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Danks Immortalized in Bobble-Form

danksbobble.JPGThe star of tonight’s show as the LumberKings close out a three-game series against Cedar Rapids will be neither an active King or Kernel, but rather, the John Danks bobblehead.

Folks from miles around flock to Alliant Energy Field once a year for this day.  In the past, the likes of Dave Stewart, Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser, Jason Bay, Grady Sizemore and Ian Kinsler have been immortalized with their Clinton likeness in bobble form.  Danks takes his turn tonight.

Danks pitched with the LumberKings in 2004 a year after being drafted in the first round by the Texas Rangers.  That season, he went 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 14 games, eight starts.

Since then, he’s passed through the upper levels of the Rangers’ system before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2006 in a deal that brought Brandon McCarthy and former LumberKing David Paisano to Texas.  Since his 2007 debut with the Sox, Danks is 42-40 with a 3.89 ERA, including 11-7 with a 3.23 mark in 20 starts this season.

The giveaway bobbleheads aren’t expected to last long tonight, but we will have some available to sell through the Souvenir Store.  You can obtain one in the near future by calling the Kings at 563-242-0727.

As for tonight’s game, the LumberKings try to break free from a 1-8 skid that has dropped them from third place to seventh place in the West.  The playoff hopes are still very much alive with 38 games remaining, but a winning streak needs to start soon. 

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
7.30.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Left-hander Nick Czyz (2-2, 4.34) will be on the hill this evening facing the Cedar Rapids Kernels, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.  Listen to the game on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Former Kings in the MLB Playoffs (Update)

An update on former LumberKings in the MLB Playoffs:

Jason Bay (’01) was a disappointing 1-for-8 with three walks and three strikeouts for the Red Sox as they were swept by Mike Scioscia’s (’77) Angels.  Gary Matthews (’95) went 0-for-1 in the series.

If the Phillies get by Jim Tracy’s Colorado Rockies and on to an NLCS matchup with the Dodgers, it still looks like it will be without John Mayberry, Jr. (’06).  Matt Stairs and Ben Francisco probably have the reserve outfield spots on lockdown barring injury despite going a combined 0-for-2. 

That’s it and that’s all for now.

-DL

Former Kings in the MLB Playoffs

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 09 postseason.JPGWhen the 2009 MLB Playoffs officially kick off this evening, the Midwest League will be well-represented.  Rather than dig up every Postseason participant that ever spent a day in the league, I’ll focus on former LumberKings (or Clinton players in general) that will vie for the World Series trophy this year:

Phillies:  None Active (John Mayberry, Jr. (’06) left off playoff roster)

Red Sox:  Jason Bay (’01)

Angels:  Manager Mike Scioscia (Clinton catcher in ’77), Gary Matthews, Jr. (’95)

That appears to be it.  I won’t do a full playoff prediction for the big leagues like I did the Midwest League, but my support will be behind the Colorado Rockies.  Manager Jim Tracy never played for a Clinton squad, but his son Chad Tracy was a LumberKing in ’07. 

-DL

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