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MLB: Valaika called up in Cincinatti

Hart grad to make third stint in big leagues; Saugus grad Milone expected to start for Nats

Posted: September 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Major League Baseball rosters expanded from 25 to 40 players for all 30 teams on Thursday, and a couple of players with local ties will be making the trip up to the big leagues.

According to, the Cincinnati Reds called up Hart High graduate Chris Valaika on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Valaika was drafted by the Reds in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft and was previously called up for 19 games during the 2010 season and eight games earlier this year.

In those eight games, he batted .313 with two extra-base hits.

Valaika had been on the Reds 40-man roster and his call-up was expected. He was hitting .259 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs for the Louisville Bats, the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate.

While Reds manager Dusty Baker made no indication of how much playing time Valaika could expect, he did acknowledge on that he hopes to get all eight players who were called up by the Reds on Thursday into games during the final month of the season.

In addition to Valaika, former Saugus High pitcher Tom Milone is expected to be called up and may get the start for the Washington Nationals on Saturday against the New York Mets, according to Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson.
The 24-year-old lefty was Washington’s 10th-round draft choice in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and has a 3.22 ERA through 24 starts for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.  

Milone was also named the Nationals minor league pitcher of the year last season.


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