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SWB Yankees and Rochester Red Wings Team up for HOPE Week

Yankees and Red Wings Join Forces for HOPE Week

International League Rivals team up for charitable events during the day before facing off on the field at night

ROCHESTER, NY – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Rochester Red Wings have shared the Red Wings home stadium of Frontier Field during the 2012 season with the Yankees spending their entire season playing outside of Northeast Pennsylvania while their home stadium undergoes $43.3 million worth of renovations.

On August 8th and 9th, the Yankees and the Red Wings will join forces during HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel).  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Rochester will host Challenger Little League Teams on August 8thfrom Greece and Fairport, with players from both teams as well as the coaching staffs from the Yankees and Red Wings providing assistance to the athletes competing in a special game at Frontier Field.

On August 9th, Yankees and Red Wings players will host a pair of baseball clinics for the Rochester Boys and Girls Club and Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball, teaching baseball fundamentals to both groups.  Following each of the events all of the participants will have the opportunity to have lunch with players and coaches from both teams and get autographs from their favorite Yankees and Red Wings.  “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester is honored to be part of Hope Week,” said Dwayne Mahoney, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester.  “The opportunity for our club members to meet members of the Rochester Red Wings and Yankees is a dream come true.  They also will learn about the importance of  giving back to their community as they participate and witness the many volunteer efforts associated with Hope Week.”

HOPE Week was introduced in 2009 by the New York Yankees and is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. The model was expanded in 2012 to include each of the Yankees five minor league affiliates to reach out to individuals, families and organizations worthy of support with a day celebrating their accomplishments.

“As an organization, we have seen firsthand the positive impact HOPE Week has made in our community,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.  “We’ve found that giving back is contagious.  One of the goals of the initiative has been to inspire others to follow in our footsteps, and I’m proud that our affiliates are expanding this tradition by joining our efforts.”

In 2011, the Minnesota Twins became the second Major League organization to begin annual HOPE Week events.  The unique situation of the 2012 season, with Rochester hosting the Yankees for 38 games at Frontier Field, provided a great opportunity for the Red Wings to participate in the annual event.

“Baseball has a vibrant role in the community beyond just the playing of games, whether it’s Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball, and the Twins are excited to see Hope Week extend to our affiliate in Rochester,” said Twins General Manager Terry Ryan.  “We applaud the Red Wings’ efforts as goodwill ambassadors to provide hope and encouragement in their community.”

The HOPE Week events at Frontier Field will certainly be one of the most unique events in all of minor league baseball during the 2012 season. The Yankees and Red Wings will set aside their rivalry on the field during the day to host the HOPE Week events during the day before playing the third and fourth games of a four game series with 7:05 PM scheduled pitches each night. 

“In this truly unique season at Frontier Field we are proud to be able to join forces with the Yankees to create some incredible, once in a lifetime experiences and memories for some youngsters in our community. I can’t think of another hand’s on community initiative that two International League rivals have ever worked together on in my tenure with the Red Wings. It’s extremely rewarding to have both teams join forces to give back to our community, adding one more unique twist to this historic season at Frontier Field,” said Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester:
The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable young people of all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester provides youth development programs that enable young people to acquire the skills and qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

Empowered with these positive developmental experiences and opportunities, Boys & Girls Club members have continually demonstrated their ability to overcome negative, failure-oriented environments and move towards fulfilling their dreams.  Since its inception, the Boys & Girls Club Movement has provided mentoring and leadership specifically designed to change the lives of youth who face daily challenges such as poverty, broken homes, crime, unemployment, prejudice and difficulties in school.

Challenger Little League: The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.  One of the benefits is that it encourages the use of “buddies” for the Challenger players. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays by themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.

Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League: Founded in 1996 the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League seeks to prepare our youth to create awareness of the dangers of the street environment as well as administering values and principles through the Hispanic and other cultures which will create the betterment of their educational and citizenship qualities in the pursuit of a multicultural society. The mission of RHYBL is to create a mechanism by which we can enhance the lives of our inner-city Hispanic youth and their families in the Rochester community through baseball rule tactics, sponsorship, volunteerism and parental involvement with something that our Hispanic youth can call their own.

The RHYBL’s goal is to administer outreach and encourage 150 – 200 youth to play baseball. Young people who face adverse obstacles to succeed, coming from and/or living in the densely Hispanic populated inner-city, low to moderate income areas. Recognizing and using city/neighborhood resources to maximize their academic potential when required.


