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Roger Bernadina back in Major League
LOS ANGELES, California (USA) - Dutch outfielder Roger Bernadina is back in the Major League after his contract was selected on Saturday (September 6) by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Earlier in the week, Bernadina was named to the preliminary 27-man roster of the Netherlands Baseball Team for the upcoming European Championship, which opens next Friday. But since the Major League-rosters can be expanded to 40 players from September 1 on, it could be expected that Bernadina was to be one of the players that would be added.

Bernadina began the season with the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he played in 44 Major League-games, hitting .153 (9-for-59). He was released on June 27, then was signed by the Dodgers on July 7. Since then, he played for the Albuquerque Isotopes in Triple-A.

Professional players up to the Triple-A level are eligible to play for their respective countries. But players on 40-man Major League-rosters are not eligible. So now Bernadina is back in the Major League, and probably will remain with the Dodgers through the end of the season, he will not be with the Orange squad in the Czech Republic for the European Championship.

On Saturday-evening, a few hours after being added to the roster, Bernadina made his debut in a Dodger-uniform in the home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the score tied at 2-2, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Bernadina entered the game as pinch-runner for Juan Uribe after the latter had led off with a single. With one out, Bernadina beat the throw to second base on a force play-grounder by Justin Turner. With two outs, Bernadina scored the go-ahead run when Dee Gordon singled. After a pitching change, Hanley Ramirez hit a ground-rule double that brought in two more runs and lifted the lead to 5-2.

In the top of the ninth inning, Kenley Jansen, who like Bernadina was born on Curaçao, closed the game for the Dodgers. Coincidentally, Jansen was the replacement of Bernadina in the batting order. Jansen completed the Dutch influence in this game by earning a save, his 41st of the season.

(September 6)

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