Thursday, April 9, 2015

Opening Day: Norfolk Tides at Charlotte Knights

Here are the lineups:

Tides (0-0)
Nolan Reimold LF
Chris Parmelee DH
Dariel Alvarez CF
Christian Walker 1B
Steve Clevenger C
Jayson Nix 2B
Henry Urrutia RF
Michael Almanzar 3B
Paul Janish SS
Pitching: RHP Tyler Wilson (0-0, 0.00)

Knights (0-0)
Tyler Saladino SS
Leury Garcia 2B
Neftali Soto 1B
Matt Davidson 3B
Engel Beltre RF
Trayce Thompson CF
Matt Tuiasosopo DH
Kevan Smith C
Jared Mitchell LF
Pitching: RHP Brad Penny (0-0, 0.00)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV / ESPN 730

Notes: The Charlotte Knights open their sophomore season at BB&T Ballpark against the Norfolk Tides. … Last season, the Knights watched 687,715 fans walk through their gates over the course of 71 home games – the most in all of Minor League Baseball. … Tonight’s starter for Charlotte, Brad Penny, is a veteran of 14 Major League seasons. He signed with the White Sox as a free agent back in December. The righthander owns a career record of 121-101 with a 4.29 ERA in 349 big league appearances. … Jeff Shaefer, who is the only player to have won championships with both the Charlotte O’s and Knights, will throw out tonight’s first pitch. … The Knights played in two exhibition/scrimmage games at BB&T earlier this week and won both, defeating their parent club, the Chicago White Sox 10-2 last Friday and the Davidson Wildcats 2-0 (in 6 ½ innings) on Monday. … The Knights went 11-10 against the Tides in 2014 and 8-3 against them at BB&T. … Tides’ starter, Tyler Wilson, is ranked by Baseball America as the Baltimore Orioles No. 12 prospect. He went 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 starts with Norfolk in 2014.

White Sox top prospects (according to Baseball America) currently on the Charlotte Knights roster: No. 1. LHP Carlos Rodon; No. 11. RHP Chris Beck; No. 14 3B Matt Davidson; No. 15 C Kevan Smith; No. 18 CF Trayce Thompson; No. 19 SS Tyler Saladino; No. 29 LF Jared Mitchell.