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Full Count

  • TinCaps' groundskeeper honored
    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

James Needy is on the mound for Fort Wayne for Game 1 of the Eastern Division opening series against Lansing.

Needy is 6-3 with a 1.75 ERA. He threw a complete-game four-hitter in his last outing, a 1-0 loss to West Michigan. It was Fort Wayne's first complete game since 2007.

Needy has given up four earned runs in 14 1/3 innings against Lansing this season. He has walked one and struck out 10.

Noah Syndergaard is on the mound for Lansing. He has an 8-5 record with a 2.60 ERA. He has not allowed a run against Fort Wayne in 16 innings. He has given up just seven hits and has struck out 16. He went 1-2 with a 0.84 ERA in August.