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Ems prepare for their last stand at Civic Stadium.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

The Eugene Emeralds 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 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 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 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 from Dean Anna, Edinson Rincon and Nathan Freiman to beat the Vancouver Canadians 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.

Andrew Bovich (2-0), the third of five Eugene pitchers, tossed 3 2/3 innings 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 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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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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