Welcome to Coop Scoop coverage of the 2012 season! The Hens continue their four-game series with Rochester at Fifth Third Field today. I’ve got a crazy night tonight, so here are some lineups, notes and links …
6:00 p.m. – I have a bunch of things to write today before I take a day off Saturday. So this will be a PRE-game blog, not an IN-game blog. Let’s start with the lineups, OK?
6:05 p.m. –The Mud Hens lineup for manager Phil Nevin. ... Leading off and playing CF is Justin Henry, followed by Danny Worth at 3B, Matt Young at RF, John Lindsey at DH, Danny Dorn at 1B, Jerad Head in LF, Bryan Holaday at C, Argenis Diaz at SS, Cale Iorg at 2B and LHP Adam Wilk as the starting pitcher. Rochester lineup is next ...
6:11 p.m. – The Rochester lineup of manager Gene Glynn ... Leading off and playing 2B is Tsuyoshi Nishioka, followed by Eduardo Escobar at SS, Matt Carson in CF, Chris Parmelee at 1B, Wilkin Ramirez in LF, Evan Bigley in RF, Brian Dinkelman at DH, Ray Chang at 3B, Rene Rivera at C and RHP Shairon Martis as the starting pitcher.
6:18 p.m. – A few moves were made before today’s game. … The Tigers recalled OF Andy Dirks from his rehab assignment with the Mud Hens – and stuck him in today’s lineup. But Detroit also sent another rehabber to Toledo: RHP Al Alburquerque is in uniform for the first time today, and manager Phil Nevin said he will pitch in Saturday’s game.
6:25 p.m. – Also, a roster transaction for the Hens: OF Jamie Johnson was promoted from Double-A Erie, and RHP Rob Waite was sent to the SeaWolves. This move had everything to do with balancing a roster: Toledo had 14 pitchers and just 11 position players before today … Dirks was the extra position player while he was here. Now the Hens have the more traditional breakdown of 13 pitchers (plus the rehabbing Alburquerque) and 12 position players.
6:33 p.m. -- A roster change for Rochester, while we're at it ... The Red Wings put RHP Lester Oliveros on the disabled list. Oliveros, a former Mud Hen, has a 1-2 record with six saves and a 3.07 ERA in 19 relief appearances for the Red Wings.
6:43 p.m. -- A few links here before first pitch ... Click here to read the in-game blog from Thursday's contest. Click here to read the game story from Thursday's game, which features Mud Hens pitcher Thad Weber. And click here to view the photo gallery from Thursday's game, courtesy of The Blade's Jeremy Wadsworth.
6:51 p.m. -- OK, as I get to work on today's game, a few promos for the coming days ... Saturday the Mud Hens will be wearing 1883 "throwback" jerseys ... blue jerseys with a tie at the neck. On Sunday the San Diego Chicken will be at the ballpark.
6:57 p.m. -- Working on a couple of stories, so I'm going to leave you. Thanks for reading!