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Yankees look to bounce back after last night’s tough loss

SWB Yankees Game Notes for August 3rd vs. Indianapolis Indians

8-3 Notes

NO MARGIN FOR ERROR…
With both the Yankees and Pawtucket Red Sox losing on Thursday, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre remains in a tie for first and a tie for the IL Wild Card lead but the gap is tight. Lehigh Valley beat Pawtucket picking up a come from behind 2-1 win moving to within one half game of the lead in both races. The Iron Pigs and Paw Sox open a four game series at McCoy Stadium on Friday, so even with wins over Indy in the remaining three games of the current series and Monday’s opening game of a four game series at the visitors in Frontier Field against Rochester, the Yankees can only gain ground in the standing against one of their two competitors in the North.

AN INDIANS HIT PARADE…
The 21 hits by Indianapolis on Thursday night set a season high for the most allowed by Yankees pitching in a single game. The previous high mark was 18 by the Charlotte Knights on July 18th in a game at Frontier Field. The seven hits by the Indians in the ninth tied the season high for most hits in an inning first set on June 21st at Louisville. The six runs (all earned) scored off SWB reliever Juan Cedeno also set a season highs besting the five total runs allowed (several SWB relievers) and five earned runs, set by Mike O’Connor at Norfolk in the second game of a double header on June 2nd.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (69-44)
#2 Chase D’Arnaud – SS
#18 Jose Tabata – CF
#52 Matt Hague – 3B
#14 Jeff Clement* – 1B
#26 Yamaico Navarro – DH
#25 Brandon Boggs# – RF
#19 Tony Sanchez – C
#50 Eric Fryer – LF
#12 Anderson Hernandez# – 2B
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#31 Jeff Locke– LHP

SWB YANKEES (61-50)
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#51 Melky Mesa – CF
#5 Darnell McDonald – DH
#17 Cole Garner – RF
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#45 Mike O’Connor – LHP

Umpires: HP – A.J. Johnson, 1B – Jeff Gosney, 3B – Chris Ward
Forecast from Weather.com: Mostly clear with temperatures falling into the low 70s. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Game #111 – IND 13 – SWB 1

DATE: August 2, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Powerful Offense Leads Indians to 13-1 Victory over Yankees
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre surrenders a season high 21 hits in series opening loss to Indianapolis 

Rochester, NY – Heading into Thursday night’s series opening game the Indianapolis Indians had the best record in the International League. Led by a four-run fifth inning and a season high 21 hits, they proved their worthiness with a 13-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.

Despite ultimately dropping the contest, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. With two outs and nobody on Eduardo Nunez crushed his first home of the season for the Yankees when he took Daniel Cabrera deep over the left field wall. However, the Indians knotted the score at 1-1 in the visiting half of the fourth when Yamaico Navarro sent an RBI single into centerfield.

The Indianapolis offense exploded for four runs in the top half of the fifth. Chase d’Arnaud started the rally with an RBI single to center giving the Indians the 2-1 advantage, but they were far from done in the inning. Jose Tabata then found the right-centerfield gap with for a two-RBI double with still no outs in the inning. Matt Hague capped the Indianapolis scoring spree when he hit Adam Warren on a comebacker. Nunez picked up the ball and fired to first for the out, but not before Tabata scored from third to make it a 5-1 ball game after 4 ½ innings.

Indianapolis added an insurance run in the top half of the sixth on a Christian Marrero solo homer off of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Chase Whitley. Following Marrero’s fifth homer of the year the Indians lead reached 6-1. Brandon Boggs added an RBI double in the top half of the eighth to give the Indians the 7-1 lead. The Indians added six more runs in the top of the eighth to take a 13-1 lead, where it would stay.

Adam Warren suffered the loss for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander allowed five runs on nine hits over five innings. He did strike out one and walk none, while falling to 6-7 on the season. Cabrera picked up the win for the Indians, improving to an even 5-5 with Indianapolis this season. He allowed just one run on four hits over six innings on the bump. He struck out five and walked one. Daniel McCutchen got the rare three inning save in relief for the Indians.

