Game #17 SWB Yankees (8-8) @ Pawtucket (14-5)

McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, RI | Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 6:15 PM

   SWB YANKEES (8-8)

@

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (14-5)

Game # 17 | Road # 9

SWB – RH D.J. Mitchell (2-0, 2.12) vs. PAW – RH Brandon Duckworth (3-0, 2.55)

TONIGHT’S GAME…
Tuesday night opens up a quick two game series and road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox (14-5), who have the best record in the IL out of the gate…Scranton/Wilkes Barre, will move on from Pawtucket for a “home” series over the weekend with four games vs. Lehigh Valley (11-7) Thursday – Sunday before the teams first scheduled off day of the season on April 30th…The Yankees finished up their first “home stand” of the season with a 5-3 record with games against Syracuse (1-1), Rochester (2-2) and Norfolk (2-0).

COMEBACK KIDS…
The Yankees 6-5 come from behind win on Sunday afternoon was the fourth time on the 2012 season and the second straight game against Norfolk that the team has overcome a deficit.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came from two runs down on two different occasions on Friday night before taking the lead for good in the eighth inning in a 6-4 win and spotted the Tides a three run advantage on two different occasions before tying the game in the seventh and taking the lead in the eighth.

SEVEN UP…
Steve Pearce carries a SWB season best seven game hit streak into the opening game of the four game set withPawtucket on Tuesday night. In his last seven games Pearce is hitting .480 (12-25) with 5R, 5 2B, HR, 7RBI, 2BB (1 IBB), 3K, CS.

THE STARTER…
D.J. Mitchell looks to stay undefeated making his fourth start of the season in the opening game of a quick two game series at Pawtucket…Mitchell was dominant in his most recent start against Rochester on April 18th tossing 8.0 shutout innings allowing just 2H and 1BB with 7K’s in his “home” start against the Red Wings…It was the second time that Mitchell had put up scoreless innings in a start this season. Mitchell limited the Syracuse Chiefs to 1H and 0R over 5.0 innings with 1BB and 4K’s on 61 pitches in his opening start of 2012…In his second start of the year at Buffalo, the right hander allowed 5H and 4ER over 4.0 innings of work. Mitchell faced two batters in the Bisons fifth inning before giving way to Chase Whitley…Mitchell led the SWB staff in 2011 with 13 wins, 112K’s and a 3.18 ERA….He also led the IL with two shutouts and was tied for first with Zach McAlister of Columbus with three complete games…A converted outfielder while at Clemson University in 2007 Mitchell was an eighth round selection of the Yankees in 2008…The right hander battled for a relief spot on the NY opening day roster putting up solid spring training numbers for the big league club posting a 2-1 record with a 2.60 ERA in seven relief appearances…Mitchell allowed 12H and 5ER in 17.1 spring training innings with 9BB, 13K’s and a .200 average against.

COMINGS AND GOINGS…
The Yankees are expected to add RHP Adam Miller to the active roster prior to the series opening game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.  Miller, a former supplemental first round selection (31st overall) of the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 First Year Player Draft began the season on the DL.  Miller signed with the Yankees as a minor league free agent on January 4, 2012.  The right hander has battled injury problems over his career missing two complete seasons (2009 and 2010) after multiple surgeries on his right middle finger (pitching hand) in 2009.

YANKEES AND RED SOX…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 49-31 advantage in head-to-head matchups withPawtucket. The Yankees have a 25-15 record at PNC Field vs. the Red Sox and over the same stretch are 24-16 at McCoy Stadium, although the teams have split the 16 games inPawtucketin each of the last two seasons. All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 196-200 vs. the Red Sox with a 111-88 record at home and 85-112 mark inPawtucket.

THE FIFTH TWO-TIMER…
When Nelson Figueroa took the hill for the Yankees in Sunday’s game vs. Norfolk he became the fifth player to have taken the field for both the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  Figueroa joined (in alphabetical order): Eric Burke, Angel Chavez, Dan Giese, and Eric Junge as players who played for both incarnations of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre baseball.

THE SKIPPER…
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 in Ohio’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 1,606-1,222 record, including a 490-381 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.

A SEASON UNLIKE ANY OTHER…
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 (* LH / # SH)

SWB YANKEES (8-8)
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#5 Jayson Nix – 3B
#10 Dewayne Wise* – CF
#25 Steve Pearce – LF
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#19 Ramiro Pena# – 2B
#12 Doug Bernier – SS

#21 D.J. Mitchell (2-0, 2.12) RHP

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (14-5)
#33 Daniel Nava# – DH
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#36 Ryan Lavarnway – C
#34 Mauro Gomez – 1B
#16 Will Middlebrooks – 3B
#7 Josh Kroeger* – RF
#29 Alex Hassan – LF
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – CF
#2 Tony Thomas – 2B

#38 Brandon Duckworth (3-0, 2.55) RHP

Umpires: HP – Jeff Gosney, 1B – A.J. Johnson, 3B – Chris Ward

Weather: Rain showers developing by late evening. Partly cloudy and windy. Temperatures steady in the low 50s. Winds S at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 45%.

PRE GAME AUDIO: PAWTUCKET RADIO BROADCASTER STEVE HYDER

 

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