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Local pitcher Rodriguez signs with Boomers

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Robert Morris University pitcher Rey Rodriguez has signed to play with the Schaumburg Boomers, team officials announced Friday.

Rodriguez, a 24-year-old lefthander, was a First-Team NAIA all-American in 2012 and 2013 for RMU. The Venezuela native posted a 1.19 ERA over 23 appearances, which included 19 starts. He also recorded 11 complete games and seven shutouts at Robert Morris University. While posting a 17-2 record in his two seasons, Rodriguez struck out 156 in 135⅔ innings, allowing just 18 earned runs and only 75 hits. Rodriguez tossed a no-hitter against Lindenwood-Belleville on March 22, 2013.

The Boomers, the defending Frontier League champions, now have 36 players signed to contracts to compete for the likely 23-man roster on Opening Day.

The Schaumburg club will hosts its home opener on Friday, May, 23 against the Florence Freedom at 6:30 p.m. as part of a six-game homestand. They will open the season on the road against the Lake Erie Crushers on May 16.

Tickets are available at (847) 461-3695 or online at and at the Boomers Stadium Box Office, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, in Schaumburg.

The Boomers will also host four exhibition games at Boomers Stadium this month: 1 p.m. May 9 vs. the Windy City ThunderBolts; 6 p.m. May 9 vs. the Gary SouthShore RailCats; 2 p.m. May 10 vs. the Rockford Aviators; and 6:30 p.m. May 12 vs. Les Turner ALS All-Stars in a charity contest.

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