August 8,2012 – Challenger Little League Game: Greece vs. Fairport
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Game at Frontier Field – Greece (SWB Yankees) vs. Fairport (Rochester Red Wings)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Post game lunch and meet and greet with Yankees and Red Wings Players
7:05 PM: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees vs. Rochester Red Wings

August 9, 2012 – Baseball Clinics at Frontier Field
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Baseball Clinic with Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch and meet and greet with Yankees and Red Wings Players
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Baseball Clinic with Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester
7:05 PM: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees vs. Rochester Red Wings


Daisuke, The Topsy-Turvy North, Yanks and Wings Teaming Up

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #109 (“Home” #57) vs. Pawtucket

7-30 Notes

The Yankees will face Daisuke Matsuzaka in the opening game of the two game series with Pawtucket on Monday night at Frontier Field in Rochester.  Matsuzaka is expected to throw 50 pitches or three innings in his Major League Rehab start with the Paw Sox.  Monday will be his seventh start and appearance of the season with Pawtucket.  Matsuzaka is 0-2 with a 3.90 ERA for the Paw Sox and will be making his first appearance with the team since June 5th vs. Indianapolis.  The start on the road will be his second for the Red Sox with the first coming on May 17th in a loss at Durham.  The rehab appearance for Matsuzaka is his second with Pawtucket, the first six were following Tommy John surgery.  This current start is due to neck stiffness (a right trapezius strain) which placed him on the DL on July 3rd, one day after his most recent start for Boston (July 2nd) at Oakland.  With Boston in 2012 “Dice-K” is 0-3 in five starts with a 6.55 ERA (17ER/23.0IP) with 8BB and 20K.

In the last 10 days of being on the road, covering nine games with a Saturday rainout, the Yankees went 6-3 and spent six days atop the IL North Division standings.  The top of the IL North has been a little bit turbulant for the team leading the division with the lead having changed hands six times over the last 10 days.  The Yankees were the first place team on July 21st-22nd, 24th, 26th-28th, with the Pawtucket filling the top spot on July 20th, 23rd, 25th and 29th.  The Yankees are currently leading the Wild Card standings in the IL by 2.0 games over both Columbus and Lehigh Valley.

Francisco Cervelli
and Ronnier Mustelier are back in the Yankees lineup for the opening game of the two game series with Pawtucket on Monday night.  Cervelli was taken out of the Yankees game at Charlotte on Friday night after getting hit in the head with a broken bat in the bottom of the first inning in the Yankees 6-4 win over the Knights.  Cervelli was able to walk off the field at Knights Stadium under his own power and was held out of Sunday’s loss at McCoy Stadium as a precationary measure to give him an additional day of rest.  Mustelier was activated off the SWB DL on Sunday prior to the 4-0 loss at Pawtucket but did not see action in the game.  He was placed on the DL on July 16th after injuring his thumb in a game on July 15th vs. Syracuse.

The SWB Yankees and Rochester Red Wings will have more in common than just sharing Frontier Field during the four game series upcoming August 6th – 9th.  The two teams will be teaming up to participate in HOPE Week (Helping Other Persevere and Excel) the initiative originally started by the New York Yankees in 2009.  The Minnesota Twins (the parent club of the Red Wings) have started their own HOPE Week based on the Yankees example and both Triple-A clubs will host events at Frontier Field on August 8th and 9th.  It will be a most unique event with two opposing teams combining forces in a charitable endavour during the day before competing on the field that same night.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

#5 Ryan Kalish* CF
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#36 Ryan Lavarnway – C
#26 Lars Anderson* – 1B
#34 Mauro Gomez – DH
#17 J.C. Linares – LF
#10 Andy LaRoche – 3B
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – RF
#3 Nate Spears – 2B
#18 Daisuke Matsuzaka – RHP

#24 Chris Dickerson* – RF
#1 Corban Joseph* 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* – DH
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#5 Darnell McDonald – CF
#25 John Maine – RHP

Umpires: HP – Kelvin Bultron, 1B Mark Lollo, 3B Sean Barber
Forecast from Mostly sunny with temperatures falling into the low 70s. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Game #108 PAW 4 – SWB 0

DATE: July 29, 2012

Pawtucket Back in First Place with 4-0 win over SWB
Red Sox have won four of five from Yankees so far in 2012

 Pawtucket, RI – The lead atop the International North Division changed hands once again as the Pawtucket Red Sox (61-48) moved one half game ahead of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (60-48) with a 4-0 shutout on Sunday afternoon in the lone game played in a scheduled two game series at McCoy Stadium.

