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CHIEFS SHUTOUT BULLS

The Syracuse Chiefs shutout the Durham Bulls on Wednesday 8-0 behind the pitching of Shawn Marcum. The Blue Jays pitcher skipped the trip to Winter Haven where the major league team took on the Red Sox and pitched in the AAA-game in Dunedin.

The Blue Jays righty went 5-innings giving up only 2-hits and 8-strikeouts. Armando Benitez pitched one-shutout inning and was followed by Davis Romero who tossed two shutout innings with 3-strikeouts. Joey Matumoto finished with a perfect ninth inning.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of Buck Coats CF, Ryan Patterson RF, Adam Lind LF, Robinzon Diaz C, Russ Adams, 2B, Curtis Thigpen 1B, Sergio Santos 3B, Joe Inglett DH, Pedro Lopez SS.

The Chiefs banged out 9-hits, two by Ryan Patterson and scored runs a a two-run triple by Wayne Lydon in the 7th inning and a solo Home Run by Sergio Santos in the 5th.

In the AA-game vs Montgomery lefty David Purcey went 4-innings giving up 2-runs, but struck out 8 batters.

The Chiefs take on the Durham Bulls at St Petersbug at 1:00 PM

CHIEFS BEAT YANKEES IN 9TH INNING

The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Scranton Yankees on Tuesday 6-4 with a two-run rally in the 9th inning capped by a Robinzon Diaz two-run single.

The Chiefs banged out 12-hits, two each by Buck Coats, Ryan Klosterman, Sergio Santos and Joe Inglett.  Coats two hits were doubles.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of: Buck Coats CF, Curtis Thigpen C,  Adam Lind LF, David Smith RF,  Russ Adams ss, Chip Cannon 1B, Sergio Santos 3B, Joe Inglett 2B and Robinzon Diaz DH.

On the Mound RHP Kyle Yates pitched 3-innings giving up 1-earned run.  he was followed by Jordan DeJong who pitched two innings giving up 1-unearned run and Jamie Vermilyea who tossed two shutout innings.  Bubba Nelson gave up 1-run in 1-inning of work and Tracy Thorpe finished up with a scoreless inning.

The Chiefs will take on the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay) on Wednesday in Dunedin at 1:00 PM

IRON PIGS BEAT CHIEFS AGAIN

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs who lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 10-0 last week in the first spring training game, defeated the Chiefs for the third straight day on Sunday 9-1.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of Wayne Lydon, Adam Lind, Curtis Thigpen, Russ Adams, Robinzon Diaz, Chip Cannon, Joe Inglett, Sergio Santos and Pedro Lopez.

The Chiefs did bang our eight hits, two apiece by Adam Lind (RBI double) and Curtis Thigpen with Diaz, Cannon, Inglett and Santos also notching a single.

On the pitching mound there was good, Josh Banks three shutout innings and Kane Davis allowing only one run in 3 innings pitched with 5 strikeouts.

The bad Gustavo Chacin pitched 2 innings giving up 6 hits and 4 runs, while Lefty Joey Matumuto two innings, 3 hits and 3 runs and Tracey Thorpe 1 inning 1 run.

The AA-New Hampshire Fisher Cats also lost yesterday with two Chiefs pitchers on the mound. Lefties Mike Gosling pitched two innings giving up 1-run, while fellow lefty Ryan Ketchner gave up 4-runs (3 unearned) in two innings.

The Chiefs take on the Scranton Yankees today in Dunedin.

CHIEFS GET PUMMELED BY PIGS

The Chiefs get pummeled by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 11-2 on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida.  The CHiefs lineup consisted of many players who have been optioned down recently: 

Wayne Lydon CF, Robinzon Diaz C, Russ Adams LF, Curtis Thigpen 1B, Ryan Patterson RF, Joe Inglett DH, Pedro Lopez SS, Sergio Santos 3B, Marco Cabral 2B.

Patterson went 2 for 4, while Santos, Cabarl, Inglett and Tigpen also had 1-hit apiece.  Thigpen and Cabarl each had one RBI. 

Chiefs pitchers gave up a ton of runs: David Purcey 2-IP, 5-H, 6-runs, while Kyle Yates and Davis Romero each pitched two shut out innings in relief.

Chiefs (1-2) take on Iron Pigs again on Sunday in Dunedin.

CHIEFS ROSTER BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE

The Toronto Blue Jays have made a few roster cuts during the past week that allows us to take a closer look at the Chiefs potential roster for the start of the 2008 season.

