AN OPENING SALLY …

In an effort to try to bring some sort of form and format to this 10-ring circus, I’m going to try to divvy these posts up into league updates, starting with the Sally League … but first I HAVE to bring you this observation from Kevin in Scranton regarding the SWB Yankees’ new mascot:

The Yankees also have a new mascot, The Holy Cow. It’s some dude dressed in a cow suit wearing the traditional red, white and blue Yankees top hat.

Anyway, on to a quick tour of Sally action …

  Hickory (Pittsburgh) took a quick 1-0 lead over host Hagerstown (Nationals) on a homer by newcomer Jamie Romak. Romak was the Minor Leaguer the club acquired along with first baseman Adam LaRoche when they dealt shortstop prospect Brent Lillibridge and pitcher Mike Gonzalez to Atlanta …

  Remember last year when the Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies) started off 0-9 before actually going on to win the SAL championship? Well, hopefully they do too so they won’t feel as badly about trailing Greensboro (Marlins) 9-0 in the first inning. Starting pitcher Carlos Monasterios, acquired from the Yankees in the Bobby Abreu deal, didn’t make it out of the first, giving up seven runs on five hits and three wild pitches.

  The Columbus Catfish (Devil Rays) staked Wade Townsend to a 4-0 lead early in their game against Kannapolis (White Sox) thanks to a three-run homer from Quinn Stewart in the first … Townsend, the Devil Ray’ top pick in 2005, missed all of 2006 following Tommy John surgery but had allowed one hit and struck out five through three innings of work so far tonight.

  In Rome, Ga., the Braves trailed Augusta (Giants) 1-0 as outfielder Tyler Graham basically manufactured his team’s first run, batting leadoff and singling, stealing second and third and scoring on a passed ball.

  The much anticipated matchup of the Greenville Drive (Red Sox) at Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) got a late start due to Opening Day ceremonies. Drive manager Gabe Kapler makes his debut in that capacity tonight, while Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester takes the mound in his comeback from anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

  In Lexington (Astros), the legends trailed the Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles) early, 1-0, as club ace Pedro Beato took the hill for the ‘birds and 2005 first-rounder Brandon Snyder staked him to the lead with an RBI double in the second.

  The Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) saw greg Veloz lace a triple in the first inning and score on a wild pitch as they took an early 1-0 lead over the visiting Asheville Tourists (Rockies).

  And finally, West Virginia Power superfan, the Toastman, no doubt had plenty to say when his team fell behind visiting Lake County (Indians) early, 1-0, as Adam Davis scored on an error.

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