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Newsom's luck continues even with blown saves

By sstorm Published: May 31, 2008

If it's better to be lucky than good, than Randy Newsom is the poster child for the old adage.

Forget about the Aeros closer's league-high tying 15 saves. The way things have gone lately, Newsom can't even mess up a save without getting something positive out if it.

After notching 13 consecutive saves to open the season, Newsom has blown two of his last four opportunities.

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Season of change for Sardinha

By sstorm Published: May 30, 2008

He was looking for a change of scenery, a different baseball organization to take a look at what he could do.

What outfielder Bronson Sardinha has gotten instead is released, unemployed and now, sent back to Double-A.

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Pinckney streak ends, education continues

By sstorm Published: May 24, 2008

It's often taken for granted that when a Latin player comes to the states to play baseball, he will quickly pick up English. Little thought is given to just how difficult it is, in addition to making the transition to a completely different culture.

California native and Aeros second baseman Brandon Pinckney had the tables turned on him recently, getting a little taste of what it has been like for many of his foreign teammates over the years.

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Westbrook looks to follow Borowski to Cleveland

By sstorm Published: May 23, 2008

No official word yet, but based on the results and some candid thoughts after his outing with the Aeros Friday, Indians right-hander Jake Westbrook appears to be ready to be activated.

While on a major league rehab assisgnment with the Aeros Friday, Westbrook pitched six shutout innings, scattering three hits to help lead the Aeros to a 4-0 shutout over the Erie SeaWolves. The only concern he had was with his command, which was a little off as shown by issuing four walks.

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Borowski pitches one inning, declares self ready to return to Tribe

By sstorm Published: May 21, 2008

Few people really appreciated him when he was healthy. Now that's he's been gone for nearly a month, those same folks can't wait until he returns.

Guess it's like the old adage - you don't know what you've got until it's gone.

That's the case with Indians fans and embattled closer Joe Borowski - a guy who admittedly makes it tough to watch - but ultimately tends to get the job done in the ninth.

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Crowe happy to be back in fold

By sstorm Published: May 20, 2008

The hand-made poster was a poor-man's version of the original, a take off the gigantic LeBron James' black-and-white that hangs in downtown Cleveland unfurled across the side of a large building.

Yet, athletic-taped to the wall in the Aeros dugout was an 8-by-10 color picture of Trevor Crowe, with these words crudely scrawled upon it for all to see: The Real King of the A.K.! We are all witnesses.

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Monday's Aeros notes de jour

By sstorm Published: May 19, 2008

Aeros left-hander David Huff earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors Monday, a nod to his standout performance last week against Altoona. Last Thursday's outing was a seven-inning complete-game shutout in which he allowed just one runner to advance to second base in allowing just three hits and a walk. Huff is 3-1 on the season and leads the league with a 2.14 ERA and ranks seventh in strikeouts with 43.

BIG LEAGUE - Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson is expected to join the Curve today and play the remainder of the series in Akron. Wilson has been on the major league disabled list since April 4th with a torn muscle in his left calf.

HOT PINCKNEY - Aeros infielder Brandon Pinckney entered Monday's game with Altoona riding a season-high tying nine-game hitting streak. Over that span he has struck out just three times and is batting .375 (12-for-32) with three multi-hit games to raise his season batting average from .095 to 264.

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More rest than needed

By sstorm Published: May 14, 2008

The Aeros haven't played a ballgame in four days now. Well, four days and counting.

After being rained out at home Sunday and enjoying a scheduled off day Monday, the team headed for Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) Tuesday morning well rested and ready to get back at it.

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Newsom saves ninth in as many tries as Aeros top Thunder

By sstorm Published: May 10, 2008

Longevity records in Double-A baseball aren't usually much cause for celebration.

For, racking up numbers in the mid-level of baseball often indicates a player is staying in one place too long.

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Many shine in Aeros 1-0 win over Altoona

By sstorm Published: May 8, 2008

There's usually not a whole lot of action in a 1-0 game, but Thursday's early-morning one-run Aeros win over visiting Altoona was a thriller in many ways.

Let's start with right-handed starter Frank Herrmann, who tossed a season-high seven innings while limiting the free-swinging Curve to two harmless hits thanks to an above-average slider.

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Goleski gets a little too close for comfort

By sstorm Published: May 7, 2008

When it comes to the Aeros and umpires, it has not been a good start to the season. First-year manager Mike Sarbaugh has been ejected three times in the first month - including recent back-to-back games, and right fielder Ryan Goleski was tossed after an ugly incident near the end of Tuesday night's game.

In all fairness to Sarbaugh and Goleski, the umpiring the first couple of weeks of play has been inconsistent at best. The definition of a strike zone has not only ranged from umpire to umpire, but rather frustratingly at times, inning to inning, as well.

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Players switch sides in Aeros 9-4 win

By sstorm Published: May 5, 2008

Infielder Brian Finegan was struggling offensively through the first month of the season - that is until he got a fire lit under him in facing his old teammates.

Finegan, a former Indians minor leaguer who was released in spring training and picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates, began to find his stroke just as rivals Altoona and Akron began to face each other recently.

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Lofgren shows ace form in Aeros win

By sstorm Published: May 1, 2008

Left-hander Chuck Lofgren put his best outing of the season on display Thursday morning in the Aeros 6-2 victory over visiting Erie.

Despite entering the game winless at 0-2 and carrying a hefty 8.66 ERA, the 22-year old left-hander limited the aggressive SeaWolves to a run on six hits, issuing walks to three batters while striking out nine over six strong innings.

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