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Aeros Advance to Eastern League Finals

September 8, 2003 - Eastern League (EL1)
Akron RubberDucks News Release

Akron, OH -- With their 8-0 shutout of the Altoona Curve on Saturday night, the Akron Aeros qualified for the Eastern League Championship Series for the first time since 1993. The Indians Double A franchise has never won an Eastern League title, losing three games to two in both the 1992 and 1993 Championship Series.

The Aeros defeated the Curve three games to one to earn the Eastern League Southern Division title. Akron's opponent in the finals will be the New Haven Ravens (Toronto Blue Jays), who defeated the New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins) three games to two and clinched the Northern Division title with a 2-1 win at New Haven on Sunday afternoon.

For travel purposes, the Eastern League has added an off-day to the schedule for the 2003 Eastern League Championship Series on Thursday, September 11. The series begins tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9 in New Haven, CT. The complete schedule for the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series is:

GAME 1: Tuesday, September 9 at 6:35 p.m.

Akron Aeros @ New Haven Ravens

RHP Francisco Cruceta (0-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. LHP Dave Gassner (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

GAME 2: Wednesday, September 10 at 6:35 p.m.

Akron Aeros @ New Haven Ravens

RHP Kyle Denney (0-0, 10.38 ERA) vs. RHP Dustin McGowan (0-0, 1.29 ERA)

GAME 3: Friday, September 12 at 7:05 p.m.

New Haven Ravens @ Akron Aeros

RHP David Bush (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. RHP Paul Rigdon (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

GAME 4: Saturday, September 13 at 7:05 p.m (If Necessary)

New Haven Ravens @ Akron Aeros

RHP Cameron Reimers (0-0, 7.94 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Evans (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

GAME 5: Sunday, September 14 at 7:05 p.m. (If Necessary)

New Haven Ravens @ Akron Aeros

T.B.A. vs. T.B.A.

**All games can be heard on FOX Sports 1350 AM, with the exception of Saturday, September 13, which can be heard on WHLO 640 AM.**

Tickets for all Eastern League Championships Series games at Canal Park are just $5.00 or $2.00 if you purchase 25 tickets or more. Tickets are available in advance at Infield Outfitters, the Aeros Team Shop at Canal Park, on-line at or by phone at (330) 253-5153 or TOLL FREE 800-97-AEROS.

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