RedHawks notebook: Oklahoma City strikes early and cruises past Redbirds

RedHawks outfielder Fernando Martinez hits a three-run homer in the first inning to begin the rout. OKC and Memphis continue series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 6, 2012
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The Oklahoma City bullpen — Adalberto Flores, Jose Valdez and Sergio Perez — pitched four innings of scoreless relief.

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The RedHawks and Memphis will play the third game of the series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tulsa Bishop Kelley product Dallas Keuchel will start for Oklahoma City, and Joe Kelly will be the Redbirds' starter.

Sunday's 2 p.m. finale of the four game set will feature two of the top young pitchers in each organization. Shelby Miller is scheduled to start for the Redbirds. Jordan Lyles will take the mound for Oklahoma City.

Miller is rated by Baseball America as the Cardinals' top prospect heading into the 2012 season. Baseball America rated Lyles as the Astros' top prospect last season. Lyles no longer qualifies as a prospect because he isn't considered a rookie since he pitched 94 innings for Houston last season.

by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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