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Triple-A National Championship: PawSox vs. Reno Aces

Posted by Craig Forde  September 18, 2012 05:26 PM

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Here are tonight's starting lineups:

PAWTUCKET RED SOX
Jeremy Hazelbaker DH
Tony Thomas 2B
J.C. Linares LF
Danny Valencia 3B
Andy LaRoche 1B
Bryce Brentz RF
Dan Butler C
Jone Hee SS
Che-Hsuan Lin CF

Nelson Figueroa RHP

RENO ACES
A.J. Pollack CF
Tyler Kuhn 2B
Josh Bell DH
Mike Jacobs 1B
Brent Clevlen RF
Taylor Harbin SS
Tyler Bortnick 3B
Ryan Budde C
Keon Broxton LF

Trevor Bauer RHP

Game time: 7:05 p.m

Expected game time temp: 71 degrees, with possible thunderstorms

Notes: PawSox hurler Nelson Figueroa has started the wild card clinching game for Pawtucket, as well as the first round clincher and the Governors’ Cup clincher. The 38-year-old Brandeis product is pitching in his 18th season of professional baseball having spent all of his time prior to this season with National League organizations. Figueroa started the season in the New York Yankees organization and went 7-2 at Scranton-Wilkes/Barre before being released in mid-July. The Red Sox snapped him up and added him to the PawSox staff where he went 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA over eight appearances, six of them starts…Reno starter Trevor Bauer was all of four-years-old when Figueroa was starting his professional baseball career. The 21-year-old out of UCLA has lived up to his billing since being selected with third overall pick by the Diamondbacks in the 2011 draft. He has compiled a 13-4 record with a 3.00 ERA and 200 strikeouts over 156 innings of work in the minors. He did also make four starts for Arizona this season, going 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA. Bauer was ranked as the ninth best prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the 2012 season…This will mark the latest into any season that the Pawtucket Red Sox have played. Before tonight it was September 15th, 1977 when they lost in the Governors’ Cup to Charleston…Reno is the home team for tonight’s game after the Pacific Coast League beat the International League, 3-0, in the Triple-A All-Star game earlier this season…The PawSox have outscored their opponents 33-14 over their seven playoff games thus far. The pitching staff is holding batters to a .179 batting average to go along with a 2.01 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP...The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network (check your local listings).

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