- Portland Tribune - Sports
Next: The Beavers are at Fresno through Sunday, then play four games at Sacramento. The home opener is 7 p.m. April 13 against Fresno.
• As always, Portland's competitiveness will depend heavily on how much the parent San Diego Padres raid the roster. 'All these guys are here to truly serve the big-league club. That's just a fact. I hope we have some fun along the way,' first-year manager Rick Renteria says. 'I told them, 'I'm here to serve you guys, you're not here to serve me.' I'm trying to stay out of their way, and let them play the game.'
• Leo Rosales was the setup man last year at Class AA Mobile (Ala.), meaning he jumps from A to AAA as a closer. 'It's all the same, just get outs,' he says. 'It's a little more mental focus involved (here). I'm up for the challenge.' … Both catchers are from Quebec, Canada - Pete LaForest (pronounced lah-for-AY) was born in Hull and Luke Carlin was raised in Aylmer. … Infielder Craig Stansberry was born in Damman, Saudi Arabia, although he only lived there for one month. He hopes to be the first Saudi Arabian-born player to make the big leagues.
• Top prospect and Sunday's starter, Cesar Carrillo, 22, pronounced himself healthy after his elbow injury and rest - no surgery. He threw 80 pitches in his last spring outing. 'It's what I've been waiting for, an opportunity to pitch in Triple-A and show what I can do,' he says. '(Last year) I came here already hurt and felt tired with a dead arm or whatever it was.'