Greg Sain, Paul Abraham promoted

Cal League All-Star Paul Abraham promoted

First baseman Greg Sain was promoted from the Double-A Mobile BayBears to the Triple-A Portland Beavers on Tuesday, while relief pitcher Paul Abraham was promoted from High-A Lake Elsinore to Mobile.

Greg Sain hit .260 with five homers and 25 RBI's in 64 games for Mobile. He walked 21 times while striking out 48 times in 223 at bats. Sain reached base safely in each of his last eight games, going 11-for-28 with four walks.

The first baseman hit just .220 with runners in scoring position (RISP) and .161 with RISP and two outs while hitting .317 with the bases empty.

Sain takes the spot vacated when Tagg Bozied was placed on the disabled list with a strained lower back.

"It is great," Sain said as he sat on the plane awaiting departure for the trip out west. "The first time I have been called up from anywhere."

Sain was slated to arrive at 5 PM PST and wasn't sure if he would be in the lineup tonight for Portland.

"I have seen guys play when they come in that late," he admitted.

California League All-Star Paul Abraham did not allow an earned run over his first 20 appearances with the Lake Elsinore Storm, a span of 23 innings. And for the year Abraham has an ERA of 1.07 in 42 innings of work. He is 2-1 with four saves on the year.

He has struck out 36 and walked ten while limiting the opposition to 29 hits, a .200 batting average against. With RISP, he is holding opponents to a .112 average against - five hits in 41 at bats.

Abraham takes the spot vacated by Nick Trzesniak who was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

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