ANOTHER BIG GAME…
As the Yankees great Yogi Berra once said “it’s deja vu all over again.” That applies to the fourth game of the five game four day series between the SWB Yankees and the Pawtucket Red Sox, who will once again play for the top spot in the IL North. The Yankees have a one game advantage heading into Thursday’s game with the Paw Sox right on the Yankees heels. SWB has spent the last eight days alone atop the IL North, its longest stretch since the 2010 season (which was also the last time that the Yankees won the division).
LAST TIME OUT…
The Yankees and Red Sox split Wednesday’s double header with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre winning the first game of the twin bill 5-1 behind the complete game effort of Ramon Ortiz. Ortiz threw 117 pitches in the win, setting the highest pitch count for any Yankees pitcher this season. Trailing 1-0, Melky Mesa tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI double off Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. Kosuke Fukudome delivered a two run single to give SWB its first lead at 3-1 in the same inning. All told the Yankees picked up five runs in the bottom of the fifth ininng off Matsuzaka in the game one win.
Game two of the DH was a rain shortened affair getting called after the top half of the fifth inning was played in a downpour at McCoy Stadium. The Yankees took a two game lead in the IL North into the second game but fell short to former Yankee and Red Baron Nelson Figueroa who picked up the win. Manny Delcarmen took the loss in the spot start for the Yankees allowing two runs in the first inning and three in the third. The Yankees had first and third with none out to open the top half of the fifth inning but could only manage one run.
BEST SINCE THE BREAK…
The Yankees headed into the All-Star Break with a 48-43 record and sat in third place in the IL North 4.0 games behind first place Lehigh Valley and 2.5 games behind second place Pawtucket…Since play resumed following the break, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Rochester have the best record amongst the teams in the North…The Yankees and Red Wings are each 21-13, Pawtucket is 18-16, Syracuse 17-18, Lehigh Valley 15-20 and Buffalo is 14-20…Including the completion of a suspended game at Syracuse from April 10th (completed on July 12th) since the ASB, the Yankees have picked up 7.0 games in the standings against the Iron Pigs and 3.5 games on Pawtucket.
SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #127 (“Home” #65) – vs. Pawtucket
STARTING LINEUPS (* left handed | #switch hitter)
PAWTUCKET RED SOX (69-57)
#11 Jason Repko – LF
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#17 J.C. Linares – RF
#34 Mauro Gomez – 1B
#7 Andy LaRoche – 3B
#2 Tony Thomas – DH
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – CF
#33 Dan Butler – C
#12 Jon Hee – 2B
#31 Tony Pena Jr. – RHP
SWB YANKEES (70-56)
#24 Chris Dickerson* – LF
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#8 Brandon Laird – DH
#44 Austin Romine – C
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#51 Melky Mesa – CF
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* – 1B
#19 Ramiro Pena# – 3B
#33 Justin Thomas – LHP
Umpires: HP – A.J. Johnson, 1B – Jeff Gosney, 3B – A.J. Johnson
Forecast from Weather.com: Clear with temperatures falling into the upper 60s. Winds light and variable.
August 16, 2012
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Nominated for “Golden Bobblehead” Award
SWB Yankees takeover of Tokach Field a finalist for “Best Charity Promotion or Event”
Moosic, PA – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Baseball has been named as one of six finalists for a “Golden Bobblehead” Award presented by Minor League Baseball for “Best Charity Promotion or Event” for the Yankees “Little League Takeover” at Plains Little League’s Tokach Field following a break in and arson at the facility.
The award will be presented at Minor League Baseball’s Promotional Seminar to be held in Reno, Nevada from October 2nd – 5th at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is one of six teams nominated in the “Best Charity Promotion or Event” that also includes another International League team; the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
“We are so proud and excited to be a chosen as a finalist for such a prestigious award. It’s a huge accomplishment for our entire organization given that we didn’t play a single game at ‘home’ this year,” said Katie Beekman, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Vice President of Marketing. “The opportunity to help the Plains Little League, rally the community and have a little bit of fun is really what the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Minor League Baseball are all about.”
The Yankees provided Tokach Field with all of the family fun and entertainment as if it were a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre home game. A special edition of “Play Ball!” the Yankees game day program was handed out and a national anthem performer and color guard set the scene for the game which also featured PNC Field P.A. announcer John Davies providing pre-game introductions. The Yankees number one fan CHAMP provided in game entertainment that included: in between innings skits, music, promotions and a hat giveaway.
