Monday, August 3, 2015

Charlotte Knights-Buffalo Bisons series probables

Bisons vs. Knights
At BB&T BallPark
Series probables
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Hector Noesi (1-1, 2.25 ERA).
BUF: RHP Scott Copeland (6-2, 2.41 ERA).
Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Kyle Drabek (5-6, 2.71 ERA).
BUF: RHP Todd Redmond (1-2, 4.21 ERA).
Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Brad Penny (5-5, 3.90 ERA).
BUF: LHP Randy Wolf (7-1, 2.48 ERA).
Head to head: This is the second series between Charlotte (59-51) and Buffalo (56-53), with the Knights losing three times in a four-game series against the Bisons in Buffalo, N.Y., June 11-14. Charlotte is currently 5½ games behind the Norfolk Tides in the International League South division, while Buffalo is third in the IL North, a half-game behind second-place Rochester and 4½ games back of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bill Kiser

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Game 100 lineups: Charlotte Knights close out home series against Durham Bulls

The Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls meet Thursday night at BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte.

Durham Bulls (49-48)
Boog Powell lf
Ryan Brett 2b
Mikie Mahtook rf
J.P. Arencibia 1b
Richie Shaffer 3b
Corey Brown cf
Nick Franklin dh
Hak-Ju Lee ss
Luke Maile c
Starting pitcher: Matt Andriese (1-1, 2.19)

Charlotte Knights (57-42)
Micah Johnson 2b
Drew Garcia ss
Jason Coats lf
Matt Davidson 3b
Matt Tuiasosopo 1b
Trayce Thompson cf
George Kottaras c
Chris Marrero dh
Tyler Colvin rf
Starting pitcher: Hector Noesi (0-0, 1.29)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Game 99 lineups: Charlotte Knights look to clinch series win against Durham Bulls

Here are the lineups:

Bulls (49-47)
Ryan Brett 2B
Taylor Motter RF
Grady Sizemore DH
J.P. Arencibia 1B
Richie Shaffer 3B
Corey Brown CF
Mikie Mahtook LF
Nick Franklin SS
Luke Maile C
Pitching: Bradin Hagens (1-1, 4.26)

Knights (56-42)
Micah Johnson 2B (second in the International League with a .326 batting average)
Leury Garcia SS (batting .368 in July)
Jason Coats LF (hitting .309 in July with four home runs, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored)
Matt Davidson 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo DH
Trayce Thompson CF (second in the IL with 38 extra-base hits)
Chris Marrero 1B (batting .300 in July)
Kevan Smith C
Tyler Colvin RF
Pitching: RHP Scott Carroll (3-2, 2.06)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Notes: Tyler Saladino, who was promoted from Charlotte to the Chicago White Sox on July 10, extended his hitting streak to seven games on Tuesday with a 3-for-5 effort against the St. Louis Cardinals. In Chicago's 8-5 loss, Saladino, 26, hit his second home run in as many days. Since joining the White Sox, Saladino is hitting .355 with a .968 OPS and has entrenched himself as the team's starting third baseman.

Roster moves: Charlotte right-hander Shawn Haviland was traded on Wednesday to the Colorado Rockies organization in exchange for cash considerations. In 19 games (13 starts) for the Knights this season, he went 4-5 with a 4.19 ERA. His most recent outing came on Sunday against the Norfolk Tides, when he surrendered four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Haviland signed with the White Sox organization on Jan 12. after spending the 2014 season in the Oakland Athletics organization.

In a corresponding move, first baseman Chris Jacobs of Class AA Birmingham was promoted to the Knights. In 11 games with the Barons, Jacobs batted .229. Jacobs was signed by the White Sox organization on Dec. 20 and started the season in High A Winston-Salem, where he hit .283 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 59 games.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky throws first pitch at Chicago White Sox game

Less than two weeks removed from playing in the NBA's Orlando Summer League, Charlotte Hornets' first-round pick Frank Kaminsky threw out the first pitch before Tuesday's Chicago White Sox major league baseball game.

