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Canseco pitches in Broncos’ loss

August 24, 2010

The Laredo Broncos lost their second consecutive game on Tuesday night, falling weakly to Rio Grande Valley 17-4 in Harlingen.
The result put both teams in a tie for third place in United League Baseball. Each team boasts a 44-42 record.
Prior to these two straight losses, the Broncos had won 11 of 12 games to climb high into the ULB standings.
Game three of the five-game series is Wednesday in Harlingen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Six games remain in the ULB regular season.
The WhiteWings scored in every inning but the eighth, as the Broncos saw a 3-2 lead quickly disappear early.
Twice, the WhiteWings scored four runs in an inning. In four innings, they scored at least two runs.
Rio Grande Valley pounded out 20 hits as Laredo utilized six pitchers total, including former MLB slugger Jose Canseco.
Canseco pitched the eighth inning and allowed one hit and struck out one, relying upon his knuckleball against the four batters he faced.
At the plate, he went 1-for-4.
The Broncos managed four runs on eight hits. Broncos pitching struck out eight and walked seven.
Carlos Arroyo, Salvador Paniagua and Jason Diaz recorded two hits apiece for the Broncos. Arroyo and Diaz each contributed RBIs.

Broncos announce details to last Canseco camp

August 23, 2010

The Laredo Broncos announced that the last Broncos Baseball camp featuring Jose Canseco and the Broncos players will be held on Sunday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Veterans Field.

The previous camps scheduled for Saturday 28th and Monday the 30th are being combined into the Sunday’s camp.

This will be the final camp of the 2010 Broncos season.

Camp is $25 per kid or adult. Camp members must bring a glove.

All camp members get a ticket to that night’s game at 7:35 p.m. vs. Coastal Bend Thunder.

For more information, contact the Laredo Broncos at (956) 723-BASE.

Registration forms are available at the Broncos office OR at Saturday’s home game OR online at

Broncos fall to WhiteWings, remain in 3rd

August 23, 2010

The Laredo Broncos rallied from a four-run to deficit to force a tie before the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings snuck away with an 8-5 victory in Harlingen on Monday night.
One game now separates the Broncos and WhiteWings. The Broncos, at 44-41, are in third place in United League Baseball, but the WhiteWings, at 43-42, are just a game back in fourth place.
Game two of the crucial five-game series is tonight in Harlingen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The WhiteWings held a 5-1 lead after six innings before the Broncos scored three times in the seventh on Ryan Flynn’s bases-clearing three-run double.
Jonel Pacheco’s solo homer, his fifth in 24 games, in the eighth knotted the game at 5-5, but it wouldn’t stay that way long.
The WhiteWings quickly responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning on five hits and an error off reliever Maximinio de la Cruz.
Broncos starter Santo Hernandez was left with a no-decision after a subpar outing that saw him allow five runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings.
He struck out two and walked two.
De la Cruz (0-3) got the loss, surrendering three runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.
The WhiteWings amassed eight runs on 15 hits. The Broncos tallied five on 10.
Jose Canseco went 1-for-4 for the Broncos. Jonathan Cisneros led the Broncos with three hits. Flynn had two.

Broncos win 9th in a row with another rally

August 19, 2010

The Laredo Broncos just won’t stop winning.
The Gateway Gang claimed their ninth consecutive win on Thursday night, rallying once again to earn a 6-3 victory in Edinburg.
The Broncos improved to 42-39 and tightened their grasp on third place in United League Baseball. The Roadrunners, ULB’s top team, fell to 47-32.
Game 2 of the four-game series is tonight in Edinburg. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and famed slugger Jose Canseco is scheduled to play tonight as he’ll participate in some road contests for the Broncos after all.
In three games, Canseco is hitting .273 with five RBIs and two home runs. He is coming off an 0-for-4 performance on Wednesday.
Thursday, Edinburg jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Broncos scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to spoil the Roadrunners’ fun.
Jonathan Cisneros tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run double. Salvador Paniagua then gave Laredo the lead for good with a RBI single, and Carlos Arroyo’s booming two-run homer moments later gave the Broncos all the cushion they would need.
Broncos starter Rob Roth (3-4) earned the win. He threw six innings and allowed three runs on four hits.
He walked five and struck out five.
Reyes Dorado earned his sixth save of the season by holding the Roadrunners quiet in the ninth.
The Broncos amassed six runs on nine hits and committed one error. The Roadrunners tallied three runs on six hits and committed one error.

