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Final Weekend v. Scranton

Should be a big crowd on hand tonight for a doubleheader against the Yankees. Tickets are still available down the lines in the 100 sections and in the 200 sections. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you can listen to the games starting after the Yankees/Blue Jays finishes on 620 AM WHEN.

The starting pitching matchups for the games:

Game One: LHP Kei Igawa (14-5) @ LHP Ricky Romero (2-3)

Game Two: RHP Mike MacDonald (1-3) @ LHP Billy Traber

Yes the Yankees are the home team for the second game – that’s because that game is a makeup of a game rained out in Scranton last month. Just as the Chiefs were the home team for game two of their doubleheader in Allentown a few days ago, the Yankees will bat last in the nightcap of the doubleheader. Following that, fireworks will blast off leaving just one game on the schedule.

See you at the ballpark! 

Hafner and Victor Martinez to Syracuse

Ricky Romero goes for the win tonight as the Chiefs wrap up a three game set in Pawtucket. You can hear the game on Nova 105.1 FM starting at 6:45. Bartolo Colon is supposed to try it again for the Paw Sox after getting shut down after an inning at Alliance Bank Stadium last week because of sickness. Game Notes are available here.

After the game, the Chiefs will head home for four games against Buffalo and Rochester. Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez – big time names that have slumped for the underachieving Indians this year are expected to make the trip. Get your tickets for one of the last homestands of the year right now at

See you at the ballpark!

Ron Guidry Night July 29th

It’s a battle of former first round picks at Alliance Bank Stadium tonight as the Chiefs open up a series against the Scranton Yankees. Former Yankee great Ron Guidry will be here and tickets are going quickly with a couple hours to go before the game.

Here’s some notes on tonight’s matchup. Full game notes are available here.

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The Chiefs and Yankees meet for their fourth series of the year. Two have been splits while Scranton won two of three June 7-9. The previous series in Syracuse became a one-day doubleheader because of rain which was split. The Yankees lead the season series 4-3. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leads the all-time series 189-145 (Chiefs have .434 winning percentage). Scranton is 15-8 against Syracuse as a Yankees affiliate. In this year’s matchups, Buck Coats leads the Chiefs offense (7-23, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI) while Eric Duncan leads the Yankees (6-20, HR, 6 RBI).



The Chiefs picked up their first series win against Indianapolis  since winning three of four games against Richmond June 19-22. In between, Syracuse lost seven series and split two. The Chiefs hadn’t won a road series since May 13-16 when they won three of four games at Knights Stadium. The Chiefs finished 4-4 on their 8-game roadtrip to Indy and Louisville.



Yesterday’s blowout over Indy had many impressive team performances: The Chiefs tied a season high with two triples (done five times), set a season high 21 hits (previous high 18 June 6th v. Columbus). Syracuse scored more than ten runs for the first time since June 22nd against Richmond, The win was a 13 run win, the largest run differential passing the 12 run 18-6 win May 14th at Charlotte. Every starter had a hit for the first time since a June 29th at Lehigh Valley.



Russ Adams and Danny Sandoval had four hits each yesterday–tying the Chiefs season highs and tying career highs. Sandoval also tied the 2008 Syracuse high with three runs scored. Adams was only a home run away from hitting for the cycle.



The 11-run inning was the most of any game this year, passing the nine runs they put on the board in the seventh May 14th at Charlotte. The Chiefs pounded out 12 hits in the inning. The Chiefs had 45 runs in the second inning in the previous 107 games.



May 1st, 1983 5th inning in 18-14 win at Tidewater: The Chiefs rallied from a 6-0 deficit for the win. Darryl Strawberry hit a homer and drove in four for the Mets. Fred Manrique and Gino Petralli drove in three for the Chiefs improving to 6-9 on the year.


Jays Top Prospects to Syracuse

The Jays #1 pick of the 2005 draft Ricky Romero was promoted earlier this week to the Chiefs and is expected to start the first game of a four game series against the Scranton Yankees starting Tuesday. Joining him on the pitching staff is Toronto’s top pitching prospect from last year’s draft Brett Cecil. This release from our friends with the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats:

Brett Cecil, a left-handed starting pitcher for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, has been named the Bank of America Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Sunday, July 27.

The 6’3″, 220 lb. hurler made a pair of starts for the Fisher Cats last week and went 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and a 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings. Following his award-winning week, the Toronto Blue Jays today promoted Cecil to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.

Cecil, 22, surrendered one run on six hits with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings last Tuesday night at Stadium in the Fisher Cats’ victory over the first place Trenton Thunder.

On Sunday in Reading, the Eastern League All-Star tied a career high with eight strikeouts in six shutout innings against the Phillies to earn his team-leading sixth victory. Cecil, rated Toronto’s #2 prospect by Baseball America, allowed just three singles -including two infield hits- and one walk.

Cecil was drafted in 2007 by the Blue Jays as a supplemental first round pick (38th overall) out of the University of Maryland. He was promoted to the Fisher Cats on April 29, where he posted a record of 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 18 starts. Cecil struck out 87 batters and walked just 23.

You can catch the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium starting Tuesday night at 7:15 PM.


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 Syracuse Chiefs played another team on Monday – Scranton, but the result was the same as the Yankees defeated the Chiefs 7-3 in Dunedin.  The Yankees jumped on starter Ricky Romero for 3-runs in the 1st inning and one more in the 2nd inning before he left.

Mike MacDonald and Jeremy Cummings limited the Yankees to 1-run on four hits for the next 5-innings before Jean Machi pitched the final two frames.  He gave up 2-runs on 3-hits.

