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Nieckula's Ports Turning It Around

OAKLAND – It was a rough first half in 2009 for the defending California League champion Stockton Ports. Nothing seemed to go right for manager Aaron Nieckula's team, which slumped to a 25-45 record and a last-place finish. The Ports have turned it around in the second half and currently find themselves six games above .500. We spoke with Nieckula about his team's progress on Monday.

In 2008, it seemed that the Stockton Ports could do no wrong. Stocked with some of the Oakland A's top prospects both on the mound and in the field, Stockton stormed out to a winning first half record and kept that up through the second half and all the way through the playoffs, eventually winning the league title. It has been a different story for the Ports in 2009, at least early in the season...

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