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Last updated: April 20. 2013 4:18PM - 1507 Views
By DAVE ROSENGRANT



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The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will see three teams this week and some familiar faces will be at PNC Field as the current eight-game homestand concludes and an eight-game road swing south starts.


Here’s a closer look at the three teams Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will face the next seven days.


Syracuse Chiefs


The RailRiders and Chiefs conclude their four-game set tomorrow night at 6:35 after the teams played a doubleheader on Saturday and have a 1:05 p.m. start today during their first meetings of the season.


Syracuse’s top hitter batting wise is Jeff Kobernus, who has been red-hot to begin the season. He entered Saturday’s twinbill with a .463 batting average getting 19 hits in 41 at bats.


Former SWB Yankee Ross Ohlendorf is scheduled to start Monday night for the Chiefs in his return to PNC Field.


One of the Chiefs top hitters is Micah Owings, a former pitcher now focused on just batting while playing the outfield. He has a solid batting line in the Majors as a hitter with a .283 average and nine career home runs and 35 RBI. He entered this weekend’s series hitting .333 with one longball and eight RBI in 11 games.


Columbus Clippers


The Clippers, Cleveland’s top affiliate, has been one of the top teams in the I.L. over the last few years before falling short of the playoffs last season. They began Saturday in third place in the I.L. West riding a three-game losing streak.


Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is currently in the Clippers starting rotation and is on track to pitch one of the games of the series. He’s currently 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in three starts. In 11 1/3 innings innings, he’s allowed seven runs, nine hits and 16 walks, while fanning 14. He signed a minor league deal with with the Indians during spring training.


As a team, Columbus is batting just .217 with only six home runs. The team’s 53 runs scored this season entering Saturday are just one more than Scranton/Wilkes-Barre despite playing in three more games.


Charlotte Knights


When the RailRiders’ current homestand comes to and end on Friday, they head to Charlotte on Friday to face the last-place team in the I.L. South Division. The affiliate of the Chicago White Sox


Infielder Carlos Sanchez is just 20-years-old and is the organization’s No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America. He’s struggled a little so far this season batting just .208 with just one extra-base hit in 48 at-bats. Right-handed pitcher Andre Rienzo is the No. 7 prospect in the organization and has also got off to a rocky start allowing 13 runs in his first two starts before allowing just one run in six innings in his third outing of the season.


One of Charlotte’s problems this season is that it leads the league in runs allowed giving up 82 in 16 games.


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