Kaminsky, who attended Wisconsin and is from Lisle, Ill., grew up a White Sox fan. In addition to throwing out the first pitch before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals, he also took some swings in the batting cage.







Game 98 lineups: Durham Bulls at Charlotte Knights

Here are the lineups:

Bulls (49-46)
Boog Powell LF
Ryan Brett 2B
Taylor Motter RF
J.P. Arencibia 1B
Richie Shaffer 3B
Corey Brown CF
Nick Franklin DH
Hak-Ju Lee SS
Bobby Wilson C
Pitching: LHP Everett Teaford (4-6, 5.58)

Knights (55-42)
Micah Johnson 2B (his .333 batting average ranks second in the International League)
Leury Garcia SS (currently third in the IL with 27 stolen bases this season)
Jason Coats LF
Matt Davidson 3B (tied for second in the IL with 15 home runs this season)
Matt Tuiasosopo RF (has hit a team-leading six home runs in July)
Trayce Thompson CF
Chris Marrero 1B
Kevan Smith C
Tyler Colvin DH
Pitching: RHP Brad Penny (4-3, 3.94)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Monday, July 20, 2015

Game 97 lineups: Charlotte Knights open four-game series with Durham Bulls

Here are the lineups:

Bulls (49-45)
Boog Powell LF
Taylor Motter DH
Mikie Mahtook RF
J.P. Arencibia 1B
Richie Shaffer 3B
Corey Brown CF
Nick Franklin 2B
Hak-Ju Lee SS
Luke Maile C
Pitching: LHP Scott Diamond (9-3, 3.28)

Knights (54-42)
Micah Johnson 2B
Leury Garcia CF
Jason Coats LF
Matt Davidson 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo RF
Chris Marrero 1B
Kevan Smith C
Drew Garcia SS
Ethan Wilson DH
Pitching: RHP Erik Johnson (7-5, 2.73)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Notes: Micah Johnson was named the International League Batter of the Week on Monday after hitting .500 with seven runs scored, one home run and four stolen bases during the four-game week. Over his past five games, he has 12 hits and has scored eight runs. ... Trayce Thompson, who was removed in the bottom of the sixth inning during Sunday's game against the Norfolk Tides, is not in the Knights' starting lineup on Monday. After Sunday's game, Charlotte manager Joel Skinner said Thompson was removed from the game for precautionary reasons after dealing with leg cramps. Thompson leads the International League in games played, having played in all 96 of the Knights' games this season. ... Tyler Saladino, who was promoted from Charlotte to the Chicago White Sox on July 10, extended his hitting streak to six games on Sunday in Chicago's 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. His lone hit during Sunday's game was his first major-league home run, which can be seen below. He is batting .308 in seven games with the White Sox.


Roster move: Right-handed pitcher Nate Jones was placed on the Knights' active roster on Monday as a part of his major-league rehab assignment. Jones, who had Tommy John surgery in July 2014, opened his rehab assignment with Advanced-A Winston-Salem. In three games with the Dash, he went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Game 96 lineups: Knights look to split four-game series with Tides

Here are the lineups:

Tides (52-40)
Henry Urrutia DH
Rey Navarro SS
Christian Walker 1B
Dariel Alvarez RF
Steve Clevenger C
Sean Halton LF
Michael Almanzar 3B
Julio Borbon CF
Derrik Gibson 2B
Pitching: RHP Zach Davies (3-5, 2.70)

Knights (53-42)
Micah Johnson 2B (has nine hits over his past four games)
Leury Garcia SS (hitting .348 in July)
Jason Coats LF
Matt Davidson 3B (leads International League third basemen with a .965 fielding percentage)
Matt Tuiasosopo RF
Trayce Thompson CF (one home run away from 100 in his minor-league career)
Chris Marrero 1B
Kevan Smith C
Tyler Colvin DH
Pitching: RHP Shawn Haviland (4-5, 4.09)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730