Over the last 10 days, covering the Yankees recent road trip to Gwinnet, Charlotte and Pawtucket the lead in the division changed hands on five different occasions between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Pawtucket and did again on Sunday following the Paw Sox win.

Billy Buckner (WP, 3-5) who made his first start against SWB since a start with Toledo on July 15, 2010 which he allowed nine earned runs on seven hits in 0.2 innings of work for the Mud Hens was much improved in the afternoon start for the Red Sox on Sunday.  Buckner allowed only a bloop single to Chris Dickerson leading off the fourth inning as his lone hit surrendered on the day.  He walked one and struck out two over 6.0 shutout innings, lowering his ERA from 5.50 to 4.95.

Mike O’Connor (LP, 2-5) made his 24 appearance and his eighth start for the Yankees allowing three runs over the 5.0 innings he pitched on Sunday.  The left hander gave up seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts allowing a single run in the third inning on Jason Repko’s leadoff homer and two runs in the fifth inning on a Ryan Lavarnway RBI double and a sacrifice fly from Lars Anderson.

The Paw Sox added an additional run in the bottom of the eighth inning with a solo homer from Andy LaRoche off reliever Chase Whitely, the third SWB Yankees pitcher of the afternoon.  Manny Delcarmen relieved O’Connor with a scoreless sixth before Whitley took over in the seventh.

Pawtucket’s bullpen took over where the starter Buckner had left off handcuffing Yankees hitters.  Former SWB Yankee Mark Prior threw a scoreless seventh inning with a strikeout and a walk before turning the ball over to Daniel Bard in the eighth.  The right hander who began the season in the Red Sox starting rotation before getting sent to the minors struck out one SWB hitter and pitched a scoreless inning.

The Yankees managed their first hit since the Dickerson single leading off the fourth and only their second of the game with a two out double in the top of the ninth from Jack Cust.  Cust picked up the two base hit off of Pawtucket reliever Chris Carpenter, who was down from Boston on a big league assignment.

The venue shifts to Frontier Field in Rochester as the Yankees will host Pawtucket in a two game series with the Red Sox beginning on Monday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch.  Right hander John Maine (4-3, 5.90) opens the series for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while right hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 3.90) is expected to get the start in a MLB rehab for the paw Sox…



Hoping for a Window in Pawtucket

The only action on the field Saturday night was Pawtucket first baseman Lars Anderson playing frisbee. Sunday’s forecast includes an 85% chance of rain

The Yankees and Red Sox were rained out Saturday night when a huge storm system dumped a whole bunch of rain on the Pawtucket, Rhode Island area.  Sunday’s forcast after 2PM is not much better. An 85% chance of thunderstorms over a six hour window.  SWB has played one game shortned due to weather.  It happend on the current road trip in the opening game at Gwinnett on July 20th.

Brandon Laird and Corban Joseph enter play on Sunday against Pawtucket riding hit steaks.  Laird, who picked up his first multi-homer game of the season on Friday night has hit in a personal best nine straight games raising his overall average from .235 to .252.  Over the stretch he has five multi-hit games and is hitting .400 (9-16) with 8R, 2 2B, 4HR, 13RBI, 1BB and 9K’s.  Joseph’s current streak sits at eight games and is his longest hit streak since beginning his first 10 straight games (June 1st – 9th) as an SWB Yankee with at least one hit.  During his current eight game stretch he is hitting .388 (12-31) with 6R, 6 2B, 2HR, 10RBI, 5BB and 4K’s.

With the addition of Lee Hyde and Saturday’s rainout, the Yankees pitching have gotten some help from a numbers and a rest standpoint with a dozen pitchers on the roster and no longer the need for back-to-back spot starts from Justin Thomas, things are a bit more calm than what they have been.  Pawtucket isn’t in quite the same boat but the Red Sox have changed up their rotation and order of things for the two days against the Yankees in Rochester on Monday and Tuesday.  SWB will now miss Tony Pena Jr. who was scheduled to start on Tuesday.  Sunday’s starter (before Saturday’s postponement) Zach Stewart will now pitch on Monday and is will follow up Daisuke Matsuzaka who is expected to make a rehab start.  Monday’s starter and former SWB Yankee and Red Baron Nelson Figueroa will get the start in the final game at Frontier Field on Tuesday.

