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Bobby Abreu trying to get back to majors

Two-time All-Star playing with Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, which lost to the OKC RedHawks on Thursday night.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 28, 2012
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photo -   Los Angeles Dodgers' Bobby Abreu watches his double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Bobby Abreu watches his double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has said Abreu could be a left-handed bat off the bench when rosters expand in September, but it's uncertain whether L.A. might add him to the 40-man roster by Friday night's playoff deadline.

Abreu has played with the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels and Dodgers. He's been in the playoffs four times, but never a World Series.

A career .282 hitter with 1,347 RBIs, Abreu and Willie Mays are the only players to play in at least 150 games for 13 consecutive seasons. Cal Ripken Jr. doesn't make the list because of the strike shortened season in 1994.

“He's in a different part of his career,” Fields said. “It's cool for the fans in Oklahoma City to see a guy like him. And it's kind of cool for us, too. You could sit around and listen to a guy like that talk all day long, listen to their stories because they've got good ones.”

REDHAWKS WIN

Albuquerque right-hander John Ely flirted with a no-hitter before everything unraveled in the seventh inning, when the RedHawks sent 10 hitters to the plate to erupt for five runs and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Matt Downs tied it with a three-run home run. Matt Dominguez put OKC up 5-3 with a two-run shot. After the Isotopes tied it with two runs in the eighth, the RedHawks took the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Brad Snyder drew a leadoff walk in the eighth, advanced to third on Downs' single and scored on J.D. Martinez's sacrifice fly to help the RedHawks claw to within 3 1/2 games of the division-leading Isotopes.

OKC has six games remaining, all at home. The RedHawks host Albuquerque Wednesday night and Thursday night and close out the regular season with a four-game series against Round Rock.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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