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Central League announces players of the week

June 6, 2005 - Central Baseball League (Central League) News Release

Fort Worth CF Carlos Adolfo and Coastal Bend RHP Jose Luis Lopez were chosen by SportsTicker, the Central League’s official statistician, as Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 30-June 6.

In seven games for the Cats, Adolfo went 12-for-30 with four home runs, ten RBI, and nine runs scored as Fort Worth went 6-1 to extend their Central League lead to 3 1/2 games over second-place Pensacola. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native currently leads the Central League with eight home runs and is third with 25 runs scored to go along with a .300 batting average and 24 RBI.

Currently in his eleventh season in professional baseball, Adolfo was signed as a nondrafted free agent by Montreal in 1993 and spent seven seasons in the Expos organization, making it as high as AAA in 1999. After two seasons out of baseball, he spent the 2002 season with Sonoma County of the Western League, where he hit .284 with 15 home runs. The 29-year-old then moved to the Central League in 2003, where he split time between Coastal Bend and Alexandria and hit .322 with 19 home runs, 28 doubles and 62 RBI. Last season, he played with Fort Worth, Coastal Bend and Atlantic City of the Atlantic League; in 33 games with the Cats, he hit .292 with seven home runs and 19 RBI.

Lopez had two superb performances during the week: on Sunday, he pitched a masterful four-hit, complete-game shutout against El Paso, striking out nine Diablos in the Aviators' 3-0 victory. On Tuesday, Lopez threw eight innings against Pensacola, limiting the Pelicans to one run on four hits while striking out nine, but did not receive the win as Pensacola pushed across a run in the ninth against the Coastal Bend bullpen to win 2-1.

The Corpus Christi, Texas, native was signed as a nondrafted free agent by Pittsburgh in October of 1999 and spent four seasons in the Pirates organization, rising as high as AA Altoona. Last season, Lopez's first in independent baseball, he pitched six games for Newark of the Atlantic League and 24 for Coastal Bend, going 9-6 with a 3.09 ERA and striking out 108 in 137 innings of work.

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