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Several Osprey Alumni Participating In Postseason

Former Osprey and current Tigers closer Jose Valverde celebrates after Detroit's 5-4 win over the New York Yankees last night.

The Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing, and there are a handful of former Missoula Osprey players which are making their mark in the second season for their clubs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, have six former Osprey players on its playoff roster – catcher Miguel Montero (2002-03), first basemen Paul Goldschmidt (2009) and Lyle Overbay (1999), outfielder Gerardo Parra (2006), and pitchers Bryan Shaw (2008) and Jarrod Parker (2007). Of that group, only Parker has yet to see action, as the D-backs are looking to stay alive in tonight’s Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Montero and Parra have played in both games for the D-backs. Overbay started at first base in Game 1, while Goldschmidt drew the start in Game 2 in Milwaukee, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. That homer is the lone hit for former Osprey in the first two games of the series. Shaw has pitched in both games, pitching a total of 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

In the American League, former Osprey Jose Valverde (2000) and Daniel Schlereth (2008) are in the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers, who will look to knock out the New York Yankees tonight in Game 4 of their ALDS. Valverde picked up the save in Game 3 on Monday, allowing the Tigers to take a 2-1 series lead.

Schlereth pitched in the eighth inning of Game 1, a 9-4 loss to the Yankees, allowing a run on two hits while striking out two batters. Valverde has not had an easy postseason to date – he allowed two runs in a non-save situation to finish off Game 2’s win, then walked a pair in the ninth inning of Game 3, but struck out Derek Jeter to finish off the 5-4 win.

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