Catchers Curtis Thigpen and Robinzon Diaz were optioned to Syracuse on Thursday and will share catching duties while also playing other positions when not behind the plate.

Infielders Joe Inglett, Pedro Lopez, Russ Adams will likely be joined by Hector Luna and Sergio Santos still in major league camp.  Chip Cannon and Josh Kreuzer have been battling for playing tim at first base.

Outfielders Adam Lind, Wayne Lydon, Buck Coats and Ryan Patterson also joined the Chiefs this week and will push Aaron Matthews and David Smith in a crowded group that will also see non roster outfielder Matt Watson at some point make the move to the Chiefs.

The Jays have only 14 more days in the Florida sun before going north and starting the 2008 season.  More moves are yet to come.

FINDING THE TIME FOR DIAZ AND THIGPEN IN SYRACUSE

MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian reported this week that the Blue Jays are trying to sort out how catching prospects Robinzon Diaz and Curtis Thigpen will each get enough playing time this season at Syracuse.  One way is to have the players spend time at other positions.

On Monday, Diaz played third base during a minor league game for Toronto and he has experience at second base as well.  Thigpen, who spent time with the Blue Jays last season, has logged some time at third base and first base on occasion this spring also.

ALUMNI REPORT: CASH

In this week’s Alumni Report we take a look at Former Syracuse catcher Kevin Cash.

Cash2 Cash had his contact purchased by the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after Doug Mirabelli was placed on the DL.  He was immediately placed in the lineup on Sunday and also started last night, catching knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.  He will continue to be Wakefield’s personal catcher until Mirabelli returns.

In 59 games for Pawtucket this season Cash hit just .159 but did hit 7 HR and drive home 25 runs.  He was the back-up in Pawtucket to George Kottaras, whom the Red Sox chose to keep in Pawtucket playing on a regular basis.  Also helping Cash was he is the better defensive catcher and often caught Pawtucket’s two knuckleballers Charlie Zink and John Barnes.

He was originally signed by the Blue Jays as a non-drafted free-agent out of Florida State where he was an infielder.  While playing in the Cape Cod League in 1999 both catchers on Cash’s team were injured and he voluntered to play the position.  In his first inning catching he threw out two baserunners and it just so happened that Blue Jays scout Tim Wilken was in attendance.

He was the first of many former infielders the Jays converted to catchers (Joe Lawrence, Curtis Thigpen, Robinzon Diaz).  He has become a solid defensive catcher, in 2004 he threw out 42.4% of base stealers when the Major league average was 25.5%, but while concentrating on defense his offensive numbers have declined.

The 30-year old spent two seasons in Syracuse and was the SkyChiefs selection to the All-Star game in 2003.  He hit .270 with 28 doubles, 8 HR and 37 RBI in 93 games that year and was promoted to Toronto on August 11th.  He started 32 of the Jays final 44 games to finish the season.

In 2004 he was the Jays Opening Day catcher before going on the DL at the end of May.  While on the DL Greg Zaun took over the everyday catching duties and when Cash returned he was the backup.  After the 2004 season Cash was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitcher Chad Gaudin.

He spent the majority of the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Triple-A Durham.  He appeared in 13 games for the Devil Rays in 2005 making 10 starts.  He signed with the Red Sox as a Minor League free agent before the 2007 season.

AROUND THE FARM: YATES

Yates In this week’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at Kyle Yates, pitcher for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Much like teammate Chip Cannon, Yates for the most part has failed to build upon an impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League.    Entering action today the 5’10” right-hander has a record of 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 18 starts for New Hampshire.

Yates has showed signs of putting a slow start behind him.  Over his last two starts he has not allowed a run in 12.1 innings pitched and has struck out 14 opponents while walking just four.  With Ismael Ramirez and David Purcey currently on the New Hampshire DL Yates would seem to be the likely candidate should a spot in the Syracuse rotation open.

The Blue Jays 13th round pick out of Texas at Austin in the 2004 draft, Yates began last season in the Florida State League before being quickly promoted to Double-A New Hampshire.  Combined during the regular season he was 8-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 32 appearances including 20 starts and struck-out 115 batters in 141.1 innings pitched.

The Jays sent the Kerrville, Texas native to the Arizona Fall League after the ’06 season where he made a name for himself going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in six appearances including 4 starts and struck out 25 opponents while walking just six in 24 innings.  For his efforts he was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team.

