Lineups: Altoona-Richmond 7/31

Jeff Locke

Going Dejan Kovacevic style here.

RICHMOND – Two hours to first pitch …

Game: Altoona Curve at Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:35 p.m.

Site: The Diamond.

Pitching: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP David Mixon.

Weather: 84 degrees.

Game Updates: My Twitter Feed

Lineups:

Altoona Curve:

4. Matt Hague, 1B
6. Miles Durham, CF
9. Locke, P

Richmond Flying Squirrels:

1. Darren Ford, CF
2. Nick Noonan, 2B
3. Thomas Neal, RF
4. Brandon Belt, LF
5. Conor Gillaspie, 3B
6. Ryan Lormand, SS
7. Skyler Stromsmoe, LF
8. Tyler La Torre, C
9. Mixon, P

Heading down to the field to see what Bryan Morris thinks of the Dodgers trade. Will update in a bit.

UPDATE 5:37 PM: Just spoke with Morris.  Here is what he had to say:

On James McDonald: He’s a good pitcher. He’s had some time in the big leagues with the Dodgers. He did well last year.  Excited for him to be here because he’s a good arm.  McDonald was a level ahead of me when I was there (in the Dodgers’ farm system).  I don’t know a whole lot about him, but he’s a good guy, and a good arm, so we’re looking forward to it.

On Andrew Lambo: Young guy, can swing it pretty good, good athlete. It’s been a couple years since I’ve played with him, but I’m excited for both of them to be a part of the organization. I was on the same team with Lambo in 2008 before I got traded.  Shortly after I got traded he got sent up to AA.  He’s a good athlete, he’s got a good stick.  He can make an impact.

On the Great Season: This year has been good, for the main part I’ve been healthy.  I worked all winter to improve some mechanical stuff, and that’s been a byproduct of my success.

On the Soreness last week: It wasn’t bad.  We just took a couple days off, skipped one start, did a couple bullpens between that.  It was just middle of the year fatigue, you know, because I had gotten to the point where I was past any inning amount that I’ve ever been to.  Just a little bit fatigued, I just took a couple days off and I’m good to go now.

On whether he has a innings limit this year: I’m sure I do, but that’s the farthest thing from my mind. My thought process is to keep getting better everyday.  If they send me out there to pitch, I’ll do my best, and if they say “you’re done” then I’m done.

On the number one thing he’s working on right now: Just being consistent with my mechanicals and delivery, fastball command.  Just the stuff we worked on all winter, just we’re just going to continue to carry it out throughout the year.

On whether he could end up in AAA by the end of the year: I don’t know anything about that.  That’s not necessarily anything that I’m thinking about.  I’m just trying to stay healthy and trying to get better.  If (a promotion) happens, wonderful.  If it don’t, that’s ok. My goal is to make it to the big leagues, and not making it to Indianapolis by the time the year’s over isn’t enough to deter me from working hard to make it to the big leagues.

UPDATE 6:18 PM: In the spirit of the Dejan Kovacevic style lineups post:

(Start DK impression) Thanks to the wonder of technology, I’m updating the 40-man roster page on my computer.  That would be my computer two hours away. After that I’m going to get some pictures of some of the Altoona players posing for the blog.  Then I’m going to snap some pictures of downtown Richmond.  And since I’m on the road, I’ll be posting reason #1,558 that I love Pittsburgh (assuming I make it back alive from downtown Richmond). (End DK impression).

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