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G-Braves Look to Stop Losing Skid at 10 Straight

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves have gone from first place to last place in the International League South Division in a matter of days. For the first 55 days of the season, the G-Braves were in first place and at times had the best record in the league. On June 26, those same G-Braves are now tied for last place with the Durham Bulls with 37 wins and 42 losses.

Gwinnett is not only currently on a 10-game losing skid, but the G-Braves have dropped 22 of their last 27 contests. They are 1-9 in their last 10 games and the last time they won a game was three series’ ago against the Columbus Clippers. Gwinnett was then swept by Indianapolis at Coolray Field, then they were swept by Syracuse in New York and now the G-Braves make their way to the Empire State with a four-game series set against the Yankees affiliate.

Tuesday will begin the final four games of Gwinnett’s current eight-game road trip. After the conclusion of the last game on Friday, the G-Braves will head back to Georgia for some much-needed home cooking. Gwinnett will host seven of their next nine games at home, with a break in the middle for a home-and-home series with the first place Charlotte Knights of the IL South.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The Gwinnett Braves (37-42) move to Rochester, New York tonight for a four-game series against the Empire State Yankees. The G-Braves will have right-hander Todd Redmond (6-3, 3.40) on the mound, as he opposes the Yankees right-hander D.J. Mitchell (5-4, 5.74). The first game of the series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Frontier Field on Tuesday evening. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

By: Tony Piraro

Mejia Leading the Way for Struggling Gwinnett

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Ernesto Mejia is leading the way for the Gwinnett Braves this season, even as his team is entrapped currently in a 10-game losing skid, including dropping 22 of their last 27 contests. The first baseman has not let his team’s peeks and valley’s dictate the success of his season. For the 2012 season, Mejia would qualify for the Triple Crown of the G-Braves as he leads his team in the three major offensive categories; batting average (.312), home runs (15), RBI (53).

Last season while playing for the Double-A Mississippi Braves of the Southern League, Mejia burst onto the professional baseball landscape with an impressive .297 batting average, alongside 37 doubles, 26 home runs and 99 RBI. At 26 years old, the Venezuelan first baseman is just beginning to scratch the surface amidst his first season of Triple-A baseball.

Currently, Mejia is ranked fifth for first baseman in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game voting. The game, which Mejia would like to attend, will be broadcast live on the MLB Network between the International League and Pacific Coast League on Tuesday, July 10 in Buffalo, New York.

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When asked if he should represent his team at the 2012 All-Star Game in Buffalo, the humble G-Brave superstar raved about his teammates, who he believes are just as deserving of a nod.

“Julio Teheran is doing well, very well just like last year. He has more experience this year and I think he should be one of those all-stars,” said Mejia. “Jordan Parraz was having a good year, but he is hurt right now, so he may have to wait a little more. Gartrell has a lot of RBI and home runs and has been helping the team a lot. Durango has a lot of stolen bases, he is leading the league (in stolen bases) so he deserves it too. We have a lot of good players.”

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Indeed a majority of Mejia’s teammates are worthy of all-star consideration, but nobody moreso than the man himself.

“We’re having a great season this year as a team. I’m doing good right now too and I’m working hard. It’s every players dream to go to the all-star game and I hope I can make it. I would go of course,” Mejia said. “I’m excited because it’s my first year in Triple-A. It would be awesome. This year I feel like I have more experience. Last year in Double-A I had a good season and winter ball, too.”

A great deal of Mejia’s success this season is attributed to the Braves and gettting in better shape, not only during the off-season, but more importantly during the season. Mejia has worked tirelessly to make sure his body will not wear down as the season moves along. Therefore, the manchild is working and preparing for the first time in his career, during the season.

“Last year, I didn’t workout a lot during the season because it made me tired. But this year, I’m working with Matt (Parvis) in the gym and I think that is what’s keeping me healthy and stronger,” said Mejia.

Even Mejia’s teammate and close personal friend Christian Marrero couldn’t help but speak highly of the man.

“Since the beginning of the year to now, he looks a lot better hitting wise. He’s making adjustments and helping the team out a lot. He’s having great at-bats and almost every at-bat is unbelievable,” said Marrero. “He gets the job done. Mejia and Gartrell have put the team on their backs.”

