Columbus RedStixx (Indians) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium
THE SERIES: Three games - Today through Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.
RECORDS: RedStixx (17-6), Jackets (15-9)
Today:/LHP Oscar Alvarez (2-2, 4.12)/LHP Luis Perez (3-0, 0.95)
Tuesday:/RHP Matt Wade (1-1, 3.38)/LHP Richard Rundles (2-2, 1.80)
Wednesday:/RHP Fernando Cabrera (1-1, 3.91)/Seung Song (2-0, 1.20)
SCOUTING THE GREENJACKETS
Augusta has won six of its past seven games entering its showdown with first-place Columbus, and are 6-1 at Lake Olmstead Stadium. ... 3B Tony Blanco, one of Boston's top prospects, went 2-for-6 with three strikeouts in his first two games since joining the Jackets. ... C/DH Bryan Barnowski went 7-for-19 (.368) with two home runs and five RBI in his past five games, raising his season average to .233. ... Starter Luis Perez has won his past three starts and has not allowed an earned run in his past 17 innings. ... Reliever Rodney Dickinson has recorded a save in his past three appearances and leads the club with six. ... Starter Richard Rundles is 2-0 with an 0.69 ERA.
SCOUTING THE REDSTIXX
Columbus entered Sunday first in the Southern Division, winners of five straight and eight of its past nine. ... RedStixx feature three of the Cleveland Indians' top 10 prospects, as rated by Baseball America - 3B Corey Smith (No. 3), OF Willy Taveras (No. 4) and OF Alex Requena (No. 10). ... Smith, a first-round pick last year who signed for $1.375 million, has three home runs and 15 RBI in his first 23 games, but is batting just .210 with a club-high nine errors. ... Tavares is batting .281 overall, but just .158 in his past five games. ... Requena, an SAL all-star last season who led the league with 87 steals in 2000, is back to start 2001 in Columbus, and is batting .318. ... Closer Jose Colon leads the league with seven saves and has a 1.86 ERA. ... Columbus pitching staff ranks third in the SAL in ERA (2.87). ... Manager is Ted Kubiak, who played 10 major league seasons and won three straight World Series rings with the Oakland A's from 1972-74.
NOTES AND QUOTES
R&R SPELLS RELIEF
The day off came at a good time for a Jackets bullpen that would have been short on available arms if there were a game on Sunday.
Reliever Rene Miniel, who made a spot start Thursday in place of injured starter Mauricio Lara, lasted only 1ä innings.
That forced the Jackets to burn up bullpen innings, with Tony Fontana going four innings and Joe Troilo pitching the final 3â in Augusta's 8-6 win Thursday.
"We would have been a little thin, but the off day really helped us out," Jackets manager Mike Boulanger said. "It puts us right back on track."
JACKETS ON DECK
vs. Macon Braves (May 3-6); at Columbus (April 7-9); vs. Savannah Sand Gnats (May 11-14); vs. Wilmington Waves (May 15-18).
Tuesday - Team Trivia and Two for Tuesday (two beers for the price of one).
$8 box, $7 reserved, $6 general admission, $5 senior citizens/active military w/I.D. and children 4-12, $3 children 3-and-under.
NOTE: Statistics do not include Sunday's games.
-Compiled by Rob Mueller