With another roster move, York’s outfield in flux

York Revolution outfielders James Shanks (left) and Scott Grimes (right) are dealing with injuries. John A. Pavoncello file photo.

Center fielder Scott Grimes is dealing with bone chips in right wrist. Left fielder James Shanks has tendonitis in his right knee.

So, as much as York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren wanted to play Wednesday night, the Revs might benefit from having a night off.

York(8-16) had to postpone Wednesday’s game against the Sugar Land Skeeters (11-14) because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a double-header with the Skeeters on June 19.

Outfield: Many things are in motion at this point withYork’s outfield. A day after declaring he would make changes, Etchebarren on Thursday traded outfielder Stephen Douglas to theLaredo (Tex) Lemurs, of the independent American Association, in exchange for a player to be named later.

 

 

OF Stephen Douglas

Douglas batted just .221 with two homers, six RBIs, six runs scored and one stolen base in 21 games forYork. Etchebarren also didn’t like what he saw out of Douglas defensively.

The trade of Douglas comes on the heels of York signing ex-major league outfielder Bobby Kielty on Monday. Kielty was set to make his Revs debut in Wednesday’s game in the designated hitter spot.

Injuries: With the departure of Douglas,York now has four outfielders on the roster. And two of them are battling minor injuries.

The bone chips in Grimes’ right wrist were caused when he was by a pitch in a game atLong Islandon May 8. He missed the next nine games as a result and returned to the lineup last Friday. But the injury is still bothering him.

“I’m probably about 90 percent. Some pitches hurt really bad when they come off the bat, others I’m fine,” Grimes said Wednesday.

Grimes might sit out the next few games to recover, Etchebarren said.

Shanks, meanwhile, is dealing with soreness in his right knee caused by tendonitis. It’s something the 33-year-old outfielder said he’s dealt with the last couple seasons.

“It’s just something I have to play through,” he said.

Lineup changes: Had York played Wednesday, the lineup would have seen a couple changes. Etchebarren moved outfielder Michael Hernandez, who leads the Atlantic League with eight homers, to the No. 4 spot and bumped slugger Chris Nowak back to the No. 5 spot.

A year removed from batting .330 with 25 homers in 84 games for the Revs, Nowak is hitting just .238 to this point with four homers. Etchebarren said he feels confident in Nowak turning it around after chatting with him Wednesday.

“He’s trying to pull it and he didn’t do that last year. He hit balls to right center and left center (last year). He trusted his hands,” Etchebarren said. “He’s not trusting his hands right now. He’s cheating to get to the ball.”

Blue Crabs preview: York will next face the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday in the first of a four-game series. The Blue Crabs enter having won six of their last nine games. In the previous match-up this season with York, the Crabs swept the Revs in a three-game series from May 15-17. Southern Maryland (13-13) enters ranking 1st in the league in doubles (61), triples (11),  fourth in hits (236), fifth in batting average (.267), sixth in runs scored (126), seventh in RBIs (115) and last in home runs (14),

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Making sense of roster moves: Revs sign ex-major league outfielder Kielty

OF Bobby Kielty

His team had just come off a 5-1 loss to the Sugar Land Skeeters. Andy Etchebarren had just watched his team collect five hits, a night after the York Revolution used nine hits to beat the first-place Lancaster Barnstormers, 6-3. Yet, the Revs returned to their inconsistent play again Monday. The last two days sort of sum up what York has been like the last couple weeks. A sweep of the Somerset Patriots, getting swept by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, then taking two of three from Lancaster. York (8-15) now sits 5 1/2 games back of first-place Lancaster (14-10) in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.

Despite York’s hitting woes on Monday night, Etchebarren appeared confident in his ball club. And a lot of that may have to do with the flurry of moves York made on Monday (and the possible moves that could be looming in the near future). Maybe the Revs skipper feels that help is on the way.

