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Marmolejos, Simms, and Read named to Eastern League All-Star team

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In conjunction with the Eastern League, the Harrisburg Senators are pleased to announce that INF/OF Jose Marmolejos, RHP John Simms and C Raudy Read have been named to the Eastern League Western Division All-Star team for Eastern League All-Star Game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire on July 12.

Marmolejos, 24, is hitting .307 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs. Jose didn’t join the team until May 12, but is tied for the current team lead in home runs and is fourth in runs batted in. He’s also scored thirty runs which is second to Alec Keller. He made an immediate impact on the Senators, going five-for-six, five RBIs and a go-ahead two-out grand slam in the ninth inning to beat Erie on May 22. He’s considered the #26 prospect according to Baseball Americain the Nationals organization.

Simms, 25, is the only starter remaining in the season opening rotation for the Senators. He’s in his fifth professional season and the fourth with the Senators. He has been steady at 3-4 with a 3.44 ERA. Prior to the start Wednesday afternoon against Reading, he was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA over his last three starts. He struck out a season-high eight batters at New Hampshire on June 22. He was the Houston Chronicle’s Pitcher of the Year as a junior in high school in 2009.

Read, 23, is in his first season with the Senators and his seventh in the Nationals organization. He’s hitting .279 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. Raudy (pronounced Rowdy) has played in 58 of the Senators 76 games to date. His 33 RBIs are second on the Senators and his 16 doubles lead the team. He hit a one-out two-run home run on Saturday, June 24 at Portland to give the Senators 6-5 lead. He’s considered the Nationals #22 prospect according to Baseball America.

Mountz Jewelers Diamond Dig on Thursday night highlights five-game homestand against Reading

Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Military Monday presented by WHP580. To say ‘thank you’ for all you’ve done serving our country, we’re offering all current members and veterans of the military a free box seat ticket to the game. Their families are welcome to half-price box seat tickets. Ticket promotion is only valid at the box office.

Tuesday, June 27, doubleheader at 6:00 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), gates open at 5:00 p.m.

  • Karns Max Saver Tuesday presented by Karns! Bring your Karns receipt to the box office for buy 1, get 1 free tickets for that night’s game! Tickets must be purchased at the box office. Ticket offer excludes Club seats. Max four tickets per receipt.
  • Tasty Tuesday! An $8 ticket add-on is available for purchase which includes a hot dog, popcorn, nachos, soda, and a mighty mini ice cream sandwich! Tasty Tuesday add-ons are available online, over the phone, or at the FNB Field box office!

Wednesday, June 28, at 12:00 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), gates open at 11:00 a.m.

  • Wet-Nose Wednesday presented by Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center. Your favorite four-legged friend is invited to the park with you every Wednesday!
  • Winning Wednesday! If the Senators win the game, your ticket is good for a free Ollie’s or LB Smith Ford Lincoln Value seat for the Friday, July 7 game against the Erie SeaWolves! Plus, one fan wins a Pennsylvania Lottery / Harrisburg Senators Prize Pack!

Thursday, June 29, at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Diamond Dig presented by Mountz Jewelers! All women 18 & older are invited post-game to dig for a diamond pendant on the infield dirt! One lucky lady will win a beautiful diamond pendant courtesy of Mountz Jewelers!
  • Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light and 105.7 The X. Enjoy $2 Coors Light drafts on the boardwalk!
  • Community Aid Free Parking presented by Community Aid. Bring a full bag of clothes to donate and park for free! Donations will be accepted at City Island as you are parking.
  • Throwback Thursday– Diva Edition! It’s time for another Throwback Thursday, this time saluting the best divas in music. We’ll have a night filled with Diana, Whitney, Mariah, Celine, and so many more!

The Senators box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available via telephone during the same hours as the box office hours. Tickets are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online at www.senatorsbaseball.com. You can find the Senators on Facebook at facebook.com/senatorsbaseball or @hbgsenators on Twitter.

Senators Roster Moves: Neftali Soto promoted; Isaac Ballou activated off the DL

(Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Neftali Soto was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse. The 28-year-old was batting .329, second in the entire Eastern League, with 10 home runs, 19 doubles, 44 runs driven in.

The corresponding move was activating Isaac Ballou off the disabled list. Ballou is hitting .232 in 36 games with the Senators in 2017.

