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WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes acquired right-handed pitcher Charle Rosario from the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Thursday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Daniel Minor, four players to be named later, and cash considerations.

An American Association All-Star each of the last two years, Rosario is 8-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 19 starts this season.  A native of La Vega in the Dominican Republic, Rosario is tied for fourth in the American Association in wins, tied for first in starts, second in innings pitched (118.1), and tied for third in strikeouts (89).  Rosario has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 19 starts this season, while pitching at least six innings in 12 of them.  Rosario has also walked two batters or less in 14 of his 19 starts, and has walked more than three batters just once.

During the last three seasons with the RailCats, the 29-year-old Rosario is 31-17 with a 3.51 ERA in 65 starts.  Rosario has made 38 quality starts (three earned runs or less and at least six innings pitched) in that timeframe, including five complete games.  Having won 12 games for the RailCats in 2015 and 11 more last year, Rosario is just two wins away from becoming only the sixth pitcher in American Association history to post three seasons of 10-plus wins (Derek Blacksher, Robert Coe, Jarrett Gardner, Ben Moore, and Kyle Ruwe are the other five).

Rosario was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent in 2006, and reached the Double-A level in both 2011 and 2012.  The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Rosario helped the Quebec Capitales win the 2013 Can-Am League championship, and was the winning pitcher in the decisive seventh game of the 2013 Can-Am League Championship Series against New Jersey.  The following year, Rosario helped the Frontier League’s Schaumburg Boomers to a championship.

Rosario is in his 11th season of professional baseball, and is 57-29 lifetime with 13 saves and a 3.84 ERA in 222 games, 90 of them as a starting pitcher.  Rosario has averaged just 2.5 walks per nine innings in 833.2 career frames.  Rosario is 3-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 10 career starts against the Goldeyes, including a 3-1 mark with a 2.65 ERA in five starts at Shaw Park.

Additionally, the Goldeyes have placed left-handed pitcher Chris Cotton on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting his release.

The Goldeyes roster currently stands at 20 players, including 10 pitchers and 10 position players.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open a three-game series against the Wichita Wingnuts on Friday night.  First pitch from Shaw Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.

For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com

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