EUGENE, Ore. -- A spokesperson for the Eugene Emeralds called quits early on an April Fool's Day prank involving Jeremiah Masoli.

Onalee Carson, a team spokesperson, admitted that rumors across the Web about Masoli pitching for the new minor league team were a publicity stunt that Emeralds management devised last minute on Wednesday night.

It was all done to raise the team's profile, she said, adding it worked.

The rumors about Masoli had flittered across Twitter early Thursday - along with rumors that Mr. T was starring at Portland Center Stage this weekend.

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