More than 750 fans attended the event at Tokach Field to support the Plains Little League, making donations to the organization and showing their support. The event raised more than $4,000 to help rebuild the Tokach Field concession stand that was destroyed in the break in and arson.
Formerly known as the “Best of” Awards, the Golden Bobbleheads are exactly what they sound like: bobblehead dolls awash in gold paint. Attendees at the Minor League Baseball Promotion Seminar will vote for the winner in each category after the nominee describes why their promotion of event deserves recognition as the best promotion in the category.
DATE: August 15, 2012
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Yankees and Red Sox Split Double Header; SWB Remains One Game Up
Ramon Ortiz tosses complete game in game one with rain shortening game two to five innings
Pawtucket, RI – Entering play on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Pawtucket Red Sox were separated by one game in the IL North with the Yankees holding the advantage. Pawtucket had a chance to overtake Scranton/WB with a double header sweep but the Yankees put those aspirations to rest with a 5-1 win in game one. The Red Sox pulled back to within one game of SWB with a rained shortened 5-2, five inning win in the second game.
For the second consecutive night the Paw Sox jumped out in front early with Mauro Gomez getting in the middle of things for the Sox. Gomez led off the top of the second inning off Yankees starter Ramon Ortiz (WP, 11-5) with a double to left, moved to third on a fly ball to right field and with one out scored on Jason Repko’s sacrifice fly to left for a 1-0 Red Sox lead.
After struggling with Pawtucket starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (LP, 0-3) through the first four innings, picking up only a Francisco Cervelli single with two out in the second inning, the Yankees finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. SWB put the first two runners on base with a Matsuzaka walk to Ronnier Mustelier and Cervelli getting hit with a pitch. Melky Mesa doubled inside the bag at third scoring Mustelier from second to tie the game at 1-1. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took a 3-1 lead on a two RBI single to center from Kosuke Fukudome scoring Cervelli and Mesa. After a Chris Dickerson sac bunt was thrown away by Matsuzaka scoring the fourth run of the inning, Corban Joseph’s RBI single increased the SWB lead to 5-1.
Ortiz cruised after the second inning, not running into any difficulty until the top of the seventh when Pawtucket put two runners on base with two out. The right
hander would finish what he started completing the game on 117 pitches picking up his team leading 11th win of the season allowing six hits with one run, one walk and six strikeouts.
Game two of the twin bill saw the Red Sox jump out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off SWB starter Manny Delcarmen (LP, 3-5) picking up the first run of the night on a throwing error by the Yankees pitcher on a line drive that Delcarmen knocked down and overshot Fukudome at first base scoring Iglesias from first. Gomez made it 2-0 with a single to right field scoring Linares who ended up at third following the Delcarmen error.
The Paw Sox made it 5-0 in the third inning on a three run homer from Andy LaRoche in the third inning off Delcarmen. The Red Sox put the first two runners on base with a leadoff walk to Linares and a single from Gomez before LaRoche’s second homer of the series and 11th on the season.
The Yankees scored one in the fourth and one in the fifth inning off Pawtucket starter Nelson Figueroa (WP, 10-4) but could get no closer than three runs at 5-2. Ronnier Mustelier’s sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Kevin Russo who single and went to second on Dickerson’s one out double. In the fifth inning in a driving rain SWB scored a run on a double play ground ball off the bat of Darnell McDonald. Despite the driving rain the inning continued until the game became official after the top of the fifth, with the tarp being put on the field and the game delayed within seconds of the inning ending.
The series continues on Thursday night with the Yankees back to serving as the home team at McCoy Stadium. Left hander Justin Thomas (1-1, 3.38 ERA) gets the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while Pawtucket will send right hander Steven Wright (0-0, 3.60) to the mound. First pitch from McCoy Stadium is slated for 7:05 PM
FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE…
The Yankees and Red Sox will play two games from McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night and in the first game of the twin bill, first place in the IL North is at stake. If Scranton/Wilkes-Barre picks up the first game win, the Yankees lead will go from one game to two. If the Paw Sox win the opening game, the two teams will be in a dead heat at 69-56 and the North will be tied up for first time since August 4th.