York made three moves on Monday, signing ex-major league outfielder Bobby Kielty and relief pitcher Andy Wells while trading away utility infielder Joe Spiers to the Lincoln Saltdogs, of the independent American Association, for a player to be named later.

Though Kielty is 35 and has yet to play this season, he could be an upgrade to the current crop of York Revolution outfielders. (Etchebarren said Monday night that Kielty will be in uniform for Tuesday’s home game against Sugar Land but will not play).

Kielty has played in 599 career major league games for Minnesota, Toronto, Oakland and Boston between 2001 and 2007. In the majors, Kielty has accumulated 53 home runs and 253 RBIs, with a .254 average. His last at-bat in the majors was a homer in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series that gave Boston a 4-1 lead. The Red Sox ended up winning the deciding Game 4 by a final score of 4-3.

Primarily a corner outfielder during his career, Kielty does have major and minor league starts in center field and at first base as well. What that means for the current crop of Revolution outfielders remains to be seen. But it’s clear York has made the move to upgrade its offense, which sits last in the Atlantic League in several categories.

Kielty gives York five outfielders, joining centerfielder and lead-off man Scott Grimes, corner outfielders Michael Hernandez and James Shanks and outfielder Stephen Douglas.

Douglas and Grimes have given York little to no production at the top of the lineup thus far. Grimes returned to action over the weekend after missing nine games because of bone chips in his right wrist that were caused when he was hit by a pitch in a game against Long Island on May 8. Grimes is batting .222 (4-for-18 through Monday) since his return. And he was seen during Monday’s game shaking his wrist. So, who knows how healthy he is? For the year, Grimes is batting just .161.During Grimes’s absence, Douglas served as York’s lead-off man, but hit just .129 (4-for-31). For the season, he’s batting .207.

Michael Hernandez has been one of York’s best hitters. Despite his .261 average, Hernandez’s seven home runs is tied for first in the Atlantic League and his 19 RBIs is third among all players.

With all the moves made Monday, York now has 25 players on the active roster (12 position players and 13 pitchers). Atlantic League clubs can carry as many as 27 players until the end of the month, at which point rosters have to be paired down to 25. So, York could very well keep its current group of active players. Still, it’s likely we’ll see an outfielder be moved (either off the active roster or away from the team) at some point in the near future considering York doesn’t need five outfielders.

RHP Andy Wells

WELLS: Wells, 24, is mainly being brought on board to give York some pitching depth over the next couple weeks. York will play seven games this week and eight next week (there’s a double-header scheduled at Long Island on June 2) And with reliever Ricardo Gomez and Shaun Garceau still recovering from injuries and reliever Ian Thomas recently being picked up by the Atlanta Braves, the Revs are in need of some bodies in the ‘pen. Wells had a 6.88 ERA in five collegiate seasons split between Siena College and Wagner College. He’s split time between four independent ball clubs in his first two pro seasons, accumulating an 8.68 ERA.

Hill scratched from start: There’s only been a handful of times where York Revolution starting pitchers have gone past the fifth inning in a game so far this season. And the best pitcher, by far, has been left-hander Ryan Feierabend (2-1, 2.67 ERA). It’s likely just a matter of time before a big league club comes calling for Feierabend’s services, which won’t help York one bit.

Then on Monday, Etchebarren said right-hander Shawn Hill is being scratched from his Tuesday start because of soreness in the left part of his back. The right-hander went four scoreless innings against Southern Maryland on May 17 in his first start for York. But there should be reason to be concerned about Hill, who has undergone a number of surgeries and missed plenty of playing time since 2004. Etchebarren hopes Hill will miss just one start.

Left-hander Yunior Novoa will start in place of Hill on Tuesday against Sugar Land. That doesn’t help York’s bullpen, which combined to toss 5.2 innings on Monday night. Novoa has started three times for York this year, but only made it past the fifth inning once. The ‘pen will likely be called upon again to do some heavy lifting on Tuesday unless Novoa has several short-inning outings.

