Gems owner calls Fraire's departure 'personal decision'; Robles named interim manager
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Gems owner calls Fraire's departure 'personal decision'; Robles named interim manager

QUINCY -- Quincy Gems owner Jimmie Louthan called Rick Fraire's choice to step down Monday as the manager of the summer baseball team a "personal decision." "It's not my job to talk about someone's personal stuff," Louthan said Monday afternoon before the

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Gems' Martin dominates Hoots' lineup
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Gems' Martin dominates Hoots' lineup

QUINCY -- Derek Martin got into a groove early Monday night. That was bad news for the Hannibal Hoots. The Quincy Gems right-handed pitcher had six strikeouts through two innings, and finished with 13 total in 5[Note]1/3 innings of work to help the Gems to

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Gems' player surprised by Fraire's departure

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems players were given news before their batting practice session began prior to their 6-4 victory over the Hannibal Hoots at QU Stadium. Gems owner Jimmie Louthan gathered the players and told them that manager Rick Fraire was no lon

Gems pile up 20 runs in victory over Hoots
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Gems pile up 20 runs in victory over Hoots

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- It was billed as Christmas in July with the Hannibal Hoots wearing specially made ugly Christmas sweater-themed jerseys. The Hoots were in a giving mood, too. The Quincy Gems scored 13 runs in the top of the ninth inning...

Wienhoff enjoys new pitching role with Hoots
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Wienhoff enjoys new pitching role with Hoots

QUINCY -- Hunter Wienhoff wasn't even sure he would pitch this summer. After throwing a team-high 63 2/3 innings and making 11 starts for Wayne State (Neb.) this spring, Wienhoff decided he would take time off this summer to do physical therapy...

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Extra-inning victory helps Dans sweep Hoots

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The Hannibal Hoots gave themselves a chance for a split Thursday night. Matt Gammon took it away. The Hoots scratched across a run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the Danville Dans at 1 in the second game...

Converted sidearmer gets game's biggest out for Gems
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Converted sidearmer gets game's biggest out for Gems

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Tyler Engel hasn't played much during his career as a baseball player for the University of Illinois. He has played in 52 games in three seasons as a middle infielder, getting just 62 at-bats. He has 13 hits for a career .210 average. Enge

Nelson turns in best outing of summer for Gems
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Nelson turns in best outing of summer for Gems

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Adam Nelson isn't a fan of the Prospect League's pitch count rules. It's easy to understand why after watching him pitch Wednesday night. The 6-foot-3 right-hander from Tioga, La., was dominant in the Quincy Gems' 4-2 victory over the Hann

Ray regaining form after Tommy John surgery
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Ray regaining form after Tommy John surgery

QUINCY Johnny Ray didn't let anyone see it, but he had butterflies when he stepped on the mound. His relief appearance for the Danville Dans in the Prospect League season-opener against the Hannibal Hoots on May 30 at Clemens Field was the first time Ray

Gems manager gets two-game suspension for involvement in fight
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Gems manager gets two-game suspension for involvement in fight

QUINCY -- Quincy Gems manager Rick Fraire served the first game of a two-game suspension during Tuesday night's Prospect League game against the Hannibal Hoots. Both Fraire and Danville Dans manager Eric Coleman received two-game suspensions from Prospect