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Pi­rates and New York Mets or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In Fe­bru­ary, Thorn­ton ap­peared in four games for Team Is­rael in the World Base­ball Clas­sic, col­lect­ing two holds in the first round of games, with Is­rael win­ning Group A and ad­vanc­ing. Thorn­ton picked up the win in the first game of round two for Is­rael, throw­ing 1 1/3 score­less in­nings in re­lief against Team Cuba.

Thorn­ton pitched the eighth on Tues­day night in re­lief of Thomp­son, al­low­ing just one hit while strik­ing out one.

“We’re ex­cited to bring in Thorn­ton to fur­ther bol­ster our bullpen,” Har­ris said in the team news re­lease. “He brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence to the pen and will add another arm that we can count on to shut down the op­po­si­tion late in games.”

Fan vot­ing opens for all-star game

The At­lantic League an­nounced in a news re­lease Mon­day that fan vot­ing re­turned for the 2017 At­lantic League Al­lS­tar Game, to be held at TD Bank Ball­park in Bridgewater, N.J. on July 12.

Fan vot­ing can be done on­line at­lanti­ un­til

June 23. Fans can vote as many times as they’d like to help their fa­vorite play­ers make the Al­lS­tar squads. Fan vot­ing will be used as a per­cent­age to­wards All-Star se­lec­tion that also in­cludes league of­fi­cials and me­dia vot­ing.

“At­lantic League fans are among the most pas­sion­ate and knowl­edge­able fans in all of base­ball,” At­lantic League Pres­i­dent Rick White said. “When you op­er­ate a league based on the fan ex­pe­ri­ence and en­gage­ment, it makes sense to have their voices heard as we look to have the very best rep­re­sented for all the teams and their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.”

All-Star Game tick­ets are now on sale and can be pur­chased on­line at Som­er­setPa­tri­ or call 908-252-0700.

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