SWB will send right hander Ramon Ortiz to the mound in game one while Pawtucket will send out Triple-A’s best paid right hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (who is actually on a Major League Rehab and therefore not actually on the Triple-A roster). In the second game of the DH it will be a former Red Sox going for the Yankees and a former Yankee getting the start for the Red Sox. SWB will send former Boston and Pawtucket Red Sox Manny Delcarmen to the mound for his second start of the season and his first since opening night at Lehigh Valley. Pawtucket counters with former SWB Yankee (and Red Baron) Nelson Figueroa.
BEST SINCE THE BREAK…
The Yankees headed into the All-Star Break with a 48-43 record and sat in third place in the IL North 4.0 games behind first place Lehigh Valley and 2.5 games behind second place Pawtucket. Since play resumed following the break, the Yankees have the best record of the team’s that held the top three spots in the IL heading into the break. The Iron Pigs have gone 14-20, the Red Sox 17-15 while the Yankees have posted a 21-12 record: a 7.5 game swing against LHV and a 3.5 game reversal against PAW.
In eight head-to-head matchups vs. Pawtucket in 2012 the Yankees are 2-6 and have been outscored 44-30…SWB is hitting .234 against the Paw Sox with a 5.14 ERA, while Pawtucket is hitting .280 against the Yankees with a 3.30 team ERA…Andy LaRoche’s Grand Slam allowed by John Maine is the second allowed by an SWB pitcher this season. Adam Warren gave up a slam to Lehigh Valley’s Tug Hullett on July 5th… Francisco Cervelli leads all IL hitters with 13 hit by pitch in 2012…With Tuesday’s loss, SWB starting pitchers are three games under .500 on the season at 35-38…Yankees relievers are 17 games over .500 at 34-17…
SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game # 125 & #126 (Home #64 & Road #62)
STARTING LINEUP – Game 1 (*left hander | #switch hitter)
PAWTUCKET RED SOX (68-56)
#15 Ryan Kalish* CF
#10 Jose Iglesias SS
#17 J.C. Linares DH
#34 Mauro Gomez 1B
#7 Andy LaRoche 3B
#11 Jason Repko LF
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin RF
#33 Dan Butler C
#12 Jon Hee 2B
#18 Daisuke Matsuzaka – RHP
SWB YANKEES (69-55)
#24 Chris Dickerson* RF
#1 Corban Joseph* 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#8 Brandon Laird 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* DH
#19 Ramiro Pena# SS
#35 Ramon Ortiz – RHP
UMPIRES: HP – Jeff Gosney, 1B Chris Ward (CC), 3B A.J. Johnson
WEATHER from weather.com: Showers and thunderstorms developing by 7pm. Cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 72F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%
DATE: August 14, 2012
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LaRoche Grand Slam Leads PawSox Over Yankees 9-7 in Series Opener
Pawtucket moves to within one game of the IL North lead with win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Pawtucket, RI – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees held a two game lead over the Pawtucket Red Sox heading into Tuesday night’s series opener. Andy LaRoche made sure he brought his Red Sox to within one game of the Yankees with a grand slam in the top half of the fourth inning, as Pawtucket took the opener by a score of 9-7 at McCoy Stadium.
The Pawtucket offense wasted no time getting started by jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. With one out in the inning Mauro Gomez provided some proof as to why he is one of the most dangerous hitters in the International League when he roped a two-run double, plating Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares. The Red Sox offense exploded for seven runs in the top half of the fourth, extending their lead to 9-0. Reynaldo Rodriguez started the rally with a double to center. Rodriguez then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field, Linares then chipped in with an RBI single, but the majority of the PawSox runs in the inning came off of a Andy LaRoche grand slam over the left field wall.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees responded with a five-run fourth to get within 9-5 of their International League foe. Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo roped back-to-back RBI singles for the first two runs of the inning. Then, with one out in the inning Corban Joseph crushed a double to right field, bringing home Darnell McDonald and Pena. Russo then came around to score from third on an Eduardo Nunez groundout to shortstop. The Yankees got their final two runs in the home half of the eight, beginning with PawSox reliever Daniel Bard issued a bases loaded walk to Corban Joseph allowing Kosuke Fukudome to score from third making it a 9-6 ballgame. Nunez then sent a sacrifice fly out to left field allowing McDonald to score from third and bring Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to within 9-7.
