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Full Count

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    TinCaps head groundskeeper Keith Winter was named the Single-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year, an honor he also landed in 2013.
  • TinCaps named Ballpark Digest's team of the year
    Citing sustained success and an "amazing" commitment to community service, the online trade magazine Ballpark Digest recognized the TinCaps as its 2014 team of the year.
  • Ex-TinCap Mallex Smith voted minors' top offensive player
    Mallex Smith, who was the TinCaps' center fielder for the 2013 season and the first half of 2014, was voted by fans as the top offensive player in the minor leagues during the past season.

For starters

Fort Wayne begins its crucial three-game series against West Michigan with James Needy on the mound.

With six games remaining in the regular season, the TinCaps are tied with Lake County for the top spot in the Eastern Division among eligible teams. Lake County holds the tie-breaker, placing the TinCaps as the wild card. West Michigan trails both teams by two games.

Bowling Green is at Lake County.

Bowling Green and Lansing qualified in the first half.

Needy is 6-2 with a 1.95 ERA. He is making his fourth start and his 32nd appearance overall this year. Since joining the rotation on Aug. 10, he is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

Needy threw six scoreless innings against West Michigan in his last start, a game the TinCaps won 4-1.

Wilsen Palacios is the starter for West Michigan. He is 11-9 with a 3.85 ERA. He is 1-3 with a 5.57 ERA against Fort Wayne this year.