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Game Thread(s): September 9, 2006

Cleveland at Chicago, 7:05 PM (STO)

Starting Pitchers:

Chicago: Jon Garland (16-4, 4.37 ERA)
Cleveland: Fausto Carmona (1-8, 5.76 ERA)

Carmona will be on a pitch count, as he's ramping up to starting again. Hopefully the Indians wise up and keep him there, even if he has to return to Buffalo next season.

Akron at Altoona, 7:05 PM
Eastern League Playoffs
Semifinals, Game 4 (AKR 2-1)

Starting Pitchers:

Akron: Jensen Lewis (1-2, 3.89 ERA)
Altoona: Wardell Starling (6-5, 2.80 ERA)

What's so encouraging about Akron's success this season is that the Aeros' top four starters (Miller, Laffey, Smith, Lewis) are all 22 or younger.

Frederick at Kinston, 7:05 PM
Carolina League Playoffs
Mills Cup Championship Series, Game 1

Starting Pitchers:

Frederick: Matt Bruback (3-5, 3.69 ERA)
Kinston: Joe Ness (9-6, 3.62 ERA)

Ness, a 6th Round pick last year, quietly put together a solid season behind Chuck Lofgren and Scott Lewis; he's struck out 120 and allowed 128 hits in 139.1 innings.