier trades remains on the Rockford roster.

Cavers, 23, was Houston’s 10th-round pick in 2004. He began this season with low Class A Lexington of the South Atlantic League. While he did not play in the June 6 game started by Roger Clemens, he was a teammate of Clemens’ son Koby, the Legends’ third baseman. Cavers hit .165 with no home runs and six RBI in 79 at-bats. He has rookie status in the Frontier League.

Lewis hit .129 with no home runs and three RBI in 11 games for the RiverHawks.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 10-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 14th season in 2006. Advertising, ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. All games are broadcast live on WRHL-FM, 102.3 – the Hub and online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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