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES  – Game #108 (Road #52)
7-29 Notes

STARTING LINEUPS (* Left handed – # Switch hitter)

#24 Chris Dickerson* – CF
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#21 Kosuke Fuludome* – LF
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#17 Cole Garnner – RF
#55 Gustavo Molina – C
#45 Mike O’Connor – LHP

#11 Jason Repko – RF
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#36 Ryan Lavarnway – C
#26 Lars Anderson* – 1B
#34 Mauro Gomez – 3B
#17 J.C. Linares – DH
#7 Andy LaRoche – 2B
#33 Scott Podsednik* – LF
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – CF
#20 Billy Buckner – RHP

Umpires: HP Sean Barber, 2B Kelvin Bultron, 3B Mark Lollo
Forecast from Showers and thunderstorms developing around 2pm. Partly cloudy with temperatures steady or falling to near 71F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 85%.                                                                            

SWB Yankees and Pawtucket Rained Out


July 28, 2012


SWB Yankees and Pawtucket Rained Out
Doubleheader will be made up later in the 2012 season at a to be determined date

 Pawtucket, RI – Saturday night’s game between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader during the Yankees next series in Pawtucket as the visiting team at a time and date to be determined.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will be the visiting team at McCoy Stadium over the last four days of the regular season, August 31 – September 3.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wrap up the current series with a single game on Sunday afternoon beginning with a 1:05 PM first pitch.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will start lefthander Mike O’Connor (2-4, 3.90 ERA), while Pawtucket will counter with right hander Billy Buckner (2-5, 5.50 ERA).


Game #107 SWB 6 – CHA 4

Brandon Laird slugged two homers and drove home three runs in SWB’s 6-4 win over Charlotte


DATE: July 27, 2012

Laird Homers Twice as SWB Wins Series Finale 6-4
Adam Warren notches sixth win as Yankees take three of four from Knights

Fort Mill, SC – Brandon Laird hit a pair of home runs and Adam Warren (WP, 6-6) picked up his sixth win of the season as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (60-47) took three of four from the South Division leading Charlotte Knights (61-47) winning the final game of the season series between the two clubs 6-4 at Knights Stadium on Friday night.

The Yankees were helped out by two Charlotte errors and a momentary lapse by Knights first baseman Dan Johnson as SWB picked up four unearned runs in the top of the first inning off starter Charlie Leesman.  Darnell McDonald picked up a one out and with two down in the inning appeared to be picked off at first base but beat the throw from Johnson and advanced to third when his throw sailed past shortstop Ray Olmedo into left field.  Garner’s grounder to third should have ended the inning but Brent Morel’s throw pulled Johnson off the bad at first.  When Johnson turned to argue the call at first base, McDonald broke for home and beat the throw home for a 1-0 lead.  Laird made it 3-0 on his first homer of the night over the wall in left for a 3-0 lead.  Francisco Cervelli extended the inning with a base hit to center and after stealing second scored on Kevin Russo’s single to left giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

Charlotte cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second scoring a pair of runs off Warren. Conor Jackson single to right and advanced to second on a throwing error from Garner.  Hector Giminez doubled into the right field corner scoring Jackson with the first Knights run of the inning.  Jared Mitchell followed up Giminez’s hit with an RBI single to right field to trim the SWB lead to 4-2.

Gustavo Molina, who entered the game replacing Cervelli in the bottom of the first when the Yankees starting catcher left the game after getting hit with a broken bat, extended the Yankees advantage to 5-2 with a gap double to left center scoring Garner who led off the inning with a walk.

Johnson slugged his 23rd homer of the season off Warren leading off the bottom of the fourth inning on a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right to pull Charlotte back to within two runs at 5-3.

Laird answered Johnson’s homer with his second of the night sending a towering drive over the wall in left for his 11th of the season off Leesman with one down in the fifth extending the Yankees lead to 6-3.

Warren finished off his night retiring Charlotte in order in the fifth and sixth innings leaving the game throwing 103 pitches allowing six hits and three runs with one walk and six strikeouts.

Charlotte cut the lead to 6-4 picking up a run in the bottom the seventh off Yankees reliever Preston Claiborne. Giminez single to right to lead off the inning and moved to second on a walk to Mitchell.  With one down, Tyler Kuhn singled to right scoring Giminez to pull the Knights to within two runs for the third time on the night.