Senators Roster Moves: Jaron Long promoted; Kyle McGowin assigned from Syracuse; Darian Sandford signed out of Atlantic League; Braulio Lara to DL

Jaron Long (Sam Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Starting pitcher Jaron Long was promoted to AAA Syracuse after beginning the 2017 campaign with a 5-6 record and 2.73 ERA in 13 games. For Long, it will mark his third straight season pitching at the Triple-A level.

The corresponding move for the pitching staff is Kyle McGowin being reassigned to Harrisburg. McGowin, who was acquired as part of the Danny Espinosa trade with the Los Angeles Angels, pitched to a 1-6 record with opposing batters hitting .288 against him during nine games in the Southern Tier.

The Washington Nationals signed Darian Sandford out of the Atlantic League and assigned him to the Senators. The 30-year-old outfielder was batting .340 and getting on base at a .411 clip with 33 stolen bases in 48 games at the top of the batting order for the Lancaster Barnstormers. Sandford was last in affiliated baseball for the 2011 season in the rookie level Pioneer League. Since then, the Missouri native has played in almost every independent league in the country as he has suited up in the Frontier League, United Baseball League, Can-Am League, Pacific Association, and the Atlantic League. Last year with the Vallejo Admirals, Sandford stole 99 bases in 116 attempts.

Braulio Lara was also placed on the disabled list a day after collaring the loss in Akron when allowing four runs in 0.1 innings.

 

Senators Roster Move: Wirkin Estevez promoted from Single-A Potomac

The following transaction has taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Pitcher Wirkin Estevez was promoted to the Harrisburg Senators after going 4-3 with a 3.88 in 11 starts with the Potomac Nationals this season. The 25-year-old right-hander has struck out 42 and walked 20 in 65 innings of work.

Estevez is scheduled to make his Double-A debut on Friday night at FNB Field against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

 

Senators Roster Moves: Erick Fedde and Spencer Kieboom promoted to AAA Syracuse, Jake Lowery called up from Potomac

Erick Fedde (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Reliever Erick Fedde and catcher Spencer Kieboom have been promoted to AAA Syracuse.

Fedde was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Senators since the Nationals’ top rated pitching prospect was moved to the bullpen.

With former Senator Pedro Severino hitting the disabled list, Kieboom will get his first taste of Triple-A. He slashed .222/.320/.322 in 113 games over the last two seasons in Harrisburg while serving as the primary backstop last year and backup to Raudy Read this season.

The corresponding move for the Senators is getting catcher Jake Lowery from Single-A Potomac. Lowery appeared in two games for Harrisburg last season.

Joe Blanton set to rehab with Senators on Thursday evening

Washington Nationals’ Joe Blanton throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Washington Nationals reliever Joe Blanton has joined the Harrisburg Senators on a major league rehab assignment and is expected to make an appearance in Thursday night’s game against the Altoona Curve.

Blanton was placed on Washington’s disabled list on May 17 with right shoulder inflammation. The 36-year-old right-hander had struggled to a 9.49 ERA and allowed six home runs in 12.1 innings over 14 games out of the Washington bullpen in 2017.

Senators return home for six games with appearances from BirdZerk! and the Zooperstars!

Kevin Duranteater of the Zooperstars! performs at FNB Field last season (Will Bentzel / Harrisburg Senators)

Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. vs. Altoona Curve (Pirates), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Karns Max Saver Tuesday presented by Karns! Bring your Karns receipt to the box office for buy 1, get 1 free box seat tickets for that night’s game! Tickets must be purchased at the box office. Ticket offer excludes Club seats. Max four tickets per receipt.
  • Tasty Tuesday! An $8 ticket add-on is available for purchase which includes a hotdog, popcorn, nachos, soda, and a mighty mini ice cream sandwich! Tasty Tuesday add-ons are available online, over the phone, or at the FNB Field box office!

Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. vs. Altoona Curve (Pirates), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Bellies and Baseball! Join us for a night honoring all expecting moms with fun games, contests, and more! It’s our 2nd annual Diaper Derby! Join us at approximately 5:45 on the lower concourse to race for the trophy! All (crawling) babies are welcome. Make sure to join us pre-game for a prenatal yoga session from 5:30-6:30pm! Plus, all women in their 3rd trimester can throw out a first pitch!
  • Wet-Nose Wednesday presented by Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center. Your favorite four-legged friend is invited to the park with you every Wednesday!
  • Winning Wednesday! If the Senators win the game, your ticket is good for a free Ollie’s or LB Smith Ford Lincoln Value seat for the Friday, June 16 game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels! Plus, one fan wins a Pennsylvania Lottery / Harrisburg Senators Prize Pack!

