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9/2 ml Gameday: AGon slated to join Trot/Tek in RI

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#1 Cuzittt

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:56 AM

Today's Games:

IL: Pawtucket (TBD) vs. Ottawa (Brian Bowles) [1:05pm]
EL: Portland (http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Tommy Hottovy) vs. New Hampshire (Kyle Yates) [6:05pm]
CL: Wilmington (TBD) vs. Frederick (TBD) [6:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (TBD) vs. Kannapolis (TBD) [7:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell (TBD) @ Brooklyn (TBD) [6:05pm]

Notes: Pawsox.com has the starter being http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Kason Gabbard. IF he does start, expect a short outing... he is slated to start for Boston on Tuesday.

Portland up on Binghamton by 2 games with 3 to play. IF the two teams end up tied, they will play a 1-game playoff on Tuesday @ Hadlock. Admission Price = FREE.

Wilmington and Frederick with an early Playoff Preview. Frederick won the Second Half North Title.

Greenville's West End Field named "Ballpark of the Year" by Baseballparks.com.

Lowell ended their Home slate last night with their 270th consecutive sellout.


#2 Cuzittt

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:30 PM

Pawtucket defeats Ottawa, 5-0.

Charlie Zink goes the first 7 innings, giving up 3 hits and striking out 4. Phil Seibel returns from the DL and pitches the 8th, giving up a hit and striking out one. Javier Lopez pitches a perfect 9th.

Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek each went 2/4; Nixon with a double. Alex Gonzalez went 1/3 with a HBP.

Corky Miller went 3/4 with a HR. Alejandro Machado went 1/3 with a walk. Ken Huckaby went 1/4. Jeff Bailey and Willie Harris went 0/3 with a walk. Trent Durrington went 0/4. Ron Calloway went 0/1.



#3 Cuzittt

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:41 PM

Portland loses to New Hampshire 1-0 in 13 innings. However, the Magic Number was reduced to 1 as Connecticut defeated Binghamton.

Tommy Hottovy went the first 7 innings, giving up 2 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Kyle Jackson went the next 2 innings, giving up a hit and an intentional walk, striking out 2. Rusty Tucker went the next 2 innings, giving up 2 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Jon Searles went the next 1 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits and a WP, allowing a run while striking out one. Mike Bumatay got the final out (on a K), but gave up another hit and another walk.

Brandon Moss went 2/5 with a double and a walk. Jeremy West went 1/5 with a walk. Zach Borowiak went 1/5. Alberto Concepcion went 1/3 and was replaced by Keoni de Renne who went 1/2. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0/4 with 2 walks. David Bacani, Brian Myrow and Dusty Brown each went 0/5 with a walk. Chris Durbin went 0/6.



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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:44 PM

Wilmington wins 7-1.

Gary Galvez went the first 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and a walk, allowing a run while striking out 2. Beau Vaughan went the next 2 innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 2. Justin Sturge pitched the final inning, walking one and striking out one.

Ian Bladergroen went 2/4. Jeff Natale went 1/2 with a double, walk and SF. Jay Johnson went 1/3 with a walk. Bubba Bell went 1/3 with a Grand Slam and a walk. Iggy Suarez went 1/3 with a double. Jeff Corsaletti and Mark Wagner each went 1/4. Jed Lowrie went 0/3 with a HBP. Andrew Pinckney went 0/4.



#5 Cuzittt

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:46 PM

Greenville wins 9-6

Tim Cox goes the first 5 innings, giving up 4 hits (3 HRs), a HBP, a WP and 3 walks, allowing 4 runs while striking out 3. Chad Rhoades went 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Ryan Colvin has his second consecutive poor outing, going 2/3rds of an innings, giving up 1 hit, 3 walks and a WP, allowing 2 runs while striking out 2. Blake Maxwell picked up the final out.

Mickey Hall and Ryan Khoury each went 3/5; Hall with a triple, Khoury with a double. Mike Leonard went 2/3 with a walk and a HBP. Tony Granadillo and Aaron Bates each went 2/4 with a walk. Dominic Ramos and Matt Mercurio each went 2/5, each with 2 doubles. Yahmed Yema went 1/4 with a walk. Luis Soto went 0/4 with a walk.



#6 Cuzittt

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:47 PM

Lowell/Brooklyn postponed by rain.


#7 RoDaddy

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 10:02 PM

Is it time to start getting excited about Charlie Zink again? One of our best pitching prospects a few years ago, he hit a rough stretch for a while but is now putting up pretty good numbers in AAA. I'm especially intriqued by his hard fastball to complement the knuckler, and the fact that we have a master knuckleball pitcher (Wakefield) available to tutor him. And at 27, he's still young for a knuckleball prospect. Promote him! He has a shot at being the heir apparent to Wakes, and we may as well give him some big league experience now.

