Starting lineups for Thursday’s Eastern League game between the Akron Aeros and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Akron Aeros (50-35): 1. Tyler Holt CF, 2. Thomas Neal RF, 3. Chun Chen 1B, 4. Nick Weglarz DH, 5. Jeremie Tice LF, 6. Juan Diaz SS, 7. Adam Abraham 3B, 8. Roberto Perez C, 9. Matt Lawson 2B.
Starting pitcher: LH T.J. House (5-2, 3.92 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (40-43): 1. Jamie Johnson CF, 2. Niuman Romero SS, 3. Nick Castellanos 3B, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Avisail Garcia RF, 6. Rawley Bishop DH, 7. Brandon Douglas 2B, 8. James McCann C, 9. Michael Rockett LF.
Starting pitcher: RH James Avery (9-6, 4.29 ERA).
Former Pittsburgh Pirates great Dave Parker was scheduled to sign autographs before and during Thursday’s game between the SeaWolves and Aeros at Uht Park.
Parker, the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1978, was scheduled to be part of a private picnic before the 7:05 p.m. first pitch and then sign autographs for the public from 7:30 to 8:30.
The Erie Times-News will run the full question-and-answer session from Parker’s media session in Sunday’s sports section.
– Mike Copper
Erie catcher Luis Sanz was placed on the disabled list Thursday, the result of his home-plate collision with Akron’s Thomas Neal in the second inning of Wednesday’s game at Uht Park.
Sanz was motionless on the ground after the play, which resulted in Neal being safe. He eventually stood up on his own after being struck on the left side of face, but was removed by SeaWolves manager Chris Cron as a precaution.
“I’m still feeling it,” Sanz said before Thursday’s game against the Aeros. “He hit me hard, but I feel good now.”
Taking Sanz’s place on the roster will be catcher Wes Thigpen, who received his first career Double-A assignment.
Thigpen, 23, began his professional career with the Gulf Coast Tigers in 2011. This season, the Luling, La., native appeared in seven Single-A games between Connecticut and Lakeland (Fla.)
Neal reached base four times and scored twice in Akron’s victory. The right fielder’s performance came in the wake of being named the Eastern League’s latest player of the week.
Vidal Nuno, a left-hander for Trenton, was its pitcher of the week.
The league announced Thursday that Bowie outfielder Robbie Widlansky was its player of the month for June. Widlansky could be with the Baysox when they visit Erie July 16-18, the SeaWolves’ first home games after the All-Star break.
The City of Cleveland will rename a portion of Eagle Avenue as Larry Doby Way in honor of his integration of the American League 65 years ago.
The ceremony will take place following Friday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field. Doby, a member of the Hall of Fame, played 13 seasons in the major leagues and was a member of Cleveland’s World Series team in 1948.
Larry Doby Jr. and former teammate Jim “Mudcat” Grant are among those who will be on hand for the ceremony, which is open to the public.
The United States Postal Service also will issue a stamp in honor of Doby’s achievement.