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The Chiefs open a four game series with the Knights tonight at Alliance Bank Stadium. It’s Munchie Monday which means you can buy a ticket for $20 and get all the food you can eat through the 6th inning in our buffet area down the right field line. The twenty dollars includes your game ticket. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you can catch the game on NOVA 105.1 FM starting at 6:45. On the field, the Chiefs look to get their first win in Syracuse in a while. The notes on tonight’s starting pitchers:
Chiefs: Bill Murphy
This Season: Murphy looks for his first win in eight starts…lost to Scranton five days ago (3.1IP, 6H, 4R, 3 ER, 5BB, 4K); struck out a career high 12 Bulls in loss against Durham July 20th…shut down Richmond June 22nd (last win) for seven innings (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K) The southpaw struck out ten allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings in a loss June 11th against Columbus….Murphy went 4-0 in a 8 start span from April 12th–May 22nd but gave up 11 runs in 3.2 innings May 27th at Richmond…2nd in IL in strikeouts but 1st in walks…beat the Knights May 16th (7IP, 6H, 2R, 0 BB, 9K–only start without a walk). The Spring Training waiver wire pickup pitched a scoreless 7th inning opening day against Louisville to record a hold.
Last Season: Murphy spent most of the year with AAA Tucson of the Pacific Coast League primarily as a reliever…his final eight appearances with the Sidewinders were starts (2-2, 4.05 as starter, 1-1, 3.35 as reliever)…The lefty totaled more than 100 innings for the fifth consecutive season…called up in September to Arizona where he entered ten games (0-0, 5.68 ERA, 6.1 IP)
Career Notes: Owns a 39-43 career minor league record…selected in 3rd round of 2002 draft by the A’s…has been traded three times in career (from Oakland to Florida 12/23/03, from Florida to Los Angeles (NL) 7/30/04 and from Los Angeles to Arizona 7/31/04)…was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays this past Spring Training…81 of first 87 career appearances were starts, but only 44 of last 129 have been…made major league debut September 3, 2007 for Arizona against San Diego allowing three runs in 1.2 IP.
This Season: The Knights righthander makes his 22nd start…lost to Louisville five days ago (4 IP, 10H, 9R, 5ER, 3HR, 1BB, 4K)…no-decision against Chiefs in May allowing 4 R in 6 IP; is 1-3 in last seven starts raising ERA from 3.27 to 4.68….was 5-1 with 1.13 ERA when matched up with Syracuse May 15th
Last Season: Spent most of last year with Charlotte and finished fourth in the International League in innings but also led the league in walks…had September callup to Chicago where he finished 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA in four games (one start)
Career Notes: Owns a 26-27 career minor league record and 1-1 in the major leagues…He was drafted in the 1st round (15th overall) by Chicago in 2005…went to Dallas Baptist and TCU finishing as the Conference USA pitcher of the year (15-1, 1.62 ERA) in final year with the Horned Frogs.
Some Notes on tonight’s second game of the series:
IT’S A REMATCH
Bill Murphy and Mike O’Connor match up on the mound for the second start in a row. Five days ago the Chiefs lost 4-3 in ten innings. Neither starter factored in the decision.
GREGG ZAUN JOINS THE TEAM
The Blue Jays catcher joined the Chiefs today on a rehab assignment. Zaun has been on the disabled list for the past two weeks – Curtis Thigpen has filled his roster spot in the big leagues.
COATS NEARING MILESTONE
Entering today’s game, Coats has 899 career minor league hits. The center fielder has five multi-hit games in his last six starts for the Chiefs.
SANDOVAL REFUSES TO STOP
Danny Sandoval’s red-hot start with the Chiefs continued yesterday. He knocked four hits (his first 4-hit game since July 7th, 2005) and slammed his third homer in just 14 games with the Chiefs (full season career high is 8). Sandoval has at least two hits in nine of his fourteen starts for Syracuse since signing with the Blue Jays in late May. It was also the first time a Chiefs player ripped four hits since Joe Inglett did the feat May 3rd against Pawtucket.
FROM THE RANDOM STAT FILE
Yesterday’s game took two hours and 43 minutes which pushed the season total of Chiefs game to 10,036 minutes–an average 2 ours, 45 minutes per game, about 7 minutes less than the MLB average for 2008.
Don’t miss professional golfer Caroline Larsson at Alliance Bank Stadium on Wednesday night. Larsson plays on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and is in town to promote the Alliance Bank Golf Classic, which will be held in Syracuse next month.
The Syracuse Chiefs announced their 24-man roster for the start of the 2008 baseball season today. They include:
Lefthanded Pitchers: David Purcey, Bill Murphy, John Parrish, Jesse Carlson, Mike Gosling and Davis Romero. Righthanded Pitchers: Josh Banks, Kane Davis, Shawn Camp, Jordan DeJong, Bubba Nelson and Tracy Thorpe.
