BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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What: Texas League North Division finals - Game 1, Tulsa Drillers vs. Springfield Cardinals
Where: ONEOK Field, 201 N. Elgin Ave.
When: 7:05 p.m.
Broadcast: KTBZ am1430
Probable pitchers: Springfield - RHP Carlos Martinez (4-3, 2.90 ERA); Tulsa - RHP Parker Frazier (5-14, 3.88 ERA).
Season series: Drillers lead 16-15.
Promotions: Special coupons from Coors Light are available at Tulsa-area Reasor's locations. The coupons allow fans to save $2 on each playoff ticket they purchase. Fans on Wednesday will receive a commemorative ticket from ONEOK Field's first playoff game.
On deck: Thursday - Game 2 North Division playoffs vs. Springfield, 7:05 p.m.Driller bits
Arenado honored: Drillers third baseman Nolan Arenado was named the Texas League's player of the week for Aug. 27-Sept. 3. Arenado batted .419 with five RBIs in his last seven games. He also was named as the TL's August player of the month by Topps Trading Cards Company. He batted .358 with four homers in August.
Woods returns: Coty Woods, who had a 0.76 ERA with 16 saves in 38 appearances for Tulsa in the season's first three months, has returned to the Drillers from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was 1-2 with a 7.40 ERA and 11 saves in 23 games. To make room for Woods, reliever Brett Jacobson was taken off the roster.
League leaders: Springfield's Oscar Taveras won the TL batting title at .321 and teammate Jermaine Curtis was second at .313. Josh Rutledge, who was promoted to Colorado from Tulsa in July, was third at .306. Taveras was second in RBIs with 94 behind San Antonio's Nate Freiman (105). Springfield's Seth Maness (11) and Tulsa's Dan Houston (10) are among only five TL pitchers who reached double-digit wins. Arenado was tied for second in the TL with 36 doubles, one behind Taveras.
Attendance comparison (Final regular season): 2012: 372,624; 2011: 366,291.
Texas League (Overall)
No games scheduled
Corpus Christi at Frisco, 7 p.m.
Springfield at Tulsa, 7:05 p.m.