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New Britain Bees Signings and Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

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FORMER MAJOR LEAGUER TUIASOSOPO SIGNS WITH BEES

The New Britain Bees today announced the signing of outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo.

“We’re excited to bring Matt on board,” says Bees General Manager Brad Smith. “He adds another power bat to our lineup and also brings a veteran presence to our ballclub with five years of big league experience.”

Matt Tuiasosopo joins the Bees for his first season in the Atlantic League and 15th of professional baseball. The former big leaguer spent last year with Triple-A Gwinnett of the Atlanta Braves organization, appearing in 114 games and posting a .207 batting average with eight home runs, 45 RBI, and 51 runs scored.

The 32-year-old began his professional career with the Seattle Mariners after being selected in the third round of the 2004 amateur draft. After five successful seasons in the Mariners organization, he made his Major League debut with Seattle in 2008. The slugger spent two more seasons in the big leagues with the Mariners from 2009-10, and also made appearances in the Majors with the Detroit Tigers in 2013 and Braves in 2016. In 155 career big league games, he owns a .206 batting average with 12 home runs, 45 RBI, and 41 runs scored.

Over the course of 1,275 career minor league games, Matt has comprised a .251 batting average with 129 home runs, 613 RBI, 710 runs scored, and a .352 on-base percentage.

All New Britain Bees transactions are presented by ACES. ACES is dedicated to enhancing and transforming lives through education, innovations, and leadership. Visit https://www.aces.org/ for more information.

CHAPMAN SIGNED BY TIGERS

New Britain Bees team officials have announced that left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman has had his contract purchased by the Detroit Tigers organization. He will report to Triple-A Toledo of the International League.

“Kevin has been one of our most reliable relievers this year,” says Bees General Manager Brad Smith. “It’s great to see him receive this opportunity and we wish him the best of luck.”

This season, Kevin has appeared in six games for the Bees, not allowing a run and collecting 11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.

The 30-year-old was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft. He spent two years with the Royals organization before being traded to the Houston Astros. After a couple successful campaigns with the Astros, the lefthander made his Major League debut with Houston in 2013. He would spend parts of four seasons with the big league club, appearing in 58 games and posting a 3-1 record with a 4.09 ERA, 48 strikeouts, and one save over the course of 55.0 innings of work.

Chapman is the first Bees player to have his contract purchased during the 2018 season.

All New Britain Bees transactions are presented by ACES. ACES is dedicated to enhancing and transforming lives through education, innovations, and leadership. Visit https://www.aces.org/ for more information.

FORMER MAJOR LEAGUER ROGERS JOINS BEES

The New Britain Bees announced the signing of infielder Jason Rogers.

“Jason will be a great addition to this team,” says Bees General Manager Brad Smith. “He brings a power bat to the lineup and has proven successful at many professional levels during his career.”

Jason Rogers comes to New Britain for his Atlantic League debut during his ninth season of professional baseball after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association. In 2017, the former Major Leaguer began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, appearing in 69 games and posting a .289 batting average with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 35 runs scored. He would then make his way over to Japan to play for the Hanshin Tigers of the Japan Central League, appearing in 40 games and collecting a .253 batting average with five home runs and 23 RBI.

The 30-year-old began his professional career when he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 32nd round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft. After five successful campaigns in the Brewers organization, he made his big league debut in 2014. Rogers spent two seasons in the Majors with Milwaukee from 2014-15, and with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. In 117 career big league games, the slugger owns a .258 average with four home runs, 18 RBI, and 24 runs scored.

Over the course of 760 minor league games, Jason has comprised a .284 batting average with 89 home runs, 428 RBI, and 395 runs scored.

All New Britain Bees transactions are presented by ACES. ACES is dedicated to enhancing and transforming lives through education, innovations, and leadership. Visit https://www.aces.org/ for more information.

BEES BEGIN SIX-GAME HOMESTAND MAY 25

Fat Tire Friday – May 25, 6:35 p.m. vs. Sugar Land Skeeters

Bark in the Park – Enjoy a night out with your favorite fury friend! All dogs are welcome into the stadium for tonight’s game but must be wearing a leash or harness at all times. Also, enjoy a Fat Tire draft on Fat Tire Friday for just $5!

Fireworks Saturday, by Schaller Auto Group & Coors Light – May 26, 6:35 p.m. vs. Sugar Land Skeeters

Military Appreciation Night – Join the Bees to help honor all of those who have served in the Military by attending Military Appreciation Night. All present and past Military will be able to attend for FREE! We will then finish off Saturda y night with a spectacular Firework show!

YMCA Family Fun Day ­– May 27, 1:35 p.m. vs. Sugar Land Skeeters

Join us for Family Fun Day! Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Bees. After the game, kids can take the field and Run the Bases! All Xfinity Kids Club members can also come watch the game for FREE! If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign your child up to be a member of the Xfinity Kids Club, its coolest club around, and is free TO JOIN!

Two-fer Tuesday ­– May 29, 6:35 p.m. vs. Road Warriors

Why watch alone when you can bring a friend! Buy one full priced Bee’s ticket and get the second free when you purchase online, by phone, or at the New Britain Bees Box Office.

Kids Meal Deal Wednesday – May 30, 6:35 p.m. vs. Road Warriors

Bring the kids to the ballpark where they can enjoy the game and a classic ball park frank! For just $4, any child under the age of 12 can get a hot dog, chips, and soda or water.

Miller Lite Thirsty Thursday – May 31, 6:35 p.m. vs. Road Warriors

Every Thursday is Thirsty Thursday with the New Britain Bees! Enjoy $3 domestic drafts from any concession stand in the stadium.