Catchers: Curtis Thigpen and Robinzon Diaz (Kevin Nelson will be placed on the disabled list).
Infielders: Chip Cannon (1B), Joe Inglett, Hector Luna, Sergio Santos (3B), and Pedro Lopez.
Outfielders: Russ Adams, Adam Lind, Wayne Lydon, David Smith, Matt Watson.
Coaching Staff: Doug Davis, Mgr, Rick Langford, Pitching Coach, Al LeBoeuf, Hitting Coach, Charlie Poe, Coach, Robert Helmick, Strength Coach, Jon Woodworth, Trainer.
The Toronto Blue Jays made their final roster moves and headed North today by adding infielder/outfielder Buck Coats to replace the injured Scott Rolen and keeping rule 5 selection righthanded pitcher Randy Wells as the final pitcher on the staff. B.J. Ryan will also be placed on the disabled list to make room for Wells.
The season is still three days away and players can still be added , but the 25-man roster seems set barring any injuries. Expected to return to the minor league complex include infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Matt Watson, while pitcher Mike Gosling, John Parrish, Jesse Carlson, Shawn Camp, Armando Benitez and Billy Murphy will all be added to the crowded pitching staff at the AAA-leve
The Chiefs roster should be announced on Friday.
The Syracuse Chiefs continued to score runs as they defeated the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 6-5 today in Clearwater, FL pounding out 14 more hits after yesterday’s 24.
The Chiefs line-up consisted of: Wayne Lydon CF, Pedro Lopez SS, Sergio Santos SS, Russ Adams LF, Joe Inglett 2B, Chip Cannon 1B, Curtis Thigpen C, Robinzon Diaz C, Jose Diaz, RF, Adam Lind DH.
Sergio Santos led the Chiefs with 3-hits, while Wayne Lydon went 2 for 5 with 3-RBI, two triples and 2-runs scored. Joe Inglett also had two hits, while Adam Lind belted a solo home run in the ninth inning that broke the tie and gave the Chiefs the win.
On the mound Gustavo Chacin went 3 1/3 innings giving up 4-hits, 3-walks and 2-runs. Billy Murphy pitched 3-innings of shutout baseball striking out 2, while Joey Matumoto pitched 2-scoreless innings to earn the win. Jordan DeJong gave up 2-hits and 3-walks in 1-inning of work and was touched up for 3-runs.
The AA-New Hamphisre Fisher Cats saw Ricky Romero toss 4-innings giving up 2-runs, while righty Jean Machi gave up 6-runs in 3-innings of work.
The Chiefs now 7-5-1 (5-1-1 this past week) will take on the Iron Pigs for the final time this spring on Thursday in Dunedin.
The Toronto Blue Jays are down to their final week of baseball in Dunedin, Florida before making the trip North to begin the season against the New York Yankees on March 31st and roster spots are due to be made.
Position players (catchers, infielders and outfielders) seem to be set with Gregg Zaun and Rod Barajas at catcher with non-roster invitee Sal Fasano likely to be released rather than sent to AAA-Syracuse.
Lyle Overbay, Aaron Hill, David Eckstein, Scott Rolen will start in the infield with Marcus Scutaro and John MacDonald providing back-up at every position. Frank Thomas is the Designated Hitter.
That leaves four outfield spots with Vernon Wells, Alex Rios and Matt Stairs all set. The Blue jays must make a decision on Reed Johnson or Shannon Stewart for the final spot. Many teams have inquired about the Jays surplus and a trade could help alleviate the situation.
Non-roster infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Matt Watson could be sent to AAA-Syracuse by the end of the week.
The pitching staff includes a rotation of Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Dustin McGowan and Shawn Marcum. Righty Jesse Litsch is slated to be the number 5-guy in the rotation and the Blue Jays have done nothing to suggest he won’t, unless a late season trade occurs.
The Bullpen has Jeremy Accardo as the closer until B.J. Ryan returns, while Brandon League, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs appear set. That leaves three spots remaining for 10-remaining pitchers in camp.
The Jays will likely keep one additional lefty to Scott Downs and holdover Brian Tallet would seem to be the guy. But the Jays also brought to camp John Parrish, Mike Gosling and Jesse Carlson who have all pitched well. In addition, they picked up another lefty Billy Murphy last week from Arizona.
If Tallet makes the club look for the remainder to be sent to Syracuse.
That leaves two spots for righthanders with rule five selection Randy Wells and Brian Wolfe leading the pack. They are being challenged by free agent spring training pick-up Armando Benitez, Shawn Camp and Kane Davis.
Either way there are still 19 pitchers in camp with only 12 roster spots available. This week games will decide who wins jobs in April. Stay tuned.