INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

I am sure you’re all relieved that there are only two more roundups for me to come up with hokey little titles.

The Norfolk Tides held on to maintain their 7-5 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, conquering the elements as they did so. The parent club Orioles made some pretty savvy six-year free agent signings this past off-season, among them the inexplicably consistently overlooked power-hitting Jon Knott from the Padres. Knott showed that his 32 homers and 100-plus RBIs last season were no Pacific Coast League fluke as he homered and drove in two runs in the victory. Joining Knott among the new Orioles family members are J.R. House, Terry Tiffee and the afore-mentioned Luis Montanez, all of whom could easily see time in Baltimore before long.

Louisville needed extra innings to dispatch of the Toledo Mud Hens, picking up a 10-inning 5-4 win as Tyrell Godwin scored on a fielder’s choice for the win. The game log included, in the 10th inning, this unexplained gem: onfield delay. We have no clue what that was about. Dead bird? Brawl? Potty break? And how would they it on Gameday?

The PawSox upended the Charlotte Knights, so Bomby has to wait another day for career win No. 1,557, but this blogger was sad not to see the name BOBBY SCALES in the Pawtucket boxscore. ATM fans may remember my vigil (which sadly went for naught) last year to get the then-Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons infielder onto the Triple-A All-Star team. This year Scales is with the PawSox and he enjoyed an outstanding big league spring training, opening a lot of eyes with the Major League club and, in fact, lasting with them not only all spring but for the exhibition games right before the regular season started. So I am starting my campaign RIGHT NOW to get BOBBY SCALES onto that Triple-A All-Star Team (unless, of course, he’s in Boston by then). But it won’t work if he’s not playing. Won’t you help?

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