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Two wins and two losses, and two teams a total of two wins from two milestones. Two more are waiting for the playoffs. Oh, and David Purcey threw two-thirds of a perfect freakin' game.

It was a good day.

Syracuse - Off Day

The SkyChiefs had Wednesday off. They are home for five more games, three against Scranton and two against Ottawa. Syracuse trail Ottawa by one game for fourth in the North Division.

Norwich 2 New Hampshire 1

Canadian Olympian Chris Begg returned to action and shut down the Fisher Cats, getting the win on an eighth-inning RBI single by Norwich leadoff hitter Carlos Valderrama. The Cats could only manage four hits, with the largest blow being an RBI double by Maikel Jova.

The encouraging news was that Jason Arnold pitched extremely well for New Hampshire, giving up just three hits, one run and one walk in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven. Ryan Houston relieved Arnold and took the loss.

New Hampshire finish this series off today and then head to Maine for four games against Portland this weekend to finish their regular season. They have clinched a playoff spot and their magic number for the Northern Division title is one.

Box score

The Game story explains that the Cats' champagne-in-waiting is Korbel. So it's not really champagne.

Tampa 8 Dunedin 1

The D-Jays were also able to scratch out only four hits and one run, a dinger by Biiiig Vito Chiaravalloti. Eric Abreu started for Tampa and continued his impressive showing in the FSL, though Vito's blast inflated his ERA all the way to 1.06.

Dunedin was never in the game; a seven-run second inning saw to that, with all the scoring coming at the expense of Neomar Flores. I can hear the doom-laden chords of the Imperial March as we speak. The relievers pitched well, as Tommi Ozuna, Tracy Thorpe, and Bubbie Buzachero combined to limit the Yanks to one further run in 6.1 innings. Jayce Tingler and Ryan Roberts reached base twice.

Dundein are home to Fort Myers today and tomorrow, and will travel to Sarasota this weekend to wrap up their regular season. The D-Jays are in the playoffs thanks to their first-half victory, but are still within striking distance of the West Division second-half title, three games behind Tampa.

Box score

The Game story is classified.

Charleston 9 Kannapolis 8

Mike MacDonald continued his rise through the system. Though his ERA rose all the way to 1.55, MacDonald secured another win for the Alley Cats as they disposed of Kannapolis. The bullpen did its best to dispose of MacDonald's victory, giving up seven runs after MacDonald left after the fifth inning, but the Alley Cat bats had staked their starter to a big lead.

The main damage came from the second part of the order, as David Smith, Rodney Medina, and Christian Snavely each had two hits, and Juan Peralta went 4-for-5. The Alley Cats were helped enormously by seven Kannapolis errors.

The Alley Cats are home this weekend to Lake County to finish their regular season. They could still finish first in the Northern Division in the second half, but are already in the playoffs thanks to their first-half finish.

Box score

Game Story very terse.

Auburn 4 Oneonta 3

Despite stranding 11 runners on the basepaths, the Doubledays managed to put four across the plate, and with the brilliant David Purcey on the mound it was enough to get by Oneonta.

Purcey showed why he was the Jays' first-round selection by throwing six perfect innings at the Tigers. 18 hitters came up, and 18 sat down again. Purcey really opened the throttle in his final inning, striking out the side looking-swinging-looking to finish with numbers of 6 0 0 0 0 5. Purcey knew throughout the game that he was on a pitch count (65 pitches).

Kristian Bell came in and immediately lost the perfecto, and very nearly the game, allowing three runs without getting an out. But Joey McLaughlin saved the day, and Scott Roy struck out two in the ninth for the save.

On offense, Adam Lind and Ryan Klosterman each had three base knocks, and Klosterman's fifth home run complemented a single and a double. Lind's three hits included two doubles.

Auburn are at home to Jamestown this weekend to complete their regular season. They are in the playoffs; their magic number to clinch first overall in the NYPL is one.

Box score

The Game Story from the Oneonta Daily Star focuses on Purcey's magnificent effort.

