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January 28, 2013

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Keleher, the head baseball coach for the Blue Devils, is all about Salem. Right now, Salem High is at an important point as far as athletics go.

Salem has to keep athletes at home at a higher rate in order to succeed. Keleher, having been around the school for decades, understands that as well as anyone. He’s protected his flanks well as far as baseball went.

And he was the key assistant under Jack Gati during some prime Salem years.

Keleher has indicated in the past that he’s happy being a football assistant and wouldn’t seek the head coaching job. But you have to wonder how persuasive Rozumek might attempt to be.

CARLOS’ SECRET WEAPON

Haverhill’s Carlos Pena was introduced the Houston media last week, and of course, one of the great citizens in the big leagues, Pena knocked the Astros’ media corps over with his personality.

The veteran Pena should be a stabilizing force for Houston, which, of course, makes the switch to the American League this year.

Pena, who signed a one-year deal, is apparently serious about proving himself as a feared power hitter.

According to reports, Pena has gone back to basics, enlisting the services of his dad Felipe, to help hone his swing as spring training approaches.

“Nobody knows the swing better,” Pena told the Astros media.

Of course, the two weren’t back in Pena’s personal childhood batting cage — that is the racquetball courts at the Haverhill YMCA. Nope, he and his dad have been working out down in Orlando, Fla., where both now live.

Get ready for a big year out of the former Eagle-Tribune All-Star.

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