Game #15 SWB Yankees (6-8) vs. Norfolk (5-10)

Dwyer Stadium, Batavia, NY | Friday, April 20, 2012 | 7:05 PM

       NORFOLK TIDES (5-10)



Game # 15 | Home #7

NOR – RH Jason Berken (0-0, 0.00) vs. SWB – RH Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 5.40)

 Friday night continues the stretch of 10 straight home games (3-3) for the Yankees and is the first of 7 home games (0-0) during the 2012 season the Yankees will play at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York. SWB opens up a four game set against the Norfolk Tides with a 7:05 PM first pitch. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre split a pair of games (1-1) with Syracuse at Alliance Bank Stadium winning the 2012 “home opener” on Saturday 6-3 before dropping Sunday’s wrap up game to the Chiefs 7-2.  The Yankees won the final two games of the four game “home” series with Rochester to even that series at two games a side.

Despite being in his first year the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise, Steve Pearce is making his presence known rather quickly. Since joining the Yankees, Pearce has been hitting an impressive .315, while homering twice and driving in seven in just 14 games. Perhaps the bigger of the two homers came last night in the series finale against the Rochester Red Wings. Pearce broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run blast off of Samuel Deduno. The Pearce homer proved to be enough for victory as the Yankees improved to 6-8 on the year with a 5-3 victory over the Red Wings..

SWB Yankees third baseman Brandon Laird was honored in a pregame ceremony at Frontier Field when he is presented with his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove ®.  Laird is one of nine minor league players in 2011 selected to receive the honor, one from each defensive position, for defensive excellence.  The award will be present to Laird on the field by Ray Jeffs from Rawlings and International League President Randy Mobley.  Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Connor will also be in attendance for Thursday’s game.  Laird and the other eight winners will each receive their own Rawlings Gold Glove ® Award modeled after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball’s top defenders.  In 2011 Laird had a .968 fielding percentage at third base in 104 games committing just eight errors in 247 total chances.

Ramon Ortiz gets the ball for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in tonight’s game against the Norfolk Tide. This will be just his second start on the bump for the Yankees. His one and only appearance this season came on April 15 in a loss againstSyracuse. The right-hander threw five innings allowing five runs on just three hits. He walked one and stuck out on in the appearance, however he did allow a home run off the bat of Tyler Moore in the top half of the second inning, giving the Chiefs the early 1-0 advantage.

Right hander Cody Eppley has been called up to New York by the Yankees and a familiar face to SWB Red Barons fans will fill his spot on the active roster (eventually).  The Yankees signed right handed pitcher Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal and have assigned him to the SWB Yankees roster.  Figueroa will begin his second stint with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (and his first with the Yankees) on the temporally inactive list.  In 2000 and 2001 he combined to go 8-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 21G (20 GS).  Figueroa was in spring training in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays appearing in two games with a 0-0 record and a 4.50 ERA. He is 120-80 in his minor league career with a 3.58 ERA and has a 20-35 record in the Major Leagues with a 4.55 ERA in parts of 10 different Major Leagues seasons with the Diamond Backs, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Mets and Astros.

Infielder Yadil Mujica has been sent to Double-A Trenton to allow the second year Yankees farm hand to get some more regular playing time and at bats.  Jayson Nix who began the season on the DL for SWB has been activated and will join the team inBatavia for the first game of the series against the Tides.  Nix spent time in Dunedin, Toronto and Las Vegas in the Blue Jays system in 2011 and has a career minor league average of .261 with 103 HR and 468 RBI’s in 911 career games

Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds an 20-19 advantage in head-to-head matchups with Norfolk. The Yankees have a 12-8 record at PNC Field vs. the Tides and over the same stretch are 8-11 at Harbor Park  in Norfolk. All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 126-111 vs. the Tides with a 76-46 record at home and 50-65 mark in Norfolk.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Manager Dave Miley picked up the 1,600th win of his minor league managerial career in the Yankees 7-2 win over Buffalo on April 12th.  Miley is in his seventh season as the manager of the Yankees Triple-A team, taking the helm as the manager of the Columbus Clippers in the Yankees final season inOhio’s capital city (2006). He has been the only manager the SWB Yankees have had in their six year history.  In 21 seasons managing in the minor leagues, Miley has compiled a 1,604-1,222 record, including a 488-381 mark leading the Yankees top affiliate. Miley has a posted a winning record in 18 of his 20 previous seasons as a minor league manager.

The Yankees will play the entire 2012 schedule on the road while their home stadium PNC Field is slated to undergo a $40 million renovation project.  SWB will play “home” games in six different venues during the 2012 season, with the majority of their games being played in upstate New York.  The Yankees will play 37 games at Frontier Field in Rochester,NY, 10 games at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY, eight games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA seven games at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

STARTING LINEUPS (*left hander / # switch hitter)

#2 Xavier Avery* – LF
#4 Matt Antonelli – 3B
#3 Ryan Adams – 2B
#24 Joe Mahoney* – 1B
#12 Luis Exposito – C
#33 Jamie Hoffman – RF
#20 Jai Miller – CF
#25 Scott Beerer – DH
#8 Steve Tolleson – SS

#47 Jason Berken (0-0, 0.00) RHP

#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#10 Dewayne Wise* – RF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#12 Doug Bernier – 2B

#35 Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 5.40) RHP

Umpires: HP – Toby Basner, 1B – Adam Hamari, 3B – Seth Buckminster

Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures falling into the low 60s. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Pregame Audio with International League President RANDY MOBLEY


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Very good interview with RANDY MOBLEY !

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