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Morning Report: A Big Game for Clay Holmes and Altoona Tonight

Clay Holmes has thrown 136.1 innings in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Photo Credit: Sean McCool
Morning Report: A Big Game for Clay Holmes and Altoona Tonight
John Dreker

Bradenton made quick work of St Lucie in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs on Wednesday night. They now move on to the finals and a chance at their first FSL title. Altoona looked like they were on the way to a win in the first game of the Eastern League playoffs last night, but they turned a late 7-3 lead, into a 12-8 loss.

Bradenton got a little help from the other playoff series between Dunedin and Tampa. It took 13 innings to decide a winner on Tuesday night in game one of that series. The second game went 15 innings last night, and now those teams have to play again tonight, while the Marauders have the day off. Another plus is that the first game of the finals is in Bradenton, so even though the Marauders don't have the home field advantage, they will definitely...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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