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It's Opening Day!
The Indianapolis Indians open on the road in Columbus against the Clippers, with Kevin Hart taking the mound at 7:05 pm. Former Indian/Pirate Brian Bixler is now playing for the Clippers (Cleveland affiliate). The Indians' home opener will be next Friday, April 16th.
The Altoona Curve open at home against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals) at 6:30 pm. Mike Crotta will get the start for the Curve.
Bryan Morris will be on the mound as the newest Pirates' affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders, play their first game at McKechnie Field. They will face the Ft. Myer Miracle at 7 pm.
The West Virginia Power begin their season facing the Sand Gnats in Savannah. The game begins at 7:05 pm with Hunter Strickland getting the start for the Power.
OK, maybe these two are not exactly prospects, and we should be saying "Indians Watching", since these two hurlers will be starting 2010 with the Indianapolis Indians.
Chris Jakubauskas is a 31-year-old righty who came to the Pirates' organization when he was claimed off waivers from the Mariners back in November. �The California native was a first baseman in college and went undrafted. �After several years in independent ball as a pitcher, Jakubauskas was picked up by the Mariners, and quickly advanced in their organization mostly in a relief role. �He made just one appearance at the AAA level in 2009, and spent the rest of the season in Seattle. �Between 8 spot-starts and 27 relief appearances, Jakubauskas posted a 6-7 record and a 5.32 ERA. �He pitched 93 innings for the Mariners and allowed 91 hits, 55 earned runs, and 27 walks, with 47 strikeouts. �He clearly gets a lot of contact on his pitches, and gets a lot of fly balls. �Unfortunately in 2009, 15 of those fly balls made it over the fences for homers. �Left-handed batters did better against him than right-handed batters. �Jakubauskas is on the Pirates' 40-man roster, since he was taken off waivers. �He made 6 Grapefruit League appearances in spring training with the Pirates. �In a total of 6 innings, he allowed 6 runs on 9 hits. �Those runs came in two games -- 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 1.2 innings on March 7th, then 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 0.1 inning on March 13th. �On March 23rd, Jakubauskas was optioned to AAA Indianapolis (this is his last option year left). �He will probably work in long relief for the Indians, and pick up some spot starts along the way. �He needs to work on allowing fewer hits and fewer gopher balls.
The Pirates made more roster moves this morning. �Righty starter Kevin Hart was optioned to AAA Indianapolis. �Pirates' management points out that, because of the scheduling vagarities, there will be only one time in the first 3 weeks of the season when a 5th starter is going to be needed. �With Hart in Indianapolis, he will have the opportunity to make a few starts during those 3 weeks.
Also optioned to Indianapolis: �3B Neil Walker and reliever Chris Jakubauskas.
INF/OF Brian Myrow, C/INF Hector Gimenez, and relievers Jean Machi, Wil Ledezma, and Brian Burres were all reassigned to minor league camp. �All five were signed as free agents. �Myrow and Gimenez both played for Indianapolis last season and with their minor league contracts were expected to return to Indy for 2010. �Machi pitched at AA and AAA in 2009. �All three relievers had an outside chance of making the major league bullpen.
Indianapolis Indians 7, �Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 5
Three home runs gave starter Daniel McCutchen plenty of run support, as the Indians won this afternoon's AAA level minor league game in Clearwater, Florida. �McCutchen pitched 4 scoreless innings and allowed just 3 hits and a walk. �He also struck out two batters. �It took him 61 pitches to get his business done. �Chris Jakubauskas pitched 2 more scoreless innings, with 2 hits and another 2 strikeouts. �The Iron Pigs runs all came in the final two innings of the game.
RF Jose Tabata got the fun started with a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning. �LF Jon Van Every added 2 more runs with his homer in the 4th. �SS Brian Friday homered in the 5th inning, another solo blast. �The Tribe added 3 more runs in the next two innings, piling up 10 hits.
Because of yesterday's rainouts and the fact that the Pirates did not have a major league level Grapefruit League game scheduled for today, starter Kevin Hart pitched in an A level game in Bradenton. �Hart pitched 3.1 innings, and gave up 2 runs. �Three of the four hits he allowed were infield singles and the other was a line drive into center field. �He struck out two batters in the first inning and walked two in the second inning. �He made a total of 74 pitches, and was working on throwing off speed pitches to left-handed batters.
Octavio Dotel, who has been sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle, pitched one inning (18 pitches) in another game this afternoon. �He struck out three batters and was pleased with his performance.