ONE IN THE BOOKS …

  And we have our first final for 2007 as the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) beat the Columbus Clippers (Nationals), 6-1, to open Minor league and Triple-A International League play …

  Former first-rounder Sean Burnett got the win with five innings of six-hit shutout ball while Major League vet Tim Redding took the loss for the Clippers.

  Indy combined for 14 hits on the day, four of them from center fielder Nyjer Morgan in his Triple-A debut.

  Rehabbing Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

  For Columbus, outfielder Michael Restovich was 3-for-4 while first baseman Larry Broadway drove in the team’s lone run with the first homer of the Minor League season.

  And with 53 games to go tonight (one more got wiped out in the cancellation of Cedar Rapids at Beloit), please don’t be expecting this kind of detail on ALL of the upcoming games …

  Meanwhile, here is the latest from Scranton courtesy of Kevin …

Well, it’s 4:45 and the snow has started again. The Norfolk players are stretching and playing catch in right field as the squall begins to pick up. There’s still no talk of calling the game but it continues to seem like a foolish idea to play under these conditions.
Jesse Levis, the former catcher with the Brewers, just stopped by the press box. He’s scouting for the Red Sox now. I got to know him a little when he was with the Mets a few years back. Levis is a good guy who is from the Philadelphia area. His claim to fame is being on the same rookie card as Mike Piazza. he and Piazza were all-county high school players 20 years ago. Levis, however, was the catcher on the team while Piazza played first base.

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