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No matter what the question may be to the success of Ernesto Mejia, the answer is that the man is a dedicated hardworker. His effort is measured through his consistent play on the field and the admiration of his teammates off the field, making him different from other stars of the game. Mejia gets it and it’s only a matter of time before Atlanta gets him in a big league uniform.

By: Tony Piraro

Rain Momentarily Delays Jurrjens’ Return to Braves

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The wait is finally over for Jair Jurrjens and company, as the right-hander will rejoin the Atlanta Braves rotation on Friday night for a match-up in Boston against the Red Sox….However, you may have to wait an extra hour or so, as the game has already been delayed due to rain in the Boston area. Experts are saying the game should begin around 8:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned.

The Atlanta right-hander Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) will oppose Boston southpaw Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53) for a TBA first pitch from Fenway Park. It will be Jurrjens first appearance in a Major League game since April 23, when he started against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, Jurrjens took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in just 3.0 innings of work, while he struck out nobody and walked one.

Gwinnett has been rotating players through Atlanta’s doors quite often in the last few days in an effort to keep every pitcher fresh. Anthony Varvaro was promoted in favor of G-Brave closer Cory Gearrin, meanwhile Todd Redmond just received his first career Major League call-up on Sunday as Julio Teheran was reassigned back to Gwinnett. Most of these moves are in conjunction with the Braves pitching injuries this season, including their most recent DL-bound pitcher, former Gwinnett standout Brandon Beachy.

This season, in nine starts with Gwinnett, Jurrjens is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, alongside 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56.1 innings of work. Jurrjens has surrendered a total of 39 runs (33 earned) on 68 hits in his limited time at Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander did go the distance once on the season for the G-Braves on May 11, against Toledo. Jurrjens went 7.0 innings for the complete game victory in the first game of a doubleheader, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits for the game.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

In his last three big league starts, Jurrjens is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA amidst 12.0 innings pitched. The righty has struck out five and walked seven in that timespan. For his Major League career, Jair Jurrjens possesses a 50-35 record alongside a solid 3.58 ERA. He has a 488 career strikeouts and 252 walks in 718.2 total innings amassed over six Major League seasons.

The Atlanta right-hander led Major League baseball in wins (12) during the first half of the 2011 Major League Baseball regular season.  Unfortunately, Jurrjens finished last season with just 13 victories, winning one game after the All-Star break.

Jurrjens has come a long way since he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2003 MLB Amatuer Draft. Either way, it has been a long road for Jurrjens thus far, and it will get a bit longer as he travels to Boston for a meeting with one of the American League’s best teams on Friday night. Stay tuned to The G-Blog in the coming days for updates, breaking news and more.

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Tonight

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Today is your last chance to vote for your favorite International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell and utility man Christian MarreroMeanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory GearrinJaye Chapman, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is today…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Gartrell Named May Topps IL Player of the Month

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Gwinnett Braves outfielder Stefan Gartrell was named the May Topps Player of the Month for the International League in an announcement released by Minor League Baseball on Thursday, June 21.

The 28 year-old hit .333 (35-for-105) with six doubles, a league-high 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 30 games in May for the G-Braves. He ranked second in the circuit in slugging percentage (.676), OPS (1.102), extra-base hits (16), runs (23) and RBIs (23). The San Francisco, CA native was named the IL’s Batter of the Week for the week ending May 6 after hitting .400 (8-for-20) with three home runs and eight RBIs in five games.

“The funniest part is that I was probably the worst hitter in the league the first month (laughing). Then the first week of the second month, they’re like, ‘you’re the best player for the first week of May.’ Really? It took me a whole month? But that is baseball,” said Gartrell. “I just needed April to be over with. I would like to think I was just in a slump, but then things clicked. I started shortening up my swing. I guess it took me until May to figure that out.”

Acquired by the Atlanta Braves from the Chicago White Sox on April 16, 2011, Gartrell has played each of the last two seasons in Gwinnett. Last year, he hit .260 with a team-high 25 home runs and 91 RBIs, earning both mid-season and post-season International League All-Star awards. His 94 total RBIs between Charlotte and Gwinnett were the most in the IL, while his 26 total home runs ranked second in the league. In 69 games with the G-Braves this season, Gartrell is hitting .242 (59-for-244) with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs.

