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Foss to start series opener
12/08/2016 6:11 PM ET
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Trevor Foss (1-1) has been named as the CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox (7-5) starter for tonight's series opener against the Brisbane Bandits (5-7), presented by WellDog.

Foss earned his first win for the Sox last Friday, when he pitched 6.2 innings, striking out eight on five hits.

Heading into his fourth start in the Australian Baseball League, Foss has been enjoying the experience so far.

 "I'm really excited for today's start. It's a big series for us," Foss said.

"After winning both home series we've had, it's important to keep that momentum going into this weekend, as we continue to compete for top spot in the league."

With 14 strikeouts, Foss leads all Blue Sox pitchers and he currently sits in the top 10 in the ABL with a 1.38 WHIP.

With back-to-back home series for the Blue Sox for the first time this ABL Season, it could not have come at a better time for Jason Pospishil and his men, as they aim to further the drive the momentum ascertained by last weekend's commanding series win against the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (4-8)

The ABL current standings are heavily congested with just one series clean sweep separating first-placed Melbourne Aces (8-4) from sixth-placed runners, the Perth Heat (4-8).

Meanwhile, Sydney have added the invaluable talent of former MLB pitcher Chris Oxspring back to Australia's shores.

The former Padres' right-hander is excited to be back at home, and keen on nurturing through Australia's next generation of professional pitchers. However, the 39-year-old is intent on helping Sydney turn positive performances into consistent success and results.

"We are all striving for the Blue Sox to get to the playoffs again," said the steely veteran.

It's welcomed added depth for Blue Sox Manager Jason Pospishil who is excited about what Oxspring brings to the ABL table.

"He has a vast experience in the three top leagues in the world (MLB, NPB and KBO), which is no mean feat," Pospishil said.

"I know all the boys already look up to him and can't wait until his first match back for us this weekend."

The Sydney Blue Sox are up against the Brisbane Bandits this weekend. The four-game home-stand commences Friday night at Blue Sox Stadium. First pitch at 7:30pm (AEDT).

For more information and to book your tickets visit www.sydneybluesox.com.au

Game 1 - Friday December 9th 2016 - 7:30pm

Game 2 - Saturday December 10th 2016 - 4:00pm

Game 3 - Saturday December 10th 2016 - 7:00pm

Game 4 - Sunday December 11th 2016 - 1:00pm

All times shown are Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.