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Mashore and Pico Set to Return to Lancaster

December 13, 2005 - California League (CalL) - Lancaster JetHawks News Release

(Lancaster, CA)-- The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Lancaster JetHawks have announced that Damon Mashore and Jeff Pico will be joining manager Brett Butler on the 2006 field staff of the Lancaster JetHawks. Mashore and Pico will reprise their roles from 2005 as hitting and pitching coach, respectively.

Mashore, who is beginning his third season as the JetHawks hitting coach, led the 2005 squad to a California League-high .302 team batting average, with the second highest league marks in runs scored (917) and home runs (174). Before spending the 2004 season with the Diamondbacks ‘AA' affiliate in El Paso, the former Anaheim Angels and Oakland Athletics outfielder was in charge of a JetHawks offensive squad that compiled league highs with a .285 average, 1,420 hits, and 136 homeruns in 2003.

Pico enters his 12th year of coaching and fourth with the Diamondbacks. Under his tutelage in 2005, many JetHawks pitchers established career and franchise marks. Garret Mock came within one win of Ken Cloude's franchise best 15 wins in a season, while finishing seven strikeouts short of the franchise mark with 160 strikeouts in 174 innings pitched. Starting pitchers Jon Castellanos and Matt Chico set new career highs in winning percentage with .770 and .778 marks respectively. Pico finished his playing career with a 13-12 major record over three big league seasons with the Chicago Cubs. While with Chicago, he became the first Cubs pitcher in 79 years to throw a complete game shut-out in his Major League debut, blanking Cincinnati 4-0 on May 31, 1998 and was also a part of the Cubs 1989 Eastern Division Championship squad.

Rob Knepper will join the JetHawks as the team's trainer for the 2006 season, coming to Lancaster from the San Francisco Giants organization.

The newest members of the 2006 team will be joining former Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Brett Butler in the dugout. The staff will look to continue the recent franchise success, with the JetHawks coming off consecutive trips to the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history.

The JetHawks open its 11th season in the California League on April 6 at Lake Elsinore before returning to Clear Channel Stadium for the home opener on April 14 versus Rancho Cucamonga. Season tickets and mini plan packages are currently available for the 2006 season and can be ordered by calling the JetHawks at (661) 726-5400.

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