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Ems prepare for their last stand at Civic Stadium.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

The Eugene Emeralds The Eugene Emeralds (nicknamed the Ems) are a minor league baseball team in Eugene, Oregon, United States. They are a Class A team in the Northwest League, and have been a farm team of the San Diego Padres since 2001.  begin their final homestand at Civic Stadium this evening against Salem-Keizer.

Games tonight and Wednesday night begin at 7:05 while the final game Thursday has been moved up to 4:05 p.m. to avoid conflict with the Oregon football game at Boise State that evening.

There will be a pregame ceremony before the final game that is expected to begin around 3:30 p.m. Dan Luby, Greg Riddoch Greg Riddoch (born July 17 1945 in Greeley, Colorado) is a former manager in Major League Baseball. He was the manager of the San Diego Padres from 1990 to 1992. His career record was 200-194.  and the Beban family are expected to speak to the crowd about their experiences at Civic.

Dan Luby's father, Hugh, is in the Emeralds Hall of Fame. He managed the team to a 235-203 record in 1957-58, 1966 and 1974. Luby was also the team's general manager when it moved into Civic Stadium in 1969 as the team became a Triple-A affiliate.

Riddoch is in the third season of his third stint as manager of the Emeralds. He also managed Eugene in 1975-76 and from 1978-81, leading the Ems to their last two Northwest League The Northwest League is a class A minor league. The league is the descendant of the Western International League which ran as a class B league from 1937-1951 (with time out for WWII) and class A from 1952-1954.  titles in 1975 and 1980.

Bob Beban has been the president and general manager of the Emeralds since 1982. His wife, Eileen, is the director of business operations Business operations are those activities involved in the running of a business for the purpose of producing value for the stakeholders. Compare business processes. The outcome of business operations is the harvesting of value from assets  and his son, Bryan, is the assistant general manager.

Following the final game, fans will be allowed onto the field.

The Ems will move into the University of Oregon's PK Park next season.

Eugene and Salem-Keizer close out the regular season with six games against each other as the series moves to Keizer Friday through Sunday.

On Monday night, the Ems got three hits apiece a·piece  
To or for each one; each: There is enough bread for everyone to have two slices apiece.

[Middle English a pece : a, a; see a
 from Dean Anna, Edinson Rincon and Nathan Freiman to beat the Vancouver Canadians The Vancouver Canadians are the Northwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They are located in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a minor league baseball franchise (dating back to 1979 in Medford, OR), the Canadians have had players such as Victoria's Mike Chewpoy, José  12-3 in Vancouver, B.C.

The victory gave the Ems, who finished off a sweep of the Canadians, their eighth victory in the past 12 games. Vancouver swept Eugene at Civic Stadium last week.

Rincon and Freiman drove in four runs apiece for the Ems. Freiman hit a two-run double in the sixth inning in·ning  
a. Baseball One of nine divisions or periods of a regulation game, in which each team has a turn at bat as limited by three outs.

b. innings (used with a sing.

Andrew Bovich (2-0), the third of five Eugene pitchers, tossed 3 2/3 innings INNINGS, estates. Lands gained from the sea by draining. Cunn. L. Dict. h. t.; Law of Sewers, 31.  of relief to earn the victory.

Notes: Thurston graduate Dan Straily was named Northwest League pitcher of the week for his performance in two starts back in his home state.

The 21-year old went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in games at Salem-Keizer and Eugene. He allowed one earned run earned run
n. Baseball
A run scored without the aid of an error, used in computing earned run averages.

Noun 1. earned run - a run that was not scored as the result of an error by the other team
 and six hits in six innings against the Volcanoes before shutting out the Emeralds for six innings on three hits with 10 strikeouts. He struck out 15 in 12 innings for the week. Straily will make his final start of the season Wednesday in Everett.


The Emeralds will play next season at Oregon's PK Park, making these their final games at Civic Stadium.

Today vs. Salem-Keizer, 7:05 p.m.

Wed. vs. Salem-Keizer, 7:05 p.m.

Thurs. vs. Salem-Keizer, 4:05 p.m.
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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