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Bernardo Brito, crowd favorite and the active home run leader in minor league baseball, will be back in a Salt Lake Buzz uniform when the 1995 season opens in Albuquerque on Thursday night.

But many of Brito's teammates from a year ago will be either in spring training in Florida or, if the major league owners choose to lock out the players, still back home waiting.A number of Buzz regulars from last season are on the 40-man roster of the Minnesota Twins and have thus been on strike this spring training. Players like infielders Denny Hocking, Scott Stahoviak, Steve Dunn and Brian Raabe, outfielders Marty Cordova and David McCarty and pitchers Eddie Guardado and LaTroy Hawkins have yet to have spring training. Several of these players may earn spots with the Twins when the strike issues are resolved, but the majority will wind up in Salt Lake.

So while new Buzz manager Phil Roof has a pretty good idea of what his present team is capable of, there is a good chance the makeup of the team will change dramatically when the work stoppage ends and some of the players on the major league roster are reassigned to Triple-A.

The opening day starter Thursday against the Dukes will be a familiar name to Buzz fans - Mike Trombley, who spent about half of last season in Salt Lake after being sent down by the Twins.

Others likely in Thursday's starting lineup include ex-Yankee Kevin Maas at first base, Mitch Simmons at second, Tom Quinlan at third, Andres Duncan at shortstop, ex-Colorado Rockie Jerald Clark in left, center fielder Steve Hazlett, right fielder Dan Masteller and catcher Damian Miller.

Additional probable starting pitchers presently with the Buzz include Mike Misuraca, Marc Barcelo and Jon Henry.

For a look back at a memorable inaugural Buzz campaign see this page and D9.