Broncos continue dominant stretch, rally to nip ‘Wings

August 18, 2010

LAREDO – Jose Canseco went 0-for-4, but the Laredo Broncos scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 6-5 on Wednesday at Veterans Field.

The WhiteWings (38-42) remain tied for fourth and final playoff spot with the San Angelo Colts. They’re now three games back of the Broncos (41-39) for third place.

The WhiteWings return home for a four-game series against the Coastal Bend Thunder on Thirsty Thursday presented by Local’s Lounge at 7:05 p.m. when fans can get $1 draft beers and cans of sodas as well as $2 bottles of both beer and soda. It’s also Harlingen community night. All Harlingen residents will be able to buy one ticket and get one free with a valid ID. Gates open at 6:05.

David Cross pitched the first eight innings for the WhiteWings, departing after 116 pitches (77 strikes) with a 5-2 lead. Miguel Matos started the top of the ninth by issuing a nine-pitch walk to Jonathan Cisneros. One out later, Carlos Arroyo drew a seven-pitch walk. Mickey Cassidy (1-1) came in to strikeout Nick Mahin, but Jason Diaz hit a two-run double. Starting second baseman Roberto Rodriguez took over on the mound and gave up a walk-off home run to Maiko Loyola on the first pitch he threw.

That made a winner of Alex Morales (1-1), who pitched a scoreless inning and a third, stranding the bases loaded twice. The WhiteWings stranded the bases loaded in each of the last three innings, leaving 13 men on base overall.

The WhiteWings got on the board against Santo Hernandez in the top of the second when Welinson Baez recorded the team’s first hit, a two-run home run, his 11th of the season, to make it 2-0.

Arlon Quiroz led off the top of the fifth with his 13th home run of the season. One out later, Javis Diaz was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Yeurys Tejeda grounded into a fielder’s choice to make it 4-0.

The Broncos responded against Cross with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Flynn, Diaz, Loyola and DJ Dixon hit consecutive singles to make it 4-2. Canseco hit a broken bat pop-up to first base as the go-ahead run at the plate to end the threat.

Luany Sanchez hit his fourth home run of the season, and second against his former team, with two outs in the top of the seventh, to knock our Hernandez and give the WhiteWings a 5-2 lead.

Broncos win 7th in a row; Canseco homers again

August 17, 2010

LAREDO – Jose Canseco hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning, the first of seven home runs in the game, as the Laredo Broncos beat the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 13-11 on Tuesday at Veterans Field.

Canseco finished 1-for-4 with a walk.

The WhiteWings (38-41) remain tied for fourth place with the San Angelo Colts, now two games back of the Broncos (40-39).

With one out in the first, Luany Sanchez walked against Juan Peralta. Yeurys Tejeda hit an RBI-triple and Leivi Ventura hit an infield RBI-single to make it 2-0.

The Broncos responded against Johnny Montoya by putting two on with one out in the bottom of the first to set-up Canseco’s second home run in as many games to make it 3-2.

Arlon Quiroz led off the top of the second with his 12th home run. Roberto Rodriguez followed with a single and Javis Diaz doubled. One out later, Tejeda hit his 12th home run to knock out Peralta. Eric Eden came in and allowed a single to Ventura. One out later, Welinson Baez hit his 10th home run to make it 8-3.

Tejeda hit an RBI-single with two outs in the top of the third to make it 9-3.

The Broncos got one back in the bottom of the fourth. Pacheco drew a one-out walk and Canseco grounded out to move Pacheco to second. Jonathan Cisneros hit an RBI-single to make it 9-4.

Carlos Arroyo hit a one-out home run in the bottom of the fourth, his fifth of the season and third against the WhiteWings, to make it 9-5.

