Game 125- Yankees vs. PawSox, August 12, 2008

The PawSox look to snap a two game losing streak, and gain ground in the IL North standings as they play one of a two game set with the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees tonight (7:05 pm) at McCoy. Phillip Hughes (0-0) is slated to pitch for the Yankees while Davern Hansack (5-10) goes for the PawSox.

I am at the stadium for tonight’s game…here is a look at the match-up…

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees (75-48)

LINE-UP

Brett Gardner CF
Matt Carson RF
Juan Miranda 1B
Shelley Duncan LF
Ben Broussard DH
Cody Ransom SS
Eric Duncan 3B
Chad Moeller C
Chris Basak 2b

Thoughts and prayers from across baseball are going out to Scranton Manager Dave Miley and his family on the news of the tragic death of his son yesterday in Tampa. You can read more here.

PawSox Manager Ron Johnson said the news of Miley’s death was a shock.

“It puts things in perspective a little bit. You realize how fragile life is” said Johnson, “It broke my heart. I have five kids, spread out all over the place. It’s absolutely devastating.”

The Yankees currently sit 1 1/2 games ahead of Pawtucket in the IL North Division. They took over first place when they won four of six games versus the PawSox in a home and home series played out last week.

Hughes makes his second start as part of a rehab assignment with the Yankees. He pitched well in his first outing last week against the PawSox, going 4 2/3 innings giving up one run on three hits. he walked two and struck out two in the no decision.

Pawtucket Red Sox (74-50)

LINE-UP

Jeff Bailey RF
Joe Thurston LF
Keith Ginter 3B
George Kottaras C
Dusty Brown DH
Josh Wilson 2B
Jeff Corsaletti CF
Gil Velazquez SS
Jeff Natale 1B

After riding the high of winning Saturday’s Futures of Fenway game, the PawSox lost the last two games of their series with the Charlotte Knights. The PawSox and Yankees are currently tied 7-7 in games played between the clubs this season. Tomorrow’s series finale is the last regular season match-up between the two teams.

Hansack makes his 23rd start of the season tonight and his third straight against the Yankees. He has had two respectable outings against the Yankees, earning a no decision August 2nd at McCoy while losing his last outing August 7th at PNC Field. He pitched seven innings in each start, giving up three and four runs respectively. He combined to walk five and strike out 15.

With the call-up of Charlie Zink to Boston, Edgar Martinez will take Zink’s spot in the rotation tomorrow night. Johnson said there are still discussions being had to see if the Red Sox will promote another player to replace Zink’s spot on the roster.

In terms of Zink’s future in Boston, the news that the Red Sox acquired RHP Paul Byrd from the Indians could signal that Zink’s start may be his only stint with the Red Sox.

Check in for game updates throughout the night…

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