Trio Of Former Beavers Open 2010 Season On MLB Rosters

April 5, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former Oregon State baseball players Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian Barden and Mike Ekstrom will open the 2010 season on Major League Baseball rosters. The 2010 season officially opened Sunday night, and the first full day of action is Monday.

Ellsbury opens the season with Boston, while Barden is a newcomer with the Florida Marlins, as is Mike Ekstrom, who joined the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason.

Ellsbury, who lettered for Oregon State from 2003-05, is on his third consecutive opening day roster with the Red Sox. Last season, he set Boston's single-season steals record with 70, and he batted .301 with 27 doubles, 10 triples and eight home runs. In three seasons with the Red Sox, he has played in 331 games, batting .297 with 56 doubles, 18 triples, 20 home runs and 129 stolen bases.

Ellsbury saw two changes with the Red Sox this season. The Madras, Ore., native switched his number from 46 to 2, and also made the switch to left field from center after Boston signed Mike Cameron. Ellsbury is now manning the same position once held by former MLB great Ted Williams.

Barden signed with the Marlins this past offseason after playing the last three seasons with Arizona and St. Louis. In 84 career games, he is batting .218 with four doubles, four home runs and 11 runs batted in. He was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April last season.

Barden lettered for the Beavers from 2000-02, and was OSU's first baseball Olympian in the 2008 games.

Ekstrom is the Beavers' lone pitcher on MLB rosters, and joins the Rays after two seasons with San Diego. He has thrown 28 career innings in the major leagues, and has a 6.75 ERA and 0-2 record. He lettered for Oregon State from 2002-03.

Many former Beavers will open the 2010 season in the Minor Leagues, including Darwin Barney, who will start the season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Cole Gillespie is on Arizona's 40-man roster and will open the season at Triple-A Reno. Andy Jenkins joined the Texas Rangers' organization in the offseason, and will open the season with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks. Aaron Mathews will also open the season in Triple-A and returns to the Las Vegas 51s.

Daniel Turpen will open the season with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, and he'll be joined by former OSU teammate Tyler Graham, while Mike Stutes will playing for the Double-A Reading Phillies. Jorge Reyes and Daniel Robertson will both open the year at High-A Lake Elsinore in San Diego's organization,

Other parent organizations have yet to announce their opening-day rosters for their Minor League clubs, so many other former Beavers will dot their rosters this season.

Oregon State returns home to face Portland in a midweek game on Tuesday. First pitch at Goss Stadium is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets are still available for the games and can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum or by going online at osubeavers.com.

For fans who can't make it to the series, catch it on the Beaver Sports Radio Network or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Mike Parker will call all the action.

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