Game #29 COL (16-13) vs. SWB (14-14)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Monday, May 7, 2012 | 2:05 PM

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS (16-13) vs. SWB YANKEES (14-14)

Game # 29 | Home # 19

COL- LH David Huff (0-1, 6.48) vs. SWB – LH Manny Banuelos (0-1, 6.00)

TODAY’S GAME…
The longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues as the Yankees welcome in the two time defending Triple-A “National Champion” Columbus Clippers into Frontier Field for a four game series.  Monday is game 11 (5-5) of an 18 game stretch where the Yankees are the designated “home team.”  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took three of four from LehighValley(4/26-4/29) to open the “home stand” before moving on to Rochesterand splitting a four game (2-2) series with the Red Wings.  SWB and Pawtucketplayed one game at Dwyer Stadium and one at Frontier Field completing a two game series (0-2) on Sunday.  After the four game run with Columbus, the Yankees will wrap up the 18 game “home” stretch with four against Durham (5/11 – 5/14).  The Yankees do not play another game as the road team until May 15th at Fifth Third Field inToledo.

YANKEES AND CLIPPERS…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA (fromColumbus) following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 20-19 advantage in head-to-head matchups withColumbus. The Yankees have a 8-12 record at PNC Field vs. the Clippers and over the same stretch are 12-7 on the Clippers home turf (6-5 at Huntington Park which opened in 2009).  The Yankees and Clippers met in the 2010 Governors’ Cup Playoffs in a series won by Columbus3-1.   All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 106-133 vs. the Clippers with a 48-72 record at PNC Field and a 58-61 mark inColumbus.

LIFE’S A GARDNER, DIG IT!…
Brett Gardner joins the Yankees for a two game rehab stint beginning on Monday night in Rochester.  The left fielder has been on the DL since April 18th with a strained right elbow.  If all goes well with his scheduled two game rehab stint with SWB he could rejoin the NY Yankees as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. With NY this season,Gardner is hitting .321 (9-28) with 5R, 2 2B, 3RBI, 5BB, 7K and 2SB.  His last extended stretch with SWB was in 2008 when he hit .296 (101-341) with 12 2B, 11 3B, 3HR and 32 RBI’s.  He stole 37 bases for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 46 attempts.

INSIDE THE STREAK…
The Yankees have lost four straight games, setting a new mark for the 2012 season. During the current four game slide, SWB is hitting .218 (29-133) as a team and has been outscored 23 to 11.  The Yankees had a stretch of 20.1 innings without scoring a run.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has left 34 runners on base in their last four games and are hitting .171 (6-35) with RISP.

HOME COOKING ON THE ROAD (FOR NOW)…
The Yankees are 10 games into a stretch of 18 straight games at “home” and during the first two months of the season are 36 of the first 56 games as the team batting last.  The Yankees are scheduled to play 18 of 29 on the road in June, 16 of 28 on the road in July and 20 of 32 on the road in August and September.

THE STARTER…
Manny Banuelos takes the mound Monday night for his fourth start of the season and his second of the season since coming off the DL…Banuelos was limited to 60 pitches in his start at Rochester on May 2nd…He threw 3.2 innings against the Red Wings allowing 2H with no walks and 5K’s, hitting 94 MPH on the Frontier Field radar gun on several occasions… Banuelos completed only 2.0 innings against the Bisons he last time out, throwing 74 pitches…He walked a career high six batters on the afternoon, setting a career high.  Banuelos had previously walked five batters on two occasions: July 17, 2011 vs. Double-A Redding and September 3, 2011 at Pawtucket…In his first start of the season April 8th at Syracuse the lefty allowed a career high 11H to the Chiefs allowing 4R (4ER) with 1BB and 2K in 3.1 innings of work…2012 is Banuelos’ first season starting at Triple-A…He was promoted to SWB in 2011 after making 20 starts at Double-A Trenton in 2011 posting a 4-5 record with a 3.59 ERA…Banuelos finished the 2011 season starting seven games for the Yankees going 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA.  In 34.1 IP he allowed 36H with 17R, 16ER, 19BB and 31K’s…Banuelos was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and entered the 2012 season as Baseball America’s #2 prospect (behind the traded Jesus Montero) and as the #2 left handed pitching prospect (behind Matt Moore of Tampa Bay) according to MLB.com

THE SKIPPER…
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 1,611-1,228 record, including a 496-387 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 $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 inSyracuse,NY, eight games at Coca-ColaPark in Allentown, PA seven games at Dwyer Stadium inBatavia,NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket,RI.

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