Diaz hit his sixth home run of the season with two outs in the top of the fifth to make it 10-5. Canseco walked in the bottom of the inning as the Broncos put two on with two out, but Steve Raburn struck out Cisneros to end the threat.

The Broncos scored a run and loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to set-up Canseco as the tying run at the plate, but he bounced out third base to end the threat.

The WhiteWings added a run in the top of the seventh to take an 11-6 lead, but the Broncos batted around and scored five runs to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. The Broncos had only one hit in the inning, but the WhiteWings issued three walks and committed three errors. After Pacheco reached on a two-base error to tie the game, Canseco came up with a chance to give the Broncos the lead, but lined out to deep left field to end the threat.

The Broncos took the lead back on a two-run home run by Arroyo against Ruben De La Rosa (1-1) in the bottom of the eighth.

That made a winner of James Maxwell (1-0), who pitched a scoreless eighth.

Reyes Dorado pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.

Broncos welcome Canseco

August 17, 2010

LAREDO – Jose Canseco, the central figure in bringing Major League Baseball’s steroid problem to light, is back in baseball after he was introduced as a member of the Laredo Broncos on Monday afternoon.

The Broncos are one of six teams in independent baseball’s United League. Canseco will play for the player’s minimum and was in the lineup Monday against Rio Grande Valley, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs on a pinch-hit two-run, two-out bomb in the sixth inning.

“It’s one of the highlights of our league,” ULB President Byron Pierce said. “This isn’t something that happens every day. It’s a long way from Major League Baseball to the United League, but we’re happier than heck to have him here.

“The response has been crazy country-wide.”

Canseco’s contract was signed late Friday night. He flew to Laredo early Monday morning.

“My first step was getting back into the game, in whatever way, shape and form,” Canseco said. “I don’t know how I’ll perform physically, since I’m 46 and haven’t played at this level in a long time.

“We’ll see what happens.”

Canseco, who played 17 years in MLB, will play designated hitter and fill in as bench coach and spot pitcher for the Broncos, who are currently tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in ULB.

Canseco will play in the team’s remaining six home games. When the club embarks on an eight-game road trip to South Texas starting Thursday, he will stay in town to host youth baseball camps and do some work on a reality show that is still in its first stages.

“We gave him this option,” Broncos President/General Manager Jose Melendez said. “He felt baseball was over with. We’re the ones who encouraged him to come back. He’s been doing MMA (mixed martial arts) and boxing and stuff, but he’s not happy with that. This is perfect for him, because he wants to get back in baseball and he wants to do a reality show on how he’s more of a mentor now.

“He’s going to do a lot of work with kids, doing a lot of camps. Doing all this for an independent (baseball) team is a lot of sacrifice on his part.”

Canseco is well known for admitting to using anabolic steroids in his 2005 tell-all book “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ’Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big”.

In the book, he claimed that up to 85 percent of MLB players took steroids.

That claim was challenged by many in the game; since then, however, it has been proven that steroids have played a pivotal role in baseball over the past decades.

While his claims had substance, Canseco regrets writing the book.

“It’s almost like I needed to have the fans and the public know why at 35 (years old) I couldn’t have a job in Major League Baseball,” he said about why he wrote the book. “When I wanted to play for free, teams wouldn’t touch me. People don’t know this, but when I first went to (publisher) HarperCollins, the original transcripts for the book didn’t have players’ names in it. But they said they would not publish it unless I had players’ names or else nobody would believe me, because nobody would validate it. So I was caught in a Catch-22. And I regret it to this day, because I hurt a lot of my friends.

“I’ve definitely suffered the most, though, of everybody. It’s completely severed me from the game of baseball.”

After all his claims came to light, Canseco wrote “Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball.”

Canseco, a six-time all-star, slugged 462 home runs in 17 major league seasons and was the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1986 and its Most Valuable Player in 1988, when he led the Oakland A’s to the World Series, where they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He played more than half of his career with the A’s and also spent time with Texas, Boston, Toronto, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.

“I think age, time, environment, situations … things that happen in your life, they constantly change you,” Canseco said. “I’m constantly growing, changing, adapting and hopefully it’s for the better.”