Veteran right-hander John Maine suffered the loss for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed nine runs on nine hits over four innings, while walking three and striking out two. Billy Buckner picked up the win for the PawSox allowing five runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out two over five innings on the bump.
The Yankees and PawSox continue a five game, four-day series with a double-header on Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the start for the PawSox in game one, while Ramon Ortiz heads to the hill for the Yankees. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has yet to name a game two starter, while Pawtucket will send former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee Nelson Figueroa to the mound in the second half of the twin bill. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 PM.
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August 10, 2012
Contact: Rob Crain, President and General Manager
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Baseball to Get New Nickname for 2013
Fans can vote for the new team name online from August 10th – 24th
Moosic, PA – With the return of Triple-A Baseball to Northeast Pennsylvania and the rebuilt PNC Field, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is looking for a new team nickname when the New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate takes the field for opening night on April 4, 2013 against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Beginning at 10:00 AM (EST) on Friday, August 10 and ending on August 24 at 11:59 PM (EST) fans can vote for their favorite choice online at www.swbyankees.com or by filling out a paper ballot in person at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Baseball’s front office located at 50 Glenmaura National Boulevard Suite 101 in Moosic. The team will announce the winning nickname in the coming months at a special event.
While the team will no longer be known as the Yankees, the strong relationship the team has forged with the New York Yankees as the Triple-A affiliate of the “Bronx Bombers” will not change. “The new nickname will give a feeling of local ownership while continuing our strong partnership as Triple-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees,” said Team President and General Manager Rob Crain.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Baseball Nickname Finalists
Blast – The Blast combines the over-the-top fun of MiLB with the tough miners who unearth coal to fuel America’s industrial revolution. It’s also the sound of the Yankees of tomorrow blasting home runs in front of a packed house at PNC Field.
Black Diamond Bears – Paying homage of the rich coal mining history of the SWB area combined with the ferociousness of the black bear, no one will want to mess with them on the field. The natural setting of PNC Field will be the perfect den for the Black Diamond Bears. Fireflies – Watch the Fireflies light up the night sky at PNC Field in 2013. The state insect of Pennsylvania is a sure sign of summer time in NEPA. Families will have a glowing good time at the ballpark! Porcupines –This tough as “Quills” animal is a renegade native to Northeast Pennsylvania. The fighting, resilient spirit of the porcupine is the same spirit indicative to our area. With Pulled Porky-Pine Sandwiches, fans are sure to enjoy the fun, creative nature that only Minor League Baseball can bring to the community.
RailRiders – All aboard! We’re not just blowing steam with this one. The SWB express isn’t your ordinary ride on the rails. We’ll be charting our own course as we speed our way into the minds and hearts of NEPA baseball fans. Kids can join the Lil’ Conductors Club or you can shop for your favorite team gear at the Station. Trolley Frogs –Known as the “Electric City,” Scranton is home of America’s very first electric trolley car. A trolley frog is not only a mechanical part of a trolley, it takes us into a creative world of frogs, lily pads and snapping tongues.
SWB Yankees infielder Doug Bernier, the founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com
Throughout his baseball career Doug Bernier has always had great coaches. Although he has been fortunate, he realizes some kids may not enjoy the same luxury. So, in order to help ensure everyone gets the opportunity to learn how to play the game the right way he and his wife developed a free instructional website known as www.ProBaseballInsider.com.
“I have been lucky to be around great coaches and great players who know the basics very well and not everyone has that opportunity,” Bernier said. “We kind of wanted to make it so that everyone can have that opportunity and see how different guys do certain things and why they do them.”
Bernier’s instructional philosophy is to break things down to their simplest form, which basically means to analyze a large group of players and see what they have in common.
“It usually goes back to being as simple as possible,” Bernier said.” For example with hitting, you talk to 10 different people and everyone has their own philosophies.”
The one thing he stresses the most is the point of contact in the batters box. There are many different swings, but the one thing Bernier noticed is their point of contact is strikingly similar.
“When you break it down to say something as small as the contact point of where you hit the baseball, all the good hitters roughly do the same thing at contact. But how they get to it is different,” Bernier said. “Some people have open stances; some people have their hands high, or whatever but it’s where they are at contact point that matters. There are little aspects like that in hitting and fielding and even pitching where some people may look a little different than others, but they are still doing things correctly.”
