Updates on Kinney, Stavisky

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 7, 2009

With the first month of the 2009 season safely in the scorebook, it’s time to check in on the two Port Allegany-area natives who can claim “baseball player” as their primary job.

Still trying to complete his comeback from the elbow problems which cost him almost two full seasons, and caught up in a series of roster moves caused by injuries in the St. Louis starting rotation, Josh Kinney is currently pitching for the Cardinals’ Triple-A club in Memphis. After a rough outing in his Redbirds debut, Kinney has settled in, striking out seven and allowing only two earned runs in his last five appearances for Memphis, which leads the Pacific Coast League’s American North Division.

Meanwhile, former high school teammate Brian Stavisky is batting cleanup and playing first base for the Philadelphia Philles’ Double-A affiliate in Reading. Through Monday night’s game, Stavisky is hitting .319 with one double, two triples, and eight RBI, and leads the team with a .405 on-base percentage. The R-Phils (14-8) are off to one of the best starts in club history, and are currently tied for second place in the Eastern League’s Southern Division.

“I think it’s a good mix of young guys and some veteran players – the Phillies’ own players and some new guys brought in, like myself, this year. I think we’re mixing very well. Whatever we have to do, we just go out and do it. I think if that’s the attitude you have, everything goes better,” Stavisky recently told R-Phils’ play-by-play man Anthony Oppermann.

Memphis doesn’t play any games within a day’s drive, but Stavisky’s return to the East Coast sets up plenty of opportunities for hometown fans to catch one of his games, including two trips to the western part of the state in May.

On May 11-13, the R-Phils will travel to Erie to play three games against the Seawolves, a Detroit Tigers affiliate. The first two games at Jerry Uht Park are slated for 6:35 p.m. starts, before the teams wrap up the series with a “School Days” special Wednesday morning at 11:05 a.m. Tickets for all three games are available by visiting the team’s Web site, www.seawolves.com, or calling the box office at (800) 456-1304.

Later in the month, Reading visits Altoona for a five-game set against the Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class AA team. That series is scheduled for May 22-25, including a doubleheader on the 23rd. Tickets for the games at Blair County Stadium can be purchased at www.altoonacurve.com, or by calling 877-99-CURVE.

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