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“The reason I am here is because I have always been a very aggressive hitter, to a point to where it’s overaggressive. If I become passive, or take too many pitches then there goes my aggressive swing which goes into my power. I just have to go back to my roots. Shorten up, make good contact and see what happens,” Gartrell said.

Stefan Gartrell and the rest of the Gwinnett Braves begin an eight-game road trip on Friday night as they open a four-game series at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY. First pitch against the Syracuse Chiefs is scheduled for 7:00 PM. The G-Braves are expected to start left-hander Yohan Flande (3-5, 3.95), while the Chiefs will counter with right-hander Tanner Roark (3-9, 5.74). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

By: Tony Piraro 

Redmond Returns to Gwinnett, Set for Start Today

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Todd Redmond was reassigned back to Triple-A Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves following their win in New York against the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander is having an outstanding season for the G-Braves, and widely considered his most consistent season in the minor leagues. Unfortunately, Redmond did not make an appearance for Atlanta after he was promoted to the big leagues for the first time in his professional career. Thursday, the righty will be seeking his team-leading seventh win and an all-star appearance amidst his final statement making opportunity before 2012 All-Star voting concludes on Friday.

Jose Morales went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and both Anderson Hernandez and Yamaico Navarro drove in two RBIs as the Indianapolis Indians routed the Gwinnett Braves, 10-2, on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. G-Braves’ starter Eric Junge suffered the loss with five runs, four earned over 4.0 innings.

Tyler Pastornicky (2-for-5, RBI), Lance Zawadzki (2-for-4, RBI) and Jose Constanza (2-for-5) all finished with multi-hit games for the G-Braves.

The G-Braves (37-37), losers of 17 of their last 22 games, drop to the .500 mark for the first time since the club was 3-3 on April 10. Gwinnett remains 5.0 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-32) lost their second straight game to Columbus, 5-3, on Wednesday night in 10 innings.

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Thursday, June 21 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves conclude their nine-game homestand with the series finale against the Indianapolis Indians (43-29) on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 12:05 PM. The G-Braves are expected to start right-hander Todd Redmond (6-4, 3.20), while the Indians counter with left-hander Rudy Owens (5-2, 2.34). The game will be broadcast on 1240 ESPN Radio in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (43-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-37, 2nd IL South) 

Thursday is Fun in the Sun Day Game with a special noon first pitch. Local day cares are welcome to join the Gwinnett Braves in all the fun and festivities. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

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Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

2) Chase d’Arnaud, 2B

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Larish, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, SS

6) Brandon Boggs, RF

7) Tony Sanchez, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Rudy Owens, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, RF

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Eric Junge, P

By: Tony Piraro

Good Afternoon From Coolray Field

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Today is Fun in the Sun Day Game with a special noon first pitch. Local day cares are welcome to join the Gwinnett Braves in all the fun and festivities. The Gwinnett Braves conclude their nine-game homestand with the series finale against the Indianapolis Indians (43-29) on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 12:05 PM.

The G-Braves are expected to start right-hander Todd Redmond (6-4, 3.20), while the Indians counter with left-hander Rudy Owens (5-2, 2.34). The game will be broadcast on 1240 ESPN Radio in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Gwinnett has lost 16 of their last 21 contests and now is looking at a .500 record (37-37) for the first time this season. After being a season-high 12 games over the .500 mark through the month of May, the G-Braves reign has come to an end. Gwinnett was in first place of the International League South Division for 55 days before the Charlotte Knights overtook them two weeks ago. The Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate has been on a tear as of late, boosting their lead to 5.0 games ahead of Gwinnett. The G-Braves are also trailing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs by 5.5 games for the lone wild card spot in the IL.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

No matter what the case may be for the G-Braves recent struggles, it’s still June. The season has just reached the halfway point and now it’s all down hill for the G-Braves and the International League. With 68 games remaining in the regular season, there is still plenty of time for Gwinnett to catch up to the frontrunner.

Currently the G-Braves are on a five-game losing streak that includes three straight losses to the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians (42-29). The Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate is clearly the most entertaining and fundamentally sound ball club to enter Coolray Field this season. I have not been impressed by a team, more than the Indians this season. However, Wally Backman’s bunch from Buffalo was a close second for how well-coached the Bisons are in 2012.