#8 Rudy Pemberton

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 10:50 AM

I always say this, but I don't see how we can get too excited about Zink, he simply doesn't throw enough strikes. In 117 minor league innings this year, he has 65 BB's and 65 K's, and that's consistent with his track record. It's very different from what Wake was doing in the minors. I imagine Charlie will continue to have hot streaks and we'll get excited but it ultimately probably won't mean much. His results this year have been good, primarily due to a low HR rate and probably some good luck, but I'm not too excited.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 11:19 AM

Pawsox Stories:

Game Story

The Pawtucket Red Sox won their last home game of the season by defeating the Ottawa Lynx, 5-0, yesterday at McCoy Stadium.

In the big picture, it meant absolutely nothing.

For the first time in team history, the PawSox had three Red Sox starters rehabbing here at the same time. Alex Gonzalez, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek all played yesterday and hit 1-2-3 in the order, respectively. In fact, all three looked sharp and ready to rejoin the big club.

Gonzalez (oblique strain) went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, in the back, during his first at-bat. The Red Sox shortstop looked even smoother in the field with two putouts and three assists. He left the game after six innings. Nixon (biceps strain) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and played nine innings of sound defense, too. Varitek (knee) served as the designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with one run scored.

All three should be back in Boston's lineup either today or tomorrow.

"I felt pretty good," said Varitek. "It's different when you're not catching and trying to stay loose. It was good test for me."

Pawsox Notebook

Less than 24 hours after the Red Sox announced that pitcher Jon Lester had been diagnosed with a form of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, his former teammates in the Pawtucket Red Sox clubhouse were still in shock and disbelief.

The 22-year-old southpaw began this season in Pawtucket before he was promoted to Boston on June 10. So, the devastating news of Lester's condition was stunning. The PawSox players were informed during the seventh inning of Friday's game at McCoy and the mood has been a somber one ever since.

"The news just buckled me," said Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson. "I thought about him all night. It really puts into perspective how fragile our life is. We stress over things in this game that don't really matter in the big picture. When these scenarios come up, it really puts things into the pecking order. Jon is a big strong kid and he'll be fine. I really believe that."

Sea Dogs stories:

Game Story

The Portland Sea Dogs could think positive after their 1-0, 13-inning loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Saturday night at Hadlock Field.

Chief among the good news is that Portland clinched at least a tie for second place in the Eastern League's Northern Division because the Binghamton Mets lost to Connecticut, 5-4.

With two games remaining in the season, Portland (71-67) holds a two-game lead over the Mets (69-69). Either a Sea Dogs win or a Mets loss today or Monday would send Portland to the playoffs beginning Wednesday in Trenton, N.J.

Todd Claud - Professional Manager

He does his job the best he can and doesn't wait for the pat on the back or the words of appreciation.

Todd Claus figures he got all that when the Red Sox renewed his contract last year. His performance approval was there in the numbers that followed the dollar sign and in the length of his employment.

But how often does he hear the simple phrases, "Good job," or "Nice work?"

"Let's wait and see," said Claus, mindful that the Portland Sea Dogs had not yet won a place in the Eastern League playoffs. Saturday night's game with New Hampshire was hours away.

The Sea Dogs could have clinched a playoff berth with a victory over the Fisher Cats because Binghamton lost to Connecticut, but New Hampshire beat Portland 1-0 in 13 innings.

Claus is the manager, the guy who dispenses his own reinforcement to the men who play for him, reminding them of why they win. But who credits Claus?

"Every now and then I'll hear nice job. Those words never get old. Sometimes I'll hear them when we get another guy in the big leagues."

Blue Rocks Stories:

Game Story

Bubba Bell blasted a two-out grand slam to center field in the first inning to spur the Blue Rocks to a 7-1 win over Frederick on Saturday at Frawley Stadium.

It was his first home run for the Blue Rocks. Bell, making his second start in center field for the Rocks, hit three homers in 56 games at Greenville (S.C.).

Bell is hitting .286 in 17 games with the Blue Rocks.

John Otness

It doesn't happen often, but once in a while a veteran baseball player has a "C" stitched to his uniform to spell out his role as captain.

For the New York Yankees, it's shortstop Derek Jeter. For the Boston Red Sox, it's catcher Jason Varitek.

Blue Rocks catcher John Otness doesn't have a "C" on his uniform, but he might as well.

"John Otness," Blue Rocks manager Chad Epperson said, "is a guy who helps your ballclub when he's in the lineup. He's our Varitek."

Game Story

West End Stadium - Ballpark of the Year

The award was given for design, site selection and fan amenities, the Drive announcer said during the ceremony. The award was presented by South Atlantic League President John Moss, deMaine said.

"It's validation of getting done a lot of hard work for us," deMaine said. And "it provides a venue for continued success."