After the Atlantic League's Official Website reported that Kevin Mannix has been returned to the Somerset Patriots, Mannix was instead just activated off of the inactive list. Mannix was never property of any other Atlantic League team, besides the Long Island Ducks, last year, and never pitched for Somerset. This news, is just the latest in a flurry of bizarre transactions involving the Road Warriors, posted on the A.L. Webiste that mostly are found to have never happened. In fact, Mannix was never even on the DL, but the inactive list, after being hit by a car back in May. Before this accident, Mannix had last started on May 12th in Camden. In 2 starts this year, Mannix is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings. This move should certainly help a hurt Warrior pitching staff, after loosing All Star Manny Ulloa and Casey Cahill, to York and Somerset, respectively. It remains to be seen if Mannix will pitch in the Warrior rotation, which seems most likely, or be moved to the bullpen. As of now, the Road Warriors rotation consists of Carlos Castillo, Damien Myers, Darwin Soto, Charlie Hesseltine and Randy Dicken.
Tonight in Long Island, the Road Warriors lost a heart breaker to the Ducks 9-8. The Road Warriors managed to loose a game that they led 7-0 in the 5th inning. A encouraging start, by Randy Dicken, and 2 home runs by DH Vito Chiaravalloti gave the Warriors an early lead. Dicken lasted 5 innings, giving up 2 runs with 2 strikeouts. Vito homered in back-to-back at plate appearences, with a 3 run shot in the 2nd inning and a solo home run in the 4th. Trevor Marcotte and Julio Guerrero gave up a combined 7 runs in a 1.2 inning span.