After SWB reliever Juan Cedeno relieved Claiborne with one out in eighth, the left hander protected the two run advantage carrying the 6-4 lead to the ninth inning for closer Ryota Igarashi (SV, 5).  Igarashi retired the first two hitters of the inning before allowing a single to Olmedo.  With two down the right hander struck out Kuhn swinging to end the game.

The Yankees head to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket to open a two game series with the Red Sox with a 6:05 PM first pitch.  Left hander Mike O’Connor (2-4, 3.90) opens the series for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while right hander Billy Buckner (2-5, 5.50) gets the start for the Paw Sox. 


Game #106 SWB 8 – CHA 7

DATE: July 26, 2012

Yankees Win Back and Forth Game Over Charlotte, 8-7
Chris Dickerson has four hits and two home runs in victory over the Knights

Fort Mill, SC – Chris Dickerson missed the first two games of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (59-47) current series with the Charlotte Knights (61-46) due to tightness in his lower back.  The Yankees were happy to see their leadoff man didn’t miss three in a row.  Dickerson went 4 for 6 with two homers and three RBI’s as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre moved back into first place in the IL North with an 8-7 win over the Knights.

For the third consecutive game in the series Scranton/Wilkes-Barre drew first blood scoring one run in the top of the first inning on a Dickerson homer to right center off Charlotte starter Simon Castro for a 1-0 lead.  The Yankees left some potential runs on the field however as with one down Eduardo Nunez singled; stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.  Following a walk of Jack Cust SWB had runners on the corners with one down.  Castro struck out Brandon Laird and Kosuke Fukudome grounded out to end the threat.

The Knights tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning on a two out double from Hector Giminez and an RBI single from Jared Mitchell off starter Ramon Ortiz (WP, 9-3). The Yankees retook the lead at 2-1 on back-to-back two out doubles from Laird and Fukudome in the top of the third inning.

The back and forth continued with Charlotte picking up five runs in the home half of the third with a pair of long home runs off Ortiz.  With two on and one out Drew Garcia took Ortiz out over the wall in center field for a three run shot.  Garcia’s fifth of the season gave the Knights a 4-2 lead.  After a fly out to left by Dan Johnson and a single from Conor Jackson, Dallas McPherson hit his second HR of the season off Ortiz. The second HR of the inning, the second over the wall in center, ran the Charlotte lead to 6-2.

The Yankees chipped away off Castro scoring one run in the fourth inning and tying the game at 6-6 with a three run sixth.  Corban Joseph picked up the first of his two RBI’s on the night scoring Darnell McDonald who led off the inning with a walk.  SWB opened the sixth inning with three straight hits off Castro including an RBI single by Kevin Russo scoring Cervelli.  Castro’s night was done as he was replaced by left hander Daniel Moskos.  The southpaw allowed an infield single to Dickerson to load bases before walking Joseph and Cust to tie the game at 6-6. Reliever Anthony Carter (LP, 2-4) saved the game for the Knights for the moment entering the game with the bases loaded and one down striking out Laird and Fukudome in back-to-back at bats to keep the game tied.

Dickerson gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the lead back in the top of the seventh inning with his second homer of the game with a two run drive to right center off Carter giving the Yankees the advantage at 8-6.

Ortiz pitched to two batters in the seventh inning before giving way to Juan Cedeno who got out of a two on none out jam in his first inning of work.  The Knights would get a run off Cedeno in the eighth inning on a single by Josh Phegley scoring McPherson who reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a single by Jared Mitchell.

Manny Delcarmen (SV, 3) pitched a one, two, three ninth striking out two Charlotte hitters including Johnson to end the game preserving Ortiz’s ninth win of the season.

The Yankees and Knights wrap up the series Friday night at Knights Stadium with a 7:15 PM first pitch.  Right hander Adam Warren (5-6, 3.65) will get the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while left hander Charlie Leesman (8-8, 2.65) is slated to make the start for the Knights.



