Tuesday Lineup & Starting Pitchers

Almost a copy of opening night with Rohan and Jones switched defensively and in lineup slot. Lee is back after a night off.

1. Hak-Ju Lee SS
2. Logan Watkins 2B
3. Matt Cerda 3B
4. Greg Rohan LF
5. Justin Bour 1B
6. Jovan Rosa C
7. Richard Jones DH
8. Alvaro Ramirez RF
9. Jose Valdez CF
SP Rob Whitenack RHP

Likely see Beliveau or Quezada out of the pen tonight. Grife and Latham can both go if the Chiefs are leading late. Hopefully some offense breaking out tonight but a tough hurler in Beloit opening day starter Liam Hendriks.

Here is what I have on Whitenack and Hendriks.

Hendriks: RH Liam Hendriks takes the mound tonight for Beloit in his second start of the season. He threwfive shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out seven on Thursday in a no-decision at Cedar Rapids. Last season he joined Beloit on July 8 and went 3-5 with a 3.51 ERA in 11 MWL starts. In three Rookie Ball outings with Elizabethton he was 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA last season. The Perth, Australia native signed with the Twins in Feb 2007 and missed all of 2008 with a nerve injury in his right arm. The 21 year-old attended Sacred Heart College in Australia and pitched for Team Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He pitched twice, both against Mexico, and allowed two runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings. The Chiefs beat Hendriks 7-2 at Pohlman Field on August 6, 2009 with four runs on eight hits over six innings. He allowed a home run to Junior Lake and the only current Chiefs player to face Hendriks is Jovan Rosa who was 0-for-3 in that contest.


Last Time Out: Whitenack allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in his
first start of the season on Thursday at Clinton. He struck out three and did
not issue a walk while picking up his first career win.

Open It Up: Whitenack
earned the Chiefs opening day start with a great spring training.

White-Knuckler: Whitenack features a knuckle-curve making him the first Chiefs hurler
in at least eight years to throw any type of knuckle ball.

Trend-Setter: Whitenack
was the first player in SUNY-Old Westbury history to be drafted and the first
of 19 Division III players drafted last June

Background: A
21-year-old native of North Massapequa, NY, Whitenack graduated from
Plainedge High School and had his number 10 retired by SUNY-Old Westbury. As
a junior last season for Old Westbury he was 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA while being
named the ECAC Pitcher of the Year.

VS. Beloit: Whitenack
has never faced the Snapper

VS. Twins: Whitenack
has never faced a Minnesota affiliate

Strong Starter: Whitenack allowed just two earned runs in the first inning of his 12
starts last season in Boise and only five more in the second innings. His ERA
jumped from 2.25 to 7.30 in the third inning and then 9.35 in the fourth
innings of games.

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