High of 76 today. Snow unlikely.
A few notes about today’s starting lineups for the Nats and Astros.
-Former Chief Yunesky Maya is pitching for the Nats…..Jim Riggleman was impressed with him last time out. Found his fastball again in winter ball. One of maybe five guys who could be either a starter with the Nats or a starter in Syracuse.
–Roger Bernadina leading off. He’s in a mess of outfielders with Rick Ankiel, Michael Morse and a bunch of others….
-….including Jeff Frazier, an IL All-Star last year who’s seemingly made a positive impression on the Nats so far this summer.
-The Nats have chosen to use the DH today, despite in being an NL game vs Houston. We’ve seen Yunesky Maya bat once. That’s likely enough.
-On the subject of the Astros, their starting third baseman is Chris Johnson, the son of former PawSox manager Ron Johnson. Here’s a nice story on RJ from NESN:
More as the game progresses here and on Twitter @ChiefsRadio. Check out Inside Pitch postgame for interviews…..
Right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya, who was signed as a free agent late last summer, was named the Domincan Winter League Pitcher of the Year this week.
Maya, 27, a Cuban defector, joined the Nationals organization in June and made five minor league starts (2 at AAA-Syracuse, 1-1 0.82 ERA) before joining the Nationals in September where he made five more starts at the major league level, going 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA.
In the Dominican he was 4-2 with a 1.32 ERA in 8 starts for Escogido, recording 42 strikeouts in 41 innings earning him the League’s top pitching honors.
In addition, Nationals outfielder Eury Perez was named the League’s Rookie of the Year after he batted .345 with 21 stolen bases in 38 games.
Perez, 20, spent all of 2010 at Hagerstown (low A), where he batted .299 with 3 HR 42 RBI and 64 stolen bases.