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Edmonton Capitals Baseball Camps for Youth

July 16, 2009 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Edmonton Drillers News Release

Nothing says summer like Capitals Baseball Camps. It's your opportunity to learn skills from your favorite Capitals players during the day and cheer on the team at night. The Edmonton Capitals are proud to offer two baseball camps this summer that feature instruction from your Edmonton Capitals.

Date: July 21st - 23rd Ages: 6-12 Skill Level: All Skill Levels

Date: August 17th-19th Ages: 13-17 Skill Level: Must have previous baseball experience

Both camps are half day and include: lunch and two tickets to each game of the three game series. For more information or to register please visit www.capsbaseball.ca or call 780-414-GOAL.

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The first ever series between the Edmonton Capitals and Calgary Vipers is just around the corner. The teams will face each other in league action for the first time on Tuesday, July21st at TELUS Field to begin a three-game series. The teams will then jump on the QE2 and face each other for three more games at Foothills Stadium in Calgary beginning on Friday, July 24th. The first and second place North Division rivals faced each other in a pair of exhibition games prior to the season in Fort McMurray, but both clubs have made many roster moves since then.

Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster location, by visiting the Capitals Box Office at TELUS Field, by visiting capsbaseball.ca or by calling 780-414-GOAL (4625).

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Roster Moves Include Hometown Hero Mike Johnson

The Edmonton Capitals have yet again pulled off a couple of roster moves in order to strengthen their pitching by picking up Australian reliever P.J. Bevis as well as Edmonton product and former Montreal Expo Mike Johnson.

P.J Beavis Mike Johnson

Johnson is back for his third stint in Edmonton after spending 2004 with the Trappers and 2007 with the Cracker Cats. Originally drafted in 1993 in the 17th Round (490th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays, Johnson spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues (Expos and Baltimore Orioles).

Born in Edmonton, Johnson played his high school baseball at Salisbury Composite in Sherwood Park. He also had the rare opportunity to be a Canadian baseball player that spent most of his professional career playing in Canadian markets including Medicine Hat, Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton for 10 of his sixteen years in pro ball. Johnson spent the past couple seasons in the Chinese and South Korean Leagues and also pitched for Team Canada against the US in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Bevis finished last season with the Calgary Vipers compiling a 1-5 record with a 3.30 ERA and three saves. Originally signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998 as a free agent, Bevis climbed as high as Triple-A in both the Mets and Rockies systems before joining the Independent Leagues in 2007.

More Capital Gains

The Edmonton Capitals continued to upgrade their roster during this week's All Star Break by acquiring left-handed hitters Walter Young (1B/DH) and Darrick Hale (2B/SS). Both players will be in uniform for the four-game series against the Seals beginning tonight in Victoria.

Walter Young Darrick Hale

Standing 6'5" and tipping the scales at 290lbs, Young is considered a home run threat in every at-bat. Young was drafted in the 31st Round in the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft out of Purvis (Mississippi) High School and played as high as Triple-A in the San Diego Padres system. Last season Young played Independent baseball in Sioux City and Sussex.

Hale fills a hole at the middle infield position for the Capitals that had been created when shortstop Max Poulin left the team for personal family reasons about a week ago. Hale went undrafted after his collegiate career at Cal State Los Angeles but did sign with and play in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Hale climbed to the high-A level with the Reds in 2008 and also spent a portion of the year with Yuma in the Golden Baseball League.

To make room for the new acquisitions, the Capitals placed pitcher Aaron Easton on the Inactive List and released first baseman/designated hitter Norm Hutchins. Max Poulin also remains on the Caps Inactive List.

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