So, while the Revs are busy figuring out how to improve the offense, they might soon be turning their attention to the pitching given the number of innings the relievers have thrown to this point and the possibility of Feierabend being picked up in the near future. The good news is that, if a move needs to be made, Etchebarren and his counterparts have already proven they’re not fine with just sitting still.

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Revs are playing better, but can they sustain success?

York will head to Southern Maryland this week looking to extend its three-game winning streak. Randy Flaum file photo.

By now we know that York has won three games in a row, having swept the Somerset Patriots over the weekend. It’s York’s first three-game winning streak of the season. Now in their fourth week of the season, it appears the Revs have finally turned a corner. Or have they? The next couple series (three games at Southern Maryland, three games at Lancaster) could very well tell us the answer.

Just last Thursday, York had come off being swept by the Long Island Ducks in a three-games series. It looked as though a closed-door meeting called by Revs manager Andy Etchebarren earlier in the week hadn’t done much for the players. So, upon returning home this past Friday – York finished Thursday’s double-header at Long Island well past midnight and got back to York around 5 a.m. – outfielder James Shanks checked with Etch’ to see if it was OK to hold a players-only meeting before Friday’s game against the Patriots.

“I think they got on each other about the way they were playing,” Etchebarren said Sunday night. “They weren’t doing any good so Shanks called the meeting. I didn’t ask what they talked about or anything like that.”

Whatever was said in that meeting may have made a difference, as the Revs went out and swept the Pats’ by a combined score of 24 to 14.

“We recognized what we were doing wrong and took a look in the mirror and found out we needed something to change,” catcher Travis Scott said following Sunday’s 4-1 win. “I think each individual in this clubhouse did that and you could see it on the field. We were playing harder, especially this series.”

After winning just three of their first 13 games, York (6-10) has now won three in a row for the first time this season. The Revs have scored 63 runs in their last 10 games (6.3 runs per game) after beginning the year with just nine runs in their first six games.

By defeating Somerset (9-8), York stayed within 3.5 games of the Lancaster Barnstormers (10-7) for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.

Revolution outfielder Michael Hernandez's six homers leads the league. Randy Flaum file photo.

Hitting: And there is reason to believe York can sustain their recent success. Somerset entered last week’s series against York as one of the hottest teams in the Atlantic League. At 9-4, the Pats had just come off a sweep of the Sugar Land Skeeters and had won eight of their last nine games before running into a roadblock in York. Not including the nine-spot York put up in Game 2 against the Patriots (Somerset starter Mike MacDonald left in the first inning with an injury, meaning the Pats’ bullpen had to combine to pitch pretty much an entire game) the Revs scored a combined nine runs off of starters Justin Cassel and Douglas Arguello.

Cassel (the younger brother of Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel) is a former Chicago White Sox prospect who played at Class AAA Charlotte nearly all of the 2009 season and sparingly in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Prior to facing York, Cassel had only given up a combined five runs in three separate starts against Sugar Land, Lancaster and Long Island. His seven strikeouts against York over the weekend now gives him 21 Ks on the year, good enough for second in the league through Sunday. Arguello is a former Houston Astros and Texas Rangers prospect who played at the Class AAA level the entire 2011 season. So, York has put up some runs as of late, and have done it against a couple talented pitchers.

Pitching: And York’s pitchers have done a lot better in recent starts. While still building up arm strength, right-hander Corey Thurman has given up a combined four earned runs in his last two starts (eight innings total) after not looking sharp in his first two starts of the year. Though the numbers are misleading, left-hander Yunior Novoa had his best outing of the year on Friday against Somerset. Novoa held Somerset to just two runs through the first five innings before leaving in the sixth with runners on second and third with one out. Reliever Stephen Penney came in at that point and surrendered an RBI groundout and RBI single. Finally, lefty Ryan Feierabend (6.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER on Sunday) is looking every bit of a former major leaguer. It’s likely just a matter of time before a big league club comes calling for his services.

