PawSox/Yankees Pre-Game Notes – August 31, 2012

I’m here at McCoy Stadium making my PawSoxBlog.com debut, and what a great time to be making it as the PawSox attempt to clinch the IL Wild Card to mark back-to-back years in the playoffs.

Hopefully my debut goes more swimmingly than Zach Stewart’s Red Sox debut on Wednesday.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (82-58, clinched IL North title)

Chris Dickerson RF

Corban Joseph 2B

Ronnier Mustelier LF

Austin Romine C

Cole Garner DH

Melky Mesa CF

Kosuke Fukudome 1B

Kevin Russo 3B

Ramiro Pena SS

Ramon Ortiz (12-6, 3.44 ERA) P

Pawtucket Red Sox (77-63, leading IL Wild Card)

Jeremy Hazelbaker DH

Ivan DeJesus 2B

Tony Thomas LF

Danny Valencia 3B

Nate Spears 1B

Dan Butler C

Jason Repko CF

Jon Hee SS

Che-Hsuan Lin RF

Chris Hernandez (1-3, 3.44 ERA) P

The PawSox’ magic number to clinch the Wild Card over the LeHigh Valley IronPigs is two. The IronPigs host the Syracuse Chiefs tonight, with a start time akin to the PawSox’ opener of the final series of the season — 7:05.

Thanks to a six-game winning streak, the PawSox went from -1/2 game back of the Wild Card standings on August 24 to +3 games ahead of the IronPigs as of tonight. PawSox pitchers are 6-0 with a 2.16 ERA during the timely winning streak, with the offense boasting a .280 average (53-for-189).

I’ll have updates flowing through my Twitter feed all game. You can follow me here.

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