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Stepinac Alumni Brian Sweeney makes Padres 40 Man Opening Day Roster

Posted Monday, April 03, 2006 by Pat Duffy

Stepinac great Brian Sweeney has beat the odds & made the opening day roster of the Padres . Brian has worked very hard to get back up to the Majors . Stepinac is very proud of his accomplishments.
Good Luck Sweeney!

Yonkers' Sweeney makes Padres' roster
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(Original publication: April 3, 2006)

The Padres settled on their opening roster over the weekend, and it turned out to be a split decision for two pitchers with local ties.

Yonkers native Brian Sweeney, the Stepinac High and Mercy College alum, made the team as a middle reliever, while Rye High grad Eric Junge was reassigned and will open the season with Class AAA Portland.

Sweeney is on an Opening Day major-league roster for the first time, having spent most of his previous 10 pro seasons in the minors. The 31-year-old righty has piled up 1,064 1/3 innings in the minor leagues and 23 2/3 in the majors. He pitched briefly for the Mariners in 2003 and had three stints with San Diego in 2004. He's 1-0 — a 2004 victory over Randy Johnson — with a 4.18 ERA in 12 big-league outings, two of them starts. He went 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in seven spring outings, two of them starts.

"He's a good swingman," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said on MLB.com before the move was announced. "He can be a long relief man, he can start. He's resilient."

Junge, a 29-year-old right-hander, has 10 games of major-league experience with the Phillies and was in the Mets' system last year. He went 3-0 but with a 5.00 ERA over eight relief appearances in the exhibition season, although he had just one bad outing.

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