A look ahead: York hits the road on Tuesday for Southern Maryland (7-10), where the teams will play the first of a three-game series that night. Tuesday will mark the first of a six-game road trip for York, who will travel to Lancaster (10-7) after finishing up with the Blue Crabs. The Revs will face Southern Maryland right-hander Ben Moore (1-1, 2.21 ERA) on Tuesday night. Moore enters with a 2.21 ERA (top six in the league) and has allowed just five combined runs so far in three separate starts against Bridgeport, Somerset and Lancaster.

Though the Blue Crabs will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak, they will enter with the second-best ERA in the league (3.71, behind Lancaster’s 3.65 ERA). Southern Maryland enters the series struggling at the plate despite leading the league in doubles (40) and triples (8). The Blue Crabs are at or near the bottom of the league in runs scored (75), hits (143), homers (8) and RBIs (67). It’ll be interesting to see how York’s bats do this week against two of the better pitching teams in the league.

I know the York of the past week is a lot different than the team we saw in the first two weeks of the season. But just for fun, thought I’d throw out the stats at where York sits in the league. The Revs have scored 72 runs (tied last league), have 122 hits (last), 15 doubles (last), one triple (last), 70 RBIs (6th), and are batting .236 (last). However, York’s 23 homers leads the league. York pitchers have given up 88 earned runs (7th), 164 hits (7th), 64 walks (5th) and struck out just 95 batters (tied last). The team’s 5.91 ERA is last in the league.

Here’s a look at the possible pitching match-ups for the Southern Maryland series:

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.: York LHP Chris Cody vs. RHP Ben Moore (1-1, 2.21 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.: York RHP Shawn Hill (0-0, 36.00 ERA) vs. TBA

Thursday, 7:05 p.m.: York LHP Yunior Novoa (0-1, 6.08 ERA) vs. TBA

CF Scott Grimes

Grimes update: There’s a very good possibility center fielder Scott Grimes will return to the lineup this week. He has missed York’s last five games after being hit by a pitch in his right wrist in Tuesday’s game against Long Island. He said Sunday night he’s recovering from bone chips in his right wrist. He took batting practice before Sunday’s game and will do so again on Tuesday at Southern Maryland.

Hill to start, Javier to pen: As you saw above, right-hander Shawn Hill will get his first start of the year on Wednesday. He’ll be starting in place of righty Omar Javier, who will be in the bullpen this week. Javier last started at Long Island on Thursday and went just two innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on five hits with three walks. So, while Hill hasn’t put up great numbers out of the ‘pen, he might still be a better option than what Javier has done thus far.

Hill has been a starter his entire career. He finished the 2010 season in the majors but missed the entire 2011 season while dealing with a blood circulation issue in his throwing arm. He’s come out of the bullpen twice for York this year, giving up a combined eight runs on 11 hits in two innings of work. Revs pitching coach Mark Mason thinks putting Hill back in a familiar situation of starting might be good for him.

“His bullpens look really good. I just think when he gets in the games right now he’s a little bit too pumped up,” Mason said of Hill on Sunday. “He never pitched out of the bullpen so that’s a different pace for him, too.”

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Hill topper: Revs upgrade starting rotation

RHP Shawn Hill

When it comes to surgeries, Shawn Hill could probably write a medical book.

–Tommy John surgery to his right throwing elbow in 2004.

–Surgery to repair a separated left shoulder in 2007.

–Tommy John surgery again to his right elbow in 2009.

–Oh, yeah, he also had his elbow scoped in 2008 and 2009.

–Finally, he’s hoping his most recent surgery in February will be his last.

Hill, a former major league starting pitcher, arrived in York on Thursday. The right-hander is set to see game action on Saturday against Bridgeport, and he’ll likely be worked into the starting rotation sometime soon.