SWB Continues on Run of 12 Straight Games Against the Top Teams in the IL

Ramon Ortiz 4th in the IL with a 2.80 ERA goes for his ninth win of the season in the third game of a four game series against the Charlotte Knights

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #106 (Road #50) @ Charlotte

7-26 Notes

The Yankees are currently in a stretch of 12 games where the team will go head to head against the top three teams in the IL.  SWB is in the middle of a four game series with IL South leading Charlotte (61-45 2nd in IL) and will open a four game (two road and two “home” series with Pawtucket (59-47 3rd in IL) from Sunday through Tuesday.  Following an off day on August 1st, the Yankees will open up a four game series with IL West leading Indianapolis (65-41 1st in IL) beginning next Wednesday.  SWB’s current and next two opponents are a combined 51 games over .500.

Despite committing two errors in Wednesday’s loss to Charlotte, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is still one of the top defensive teams in Triple-A Baseball in 2012.  The Yankees 71 errors are the third fewest in the Minor league’s top level behind Nashville of the PCL (69) and Louisville of the IL (70).  SWB committed the fewest errors in all of professional baseball at any level in 2011 with 67 in 142 games.

The Yankees have just six “home” games remaining at Frontier Field in Rochester with two against Pawtucket in July 30th and 31st and four against Indianapolis from August 2nd – 5th.  SWB will essentially be a road team for the final 28 games of the regular season playing its final eight “home” games in the “visiting” team’s ballpark.  As the “home team” on the road this season the Yankees are 16-12.

The Yankees will wrap up the road trip after Friday’s game against Charlotte with a two game series at Pawtucket.  SWB’s pitching is still (at this point) shorthanded with 11 pitchers active.  It goes without saying that quality (lengthy) starts from both Ramon Ortiz on Thursday and Adam Warren on Friday would be huge.

Probables for SWB vs. Pawtucket
SAT @ PAW – LH Mike O’Connor (SWB) @ RH Billy Buckner (PAW)
SUN @ PAW – LH Justin Thomas (SWB) @ RH Zach Stewart (PAW)
MON vs. PAW – RH Nelson Figueroa (PAW) vs. RH John Maine (SWB)
TUES vs. PAW – RH Tony Pena Jr. (PAW) vs. RH Ramon Ortiz (SWB)

STARTING LINEUPS (* left hander – # switch hitter)

#24 Chris Dickerson* – CF
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* – LF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#5 Darnell McDonald – RF
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#35 Ramon Ortiz – RHP

#3 Tyler Kuhn* – LF
#7 Drew Garcia# 2B
#24 Dan Johnson* – 1B
#36 Conor Jackson – RF
#8 Dallas McPherson* – 3B
#23 Hector Giminez# – DH
#9 Jared Mitchell* – CF
#4 Josh Phegley – C
#13 Ray Olmedo# – SS
#25 Simon Castro – RHP

Umpires: HP Gerard Ascani, 1B Jon Saphire, 3B Chad Whitson
Forecast from A few isolated thunderstorms are possible. Mostly sunny with temperatures slowly falling to near 83F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%

From Red Sox to Pinstripes: Boston Native Manny Delcarmen Looks to Make His Mark with the Yankees

Manny Delcarmen has made 30 appearances with the SWB Yankees this season

By Tyler Howell

On August 31, 2010, the Boston Red Sox traded away Boston native Manny Delcarmen. He was traded away after spending ten years with the organization he had been a diehard fan of his whole life.

“I probably sat in every section of that park,” Delcarmen said of Fenway Park.  “I always said I wanted to play for them and it was a dream come true.”

Delcarmen, who helped lead the Red Sox to their World Series win in 2007, also holds a Red Sox record for the most games pitched by a Massachusetts native and was the first Red Sox draftee from a public school in 34 years.

“It was pretty cool because you know from being up north we played maybe three months out of the year compared to the south where you can play all year round,” Delcarmen said. “I think it opened up the door for a lot of kids up there and that baseball can be good from there as well.”

As much time as Delcarmen had put into going to Sox games or idolizing Pedro Martinez, the love for the Red Sox has definitely faded.

“I’m really not the biggest fan anymore,” Delcarmen said. “I was there for my whole career, but then I got traded to Colorado. Going all the way on the other side of the country was a little different, having to move the family over and not getting to sleep in my own bed.  I was pretty much just finishing the game and going to bed. Not being home was the toughest part, but you know my career there was awesome.  I have wished them the best ever since I left, but it was just tough at times.”

Growing up he always said he would never want to play with the Yankees and while he admitted that it has been strange he has become accustomed to being in the Yankees organization.