Bernier received proof to his theory when he was contacted by a high school players mother. The boy’s mother asked Bernier if there were any Major League players who don’t rotate their back foot and after some research and chats with teammates, Bernier came up with more than a few guys who do just that.
“She asked if there were any big league players who hit like that. I talked to a bunch of different guys and this is when Jayson Nix was in town, so I was asking him about it and I noticed sometimes Andruw Jones would do that,” Bernier said. “He had a couple other guys who he knows doesn’t rotate as well. One of them was actually Shelly Duncan who doesn’t always rotate, and even Joey Votto. So, I got some pictures to her and she wrote back and said the high school coach didn’t even know that and it was nice because now the player and the coach have a little more of an open discussion and now he lets him hit like that.”
Although Bernier started the website, there are many players who contribute. Among these players are Juan Pierre, Matt Treanor, Adam Warren, Kevin Russo, and D.J. Mitchell just to name a few.
“Matt Treanor has helped us out and he is the backup catcher in LA. Some guys who I have played with in the past have helped me out like Erik Kratz. Brian Fridays, Kevin Russo has helped out a lot, P.J. (Pilittere) has helped out a lot and even some of our pitchers like D.J. and Warren have helped out,” Bernier said. “We are still trying to build it and keep going. Hopefully if we can get enough professionals to help out that it will make the site more credible and people can see how they go about their work and how they craft their skill”
In addition to the numerous articles, blog posts and pictures Bernier and his wife have posted, they still have big plans for the future. These plans include video, as well as the possibility of a virtual baseball lesson.
“We want to start putting on video. Articles are great, but how many people actually want to sit there and just read all the time,” Bernier said. “Sometimes people learn better and some are more visual. I know myself, I would much rather see some video than read for a while. That’s something we are going to try and do during the offseason and make it a lot easier for someone to come to the site and access it much better.”
Although the main goal is to ultimately help baseball players everywhere, Bernier feels as if all the research and time he puts into this website really makes him a better baseball player as well.
“It’s good for me, because when I talk with kids and do some teaching I learn more about my game, sometimes it’s easy to overcomplicate things,” Bernier said. “Especially on a daily basis if things aren’t going well, you are trying so hard to get out of a slump or when you’re playing well trying to figure out exactly why you are doing so well. But sometimes when you go back and teach somebody some basics it really helps me learn as a baseball player.”
Bernier admits the attitude of his current coaching staff has really sparked him to give back to the game that has given him so much.
“I think that is what’s so cool about the game. I honestly feel like they really want to help us get to that next level and just to see that commitment and the way that they treat us it makes you want to help,” Bernier said of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre staff. “We really are fortunate, obviously we want to go to that next level in the big leagues, but when you look at it we really are fortunate to be where we are at and with the knowledge we have we should go out and help other people.”
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August 7, 2012
Contact: Rob Crain (570) 929-2255
SWB Yankees Placing 2013 Season Tickets on Sale
Prices lowered by 25% on nearly 3,000 seats; 90% of all season tickets $10 or less
Moosic, PA – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are taking the first step towards the return of the team to PNC Field for the 2013 season with the announcement of season ticket packages going on sale for current season ticket holders beginning today. Season ticket packages will be available for the public on Monday, September 10th.
The Yankees have lowered the price of season tickets 25% on nearly 3,000 fixed season tickets, with prices remaining the same on the remainder of lower bowl season tickets. 90% of all season tickets at PNC Field for the 2013 season will be priced at $10 or less. Season ticket packages start at only $35 per seat.
“I have never seen in my baseball career a club open a new ballpark and lower season ticket prices,” said SWB Yankees President and General Manager Rob Crain. “Our primary objective is to provide affordable, family fun entertainment and the pricing of our ticket packages accomplishes this goal.”
Current season ticket holders will be given first priority to renew their seats in the same or in a similar location. The deadline for current season ticket holders to renew seats in the same location as 2011 is Friday, August 31st. Current season ticket holders will also have the first option to upgrade their tickets to some of the new seating areas at the new PNC Field such as the Club seating area and 4Topps Tables.
The public can increase their chances in purchasing a 2013 season ticket package at PNC Field by signing up for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre season ticket wait list prior to packages going on sale. Interested parties can sign up for the wait list on line at www.swbyankees.com/waitlist. Signing up for the wait list will give the public the first opportunity to purchase tickets once they go on sale to the general public.
