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Staten Island native Dillon McNamara will get the start to open the series with the Ironbirds (Robert M. Pimpsner)

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Staten Island Yankees vs Aberdeen Ironbirds Series Preview

After splitting the opening series of the 2014 NY-Penn League season with the rival Cyclones the Staten Island Yankees return home on Tuesday night to start a three-game set with the Aberdeen Ironbirds. The Cal Ripken owned ‘Birds will be coming into the series still looking for their first win of the season.

Pitching Matchups

June 17, 2014 – Nick Cunningham RHP vs Dillon McNamara RHP
The Staten Island native Dillon McNamara will make the start on Tuesday for the Baby Bombers. McNamara spent last season in the Yankees bullpen where he was 4-3 in 20 games throwing 37 innings, striking out 31 batters. He has a mid-90s fastball with a slider, and a splitter.

McNamara will be facing RHP Nick Cunningham who is making his return to the Ironbirds. Last season he was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 13 games, pitching just 19.2 innings out of the bullpen. It will be his first professional start.

June 18, 2014 – Bennett Parry LHP vs Andy Beresford RHP
On Wednesday left-hander Bennett Parry will get the ball for Aberdeen. Perry last played for Aberdeen in 2012 and spent last season with the Delmarva Shorebirds. Earlier this year he pitched out of the bullpen for the Shorebirds where he was 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 11 appearances.

For the Yankees right-hander Andy Beresford will be making the spot start. Beresford is taking the rotation spot originally slated for Cale Coshow, who pitched on Sunday in the doubleheader. He started the season in the Charleston RiverDogs bullpen where he was 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA in 6 games. Last season for Staten Island he was 3-2 with a 1.08 ERA in 30 innings pitches.

June 19, 2014 – Janser Severino RHP vs. David Palladino RHP
Janser Severino will start on Thursday for the Ironbirds. The right-hander was their opening day starter and pitched six shutout innings against Hudson Valley, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out nine. He has been with the Ironbirds since the 2012 season and last year was 3-4 with a 3.92 ERA.

Staten Island will counter with the tall righty David Palladino. Palladino will be looking to recover for a rough start on Opening Day for the Yankees where he allowed six runs to the Cyclones. His fastball is consistently in the low-90s, mid-70s curveball, low-80s curve, a change up and a splitter.

At The Plate

At the plate the Baby Bombers have shown a lot of patience, working a league leading 26 walks in four games as a team. First baseman Chris Breen has five of those walks and is currently tied for the league lead. Thairo Estrada and Daniel Lopez each have three walks a piece as well. Ty McFarland, the Yankees 10th round pick in this year’s draft, current leads the Yanks with a .444 batting average and he is followed by Chris Breen who is batting .400. Two of McFarlands four hits this year have been doubles.

Aberdeen third baseman Hector Veloz has five hits for the Ironbirds, he is followed by Sam Kimmel who has four hits. Oswill Lartiguez, Alex Murphy, and Jay Gonzalez each have three hits apiece for Aberdeen.

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