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7th Inning Stretch: Will Langford

Towering right-handed pitcher Will Langford has established himself as the ace of the Fort McMurray Giants rotation this season.

Through eight appearances – seven of them starts – Langford is the team leader in strikeouts (36), innings pitched (42.1) and ERA (1.91). 

The 6-foot-5 hurler also sports a 3-1 record and is helping the Giants make a push for their first ever playoff appearance in the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL). 

Langford is the subject of our latest 7th Inning Stretch profile.

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WCBL All Star Teams Announced

The Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) has unveiled its rosters for the 2019 All Star Game in Edmonton on Sunday, July 7th.

A full list of the Western and Eastern Division squads can be found here, as can a gallery of some of the players who will be representing their respective teams.

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7th Inning Stretch: Richard Ortiz

Early in the 2019 Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) season, a scan of the power hitter statistics will show Richard Ortiz at or near the top of several categories.

Through the first nine games of the year, the catcher and first baseman with the Fort McMurray Giants is batting .324 with four home runs and 13 runs batted in (RBI). He’s also got three doubles and a walk-off triple in 37 at bats. 

We caught up with Ortiz recently to ask him seven questions as part of our new player-profile feature called 7th Inning Stretch.

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Fort McMurray Giants Season Preview

Entering their fourth year of existence, the Fort McMurray Giants are in playoffs-or-bust mode. 

Last season’s record of 17 wins and 31 losses may not look like much, but it left the Giants just two games back of the Edmonton Prospects and the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Division of the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL).

In an attempt to bolster their postseason hopes, the Giants have raided Edmonton’s talent pool.

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Alberta Dugout Digest – April 23rd Edition

It’s time once again to check in on the best hitters and pitchers from our province who have traveled south to play college baseball in the United States. 

In this edition of Alberta Dugout Digest, we explore the batters who excel at cranking out home runs, triples, and runs batted in (RBI), along with the leaders in slugging percentage and batting average. 

We also examine the pitchers who have done the best job of preventing home runs, the strikeout leaders, the win collectors, the earned-run average (ERA) masters, and those hurlers who are great at keeping hits to a minimum.

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