He says this is the healthiest he’s felt since 2004 when he first reached the big leagues with the Montreal Expos.

The reason for his optimism is somewhat complicated, but Hill basically feels like he’s been misdiagnosed for the past eight years. And the most recent surgery in which he had a rib removed may have finally fixed him.

Hill talks with Corey Thurman in the dugout during the York Revolution's game with Camden at Sovereign Bank Stadium Thursday. Bill Kalina photo

Vascular surgery: While he had been feeling pain in his right elbow, the problem wasn’t with the elbow after all. Rather, it was a matter of correcting a blood circulation issue.

“Essentially I wasn’t getting the right circulation (to my arm) so the nerves (in my elbow) ended up getting damaged and not functioning properly,” Hill said.

To repair the problem, the 31-year-old Hill underwent vascular surgery in February, this time to remove a rib under his right clavicle.

“It’s a small rib. You would never even know it’s there,” Hill said. “So, they removed that and the part of the muscle that goes through the area.”

Hill had been dealing with the pain in his arm for years. He reached the big leagues for the sixth time in his career at the end of the 2010 season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He said he pretty much pitched through that entire season despite experiencing severe pain after games.

The following spring training, the then Florida Marlins released Hill because the pain returned in his elbow.

“Last year after spring training it was basically up to me to find an answer,” he said. “So, I had stem cell treatment done to see if it would help. I don’t know if it did or not.”

Hill went on to pitch for Team Canada in the 2011 Pan-Am Games in October, all the while still looking around for answer to fix his arm.

The Florida resident ended up talking to the team doctor of the Tampa Bay Rays, who suggested seeing a vascular surgeon in Dallas.

Effective: Given what he’s been through, Hill has thought about walking away from the game. But he’s put up decent numbers in the majors, despite not feeling 100 percent.

In 44 combined starts spanning from 2004 to 2010, Hill has a career 9-18 record and 4.47 ERA at the big league level.
“It’s just tough to say why I should be walking away from everything when I can be effective if I’m fine,” he said.
Hill said he feels fine now. He just has to show he’s still effective.

Revs’ Upgrade: If Hill is healthy, he might end up being a good addition to a starting rotation that, quite frankly, hasn’t been very good. Before Ryan Feierabend’s start on Wednesday (Feierabend threw five scoreless innings against Camden on Wednesday), Revs starters had a combined 6.87 ERA. With Chris Cody surrending nine earned runs in 3.1 innings on Thursday, the ERA for Revs starters has ballooned to 7.76.

York Revolution's Scott Grimes passes third-base coach Enohel Polanco after hitting his second homer in consecutive at-bats and innings on Thursday. Bill Kalina photo

Results from Thursday’s game: York fell to 2-5 with a 15-10 loss in the series finale against the Camden Riversharks on Thursday at Sovereign Bank Stadium. While the pitching wasn’t great, the bats finally came alive. York collected double-digit hits and double-digit runs for the first time this season, and also surpassed six hits in a game for the first time this year.

Scott Grimes hit two solo homers. He became the all-time leader in home runs hit by a Revolution player at Sovereign Bank Stadium (18). He moved into a second-place tie with Matt Dryer for the most homers in a Revs’ uniform (35). It marked the fourth time in his Revolution career he had a multiple-homer game, tying Jason Aspito for the club record.

Second baseman Andres Perez also clubbed a grand slam in the sixth inning. Outfielder Stephen Douglas made it back-to-back homers after Grimes hit his first in the fourth inning. Douglas has now hit safely in five straight games, the Revs’ longest hitting streak so far this season.

Roster moves: We found out Wednesday that Etch’ moved lefty Jesus Sanchez out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen. He also named righty Omar Javier and lefty Yunior Novoa the team’s No. 4 and No. 5 starters. It’s likely Hill will be moved into the starting rotation sooner rather than later, so somebody is going to be the odd man out. Jesus Sanchez is scheduled to see time out of the bullpen on Friday. Javier and Novoa will start on Friday and Saturday, respectively. So, the performances of Sanchez, Javier and Novoa this week might have an effect on their future with the Revs.