Regardless, the G-Braves still have 10 games remaining with the first place Charlotte Knights this season, so panic is nowhere near setting in. Today the G-Braves host the Indians in the final game of Gwinnett’s nine-game homestand, then its onto the road once again for an eight-game road trip against Scranton (New York Yankees) and Syracuse (Washington) before heading back to Coolray Field for six consecutive games against the IL South leading Knights. The G-Braves destiny is definitely in their own hands this campaign, only they can determine how far this team will go. Stay tuned to The G-Blog.

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Friday

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Make sure you vote early and often for your favorite Gwinnett Braves, alongside the rest of the International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

Voting concludes Friday, June 22. There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell, utility man Christian Marrero and catcher Jose Yepez. Meanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory GearrinJaye Chapman, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is tomorrow: Friday, June 22…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Desperate for Win on Wednesday Night

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6.20.12 G-Braves Game Notes

A two-out double by Gorkys Hernandez broke a 1-1 tie in the ninth as the Indianapolis Indians defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. Jair Jurrjens pitched a scoreless inning in his final start for Gwinnett before his start for Atlanta in Boston on Friday. Luis DurangoTyler Pastornicky andFelix Pie all recorded multi-hit games, but couldn’t help Gwinnett scratch across more than a run.

The G-Braves, losers of 16 of their last 21 games, remain 5.0 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-31) were routed by Columbus, 13-2, on Tuesday night.

Jurrjens made the start and worked just 1.0 inning in his final tune-up for the big leagues. The right-hander struck out two and walked two, throwing 20 pitches, nine for strikes. Buddy Carlyle relieved the starter and was masterful for 4.0 innings of scoreless baseball. The right-hander struck out seven, a new single-game season high for a Gwinnett reliever, yielded two hits and walked one.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Wednesday, June 20 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-36) continue their nine-game homestand with the third game of the four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians (42-29) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start Eric Junge (4-6, 4.48) against right-hander Daniel Cabrera (2-3, 4.81) of the Indians. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (42-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-36, 2nd IL South) 

Attend the game on “Winning Wednesday” for a chance to win big, courtesy of the Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets. The G-Braves will also be recognizing youth All-Stars from around Gwinnett County before Wednesday’s game. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

2) Anderson Hernandez, 2B

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Clement, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, 2B

6) Brandon Boggs, RF

7) Jose Morales, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Daniel Cabrera, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Christian Marrero, 1B

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Eric Junge, P

By: Tony Piraro

Final Gwinnett Start for Jair Jurrjens Tonight

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The Atlanta Braves have already made it known that they will be re-calling right-hander Jair Jurrjens for Friday’s game against southpaw Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox. However, Tuesday night will be Jurrjens final tune-up in Triple-A Gwinnett before he graces Atlanta with his presence.

This season, in nine starts with Gwinnett, Jurrjens is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, alongside 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56.1 innings of work. The righty will be opposing Indianapolis right-hander John Locke (0-0, 0.00) for a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Coolray Field.

Jurrjens has surrendered a total of 39 runs (33 earned) on 68 hits in his limited time at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2012. The right-hander did go the distance once on the season for the G-Braves on May 11, against Toledo. Jurrjens went 7.0 innings for the complete game victory in the first game of a doubleheader, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits for the game.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Atlanta has run into a buzz saw of injuries this season, especially as of late. Brandon Beachy is the most recent casualty to the Braves rotation, which has caused a great deal of speculation around the Braves. Just recently, G-Braves Todd Redmond and Anthony Varvaro were promoted to Atlanta to help provide some much needed relief to an ailing bullpen. Jurrjens ascension may have never come at a better time in the large scheme of things for Atlanta.

Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) will oppose Boston southpaw Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53) for a 7:10 p.m. first pitch from Fenway Park. It will be his first appearance in a Major League game since April 23, when he started against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, Jurrjens took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in just 3.0 innings of work, while he struck out nobody and walked one. In his last three big league starts, Jurrjens is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA amidst 12.0 innings pitched. The righty has struck out five and walked seven in that timespan.

For his Major League career, Jair Jurrjens possesses a 50-35 record alongside a solid 3.58 ERA. He has a 488 career strikeouts and 252 walks in 718.2 total innings amassed over six Major League seasons.

By: Tony Piraro

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