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Taggart tags Mt. Abe Eagles in weekend play

Vermont home games on Saturdays will now start at 6:05 pm, an hour earlier from previous seasons. Sunday home games will now start at 1:05 p.m., except for the Lake Monsters home game on Sunday, July 4, which will start at 4:05 p.m.

In addition, the Lake Monsters annual afternoon game will become a morning game in 2010 when Vermont will host the Aberdeen Ironbirds starting at 11:05 a.m. on Thursday, July 25. All other weekday games Monday through Friday will continue to have start times of 7:05 p.m., while fans will be able to enter Centennial Field 1.5 hours before every game.

"We are extremely excited to introduce some new game times to our fans," General Manager Nate Cloutier said . "I can't think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer day than at a baseball game. Being outside in the summer with your family and friends is what makes Vermont so special."

Vermont's seventeenth New York-Penn League season will begin on Friday, June 18, when the Lake Monsters host the Lowell Spinners in the first of 38 home games at historic Centennial Field. The final home game of the season will be Friday, Aug. 27, against the Oneonta Tigers before the Lake Monsters head out on a nine-game roadtrip (Aug, 28-Sept. 5) to end the regular season.

With no changes in teams or divisions for the 2010 season, the Lake Monsters will once again compete in the Stedler Division with Lowell, Oneonta and Tri-City. Vermont will play home-and-away against the McNamara Division (Aberdeen, Brooklyn, Hudson Valley and Staten Island), while the Pinckney Division's Auburn, Batavia and Williamsport teams will visit Centennial Field.

The 2010 Vermont Lake Monsters coaching staff will have a familiar look as manager Jeff Garber and hitting coach Paul Sanagorski both return for their second season with the New York-Penn League team, the Washington Nationals announced today with the release of their minor league coordinators and field staffs. Garber led the 2009 Lake Monsters to a 33-41 record in his first season as manager in Vermont. TLake Monsters no. 12 manager in the team's 17 seasons, Garber will also be the fifth to manage more than one year at Vermont. It will also be his third year with the Nationals organization after serving as the Field Coordinator for the Washington Minor League system in 2008.

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