Duquesne Alum Back In The Big Leagues

Duquesne Alum Back In The Big Leagues

Left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel, a Duquesne grad in the Tamba Bay Devil Rays organization, is back in the big leagues.

On Wednesday, August 31, 2005, the Devil Rays recalled Joe Beimel from the AAA Durham Bulls. A pre-September spot was open when RHP Seth McClung was placed on the bereavement list.

    If Tampa Bay played in the postseason, Beimel would be eligible for the roster. That is moot since the AL squad is 56-81.

Beimel, a Duquesne alum who started his MLB career with the hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, appeared in a team-high 48 games with Durham this season, compiling a 1-2 record with a 3.93 ERA.

He was with the Devil Rays from July 3 through the All-Star break. The St. Mary's, Pa. native pitched three scoreless innings of relief in two games, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Beimel returned to Durham after Tampa Bay signed veteran right-hander Joe Borowski.

Beimel pitched an inning for Durham against Norfolk on Tuesday night, then caught a plane for Boston on Wednesday. He pitched 2/3 inning against Boston that night, continuing his 0.00 MLB ERA this season.

He closed the eighth inning versus the Red Sox, who led 7-5. TPDR added a run in the top of the ninth, one short of forcing Boston to bat in the bottom of the frame.

Beimel spent his first three MLB seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was released by the Bucs at the end of the 2004 spring training and signed by the Minnesota Twins on April 12, 2004. He spent most of the 2004 season with the AAA Rochester Red Wings before being called up to the parent club in September. Tampa Bay signed Beimel to a minor league contract prior to spring training.

Beimel was the first Duquesne baseball player drafted by the hometown Pitates when he was picked in the 18th round of the 1998 draft. He was inducted into the Duquesne Sports Hall of Fame on February 7, 2004.

Beimel led the Dukes in 1998 in wins (6), appearances (14), innings (65) and complete games (4). He was second on the squad with 39 strikeouts and third in ERA at 4.71.

He made the Pirates opening day roster in 2001 as a middle reliever after just two and a half seasons in the Bucs system, jumping from AA to the MLB club. He was chosen to the mid-season All-Star teams in both of his full minor league seasons with Hickory and Lynchburg. Beimel ended the 2000 season with Class AA Altoona Curve.

McClung rejoined the Devil Rays in Toronto on Friday after attending his grandmother's funeral in Lewisberg, W. Va. He started against the Blue Jays on Saturday. He pitched eight innings putting Tampa Bay in position for a 3-2 comeback win over Toronto. It was McClung's sixth win of the season.

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