Saturday, September 13, 2008

Durham's season over

Durham lost big to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to end their season:

"The Yankees jumped on the Durham Bulls early and often for a 20-2 win and then jumped on top of each other at the pitcher's mound to celebrate the franchise's first Governors' Cup title in its 20-year Triple-A history. The Yankees claimed the best-of-five International League championship series 3-1.

Every Yankees starter had a hit for a team total of 18. Yankees shortstop and No. 9 hitter Chris Basak was 4-for-4 with two doubles, two walks and four runs."

Then came the good news:

"After the game, [Bulls manager Charlie] Montoyo informed Mitch Talbot, Johnny Gomes, Jeff Niemann and Minor League Player of the Year David Price that they were being called up by the Tampa Bay Rays, who are fighting for their first American League playoff berth."


"Gomes and Price will report to the Rays on Saturday; Talbot and Niemann will join the Rays in St. Petersburg on Monday.

Price last pitched Tuesday, "so he'll be available [for bullpen duty Saturday]," said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. "But obviously, with him not having much experience in the bullpen, it'll be something that we may approach a little differently. But as far as the particulars of the Price rules, it's too early to give any direction there. But tomorrow, he will be available to pitch in relief."

The plan is for all three pitchers to be used out of the bullpen.

"All three guys don't have much experience in the bullpen," Friedman said. "We're going to come up with something that we feel like works. We're fortunate it's September and we have a lot of options down there. We're going to think through it on all three guys.""

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