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Game Thread(s): September 6, 2006

Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 PM (STO)

Starting Pitchers:

Cleveland: Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.21 ERA)
Toronto: Ted Lilly (11-12, 4.70 ERA)

Altoona at Akron, 7:05 PM
Eastern League Playoffs
Semifinals, Game 1 (Best of 5)

Starting Pitchers:

Akron: Adam Miller (15-6, 2.75 ERA)
Altoona: Jason Roach (6-7, 3.65 ERA)

Kinston at Salem, 7:07 PM
Carolina League Playoffs
Southern Division Series, Game 1 (Best of 3)

Starting Pitchers:

Kinston: Chuck Lofgren (17-5, 2.42 ERA)
Salem: Jimmy Barthmaier (11-8, 3.62 ERA)

The organization's top two pitching prospects are  throwing in playoff games tonight. Adam Miller is pitching his best baseball of his career; since the All-Star Break, he's posted a 1.09 ERA, allowing 42 hits and striking out 66 in 57.2 innings pitched. Lofgren has slowed a bit since June (2.97 ERA since the break), but his overall numbers remain very strong: a 2.32 ERA, 108 hits and 125 strikeouts in 139.2 innings of work.

At the major-league level, Travis Hafner is still out of the lineup nursing a sore hand; Kevin Kouzmanoff will take his place as the Designated Hitter.