It sounds like the Revs are going to make some roster moves on Friday. Etch’ had said earlier in the week he didn’t like what he saw out of reliever Ricardo Gomez. And he has been upset in the past with reliever Santo Luis, saying he thought Luis was going to be a guy that could throw in the mid-90s, but has only thrown in the high 80s. Luis surrendered a two-run homer in Thursday’s game. When asked about Luis afterwards, Etch’ had this to say to reporters:

“I’ll have a meeting with my coaches here after you guys leave, and I’ll let you know tomorrow.”

Bridgeport preview: The Revs will next host the Bridgeport Bluefish for a three-game series. (Note* All stats through Wednesday for Bridgeport) The ‘Fish thus far have a team .269 batting average (second-best in the Atlantic League) and 3.15 team ERA (fourth in the league). Their 24 total runs through Wednesday is tied with Lancaster for second-worst in the league. Bridgeport is the only team left (through Wednesday) in the league to not hit a home run.

With Thursday’s 10-run, 11-hit performance, York upped its team batting average from .163 to .184 (which still ranks dead last in the league). York’s 19 total runs is also last in the league. Since I’m posting this before the league’s other three games are played Thursday night, take this stat for what it’s worth: York’s team ERA is now 5.40, which is second-to-last at this point in the league.

Here are the projected starters for the three-game set with Bridgeport:

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: York RHP Omar Javier (0-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. Matt Pike (0-1, 2.25 ERA)

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: York LHP Yunior Novoa (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Isaac Hess (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sunday, 5 p.m.: York RHP Corey Thurman (0-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. LHP Gilbert De La Vara (0-0, 7.71 ERA)

Quotebook: Revolution officials on Wednesday said they were looking for a bat boy for Thursday’s game. So, York Dispatch columnist Larry Hicks took the Revs up on the offer. When asked about the performance of Hicks after the game, Etch’ had this to say:

“He looked worn out. He’ll probably go home, have three beers and go to bed.”

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Revolution News & Notes, March 26

Center fielder Scott Grimes (above) will return to York for the third time. Randy Flaum file photo.

Well, two-thirds of York’s starting outfield is signed on for the 2012 season. Earlier this year, the team announced left-fielder James Shanks is returning. On Monday, center fielder Scott Grimes became filled another slot.

By now, Grimes has built his own legacy with the Revs. Check out some of his stats here.

But his numbers did fall off a little last season.

The 2010 season saw Grimes put together one of the top individual seasons in Atlantic League history, scoring a league-record 138 runs in 132 games, 30 more than any other player in the league, and 12 more than any other player in pro baseball that season. He also batted .312, belted 17 home runs and stole a team-record 28 bases, earning Atlantic League Co-Player of the Year honors, as well as a spot on Baseball America’s All-Independent First Team. In addition, Grimes was a midseason and postseason selection to the Atlantic League’s All-Star teams.

In 2011, Grimes batted .268 with 15 home runs and 21 stolen bases for the Revolution last season. Still, he led the league in runs scored for a second consecutive year, crossing the plate 97 times in 115 games. Grimes also drew the second-most walks in the league with 70.
Revs’ manager Andy Etchebarren said Monday evening that Grimes’ 2011 season should show something about the kind of player he is.

“He had an off season last year and scored (nearly) 100 runs. Really, that’s not a bad season,” Etchebarren said. “It wasn’t the season he had before (in 2010), but when you have a lead-off hitter that can scoree 100 runs, that’s pretty good.”

I agree. Had it not been for a sluggish start to the 2011 season, we wouldn’t even be calling last year a down one for Grimes.

Through the first month of the season (through May 31), Grimes had a batting average of just .202 (17 hits in 84 plate appearances). Take away that first month, and Grimes ended up batting .284 the rest of the way.