The Yankees and the Indians take the diamond for game two of a four game series at Frontier Field on Friday evening at 7:05. Southpaw Mike O’Connor takes the ball for the Yankees, while fellow lefty Jeff Locke gets the nod for the Indians. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Melky makes his Triple-A debut as the Yankees welcome the Indians

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #111 (“Home” #59) vs. Indianapolis

8-2 Notes

THE STARTER…
Adam Warren makes his second start of the season against Indianapolis in the opening game of the four game series with the Indians…Warren evened his mark at 6-6 with a win in his last start against Charlotte at Knights Stadium on July 27th…The right hander allowed five hits and three runs over 6.0 innings to beat the Knights for the first time in two starts this season…Over his last three starts covering 17.2 IP, he has struck out 16 opposing hitters…On the season Warren is 6-6 with a 3.69 ERA, second among SWB starters behind Ramon Ortiz’s 3.16 ERA…Earlier in 2012 Warren made his MLB debut with New York earlier this season on June 29th vs. the Chicago White Sox at Yankee stadium tossing 2.1 innings allowing 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2HR, with 2BB and 1K…The right hander threw a complete game, five hit shutout in the first game of a DH at Norfolk on June 3rd, beginning a stretch of 16.0 consecutive shutout innings (6/4 – 6/14), which has been the longest streak for any SWB pitcher this season…A fourth round draft choice in the 2009 First Year Player Draft from the University of North Carolina, Warren became the first player from the ’09 draft class to appear at Triple-A in 2011, going 6-8 with a 3.60 ERA in 27 starts for SWB.

WHO’S IN FIRST?…
Technically the Yankees who moved backed into a first place tie with Pawtucket following Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s off day on Wednesday, which was a game day and a 3-2, 10 inning loss for the Paw Sox at Lehigh Valley. SWB has one fewer win than the Red Sox but also one fewer loss and “lead” the IL North by 1/100th of a percentage point. The Red Sox jumped back into first by a half game with their 4-2 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night, marking the eighth time that the IL North lead changed hands from July 20th to the end of the month.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (68-44)
#2 Chase D’Arnaud – SS
#18 Jose Tabata – CF
#52 Matt Hague – 1B
#14 Jeff Clement* – DH
#26 Yamaico Navarro – 3B
#25 Brandon Boggs# – RF
#3 Christian Marrero* – LF
#24 Jose Morales# – C
#12 Anderson Hernandez# – 2B
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#35 Daniel Cabrera – RHP

SWB YANKEES (61-49)
#24 Chris Dickerson – DH
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#51 Melky Mesa – CF
#21 Kosuke Fukudome – 1B
#5 Darnell McDonald – RF
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#28 Adam Warren – RHP

Umpires: HP – Chris Ward, 1B – A.J. Johnson, 3B – Jeff Gosney
Forecast from Weather.com: Decreasing cloudiness with temperatures falling to the low 70s. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Game #110 – PAW 4 – SWB 2

DATE: July 31, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PawSox Strike Back with 4-2 Win in Series Finale
Jason Repko’s two-run blast in 2nd proves to be enough to put Pawtucket back atop the IL North 

Rochester, NY – The International League North race is becoming a three horse race between Pawtucket, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Lehigh Valley. The Pawtucket Red Sox regained the division’s top spot with a 4-2 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday night at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.

Mauro Gomez put Pawtucket on the board in the top half of the first with an RBI single to left field. Repko scored easily from second after being hit by a pitch to lead off the game. Gomez’s 61st RBI of the season gave the PawSox a 1-0 advantage heading into the home half of the first.

Jason Repko then extended the lead to 3-1 with a two-run blast into the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen in the top half of the second. Jonathan Hee made the trot around the bases on Repko’s 6th homer of the season after reaching on an infield single earlier in the inning. The home run proved to be the difference in the ballgame as the Yankees scored two runs.

The Yankees got one back in the bottom half of the fifth when Darnell McDonald crushed a solo homer way over the centerfield fence. It was McDonald’s first homer and RBI as a member of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Andy LaRoche provided Pawtucket with an insurance run in the top half of the sixth with an RBI double to left-centerfield, making it a 4-1 Pawtucket lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre cut the Pawtucket lead in half when Eduardo Nunez roped a double off the left-centerfield field wall, then advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on yet another passed ball. However, 4-2 was as close as the Yankees would come as they failed to get any closer in the contest.

