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Cavs and Sox unleash big league talent in key series
01/02/2019 7:42 PM ET

Canberra and Sydney will unleash big league recruits when they square off in a pivotal Brut Australian Baseball League series at Narrabundah starting tonight.

The Cavs have added former Atlanta Braves pitcher Madison Younginer, while the Blue Sox have signed first baseman Jason Rogers to join the infield alongside MLB experienced Gift Ngoepe.

Younginer played eight games for the Braves in 2016, recording a 6.43 ERA with four strikeouts.

The 28-year-old was released by the LA Dodgers in July but will hope a stint in the ABL can relaunch his career.

Rogers played 117 games across three MLB seasons with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh, hitting .258 with four homers and 18 RBI.

He spent the 2018 season with the Atlantic League's New Britain Bees, hitting .297 with 65 RBI.

Rogers played 40 NPB games with Hanshin Tigers in 2017.

Canberra has also added outfielder Michael Crouse.

Crouse spent the 2013/14 season with the Cavs before a stint in Melbourne last summer.

The 28-year-old averages .299 in 60 ABL games and has hit 14 homers with 39 RBI.

Kyle Kinman will move into the Canberra starting rotation to replace departed Shota Imanaga.

The Cavs are a win back from second-ranked Brisbane after the Bandits took game one of their series against Auckland on Wednesday night.

Sydney (20-8) hold the best record in the ABL and will aiming to overturn a 3-1 series loss at home to Canberra earlier in the season.


Ones to watch

Kyle Kinman has big shoes to fill for the Cavs when he starts in game two.

Kinman takes over Imanaga's start after he returned to Japan.

In eight bullpen appearances, Kinman has compiled a 4.66 ERA with 14 strikeouts.

He will toe the rubber against Luke Wilkins.

Wilkins took a no decision against Brisbane last weekend after allowing one run on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

He is 2-3 with a 2.97 ERA in seven starts this season.



Sydney catcher Jack Murphy won a Claxton Shield and Asia Series title with Canberra.

He played a total of 164 regular season games with the Cavs, hitting 20 homers with 114 RBI.

Murphy is hitting .152 with the Blue Sox this season and will return to Narrabundah for the first time in opposition colours this round.


Probable starters

G1: Alex Maestri (5-1, 2.97 ERA) at Steven Kent (5-0, 2.84 ERA)

G2: Luke Wilkins (2-3, 2.97) at Kyle Kinman (0-1, 4.66)

G3: Craig Anderson (0-0, 1.71) at Frank Gailey (3-1, 2.91)

G4: Josh Guyer (5-0, 2.01) at Steven Chambers (0-1, 5.14)


Series schedule

G1: Thursday, 7pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT

G2: Friday, 7pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT

G3: Saturday, 7pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT

G4: Sunday, 4pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT


Broadcast guide

Check out the full round eight broadcast guide here!


This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.