“The way this game works though, wherever you get an opportunity you have to take it,” Delcarmen said. “I went to Spring Training not knowing what to expect and it took me awhile to put on the uniform.  I’m sitting at my locker, like this is really happening but the organizations are pretty similar.  Two teams with strong clubhouses and fans expecting them to win. So, in that aspect, they are the same.”

Delcarmen emphasized on opportunity. He potentially has the opportunity to face the team he called his own for years in the Boston Red Sox.

“That was my one thing, if I ever face Boston I joke around that I will get thrown out,” Delcarmen said. “It would be awesome to make it up with the Yankees and face them.”

Delcarmen went into big league camp this year having to fight for a spot in the bullpen but after doing his normal routine before the first game of spring training he tore his lat and missed almost all of spring. He came back for the last game before the season started and pitched well but after missing so much time he knew it would be hard to make the opening day roster.

“I came back and threw the last game and threw well but when other guys are throwing well and you miss most of spring it’s tough,” Delcarmen said. “While I’ve gotten banged up a little bit the last couple games, I’m just trying to stay positive and get that shot.

“It would definitely be really exciting playing on the other side because I know when I pitched with Boston, any pitcher that came in, the fans at Fenway would boo. At Yankee stadium though, with it being bigger and more compact, my ears would ring when I would pitch there. Just to be on the other side and to just get the opportunity to play for such a great organization would be another dream.”

Game #105 CHA 4 – SWB 3 (11)

DATE: July 25, 2012

Yankees Lose On Throwing Error in the 11th to Charlotte 4-3
SWB tied game in ninth on Knights throwing error in ninth before miscue in extras


Fort Mill, SC – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (58-47) entered play on Wednesday having made the fewest errors of any of the International League’s 14 teams.  The normally sure handed and sure armed Yankees committed two errors in the game including a throwing error in the bottom of the 11th inning that gave the Charlotte Knights the winning run in a 4-3 loss at Knights Stadium.

The Yankees picked up the first run of the night in the top half of the first inning off Knights starter Dylan Axelrod.  With two out and no one on Eduardo Nunez, added to the SWB roster earlier in the day worked a walk and during the at bat to Jack Cust stole second base to move into scoring position.  Cust singled to right field and Nunez slide home just ahead of Conor Jackson’s throw from right field and the Yankees led 1-0.

Axelrod was gone after five innings of work, finishing his first start for the Knights after getting optioned back from the Chicago White Sox.  Right hander Jhan Carlos Marinez entered the game for Charlotte to start the sixth inning and surrendered a homer to the first battered he faced, Corban Joseph.  Joseph’s seventh of the season gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

SWB starter John Maine struck out a season high eight Charlotte hitters on the night in picking up the no decision.  The Yankees right hander who makes his off season home in the Charlotte area had a large contingent seated behind the Yankees dugout cheering with every strikeout.  The Knights picked up two runs in the sixth off Maine who allowed a leadoff double to Tyler Kuhn.  Kuhn was bunted up to third by Drew Garcia and Dan Johnson’s sac fly made it 2-1.  With two out and a 2-2 count, Jackson hit a homer down the line in left to tie the game at two all.

Charlotte grabbed the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning picking up the third and final run allowed by Maine.  The last batter that the Yankees starter faced was Josh Phegley who singled to open the inning.  Cory Wade came into the game out of the pen and allowed a double to Jared Mitchell to put runners at second and third with none out.  With one down and the infield in Ray Olmedo’s slowly chopped grounder was hit to softly for Joseph to have a play at the plate and the go ahead run score giving the Knights a 3-2 lead.

The Yankees were down to their final out in the top of the ninth inning with Laird at second as the tying run.  Laird picked up a leadoff single against Donnie Veal and moved to second base on a Kosuke Fukudome ground out.  With two out Cole Garner’s grounder to short was thrown away by Garcia over the head of the first baseman Hector Giminez and the game was tied at 3-3.

The Knights would pick up the winner in the bottom of the 11th in similar fashion. Jackson who had four hits off SWB pitching on the night led off the inning with a double to left center field and with one out Phegley’s chopper to third was thrown away by Doug Bernier and the winning run scored off Yankees reliever Ryota Igarashi (LP, 2-3) who entered the game in the 11th following the 4.0 scoreless from Wade.

The Yankees and Knights play the third game of the series Thursday night at Knights Stadium with a 7:15 PM first pitch.  Right hander Ramon Ortiz (8-3, 2.80) will get the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while right hander Simon Castro (1-1, 2.70) is slated to make the start for the Knights.



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