Thursday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. vs. Altoona Curve (Pirates), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • BirdZerk! The craziest bird in baseball is back! BirdZerk will entertain fans with his crazy antics between innings!
  • Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light and 105.7 The X. Enjoy $2 Coors Light drafts on the boardwalk!
  • Throwback Thursday- Salute to the Beatles! Tonight we’re throwing it back to honor the Beatles! We’ll have a Beatles theme in the ballpark all night long with plenty of music to accompany.
  • Community Aid Free Parking presented by Community Aid. Bring a full bag of clothes to donate and park for free! Donations will be accepted at City Island as you are parking.

Friday, June 9, at 7:00 p.m. vs. Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Fidget Spinner Giveaway. The first 2,000 kids 12 and under receive a Harrisburg Senators fidget spinner!
  • Zooperstars! The fan favorite Zooperstars are back! Harry Canary, Clammy Sosa, and more will be at FNB Field to entertain the fans throughout the game!
  • Fireworks and Flatscreens presented by WINK 104. We’re giving away three flatscreen TVs throughout the game! Make sure to register to win at the ballpark. Plus, stick around post-game for the best fireworks in Central PA.
  • Post-game Autographs! Ryan Brinley and Andrew Robinson will sign autographs in the Senators team store following the game!

Saturday, June 10, at 6:00 p.m. vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets), gates open at 4:30 p.m.

  • Green Senators Hat Giveaway presented by Fresenius Kidney Care, the Kidney Foundation, BOB 94.9 and The River 97.3. The first 1,000 fans 13 & older will get a free Green Senators Hat!
  • Daniel Tiger Appearance! Don’t miss Daniel Tiger at FNB Field! He’ll be here taking photos and meeting fans starting at 4:30pm!
  • Mutts Gone Nuts! Mutts Gone Nuts will be at FNB Field to amaze fans! These incredible dogs are trained to perform amazing tricks and will entertain fans between innings and postgame!
  • Faith Day presented by Community Aid. Come out early for a Faith Day pregame concert by Seven from Messiah College and stick around postgame for a concert by True Heart.
  • Kidney Health Awareness Day presented by Fresenius Kidney Care and the Kidney Foundation. Join Fresenius Kidney Care, the Kidney Foundation and the Senators for Kidney health awareness. Learn how vital your kidneys are and what you can do to keep them healthy.

Sunday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets), gates open at 2:30 p.m.

  • Baseball Giveaway! The first 1,000 fans 12 & under receive a new Senators baseball!
  • Signature Sunday! Ryan Brinley and Andrew Robinson sign autographs from 2:35 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. on the dugout tops!
  • Rite Aid Family Day presented by Rite Aid, BOB 94.9 and The River 97.3. Show your Rite Aid Plenti card at the box office for $2 off your tickets (excludes Club seats)! You also receive 1/2 price kids zone wristbands when you show your Rite Aid card in the kids zone! Tickets must be purchased at the box office.
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by Stauffer’s. All kids are invited to run the bases at FNB Field after the game!

The Senators box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available via telephone during the same hours as the box office hours. Tickets are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online at www.senatorsbaseball.com. You can find the Senators on Facebook at facebook.com/senatorsbaseball or @hbgsenators on Twitter.

Senators Roster Moves: Wander Suero promoted to AAA Syracuse, Braulio Lara activated off the TIL

Wander Suero (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Reliever Wander Suero has been promoted to AAA Syracuse. The 25-year-old right-hander was 0-1 with 10 saves and a 1.96 ERA in 18 games with the Senators this season. This will be Suero’s first crack at Triple-A after eight seasons in the Nationals’ organization. The Dominican has made 74 appearances with Harrisburg over parts of the last three seasons.

The corresponding move for the Senators is activating Braulio Lara off the temporary inactive list. Lara has pitched to a 6.14 ERA and 2.52 WHIP in 14.2 innings for Harrisburg so far in the 2017 campaign. The 28-year-old southpaw has made at least one appearance at the Triple-A level in Durham and Sacramento each of the last four seasons.

Senators Roster Moves: Austen Williams hits the DL, Matthew Crownover promoted from Potomac

(Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Pitcher Austen Williams, who has struggled to a 1-6 record with a 7.01 ERA this season, hit the disabled list on Thursday. Taking his place on the active roster is Matthew Crownover. The 24-year-old southpaw has been excellent with the Potomac Nationals this season pitching to a 1.94 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and holding opponents to a .224 average in 10 appearances.