BY RYAN ABER
Some notes heading into the RedHawks series opener against Reno (7:05 tonight):
-Zach Phillips will start for the RedHawks tonight, making his first start of the season. There was some thought that Rich Harden would start for the RedHawks tonight, and he’s likely to pitch a rehab outing for the team at some point, but instead it’ll be Phillips. Phillips has pitched well out of the bullpen, throwing 9 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over all or part of his last eight outings. The last runs Phillips allowed came July 17 in the first of two innings against Iowa.
-Guillermo Moscoso was scheduled to start tonight but was pushed back when it looked like Harden might pitch. Instead, Moscoso will pitch Wednesday.
-With Harden’s departure from the Rangers rotation, Derek Holland will start for Texas on Wednesday. Holland had been scheduled to pitch for the RedHawks on Wednesday. Insteadm the Rangers moved Tommy Hunter up a night and will slide in Holland against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Holland is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts and a relief appearance with the Rangers. When Holland is activated, it’s likely either Brandon Boggs or Pedro Strop will be heading back to the RedHawks.
-The RedHawks have another new face coming with the signing of infielder Alex Cora. Cora played 62 games for the Mets before being released a little more than a week ago. With Joaquin Arias‘ struggles in the field last night in Tampa, Cora could be destined for Texas as soon as the Rangers next homestand. He’ll join the RedHawks for Wednesday’s game.
-The RedHawks pitching staff has been a big part of the RedHawks success this year, turning in a league-best 3.91 ERA. The defense, though, has been less than spectacular. The RedHawks are third in the league in unearned runs allowed, with 84. Sacramento and Las Vegas are tied for first with 104. Tonight’s opponent, Reno, has allowed just 61.
-Max Ramirez will start at catcher tonight with Matt Treanor getting the night off. Chris Davis will be the DH, with Ryan Garko at first.
-Newcomer James Tomlin is still looking for his first Triple-A hit but showed that he has an arm in right field yesterday. Tomlin threw out a runner trying to go from first to third on a single and also made a solid throw to the plate that had a chance to get a runner earlier in the game.
-The starters for Friday’s and Saturday’s games are listed as TBA. Brandon McCarthy figures to start Friday against Reno as long as his shoulder is fine.