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Winter League Wednesday Round-up

October 8, 2008
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Arizona Fall League

The much anticipated AFL kicked off yesterday with Indians farm hands playing for Surprise Rafters. In their opening game the Rafters lost 10-3 at the hands of the Peoria Javelinas who were led by Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes allowing only 1 hit in 5 scoreless innings with 5BB and 7Ks.

3B Wes Hodges was batting 3rd in the Rafters order and finished the game 0-for-4 with a K and grounded into a double play. INF Josh Rodriguez was playing 2B and batting 9th in the order and ended the day with a 1-for-3 line with a walk.

RHP Neil Wagner made an appearance out of the Rafters pen, entering the game with 2 on and 2 out in the 4th inning before stranding both runners on his way to 1.1 perfect innings of relief with 1 strikeout.

There was no place in the starting lineup for 1B Beau Mills and OF Stephen Head. Head is on the "Taxi Squad" for the Rafters, meaning he will only be activated on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Hawaii Winter Baseball

Indians farmhands continue to ply their trade for North Shore Honu. Since the last update on Sunday the Honu have gone 0-2 to drop their overall record to 2-6 on the young season.

Player Updates (10/05 - 10-07): -

LHP Matt Meyer - Made 1 appearance since the last update (10/05) working a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts. For the season, Meyer sports a 7.36ERA (3.2IP, 7H, 3ER) with 1BB to 4Ks.

LHP Shawn Nottingham - Has not made an appearance since the last update and still carries a 9.00ERA (4IP, 4ER) on the young season.

LHP Heath Taylor - Made his second appearance of the year (10/05) getting stretched out to 3.1 innings of work without allowing a run. Taylor is off to a strong start to the Winter season and is yet to allow a run in 5.1IP (4H, 0BB, 4K).

C Adam Davis - Appeared in both Honu games since the last update going a combined 0-for-4 with 2BB. Davis has an .083 (1-for-13) average through his first 5 games played.

3B Dustin Realini - Realini has not appeared in a game since the last update and is still looking for his first hit on the winter season having gone 0-for-13 in 4 games.

INF Ron Rivas - Rivas made his Winter ball debut yesterday (10/07) playing 3B and batting 9th. He finished his first game 0-for-4 with 2K.

OF Matt McBride - Since the last update McBride has spun off back-to-back multi-hit games and continues to play every inning for the Honu in LF. McBride was 2-for-4 with an RBI on 10/05 and 2-for-5 with 2 2B and 2RBI on 10/07 to give him 4 straight multi-hit games overall. For the season McBride is now hitting a healthy .345 (10-for-29) and is displaying his doubles power with 5 of his 10 hits going for extra bases.

Elsewhere, LHP Kaimi Mead made his 3rd appearance for his hometown Honolulu Sharks on 10/07 working 2.1 scoreless innings to lower his overall ERA to 3.86 (7IP, 7H, 7R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K).

The next update will be on Sunday when, hopefully we should have some Caribbean roster news to announce.

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