MAY 25th SCRANTON/WB (22-23) at PAWTUCKET (24-21) 6:15 pm
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders RHP Jaron Long (2-3, 5.18) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (2-2, 3.19)
Home for the Holidays – The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders cap the Memorial Day holiday with an evening game tonight at 6:15 pm at McCoy Stadium (with fireworks to follow the game) in the opener of a 3-game series and Pawtucket’s 6-game homestand. These two long-time rivals are meeting for the first time at McCoy this season as they play tonight at 6:15 pm, tomorrow night at 7:05 pm, and then Wednesday at 12:05 pm in a matinee that will feature rehabbing New York Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka starting for the RailRiders. The PawSox have a scheduled off-day on Thursday before the homestand continues with a 3-game weekend series vs. Louisville this Friday at 7:05 pm, Saturday at 6:05 pm, and Sunday at 1:05 pm.
Moment of Silence – The PawSox will observe a Moment of Silence prior to the game for Jim Skeffington, their late President and Principal Owner, who died unexpectedly while jogging on the evening of May 17 near his home in Barrington, RI. At the time of his passing, Mr. Skeffington, 73, was in his third month as the new PawSox President following the sale of the club to Skeffington, Chairman Larry Lucchino, and their new ownership group on February 23, 2015. Jim had also been the lead counsel to the Boston Red Sox regarding special development projects for the past 14 years. Jim was a highly respected attorney and a leading partner at Locke Lord Edwards LLP, one of the nation’s top 100 law firms. He was also a well-known Rhode Island community leader who demonstrated a strong commitment to the Rhode Island community and to numerous local non-profit organizations and people in need. Mr. Skeffington was laid to rest in Forest Chapel Cemetery in Barrington on Saturday.
Red Sox/Yankees Part I at McCoy – The PawSox and RailRiders (Yankees) will face each other 19 times this season in the newly formatted IL Schedule as the clubs will play 11 times in Moosic, PA (the teams split four of those games a month ago in Pennsylvania) and 8 times in Pawtucket (with this week being the first of three different series between the Sox and Yanks here at McCoy). Scranton/WB will be back for a 2-game set on July 2 & 3 and another 3-game series from August 24-26.
Tanaka Time – New York Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka will start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 pm at McCoy and will throw approximately 65 pitches in his second rehab start for the RailRiders. He went 3 scoreless innings vs. Durham last Thursday – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 Bb, 2 SO – throwing 41 pitches (25 strikes). In 4 starts for the Yankees this season he is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA – 22.1 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 7 BB, 24 SO. He last worked for New York on April 23 in Detroit (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R) before going on the 15-day disabled list on April 27 with tendinitis in his right wrist and a strained right forearm.
The Season Series Thus Far – These two teams met for a 4-game series about a month ago in Moosic, PA from April 23-26. The opener on April 23 was rained-out. The PawSox won the next night, 6-2 behind Henry Owens (his first win) and Blake Swihart (3 hits). The teams played a make-up doubleheader on May 25 with the Sox grabbing a 4-1 victory in Game 1 thanks to a CG (7-inning) effort from Eddie Rodriguez. The RailRiders gained a split of the twinbill with a 7-4 triumph in the nightcap. Scranton/WB would earn a split of the 4-game series with an 8-3 win in the finale on Sunday, April 26.
Stats vs. Scranton/WB in 2015 – The PawSox are hitting just .212 in the 4 games vs. Scranton/WB this season (25-for-118) with 2 HR (Humberto Quintero and Matt Spring). PawSox pitchers are 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA vs. the RailRiders (14 ER in 30 IP) with 1 HRA. Scranton/WB has outscored Pawtucket, 18-17 thus far.