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Tom Gamboa Leaves 66ers, Damon Mashore to Manage Angels High-A Team

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Inland Empire's hitting coach Damon Mashore has been promoted to Manager for the remainder of the season, replacing Tom Gamboa who has left the team for family reasons. The change was made effective after Tuesday night's game against the Modesto Nuts. A familiar name and former Angel great will replace Mashore as a coach for the team.

Dick Schofield will join the team later this week to take over as hitting coach for the 66ers. In 2007 Mashore was manager for the Missoula Osprey, Rookie Level Pioneer League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since then he has been a hitting coach in the Angels system including the last three years with the Halos' High A affiliate in the California League. Mashore played in the major leagues from 1996 to 1998 with the Oakland A's and the Angels, tallying eight career home runs, 41 RBI and a .249 lifetime batting average. He was originally a ninth round pick of the A's out of Arizona in the 1991 draft.

Dick Schofield was originally slated to be the hitting coach for the Angels Arizona Summer League affiliate. His 14 year major league career included 12 seasons with the Angels. Overall he had 56 home runs and 353 RBI in the majors. His best season was 1986 when he hit .249 and posted career highs in home runs (13), RBI (57) and stolen bases (23).

Inland Empire returned home for a four game series with the Lancaster JetHawks beginning Friday. The series includes an appearance from national entertainment act The Amazing Christopher on Friday June 10th, presented by Redlands Jewelers, and an Adrian Beltre bobblehead giveaway on Saturday June 11th.

Tickets for the upcoming homestand as well as the rest of the 2011 season are on sale now both at the 66ers box office and online at www.66ers.com.