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Batting Practice: Borucki IL Pitcher of the Week, Pawtucket Hot Wieners, more

Pitcher of the Week

Ryan Borucki was named the International Pitcher of the Week after a complete-game 4-0 shutout over Pawtucket in the first game of a doubleheader. The seven-inning game was his first complete game shutout in the minor leagues. Borucki, called up to Toronto Tuesday, has a 2.91 ERA in four starts this month (21 1/3 innings pitched). He leads the team in wins (six), innings pitched (77), ERA (3.27) and strikeouts (58). He's tied with Chris Rowley for most quality starts (seven).

The future begins

Toronto’s top draft choice is off to a solid start in his first four games as a professional ballplayer. Jordan Groshans, the 18-year-old shortstop from Texas, is batting .438 (7 for 16) while driving in 10 runs, including two home runs, in his pro debut. Groshans is playing rookie ball with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

All-Star game update

The 31st annual Triple-A All-Star Game has its broadcasting and umpire crew set. The game, to be played on Wednesday, July 11, at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, will be available live to MiLB.TV subscribers with a replay of the game set to air on the MLB Network on July 18. Scott Braun, Cliff Floyd, Jonathan Mayo and Alexa Datt will be the announcing team.

On the field, four umpires will be making their All-Star Game debut – the International League’s Dan Merzel and Ryan Clark, along with the Pacific Coast League's Bryan Fields and John Libka.

Swiping bases

The Bisons continue to be the best team in the International League at stealing bases. Through Sunday’s games they led the league with 68, outpacing the Indianapolis Indians who have 60. Three Bisons rank in the top 10 in the league. Roemon Fields is tied for second with 13 stolen bases, followed by Tim Lopes (10) and Anthony Alford (eight).

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Baseball foodies

The trend of changing your team’s nickname to a popular food item continues in the International League, as the Pawtucket Red Sox announced they will be the Pawtucket Hot Wieners on Aug. 16 when they host the Durham Bulls.

What’s a “hot wiener?” Glad you asked. The famous Rhode Island cuisine is described on the PawSox site as such: “The wiener is made with a small, thin hot dog consisting of veal and pork, giving it a different taste than a traditional beef hot dog. It is served in a steamed bun and topped with yellow mustard, celery salt, chopped onions, and a seasoned meat sauce.”

 

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