Ortiz suffered the loss for the Yankees, falling to 9-4 on the season. The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings on the mound, He stuck out two and walked two. Justin Thomas tossed two innings of shutout ball in relief of Ortiz, while striking out three Pawtucket hitters. Stewart earned the win tossing five innings allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out eight. With the win he improved to 2-2 on the season. Chris Carpenter picked up his 2nd save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

With the loss the Yankees are again 0.5 games out of the International League North Division. However, they still hold a 2.0 game lead over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the wildcard race. The Yankees get the day off on Wednesday before beginning a four game home series against the Indianapolis Indians at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. Adam Warren (6-6, 3.69) is scheduled to make the start for the Yankees, while fellow righty Daniel Cabrera (4-5, 4.37) gets the nod for the Indians. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Waiting for the storm to pass before the series finale with the PawSox

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #110 (“Home” #58) vs. Pawtucket

7-31 Notes

WHO’S IN FIRST?…
With the Yankees 2-1 win over the Paw Sox, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre regained first place in the IL North moving one half game back in front of Pawtucket…The change in atop the IL North marks the seventh different time in the last 11 games that the two teams have changed positions between first and second place…The Yankees took over first place for the first time in 2012 on July 21st, before losing the lead on July 23rd. SWB regained the lead on July 24th, dropped to second on July 25th, moved back to first on July 26th and held the top spot until losing to Pawtucket on July 29th. The Yankees are back in first with Monday’s win.

SEVEN UP…
Chris Dickerson extended his current hit streak to seven games picking up a bunt single in his first at bat against Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka leading off the first inning. During his streak Dickerson is hitting .400 (12-30), with 8R, 2B, 3B, 3HR, 6RBI, 4BB, 4K, SF, 2SB, CS and a GIDP. He has raised his average from .278 to .299 during the current run.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (61-49)
#11 Jason Repko LF
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#36 Ryan Lavarnway – C
#34 Mauro Gomez – DH
#17 J.C. Linares – LF
#7 Andy LaRoche – 3B
#3 Nate Spears – 2B
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – RF
#12 Jon Hee – 2B
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#18 Zach Stewart – RHP

SWB YANKEES (61-48)
#24 Chris Dickerson* – CF
#1 Corban Joseph* 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#29 Jack Cust – DH
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#5 Darnell McDonald – RF
#12 Doug Bernier – 1B
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#35 Ramon Ortiz – RHP

Umpires: HP – Mark Lollo, 1B Sean Barber, 3B Kelvin Bultron
Forecast from Weather.com: Showers and thunderstorms ending around 9pm. Decreasing cloudiness with temperatures reaching the low 70s. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Game #109 – SWB 2 – PAW 1

DATE: July 30, 2012

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Maine Leads Yankees to 2-1 Victory over PawSox
Kosuke Fukudome’s RBI single propels Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by Pawtucket in series opener

Rochester, NY – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees trailed the Pawtucket Red Sox by just 0.5 games heading into Monday night’s series opener. John Maine was as good as he’s ever been leading the Yankees past the PawSox and back into the International League North’s top slot with a 2-1 win.

Kosuke Fukudome proved to be the difference maker in the ball game with an RBI single to left field in the home half of the sixth off of former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee and Red Baron Nelson Figueroa. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added a huge insurance run in the bottom half of the ninth when Eduardo Nunez scored from third on a long fly ball to right field. Prior to scoring Nunez roped a single to left field, stole second and then advanced to third when Ryan Lavarnway’s throw went sailing into centerfield.

The PawSox picked up a run in the bottom of the ninth on a fielders choice off the bat of Ryan Kalish to bring the Red Sox within 2-1. However, the rally was too little too late as Jose Iglesias grounded into a double play ending the game.

Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed 2.1 innings of shutout baseball in a rehab appearance with the PawSox. He allowed just four hits, while striking out three and walking one in the outing.

Maine got the win improving to 5-3 on the season after tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just one hit, while walking one and striking out two. Ryota Igarashi picked up his sixth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Figueroa fell to 1-1 with the Red Sox as he allowed the Fukudome single in the sixth. He allowed one run on three hits, while walking one and striking out one. Cory Wade tossed a scoreless eighth in relief of Maine.

