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Cavalry beefs up roster with overseas stars

The Canberra Cavalry has added some young international talent to its roster for the 2011-12 ABL season.

It has signed five players from Major League clubs - three from Tampa Bay and two from Toronto - and two from from Japanese club Hanshin Tigers.

The Cavalry also boasts several players - including pitchers Steve Kent and Brian Grening - who have been released from Major League clubs. Such players can be a boon for ABL clubs because they strive to secure a new Major League deal, and face no restrictions on how many games they can play or innings they can pitch.

Pitcher Chris Oxspring was a standout for the Sydney Blue Sox last season, as was Justin Hughes for Perth. Both earned contracts in the USA after strong ABL seasons.

Cavalry assistant general manager Thom Carter said there were still five or six positions to fill, mainly offensive players, with several of those to come from Korean club Lotte Giants.

Cavalry squad - Pitchers: Hayden Beard (San Diego), Chris Morgan, Brian Grening, Steven Kent, Tim Atherton, Michael Laird, Chris Kimpton, Daiki Kiyohara (Hanshin), Mike McGuire, Alex Rogers, Mathew Fawcett, Jarrett Commane, Tristan Crawford, Nathan Crawford. Catchers: Travis Scott, Mark Thomas (Tampa Bay), Kyle Perkins, Alex Perkins. Infielders: Byron Aird, Brian Burgamy, Jean Carlos Diaz, Chris Curley, John Tolisano (Toronto). Outfielders: Ty Morrison (Tampa Bay), Todd Glaesmann (Tampa Bay), Yuhei Kai (Hanshin), Kenny Wilson (Toronto).