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SCRAPPERS NOTEBOOK From Utica, N.Y.



Published: Wed, June 20, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Not wasting any time: By the time the first pitch was thrown, the Cleveland Indians already had completed a transaction involving the Scrappers. Right-handed pitcher Dan Guillory was promoted to Class A Kinston.

In the lineup: The Scrappers completed their minicamp last weekend, giving manager Dave Turgeon some idea of the players he would start in the series against Utica. However, Turgeon has emphasized the importance of seeing his players perform in game situations before deciding a consistent lineup. "You don't know what you have until the season starts," he said. "I'm going to try to get as many guys in that lineup early as I can."

On the bright side: Turgeon remained positive despite the 6-1 loss in the season opener. He liked how the Scrappers put the ball in play. He also saw strides being made by pitchers Luke Field and Brian Curtin. In addition, he's looking forward to the middle infield combination of shortstop Bryce Uegawachi and second baseman Maximo Made. "They're going to turn a lot of double plays," Turgeon said.

Misread: The Scrappers' second reliever, Ron Colvard, surrendered a three-run home run to Utica's Charlie Frazier in the eighth inning. Turgeon said Colvard expected Frazier to bunt with runners on first and second and nobody out. "That's a good lesson to learn," Turgeon said. "He'll be fine. He's an absolute competitor."

Special place: Turgeon returned to the area of his first hit as a professional player. A 1987 draft pick of the New York Yankees, Turgeon reported to Class A Oneonta of the New York-Penn League. His hit came in Little Falls, N.Y., against a Mets' affiliate. "It was a broken bat," Turgeon said of his hit. "It died a hero."

In the way: Scrappers catcher Angel Bastardo was called twice for catcher's interference -- in the fourth and eighth innings -- allowing the batter to take first base. Neither batter scored.

Musical taste: Utica shortstop Rex Rundgren is the son of rock musician Todd Rundgren, whose famous songs include "Hello, It's Me," "I Saw the Light" and "Bang the Drum All Day." The younger Rundgren went 0-for-4 with a walk.

What gives? Utica catcher Winton Zapay singled three times and added two RBIs against the Scrappers. That was a dramatic improvement for Zapay, who batted 0.93 with seven hits and seven RBIs last season. "I've had him in extended spring [training], and he's worked hard with his catching, throwing and hitting," Utica manager Kevin Boles said. "He puts in the time. It's good to see that it clicked for him today."

Starters: Left-handed pitcher Victor Kleine takes the mound against Utica tonight. Kleine appeared in three games for the Scrappers last season, including one start. He was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA. ... Right-handed rookie Brian Farman, of Bremerton, Wash., takes the mound Thursday. ... Pitching coach Ken Rowe announced that 6-foot-5 right-hander Nicholas Moran, the Indians' third-round draft pick and the highest at Mahoning Valley, will start the Scrappers' home opener against Williamsport on Saturday at Cafaro Field. Game time is 7 p.m.

-- Brian Richesson




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