The Bradenton Marauders had to wait an extra day to find out who their opponent would be in the Florida State League finals and the best case scenario happened. Tampa won game three of their series in nine innings on Thursday night after playing a total of 28 innings during the first two games. That means that the entire FSL finals will be played at McKechnie Field, because Tampa's home park is undergoing renovations now. For the first two games of the series, Bradenton will bat in the bottom of the inning like normal. For the rest of the best-of-five series, Tampa will play as the home team.

Altoona evened up their series last night behind the pitching of Clay Holmes and a strong relief appearance by Jared Lakind. The series now moves to Akron, as does Sean McCool, who will be going ou...

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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.