The PawSox and Yankees continue a short two game series at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM. Ramon Ortiz (9-3, 3.10) gets the nod for the Yankees, while fellow right-hander Zach Stewart gets the ball for Pawtucket. With Monday’s win Scranton/Wilkes-Barre now holds a 0.5 game lead in the International League North division. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Game #99 – SWB 2 – CHA 0

DATE: July 19, 2012

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Yankees Earn Shutout 2-0 Win Over Knights in Series Finale
Brandon Laird RBI single proves to be the difference in Yankee victory on Thursday afternoon

Rochester, NY – Sometimes hustle plays go a long way to determining the outcome of a ballgame. Chris Dickerson proved this theory when he hustled to second ahead of a throw in what looked to be a routine double play. Dickerson kept the inning alive and scored later in the inning proving to be the difference in the Yankees 2-0 victory in the series finale of a four game series with the Charlotte Knights at Frontier Field on Thursday afternoon

The Yankees took a 1-0 advantage in home half of the third thanks to some timely hitting and superior hustle from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre centerfielder Dickerson. Francisco Cervelli bounced a grounder to shortstop, which looked as if it would be a sure double play. However, Dickerson hustled into second ahead of the throw to keep the inning alive. Brandon Laird then brought Dickerson home with a line drive RBI single to left. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added another run in the top half of the fifth when Corban Joseph sent a sacrifice fly out to right field, plating Dickerson from third and extending the Yankee lead to 2-0.

Matt Zaleski suffered the loss for Charlotte allowing two runs on eight hits, while walking four and striking out four over five innings on the mound for the Knights. D.J. Mitchell picked up the win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in relief of spot starter Mike O’Connor. Mitchell tossed 5.0 innings of shutout baseball allowing just four hits, while striking out five and walking one. O’Connor tossed four terrific innings in a rare start, allowing just three hits and striking out five. With the victory the Yankees and Knights split the first series of the year.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre travels to Gwinnett, Georgia early tomorrow morning to begin a four game series against the Braves at Coolray Field. Right-hander John Maine (3-3, 6.28) gets the nod for the Yankees, while Jose Lugo (2-5, 5.02) heads to the hill for the Braves. In the only previous meeting with Atlanta’s triple-A affiliate the Yankees completed a four game sweep as the home team at Frontier Field. Following the series with the Braves the Yankees continue their southern road trip with four games against the Charlotte Knights at Knights Stadium. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Yankees and O’Connor wrap up the homestand with some afternoon baseball

A NEW FACE ON THE PITCHING STAFF…
Danny Farquhar joins the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster as a recent call up from Double-A Trenton. Farqhar was picked up off of waivers after being designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics on June 26th. He was outrighted by the Yankees on July 1st and joined the Thunder where he appeared in six games with a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA with four saves. Originally a 10th round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2008 First Year Player Draft, Farquhar made his MLB debut with the Blue Jays appearing in two games in 2011. He began the season in Double-A New Hampshire (0-1-1, 2.97) with Toronto and was with Triple-A Sacramento (1-2-0, 10.13) in the Oakland system when picked up by New York

BACK FROM THE BRONX…
D.J. Mitchell returns to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster after a stint with the parent club in New York. In his most recent stay with the New York Yankees, Mitchell appeared in two games on 7/7 and 7/15. On July 7th Mitchell tossed one inning of relief against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He allowed just one hit and struck out one in the appearance. His most recent appearance with New York came on July 15th against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mitchell surrendered one run/earned run in one inning on the bump. In four appearances so far this season for New York Mitchell has a record of 0-0 with an ERA of 3.86 over 4.2 innings. The right-hander allowed two hits, one of which was a home run, while walking two. Mitchell has not appeared in a game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since June 26th where he earned the no decision against the Gwinnett Braves in a home game at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

CHARLOTTE (54-43)
#3 Tyler Kuhn* – LF
#7 Drew Garcia# – 2B
#24 Dan Johnson* – 1B
#23 Hector Gimenez# – C
#8 Dallas McPherson* – DH
#15 Jeff Baisley – 3B
#13 Ray Olmedo# – SS
#10 Jim Gallagher* – CF
#6 Justin Greene – CF
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#22 Matt Zaleski – RHP