Pulaski finished 41-27, 2nd in the Northern Division

Three-Star Selection

Third Star : Jason Arnold, a very solid starting effort (6.2 3 1 1 1 7) and a tough no-decision.

Second Star : Ryan Klosterman, single-double-homer with two runs scored and two RBI, and his 16th stolen base. Warning! Warning! Five-tool college player! (Gee, I thought from all the criticism that such a player didn't exist in the college ranks...)

First Star : David Purcey, the first of many First Stars to come. Eighteen hitters up, eighteen hitters down.
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_Kevin Pataky - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#37304) #
So what's the news on Quiroz, Adams and Crozier? BA admitted they jumped the gun printing they had been promoted when they really haven't been yet. Perhaps today they go up??? Nothing in the official MLB transaction list from the Jays yesterday or today yet.
Coach - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:39 AM EDT (#37305) #
So what's the news on Quiroz, Adams and Crozier?

As I posted in the Roundup, there was no official word yesterday, but the press box rumour mill suggests a Friday arrival. I presume they'll just watch the first night, or maybe someone makes a late appearance as a substitute. No way you start Adams or Crozier vs. Mulder, so my wild guess is Sunday at the earliest.

I'm looking forward already to Purcey in Dunedin next year. He could, as the scouts like to say, come real fast.
_Marc - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:39 AM EDT (#37306) #
Ricciardi said last night on the radio that Quiroz, Adams and Crozier would definitely be up... and maybe Ryan Glynn, but they have to find room on the 40 man roster (Adams and Crozier also have to be added). I think the current roster is at 39, but I could be wrong.

My personal thoughts for who might be dumped: H. Clark, A. Lopez, M. Nakamura... Estalella and De los Santos could also be activated from the DL and released.
_Lucky - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#37307) #
Why did Dunedin place Tablado on the suspended list?
Craig B - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#37308) #
Estalella and De los Santos could also be activated from the DL and released.

Players on the 60-day DL do not count towards the 40-man limit.
_Nigel - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 11:08 AM EDT (#37309) #
I think the Jays are actually at 38 (although I might be wrong). I think adding Maurer put them up to 39 but I'm assuming he was designated for assignment rather than optioned. File, who came up, was already on the 40 man. They could bring up Adams, Crozier and Quiroz without dropping anybody because Quiroz is already on the 40 man. Glynn would be a problem though.

As for Tablado, if that's true, that would not be good and would seriously hurt his prospect status. Putting your best hitter on the suspended list right before the playoffs is a pretty significant step.
_Jonny German - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#37310) #
In regards to roster space, any reason Catalanotto can't be moved to the 60-day DL?
Gerry - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#37311) #
One of the reasons why players go on the suspended list is for failing a drug test. I have no knowledge if this is what happened to Tablado. The suspension for a failed drug test lasts for 15 days.
_Rob - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 12:02 PM EDT (#37312) #
I believe both Cat and DLS could be 60 day DL'd. That would put the Jays at 37 (or 36, if Maurer was DFA'd).
_Rob - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#37313) #
Upon further review:
The official site says "optioned LHP Dave Maurer to Syracuse."
ESPN says "designated pitcher Dave Maurer for assignment."

Well, Adams, Crozier, and Glynn are the only non-roster players who will be called up, so it doesn't matter if they have 36 or 37 men on the roster.
_Anthony - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 03:21 PM EDT (#37314) #
From 9/2/2004 Toronto - LHP Dave Maurer cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.
_Anthony - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#37315) #
From FSL website

Florida State League Post Season All Star Team - 9/1

Most Valuable Pitcher: Ismael Ramirez - Dunedin
Pitcher: (R) Ismael Ramirez - Dunedin
Reliever: (R) Edward Buzachero - Dunedin
Utility Infielder: Carlo Cota - Dunedin
Right Fielder: Ron Davenport - Dunedin
Manager: Omar Malave - Dunedin

Mike Frostad (Dunedin) was also named Trainer of the Year on 8/27

Many games in the FSL over the next few days have already been cancelled due to Frances. Dunedin is still scheduled to play at this time.
_Ducey - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 04:05 PM EDT (#37316) #
Baseball America did its top 10 shortstops in the minors list today. You have to be a subsrciber to see the list. Adams and Hill were in the Others to Watch category - not the top 10. Not really surprising given BA's penchant for young toolsy players
_Chris H - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#37317) #
I just noticed this as well...I was shocked not to see Hill in the top ten. I would think he has a higher ceiling, and is more toolsy then #8 Jason Barlett (Min)...mind you Bartlett has done okay at AAA this year (and had a very solid season last year)...

