The Bears had three new additions to their roster suiting up for the first time in 2012 last night.
- Infielder Mike Richard, Oakland’s 11th round pick in the 2007 draft, started at shortstop and led off, going 1-for-4 in his Newark Bears debut. Richard played for the Jackals and the Rockland Boulders last season, and made it as far as Double-A in affiliated baseball.
- Pitcher Greg Lane made his official Bears’ 2012 debut last night, though he was with the team during spring training and last season. He gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
- Pitcher Mike Petrowski, who played college ball for Rider University and spent time with three Can-Am League teams last season, rounds out the new additions to the Bears’ roster.
Departing the Bears are infielder/DH Courtney Billingslea (.161, 3 HR, 5 RBI in 18 games) and pitchers Sean Campbell (0-4, 11.08 in 5 games) and Rob Swift (0-1, 3.60 in 3 games), who were released.