I just arrived at Reading, along with colleagues John Nalbone and Mike Ashmore, for Game 1 of the Eastern League Division Series.
Trenton takes on Reading tonight on the road, and will start Brett Marshall against Austin Hyatt. Hyatt, a former Florida State League Pitcher of the Year who also led the Eastern League in punchouts in 2011, was 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA against Trenton in two starts.
Marshall was 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in his two turns against the R-Phils. That record is a little bloated, however, because four of the seven earned runs he allowed to Reading were let in by a reliever.
As for tomorrow's pitching situation, there's been a little shake-up. Using sources known only to him, ace reporter David Aardsma reported on Twitter that he will be pitching tomorrow in Game 2, after flying back from witnessing his wife give birth.
Whether he'll start and piggy-back with Shaeffer Hall is uncertain, but that seems to be the pattern, judging by his last five rehab appearances -- at GCL, Staten Island and Tampa -- all of which were starts.
The 30-year-old was signed by the Yankees this offseason in the hopes of nabbing a cheap, quality arm on the mend -- think Jon Lieber -- who could help in a year. With the Yankees in the doldrums right now, perhaps he could be of service in 2012.
As I'm sure you've all seen by now, Luke Murton was bumped to Triple-A Scranton yesterday, removing the team's leading slugger just before the playoffs, a big blow, to be sure. Besides a middle-of-the-order bat, Trenton also loses its only true first baseman.
With Murton gone, here's how I guess Tony Franklin will line them up tonight:
David Adams -- 3B
Ramon Flores -- LF
Tyler Austin -- RF
Zoilo Almonte -- CF
Addison Maruszak -- SS
J.R. Murphy -- C
Kevin Mahoney -- 1B
Rob Segedin -- DH
Walter Ibarra -- 2B
Brett Marshall -- RHP
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