Game #27 PAW (17-12) vs. SWB (14-12)
Dwyer Stadium, Batavia, NY | Saturday, May 5, 2012 | 7:05 PM
PAWTUCKET RED SOX (17-12) vs. SWB YANKEES (14-12)
Game # 27 | Home # 17
PAW – RH Brandon Duckworth (3-0, 3.71) vs. SWB – RH Nelson Figueroa (1-0, 1.17)
Tonight continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number eight (5-3) of 18 straight games as the team batting last. The Yankees and Rochester Red Wings wrapped up a four game series (2-2) at Frontier Field Friday night. The Pawtucket Red Sox are next on the Yankees schedule with a single game at Dwyer Stadium tonight at 7:05 PM and then a single game on Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field (2:05 PM) with NY Yankee great Andy Pettitte slated to take the hill for SWB. The Yankees will continue the “home stand” in Rochester against Columbus (5/7 – 5/10) and the wrap up the 18 game “home” stretch with four against Durham (5/11 – 5/14). Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will not play another road game until May 15th at Fifth Third Field inToledo.
YANKEES AND PAW SOX…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 50-32 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 inPawtucket. Tonight will be the first time this season Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will be the “home team” against the Red Sox this season. All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 196-200 vs. the PawSox with a 85-112 mark as the road team and 111-88 as the home team.
Nelson Figueroa will make his second start for the Yankees in 2012 in the opening game of a short two game series withPawtucket. In his two appearances with the Yankees, Figueroa has compiled a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 1.17. New York signed the right hander to a minor league deal on April 19…He made his SWB Yankees debut on April 22 against Norfolk with 2.2 IP in relief allowing 2H and 2BB. This is Figueroa’s second stint with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise. In 2000 and 2001 with the SWB Red Barons 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 121-80 in his minor league career with a 3.57 ERA (1721.1 IP / 682ER)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.
THEY MEET AGAIN…
Brandon Duckworth and Nelson Figueroa will go toe to toe tonight on the bump for their respective teams. There is a good amount of history between tonight’s starters. In 2001, Duckworth and Figueroa both pitched for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. Duckworth went 13-2 with an ERA of 2.63, earning the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher and Rookie of the Year awards. In the same year, Figueroa was 4-2 with an ERA of 2.47 in 12 starts.
THE NEW GUY..
Joining the roster today from AA Trenton is Ronnier Mustelier. In 25 games with the Thunder Mustelier hit .353 with five homers and 20 RBI. His promotion came following an impressive 3-4 night where he roped a solo homer and scored three times. He was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on June 7, 2011. He made his professional debut with the GCL and Tampa Yankees, combining to hit .356, with 14 doubles, three homers and 27 RBI in just 36 games.
LAST STOP ON THE WAY BACK UP…
Andy Pettitte is slated to make what may be his final minor league “tune up” start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday afternoon against the Pawtucket Red Sox at Frontier Field in Rochester with a 2:05 PM first pitch. The game which was originally slated to be played in Batavia at Dwyer Stadium has been moved to Frontier Field due to the anticipated crowd response. Pettitte has made three official starts in his comeback to the Major Leagues with two coming for the Tampa Yankees (4/9 & 4/15) and one with the Trenton Thunder (4/25). He has also pitched in an extended spring training game on April 30th against Phillies minor leaguers inClearwater,Florida. Pettitte went 0-0 (2GS) with a 1.29 ERA in 7.0 IP withTampa and 0-0 (1GS) with a 5.40 ERA in 5.0 innings forTrenton.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Manager Dave Miley picked up the 1,600th win of his minor league managerial career in the Yankees 7-5 win over Buffalo on April 13th. 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 1,611-1,226 record, including a 496-385 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 DONE DEAL…
The Lackawanna County Stadium Authority voted (4-1) on Thursday, April 26th approving the sale of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to SWB Yankees LLC. The plan reconstruction to PNC Field for the 2013 season has already begun and major demolition of the stadium is currently underway. The updated price tag on the reconstruction project has been set at 43.3 million dollars.
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 $43.3 million renovation project. SWB will play “home” games in six different venues during the 2012 season. The Yankees will play 37 games at Frontier Field inRochester,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 inPawtucket, RI.
STARTING LINE UPS – May 5th (* Left hander / Switch hitter #)
#3 Nate Spears* – 3B
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#33 Daniel Nava# – LF
#26 Lars Anderson – 1B
#34 Mauro Gomez – DH
#7 Josh Kroeger – CF
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – RF
#23 Mike Rivera – C
#12 Jon Hee – 2B
#38 Brandon Duckworth – RHP
SWB YANKEES (14-12)
#7 Kevin Russo – 2B
#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – LF
#2 Ronnier Musteiler – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#1 Yadil Mujica – SS
#20 Nelson Figueroa – RHP
Umpires: HP – Gerard Ascani, 1B Jon Saphire, 3B Chad Whitson (CC)
Forecast from Weather.com: Mostly clear with temperatures falling into the mid 40s. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.
Pre Game Audio – NY Yankees Minor League Pitching CoordinatorNARDI CONTRERAS