6:45 PM — Who is Pat Venditte? Read this…
6:40 PM — I’m on Trentonian duty and am obviously swamped. Follow me on Twitter — mashmore98 — for updates.
6:30 PM — Spoke to Lance Berkman briefly outside of the clubhouse before the game:
“I felt good. I didn’t anticipate that there was going to be any problems, and there wasn’t any. Probably, I was more concerned about hitting right-handed, because that ankle is my back leg and I have to turn to hit, but I didn’t have any trouble with it. I was able to run and run the bases and kind of pretty much do everything I needed to do to be ready to go.”
“I’m going to play the game tonight, and if nothing unforeseen happens, I’ll head back tomorrow.”
5:50 PM — JUST CONFIRMED WITH MARK NEWMAN…PAT VENDITTE IS COMING TO TRENTON. GEORGE KONTOS AND JOHN VAN BENSCHOTEN ARE HEADING UP TO SCRANTON.
Another reliever is also on the way, but Newman wasn’t sure who that would be just yet.
4:50 PM — AKRON
Jordan Henry, CF
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Jerad Head, DH
Beau Mills, 1B
Tim Fedroff, LF
Cristo Arnal, SS
Juan Apodaca, C
Lucas Montero, RF
Shane Lindsay, P
Justin Christian, LF
Austin Krum, CF
Lance Berkman, DH
Daniel Brewer, RF
Austin Romine, C
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B
Corban Joseph, 2B
Luis Nunez, SS
Justin Snyder, 3B
Cory Arbiso, P
4:40 PM — Berkman, still here…
4:00 PM — Berkman will again hit third and DH today.
3:35 PM — Shane Lindsay has been sent down to Akron from Triple-A Columbus and is expected to start for the Aeros tonight against Trenton. You might remember Lindsay from such films as “Seven Days: My Time On The Yankees 40-Man Roster.” This is his first start since 2008.
Also, the Thunder will welcome their 7,000,000th fan tonight.
On the baseball side of things for Trenton…not a whole lot going on. I’ll pass along any Berkman info I get, of course.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com