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ACES DOWDY SIGNED BY OAKLAND A'S

September 5, 2007 - United League Baseball (ULB) - Alexandria Aces News Release

Alexandria, LA; September 5, 2007- The Alexandria Aces of United League Baseball (ULB) announced today that LHP Justin Dowdy had his contract purchased by the Oakland Athletics and will report to their Instructional League, slated to begin September 14th in Phoenix, AZ. He is the third Alexandria Aces player to be signed by a Major League affiliate since the United League's inaugural season in 2006.

A left-handed closer from San Diego, CA, Dowdy set a new ULB record for saves in a season with 24. Dowdy ended the season with a 2-3 record to go along with a 1.37 ERA. In 48 appearances this year, Dowdy threw 52.2 innings, striking out 102 while walking only 23. In a season plus with the Aces Dowdy compiled 31 saves and a 5-3 record in 72.2 innings.

"Congratulations to Justin and the Aces," said United League President Craig Brasfield. "He was a big part of their Championship runs this season and last. We wish him continued success with the Athletics organization".

Dowdy becomes the seventh player from United League Baseball to be sold to a Major League organization in 2007 and the 12th player in the history of the league to move on to affiliated baseball.

United League Baseball is an independent league of six professional baseball teams located in Texas and Louisiana. The United League just completed its second season this summer with teams located in Amarillo, Edinburg, Laredo, Harlingen, and San Angelo, Texas; and Alexandria, Louisiana.

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