Yates played two seasons at Midland College (2002-2003) before moving on to the University of Texas.  In his junior season at Texas he was 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA over 28 appearances during which he struck out 45 opponents in 41 innings. The Longhorns behind current Major Leaguer’s Huston Street, JP Howell and Curtis Thigpen made it to College World Series Championship before being defeated by Cal-State Fullerton and Yates current Fisher Cat teammate Ricky Romero.

ALUMNI REPORT: GROSS

As far as Syracuse alumni to report on this week, most of the news was bad news.

Gross_gabe1 Gabe Gross (’03-’05) was optioned by the Brewers to Triple-A Nashville last Thursday.  Gabe had appeared in 55 games this season and was hitting .202 with 4 HR and 9 RBI.

Gross was Traded by the Blue Jays along with Dave Bush and Zach Jackson for Lyle Overbay and spent all of the 2006 season in the bigs where he hit .274 with 9 HR and 38 RBI in 117 games.

For Gross it will mark his first time in the minors in nearly 2 years.  Gabe’s last Minor League at-bat came for the SkyChiefs at Pawtucket on August 31, 2005.

Gabe is taking everything with a great attitude and looking forward to being a regular in the lineup.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to go down and get some at-bats,” said Gross, 27. “It’s been two years since I’ve been able to play every day, so that’s going to be nice. I’m looking forward to waking up every day knowing my name is going to be in the lineup.”

The outfield situation in Milwaukee is pretty crowded both now and in the future.  Former Infielder Bill Hall is now the Brewers Center-fielder and is signed through 2010.  With Hall currently on the DL, Tony Gwynn Jr. has played in center and is hitting .275 with 8 SB in 58 games.  The Brewers could move Hall to left field next season to make room for Gwynn JR.  25-year old Corey Hart (.284-14-40 with 16 SB) has emerged as a solid option in Right field.  The current left field platoon of Geoff Jenkins and Kevin Mench both have expiring contracts at the end of the season and with the emergence of young talent in the outfield will probably not be re-signed.

Gross will certainly be called back up in September if not sooner and will be in the mix as a reserve outfielder next season if Jenkins and Mench are not brought back.  If Gross wants to be an everyday player in the Big Leagues, the time is now to showcase his talents for other teams.

“I have never been more confident in my ability to play every day,” Gross said. “I feel like if you put me in the lineup on the first of April and take me out the first of October, that my numbers won’t just be adequate, they’ll be very good. I have to convince somebody to give me that opportunity.”

In other alumni news, former SkyChiefs shortstop Cesar Izturis was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.  Izturis is reunited with Jim Tracy, who managed Cesar in Los Angeles.

Pittsburgh pitcher John Wasdin who was 1-1, 5.95 in 12 appearances (’03) was outrighted to Indianapolis.

Former SkyChiefs catcher Jason Phillips was released when the Jays called up Curtis Thigpen.

AROUND THE FARM: DIAZ

Diaz Due to the holiday “The Farm” was closed yesterday so a day late here is this week’s “Around the Farm” report.  Today we take a look at the Blue Jays representative in the Futures Game, Robinzon Diaz of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Diaz, who was signed as a non-drafted free-agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 at 17 years old, was selected as one of two catchers on the World Squad for this Sunday’s game which will be played in San Francisco.  The Manchester Union Leader has a nice article on were Diaz grew up and how far he has come in his seventh season in professional baseball.

The 22 year-old Diaz enters Thursday 7th in the Eastern League with a .323 Batting Average.  The right-handed hitter had a sizzling June during which he hit .392 (38-97) with 5 doubles a triple and 8 RBI and raised his season average from .277 to .321. 

In addition to the Futures Game Diaz will represent the Northern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game to be played in Connecticut on Wednesday, July 11th. Diaz will be joined by fellow Fisher Cats Sergio Santos, Rob Cosby, Tracy Thorpe and Aaron Mathews.

All-Star selections are nothing new for Diaz, this will be the fourth straight season he has participated in the mid-season classic for his league (2004 South Atlantic League, 2005 and 2006 Florida State League) and he has also been named to his league’s post-season All-Star team every year since 2003 (Appalachian League).

Diaz was added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster before the 2007 season after finishing six professional seasons with a career Minor League average of .303.  The lowest he has hit along the way was .287 for Single-A Charleston is 2004.  He is more of a doubles hitter, 104 career doubles entering 2007, then a home run hitter, just 9 entering this season.  Diaz, like fellow catching prospect Curtis Thigpen, has also moved out from behind the plate for the first time this season appearing in 8 games at third base.

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