“This list gives our fans the opportunity to be at the front of the line when ticket packages go on sale September 10,” said Crain. “We have a limited supply of ticket packages and with our prices being so affordable, demand is at an all time high.”
With the purchase of 2013 SWB Yankees full season tickets, the Yankees will offer up to a five-year agreement where fans can lock in their price for the length of the agreement. Potential benefits of becoming a season ticket holder can include: batting practice on the field, personalized name plate on their seat, personalized jersey, special VIP events, ability to purchase New York Yankees tickets before the general public, behind the scenes tours of PNC Field and much more!
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE YANKEES 2013 SEASON TICKET PRICING
Full Season Pricing
4Topps Tables – $1,440
Club – $1,080
Infield Box – $720
Themed Bar – $720
Field Reserved – $576
Bleachers – $504
36 Game Package Options
Infield Box – $360
Themed Bar – $360
Field Reserved – $288
Bleacher – $252
18 Game Package Options
Infield Box – $180
Themed Bar – $180
Field Reserved – $144
Bleacher – $126
9 Game Package Options
Themed Bar – $99
Field Reserved – $81|
Bleacher – $63
5 Game Package Options
Field Reserved – $45
Bleacher – $35
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August 6, 2012
Baseball is Back! SWB Yankees Announce 2013 Schedule
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre opens reconstructed PNC Field on April 4th vs. Pawtucket
Moosic, PA – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will open up the 2013 season and the re-built PNC Field with seven straight games. Opening night 2013 is Thursday, April 4th with a 7:05 PM first pitch vs. the Pawtucket Red Sox; the triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Following the four game season opening series with the Red Sox, April 4th– 7th, the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins), will be in for three games, April 8th – 10th to complete the first home stand of the 2013 season.
“We cannot wait to share with our community the re-constructed PNC Field on April 4, 2013,” said Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees President and General Manager Rob Crain. “In only 239 days, SWB baseball fans will finally have baseball back and they will have the opportunity to watch the next Yankee greats in the most fan friendly venue in all of MiLB.”
Standard start times for the 2013 season are 6:35 PM for games Monday through Thursday and 7:05 PM for Friday and Saturday games in April and May. In June, July and August standard start times are 7:05 PM for Monday through Saturday games. All Sunday home games at PNC Field in 2013 will start at 1:05 PM.
Two dates have been set aside for the younger Yankees fans, with school days at PNC Field on Wednesday, April 24th and Wednesday, May 8th, both dates feature special start times of 10:35 AM. There will also be a pair of weekday day games with 12:05 PM start times on Tuesday July 9th and Wednesday July 24th.
Rivalry games fill a big portion of the 2013 schedule as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will play a total of 24 games against three of their biggest rivals. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will host the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Philadelphia Phillies), at PNC Field with games on July 6th and 7th, August 3rd and 4th, August 17th and 18th, and August 28th and 29th.
The Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) make two appearances at PNC Field in 2013: the opening series of the season April 4th through 7th and August 21st – 24th.
The New York Mets top affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons and the Yankees will play Triple-A’s version of the “Subway Series” over the Bisons three 2013 trips to Northeast Pennsylvania. Scranton/Wilkes will host the Buffalo on June 8th through June 11th, July 4th and 5th, and August 10th and 11th.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will release the promotional calendar including, fireworks dates, giveaway dates and theme nights for the 2013 season at PNC Field at a later date.
PNC Field Seat Sale to be held Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM
3,500 to 4,000 stadium seats available for purchase in quantities of four
Moosic, PA – Seats from PNC Field will be available for purchase on Saturday, August 4, at the ballpark from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There are 3,500 to 4,000 seats available, which will be sold as is in quantities of four for $25 per seat. Saturday’s sale will take place rain or shine.
The seat sale will take place behind the trolley depot in the side parking lot at PNC Field. Interested parties in the stadium seats can enter the stadium using the original “media entrance” located off Montage Mountain Road, the first stadium entrance to the east of Glenmaura National Boulevard.
Payment for purchased seats can be made with cash, checks or money orders. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority.”
No storage space or area will be available for purchased seats. Once parties pay for the seats and sign the indemnification agreement, the seats are theirs to take away. Parties are reminded to bring the proper vehicles and equipment to remove the seats.