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September 5, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Oklahoma City Dodgers News Release

Oklahoma City RedHawks (73-68) vs. Omaha Royals (79-63)

Game 142 | Sept. 5, 2010, 4:05 pm CDT | AT&T Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, OK

1340 Fox Sports, RedHawks Radio Network | Play-by-Play: Jim Byers & Judson Richards

TBA vs. RH Anthony Lerew (8-4, 2.60)

TODAY: Having clinched the American South Division title last night, the RedHawks host Omaha in the next-to-last game of the regular season and third of a 4-game series at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Omaha blanked the RedHawks 2-0 yesterday in a combined 4-hit shutout from Gaby Hernandez, Louis Coleman and Tim Collins. It was the 8th time OKC has been shut out this year. The series is even at 1-1. OKC leads the season series 9-5. Brandon McCarthy went 6.2 innings, allowing 2 runs, for the loss. It was McCarthy's sixth quality start among 9 RedHawks starts. OKC's starting pitcher situation today and tomorrow was uncertain as of this writing.

DIVISION CLINCHED: With Albuquerque's loss at Round Rock last night, the RedHawks became the second PCL team to clinch its division in 2010. Sacramento has secured the Pacific South. OKC is in the playoffs for the second time in 3 seasons and the fifth time since 2002 under Bobby Jones.

UP NEXT: The RedHawks will travel to either Iowa or Memphis for the first two games of the best-of-5, first round American Conference Championship series, which starts on Wednesday. Iowa is 2 games up with 2 to play, but the Cubs need 1 more win in their current series with Memphis to clinch the title. Should the Redbirds take the final 2 games of the series, they would advance based on a tiebreaker.

FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE:

Sept. 8 @ Iowa/Memphis

Sept. 9 @ Iowa/Memphis

Sept. 10 vs. Iowa/Mem, at OKC 7:05

Sept. 11 vs. Iowa/Mem, at OKC 7:05, if necessary

Sept. 12 vs. Iowa/Mem, at OKC 1:05, if necessary

START TIMES: If the first-round opponent is Iowa, the Wednesday-Thursday games will start at 6:35 pm CDT. If Memphis advances, the first 2 games would start at 7:05 pm CDT.

OKC PLAYING GOOD CATCH: The RedHawks had a stretch of 10 full games without an error snapped yesterday. Before yesterday's fourth inning throwing error by catcher Kevin Richardson, OKC had gone 10 full games and most of an 11th since its last error, a throwing miscue by first baseman Ryan Garko in the first inning Aug. 25.

TOMORROW AT 1:05: Tomorrow's regular season finale has been switched to a 1:05 pm (CDT) start time.

FIGHT ON: Former Chicago Cub righthander Mark Prior, signed by the Texas Rangers as a free agent on Friday, is due to make his OKC debut today. Prior, the second overall pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 2001 draft, has not pitched in affiliated baseball since 2006 because of a pair of shoulder surgeries. Prior has pitched for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League since August 3 and has allowed 1 unearned run over 9 relief appearances (11 IP), with 22 strikeouts and 5 walks.

KIRKMAN PITCHER OF YEAR: Michael Kirkman is the PCL Pitcher of the Year. Kirkman, now a member of the Rangers' bullpen, went 13-3 with a 3.09 ERA for the RedHawks in 24 games (22 starts). Kirkman remains third in the league with 3.09 ERA, tied for second in strikeouts (130) and wins. Other PCL award winners were Las Vegas catcher J.P. Arencibia (MVP), Salt Lake center fielder Peter Bourjos (Rookie of the Year) and Iowa's Ryne Sandberg as Manager of the Year. The RedHawks' Ric Mabie is the PCL's Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

Date Opponent Oklahoma City Pitcher Opposing Pitcher Radio

Monday Sept. 6 Omaha TBA RH Matt Herges 8-4, 4.86 1340 Fox Sports

End of regular season, playoff rotation TBA


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