Yankees take wild card lead into Sunday afternoon’s finale with Syracuse

IN AS GOOD A POSITION AS ANY…
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are currently second in the International League North, behind the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Despite being 2.0 games behind the IL North leading IronPigs, the Yankees are still in a very good position to make the playoffs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre basically controls its own destiny with 31 of the remaining schedule being against IL North rivals. Of those 31 contests, 16 of them come against either the Pawtucket Red Sox or the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. As of today, the Yankees are the leaders in the International League Wild Card leading the Pawtucket Red Sox by 0.5 games. Heading into the series opener in Syracuse on Thursday night, the Yankees were four games out, but they picked up 1.5 games due to both Pawtucket and Lehigh Valley losing their games that night.

FOR THE FIRST TIME…
For the first time in the 2012 season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees hold sole possession of second place in the International League North, as well as sole possession of the wild card race. With last night’s victory and Pawtucket and Lehigh Valley losses, the Yankees picked up some serious ground in both races. Heading into the game, the Yankees trailed the PawSox by 0.5 games for the wild card spot, as well as Lehigh Valley by 3.0 games in the IL North race. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre picked up a game on the IronPigs and are now in sole possession of the wild card standings with a 0.5 game lead over the Red Sox. It is the first time Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has been in sole possession of second place in the IL North. Previously, the Yankees were tied for second in the North on two different occasions, May 1-2 and June 16-17.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

SYRACUSE (44-49)
#10 Cory Brown – CF
#20 Josh Johnson – 2B
#8 Jim Negrych – LF
#19 Jesus Valdez – RF
#24 Mark Teahen – 3B
#21 Carlos Rivero – SS
#25 Brett Carroll – DH
#14 Koyie Hill – C
#11 Seth Bynum – SS
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#23 Zach Duke – RHP

SWB YANKEES (51-43)
#7 Kevin Russo – CF
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#29 Jack Cust – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#55 Gustavo Molina – C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#12 Doug Bernier – 3B
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#25 John Maine – RHP

Umpires: HP – Kelvin Bultron, 1B – Sean Barber, 3B – Mark Lollo

Forecast from Weather.com: Widespread showers and thunderstorms developing around late afternoon. Mostly cloudy with temperatures steady near 80F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 85%.

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