Barlett '04 AAA - .329/.414/.475

Hill '04 AA - .285/.373/.420
_Jordan - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#37318) #
Mind you, Bartlett will be 25 next month, while Hill won't turn 23 till next March. Placing Hill anywhere in the 7-10 spots would have been defensible. His .285/.373/.420 line compares very favourably to the .257/.330/.360 line posted by the average Eastern league shortstop, especially since he's playing against older competition.

That said, Hill's power really hasn't manifested itself yet, and nobody would call him a defensive natural at the position. I can see why BA might keep him out of the top ten. But I still think he'll be in Toronto sometime in 2005.
_R Billie - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 04:40 PM EDT (#37319) #
I think Hill is being held back by BA mainly because of his defensive question marks. He also didn't dominate AA offensively, just holding his own for most of the year before coming on in the second half. Still when you compare it to what Gross did in his first full year in AA after being drafted I think it bodes quite well for Hill in the future. I expect him to take a step forward next season. The question will be whether he stays in AA until Adams is called up to the big leagues. It sounds like they plan to leave Adams down on the farm for at least half the year in '05.
_R Billie - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#37320) #
One thing I've noticed about Hill is whenever he goes on a hot streak and looks like he's on a tear to hitting .300 he usually goes in a mini-slump before he hits .290.
_Nigel - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 06:06 PM EDT (#37321) #
I agree that BA's issue with Hill is defence. They have said on a number of occasions that they forsee a position change for him down the road. To be fair, that's really the challenge with evaluating Hill as a prospect. If Hill is a legitimate SS prospect then he might actually be the Jays' number one prospect. If not and he has to move to 3rd, then his value will depend on his power development. Even factoring in a possible position move I still think he's a top prospect, but I can see why BA might have reservations about naming him one of the top 10 SS prospects.
_Mick - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 07:14 PM EDT (#37322) #
Joey McLaughlin saved the day?????

What is this? 1981??
_Anthony - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#37323) #
Tingler gets first HR of the season.

2 for 3, 2 runs scored, HBP, Sac Fly, 2 RBI and a HR

Dunedin wins 10-1 over Ft. Myers.

Ramirez pitches five innings giving up the one earned run on seven hits, picks up his 15th win.
_Ryan01 - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:24 PM EDT (#37324) #
Fisher Cats clinch 1st place!! 2-1 win over Norwich behind another outstanding start from Rosario! I don't know who the playoff starters should be, but whoever they chose will be more than capable of shutting down the opposition. Enjoy the playoffs New Hampshire fans!
_greenfrog - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:35 PM EDT (#37325) #
In Syracuse, Russ Adams went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored. His average is up to .288.
_Ryan01 - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:37 PM EDT (#37326) #
... and Jayce Tingler flexed some man-strength down in Dunedin. It was a pretty great night on the farm. Don't miss tomorrow's update.
_the shadow - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 10:41 PM EDT (#37327) #
Being an old (really old) Jay's fan, I still break out in a cold sweat whenever I hear that name Joey McLaughlin ;)
_Peter - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 11:06 PM EDT (#37328) #
Third consecutive excellent start for Rosario and unbelievably some people don't think he should start in the playoffs. When healthy( 2years back) he was ranked as one of the top 5 pitching prospects in baseball and was compared to Pedro Martinez. He seems to be healthy again. He will certainly start in the playoffs. I will go a giant step further and suggest that if he has a succesful AFL, he will pitch next season in Toronto, possibly right out of spring training.
_Rob - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 11:27 PM EDT (#37329) #
Being an old (really old) Jay's fan, I still break out in a cold sweat whenever I hear that name Joey McLaughlin ;)

