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Harris welcomed aboard Mariners' ship

August 2, 2005 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Former Quebec Capitales pitcher Jeff Harris has been called up from AAA Tacoma to the Seattle Mariners and will be in uniform Tuesday night in Detroit. Since being promoted to Tacoma in May, Harris had gone 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 15 games for the Rainiers.

"I feel like a kid," Harris told The News-Tribune of Tacoma on Sunday. "I can't keep a thought in my head. I told Rohnie [Tacoma manager Dan Rohn], ‘What do I do? What do I do?' and he said, ‘Go pack your stuff.'"

"It's a great story," Rohn said. "To see the reaction from him (when I told him) and then his teammates out there was tremendous. "It's the first guy I can honestly say got a standing ovation in the locker room."

The Alameda, Calif., native is the second former player from a Can-Am League franchise to reach the major leagues this season; former New Jersey Jackals pitcher Craig Breslow is currently a reliever for San Diego.

Harris, 30, will likely be used in long relief for the Mariners. A 28th-round pick of Minnesota in 1995 out of the University of San Francisco, he spent six seasons in the Twins organization, reaching as high as AAA.

After spending two years in the Western League, Harris joined Quebec in 2003, going 9-4 with a 2.51 ERA. He pitched in two games for the Capitales in 2004 before being signed by Seattle on June 4; he spent the rest of last season with Tacoma, going 5-3 with a 4.34 ERA.

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