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Morning Report: Altoona Could Use a Better Performance from Kevin Newman in the Playoffs

Newman will need to step up his offense for the playoffs. Photo Credit: Sean McCool
Morning Report: Altoona Could Use a Better Performance from Kevin Newman in the Playoffs
John Dreker

Bradenton won their opening game in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs on Tuesday night by an 11-6 score. They decided to go with Mitch Keller for the opener, despite announcing JT Brubaker would pitch the first game. That decision likely changed well before they updated the Bradenton website in the early afternoon yesterday.

In the Morning Report, I posted about Brubaker and his match-up with St Lucie, which I'll repost here instead of making you go back and check it. The only difference now is that the Marauders are now up 1-0 in the best-of-three series and the last two games (if two are necessary) are at home. Bradenton has a little leeway now with Yeudy Garcia either pitching game three in a must-win game, or game one of the finals. Here is the Brubaker write-up:
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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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