Plus, he’s a huge asset to the clubhouse. And given that Grimes is still fairly young at 28 years of age, Etchebarren said he was surprised Grimes didn’t get a spring training invite with an affiliated club.

After a stellar 2010 season, Grimes’ chances of getting picked up in 2011 were pretty good had it not been for the slow start. If he can avoid that in 2012, maybe he’ll be able to get back to affiliated ball for the first time since 2009, when he split time between the Gulf Coast League and Low Class A as a prospect of the New York Mets.

Building the 2012 roster: Etchebarren said Monday he likes York’s roster at this point. And he’s confident in other players that are likely to sign with York in the coming weeks.

“We’ll probably go into spring training with 15 pitchers, and we’ll break with 13 of them,” he said. “And the 15 guys we’ll have are pretty good.”

York’s starting rotation is still being put together at this point. Veterans Jesus Sanchez and Corey Thurman are already on board. So is York newcomer Jake Stevens.

The left-hander has been a reliever most of his career but was a starter over the winter playing in the Dominican Republic. Etchebarren said he sees Stevens as a starter being that he already has three lefties in the bullpen (James Houser, Yunior Novoa, and Ian Thomas).

Thurman’s Healthy Kids Club: The Revs also introduced “Corey Thurman’s Healthy Kids Club” on Monday. Kids can participate by  picking up a “passport” at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at Sovereign Bank Stadium, or by downloading it at YorkRevolution.com beginning April 1. For each month May through September, there is a different healthy theme, and three activities to do relating to that theme to stay healthy.

Kids participating in the program will earned them autographed memorabilia and a private lunch with Thurman.

The logo (pictured above) is supposed to represent Thurman. This makes me wonder if he’s losing the beard.

Click here to check out more about the program on the York Revolution blog.

Padding goes up: I heard today someone in the Dispatch photography department went over to Sovereign Bank Stadium to snap some photos of the padding being put up on the concrete walls at Sovereign Bank Stadium today. Unfortunately, they’re not up online yet. They’ll be posted here as soon as that happens.

The move is being made after Road Warriors’ center fielder Kenny Kelly suffered a frightening collision with the concrete wall in right-center field as he was fielding a fly ball during a game against the Revs on June 20.

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Revs snap losing streak, beat Long Island, 5-4

The York Revolution snapped their five-game losing streak on Friday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium. And they did it in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to beat the Long Island Ducks, 5-4, in front of 3,366 fans.

The victory marks the sixth this season York (9-6) has come from behind to win.

And unlike the previous five losses, the Revs got a solid performance from its starting pitcher. Right-hander Matt DeSalvo (1-1) surrendered just two runs, one earned, on three hits in six innings.

Long Island starter Ruddy Lugo (1-0) pitched 4.2 inning, giving up two earned runs on six hits.

The score was tied at 2-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning when York reliever Ronnie Morales gave up two earned runs to the Ducks, putting Long Island (11-7) on top, 4-2.

The Revs battled back in the bottom of the eighth inning. James Shanks and Vince Harrison each led off with singles, and Shanks later scored on an error by Long Island third-baseman Matt Padgett.

Later in the inning, with one out and runners on second and third, Octavio Martinez drove in Harrison on an RBI ground ball.

With a runner on third and two outs, Scott Grimes got an RBI single to score Tanner Townsend, putting York in front, 5-4.

York reliever R.J. Rodriguez picked up the save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

The Revs will return to action Saturday to face Long Island at Sovereign Bank Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

Game Two Preview:

(Y) LHP Chris Cody (1-1, 6.00 ERA) vs. (LI) Mike Loree

Cody will try to bounce back from his last start against Southern Maryland on May 13. In that game, the left-hander struggled with his control, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in just four innings of work. In his three starts this season, Cody is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA.

Mike Loree will get the start for Long Island.

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