SWB YANKEES (53-43)
#24 Chris Dickerson* – CF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#8 Brandon Laird – DH
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* – RF
#17 Cole Garner – LF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#12 Doug Bernier– 3B
#30 Matt Antonelli – 1B

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#45 Mike O’Connor – LHP

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

Forecast from Weather.com: Rain showers developing around late afternoon. Becoming mostly cloudy with temperatures steady in the upper 70s. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Game #98 – CHA 9 – SWB 2

DATE: July 18, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Knights Comeback Again to Beat Yankees 9-3
McPherson homer in the seventh leads Charlotte Past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Rochester, NY – Dallas McPherson drove in four runs, including a two-run homer to lead the Charlotte Knights past the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 8-3 in game three of a four game series at Frontier Field Wednesday night. Eight of the nine hitters in the Charlotte lineup recorded a hit on the night.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the home half of the first. Corban Joseph started the Yankee rally with an RBI double to right field, which scored Chris Dickerson for the first run of the inning. Later in the inning, Francisco Cervelli and Cole Garner drew back-to-back walks issued by Charlotte starting pitcher Scott Carroll, completing the Yankees three-run first inning.

Charlotte began its comeback in the top half of the second inning on a Jim Gallagher RBI single to right field. Tyler Kuhn then brought the Knights to within 3-2 with a solo home run to right field. Later in the fifth Drew Garcia scored from third on a Conor Jackson sacrifice fly to center completing the comeback and knotting the score at 3-3.

The Knights weren’t done there as they took the lead with a three run seventh inning. With one out in the inning, Jackson roped a double to left-center and McPherson homered to centerfield off of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Chase Whitley to give the Knights the 6-3 advantage after 6 2/3 innings. Charlotte added two more runs in the top half of the eighth off of Yankee reliever Preston Claiborne. McPherson roped a two-RBI single right back up the middle completing the Knights scoring in the eighth and extending their lead to 8-3. The Knights final run of the night came on a Josh Phegley ground out to third, which scored Dan Johnson from third.

Whitley suffered the loss for the Yankees falling to 6-5 on the season. The young right-hander tossed one inning in relief of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Nelson Figueroa, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out two batters. Figueroa got the no decision, allowing three runs on 10 hits over six innings. The veteran right-hander struck out one and walked one. Brandon Kloess picked up the win for the Knights in relief of Carroll.

The Yankees and Knights conclude a four game series tomorrow afternoon at 12:00. Mike O’Connor gets the spot start for the Yankees to replace the recently called up David Phelps, while Matt Zaleski gets the nod for the Knights in the series finale.

Yankees continue homestand in Rochester, Figueroa looks for team best 8th win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Game Notes 7/18

7-18 Notes

OPPORTUNITY MISSED…
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre missed out on an opportunity to move into a first place tie in the IL North with Tuesday’s loss to Charlotte. SWB’s last day in first place in the IL North was May 16, 2011. The Yankees, who held a 4-2 lead heading to the eighth inning would have pulled even with Lehigh Valley, who lost to Durham 8-6 on Tuesday night. With the SWB loss, coupled with a Pawtucket win over Syracuse, the Yankees dropped from second to third in the North and remain one game out of first place.

A RARE LATE INNING SURRENDER…
Charlotte came back on the Yankees Tuesday night with two in the eighth inning to tie the game and one in the ninth to secure a come from behind 5-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was just the third time in 44 games that the Yankees failed to close out a game when leading after seven innings.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

CHARLOTTE (55-43)
#3 Tyler Kuhn* – LF
#7 Drew Garcia# – 2B
#24 Dan Johnson* – 1B
#36 Conor Jackson – RF
#8 Dallas McPherson* – DH
#15 Jeff Baisley – 3B
#4 Josh Phegley – C
#10 Jim Gallagher* – CF
#13 Ray Olmedo# – SS
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#26 Scott Carroll – RHP

SWB YANKEES (53-44)
#24 Chris Dickerson* – CF
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* – RF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#17 Cole Garner – LF
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
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#20 Nelson Figueroa – RHP

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

Forecast from Weather.com: Mostly clear with temperatures falling into the low 70s. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

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