Being born in 1987, I still don't really get the whole thing. What would be the 2000's comparison to McLaughlin? Koch? Adams? Wasdin? Kerry?
Coach - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 11:45 PM EDT (#37330) #
Congratulations to the Fisher Cats players, Mike Basso and his coaching staff, GM Shawn Smith, the off-field personnel (like our pal Murph) and the entire Jays organization. It's been a truly great first season in New Hampshire; you should all be proud.

What a great problem to have -- "too much" pitching talent to set up a playoff rotation that pleases everyone. Rosario would actually have an extra day of rest if he starts the playoff opener, or Chacin, who goes in a meaningless game tomorrow, could start Game 1 on his regular turn and they could keep Rosario sharp for later with a bullpen outing. I'm sure that whoever pitches for the good guys, no matter what the role, will do whatever he can to help nail down the championship.

Hopefully, Binghampton is still reeling from that six game sweep that effectively decided home field advantage, and isn't it too bad they lost Kazmir? Go Cats!
_Anthony - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 12:10 AM EDT (#37331) #
I just saw on Yahoo that Toronto has made September Callups.

They purchased the contracts of Adams, Crozier and Glynn from Syracuse and recalled Quiroz.

They also transferred De Los Santos from the 15 day to 60 day DL.
_Rob - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 12:20 AM EDT (#37332) #
The AP story at Yahoo! is here. I guess we'll see more stories in tomorrow's Jays Roundup.
_Ryan Day - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 12:22 AM EDT (#37333) #
Starting Rosario in the playoffs is tricky. He's been pretty inconsistent post-surgery, but if his arm holds up he's the best pitcher the Fisher Cats have.

So do you say "he's on a roll now!" and have him start a key game in the playoffs? Or do you suspect he'll drop back down to Earth and worry about him getting chased out of the game in the second inning?
robertdudek - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 12:23 AM EDT (#37334) #
What would be the 2000's comparison to McLaughlin?

Try Jeff Tam or Doug Creek circa 2003 or Terry Adams when he was closer this year in early May.
_Kevin Pataky - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 06:25 AM EDT (#37335) #
Peter - no one ever said to not start Rosario in the playoffs - let's not go there again. Maybe he's snapped out of it and that's a good thing. Ryan Day, Rosario is the best pitcher the Fisher Cats have? That's really pushing it. Let's see if he can finally keep his string of quality starts going.
_Ryan01 - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 09:21 AM EDT (#37336) #
Perhaps "highest ceiling" is a more appropriate word than "best pitcher". As Coach said, it's quite a nice problem to have 6 of the best starters in the league on your team heading into the playoffs. I hope you make it to some of the playoff games and let us know how things are going Kevin.

I also agree with Coach that the Fisher Cats first season has been a great success, for the team, the fans and Da Box. Thanks to all the New Hampshire locals keeping us informed, the suberb radio team and the fantastic coverage from all the contributors at the Union Leader.
_Kevin Pataky - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 09:22 AM EDT (#37337) #
AP is Reporting TORONTO BLUE JAYS_Purchased the contracts of SS Russ Adams, 1B Eric Crozier and RHP Ryan Glynn from Syracuse of the IL. Recalled C Guillermo Quiroz from Syracuse.
_Kevin Pataky - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 09:24 AM EDT (#37338) #
Ryan01: I'll settle for "highest ceiling" - that works for me. I plan on going up for gm2 next Thursday and hopefully gm 3 & 4 of the EL Championship the following week.
_Ryan Day - Friday, September 03 2004 @ 05:14 PM EDT (#37339) #
I did qualify it with "if healthy". I don't think there's anyone on the Fisher Cats staff that compares to pre-surgery Rosario, based on all the numbers and scouting reports I've read.

He has been inconsisten this year, though, so who knows if he'd get shelled or throw a perfect game in the playoffs.
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