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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Baseball season coming soon, parts of Manchester evacuated

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jeff Locke throws during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jeff Locke throws during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

This might be like yelling “Fire!” in a movie theatre, and I don’t want to get anybody too excited – but it’s almost baseball season!

Nobody run outside quite yet. We’re still a few days away from Opening Day in the majors and just a week away from seeing the Fisher Cats take the field, even if the sunny day yesterday made me want to believe it was already mid-season.

∎ Northeast Delta Dental Stadium saw late snow during the winter season, but the home of the Fisher Cats will be ready when the season kicks off.

∎ Don’t expect to see Aaron Loup anytime this season in New Hampshire. The 2012 Blue Jays Rookie of the Year is firmly cemented in Toronto’s bullpen.

∎ You should get ready to see a couple top prospects, however. Right-hander Evan Crawford and catcher A.J. Jimenez were optioned to the Fisher Cats this week.

∎ Conway-native Jeff Locke is the latest Granite Stater to make a big league roster. He’s been given the fifth-starter role with the Pittsburgh Pirates after recording a 3.38 ERA in 21 innings of work during spring training.

So there’s plenty to look forward to, and if the weather continues at this rate – make sure you have your mitt close by.

In other news:

∎ Parts of Manchester were evacuated this morning as the police investigated a possible pipe bomb.

∎ Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire has released data detailing overweight and obesity rates in several N.H. cities and towns.

 Personal income growth in the Granite State was sluggish in 2012, falling behind the national average and several surrounding states.

∎ The Water Street Cafe in Laconia lost its kitchen to a fire early yesterday morning.

∎ Seth Mazzaglia, suspected in the murder of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, has been isolated in jail at his request since his arrest last year.

∎ Lt. Gen. Mary A. Legere, UNH alumnus and the Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, will deliver this year’s commencement speech.

∎ San Diego Charger Kendall Reyes makes his return to Nashua.


(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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