At the plate the Chiefs line-up included Joe Inglett-2B, Pedro Lopez-SS, Adam Lind-DH, Dave Smith-RF, Chip Cannon-1B, Ryan Patterson-LF, Robinzon Diaz-C, Sergio Santos-3B, Wayne Lydon-CF.

The Chiefs scored one run in the first inning on a double by Inglett and an RBI double by Smith.  They tacked on another run in the third inning on a single by Wayne Lydon and an RBI single by Adam Lind after Lydon stole second base.  They scored their third run in the 9th inning when David Smith doubled for the second time and scored on a RBI-single by Chip Cannon. The Chiefs had seven hits, 2 by David Smith.

The Chiefs travel to Tampa today to play the Yankees at 1:00 PM.


Romero In today’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at Ricky Romero of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

After suffering through injuries this season, was on the DL from May 3rd until June 25 with a shoulder injury, Romero has turned it up a notch lately. 

In each of his last three starts the 22-year old from Los Angeles, CA has pitched seven innings. In his most recent outing on August 2nd at Harrisburg, Romero allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out eight in 7.1 shutout innings and collected his first win of the season

Overall on the season Romero is 1-5 with a 4.27 ERA in 12 starts for the Fisher Cats.  He also made one start for the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays and did not factor in the decision.

Ricardo Romero Jr. was drafted by the Blue Jays with the sixth overall selection in the 2005 draft out of Cal-State Fullerton.  Romero was given the largest signing bonus in club history when he signed on June 16, 2005 for 2,400,000 dollars.

The 6’1″ left-hander led Cal-Sate Fullerton to the 2004 College World Series Title and was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team.  In 2005 Romero collected 13 wins and was the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year.

He made his professional debut with Auburn of the New York Penn League on July 26, 2005 tossing two scoreless innings.  Romero was promoted to Single-A Dunedin where he made eight starts compiling a record of 1-0 and a 3.82 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched.

Romero was ranked the Blue Jays #3 Prospect by Baseball America entering the 2007 season.  After splitting the 2006 season between Dunedin (2-1, 2.47) and New Hampshire (2-7, 5.08) many expected him to make it to Syracuse before the end of this season.

Time is running out on a trip to Syracuse this year but if he can stay healthy he should be in line for a spot in the Syracuse rotation to start next season. 

For more on Ricky Romero you can read his journal from this season featured on and you can even send him an email.


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.


In just two weeks the major league baseball season begins and clubs are now beginning to set their rosters.  After three weeks of playing minor league prospects and invitees to their camps, big league teams need to get serious and start playing their starters at least 7-innings.

Yesterday the Blue Jays sent the Chiefs four more players who will begin the season in Syracuse.  One of them, Adam Lind will be welcomed BIG TIME.  Lind has captured MVP honors in two different leagues on his way up and will likely continue his early career success in Syracuse this season.  Hopefully, he’s here for more than just a month.  Two of the Blue Jays other top prospects Alex Rios and Aaron Hill never saw June.

Also sent to the Chiefs was Russ Adams who will play everyday at Second base and corner infielders John Hattig and Rob Cosby.  Hattig who can play 3rd base and 1st base batted .277 for the Chiefs last season – his first in AAA with 32 doubles.  The line driver hitter with gap power needs ro improve on his power numbers (only 4 HR’s last season) to make the next jump.

Cosby not only played 3rd base and 1st base but also right and left field for the Chiefs last season and after hitting 18 home runs in his rookie season at AAA. 

Also sent to the Chiefs was righthanded pitcher Ty Taubenheim who came over from the Brewers last season and was impressive early as a starter and earned a promotion to Toronto in June.

Taubenheim now joins Josh Banks, Ismael Ramirez, Dustin McGowan and youngsters Michael MacDonald, Kyle Yates, David Purcey and Ricky Romero in a crowded fight for five or six spots in the Chiefs rotation.

Still with Toronto are righties Casey Janssen, Shaun Marcum and Josh Towers who are all battling Tomo Ohka and John Thomson for the final two spots in the Jays rotation.

Sounds like no matter what happens the Chiefs will be stacked with starting pitching.

Don’t forget that on Monday 5-6 PM The Voice of the Chiefs Bob McElligott will be broadcasting live from Dunedin, FL on 1260 AM ESPN Radio.

All week look for up-to-the minunte reports from Spring Training.


The Toronto Blue Jays continue to load up on pitching by adding righthander  Matt Rooney to their 40-man roster.  Rooney, 26, signed as a free agent after spending most of the 2006 season at Sacremento (PCL) when he recorded a 2.95 ERA in 47-relief appearances. He also appeared in 3-games with Oakland.   Rooney pitched in the IL with Toledo in 2004 and 2005.  Rooney joins a group of off-season free agent pitching help that includes Germi Gonzalez, Beau Kemp, Blaine Neal, Jason Scobie and Jean Machi.

That list will join Blue Jays prospects (starters) Josh Banks, Casey Janssen, Dustin McGowan, Ty Taubenheim, Ismael Ramirez, David Purcey, Michael MacDonald, Kyle Yates, Ricky Romero and veteran Josh Towers and relievers Ryan Houston, Davis Romero, Francisco Rosario, Jamie Vermilyea, Lee Gronkiewicz, Jordan DeJong, Tracey Thorpe and possibly late season acquision Jermey Accardo.

That’s alot of pitching to choose from with a whole off-season to go.

For more information on Free Agent signings make sure to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” this Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM when Chiefs GM John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker who will both return to Syracuse in 2007 and take your calls on anything baseball.

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