South Atlantic League baseball
What: Three-game series
When: Monday through Wednesday (7:05 Monday and Tuesday nights; 10:35 Wednesday morning)
Where: Lake Olmstead Stadium (Augusta, Ga.)
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends); San Francisco Giants (GreenJackets)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Aroni Nina (0-0, 2.25) vs. RH Jose Reyes (0-1, 12.00); Tuesday, RH Bryan Brickhouse (0-2, 3.00) vs. RH Martin Agosta (1-1, 3.12); Wednesday, RH Miguel Almonte (0-2, 5.87) vs. RH Joan Gregorio (2-0, 0.82).
Legend to watch: 1B/RF Fred Ford (6-foot-5, 206 pounds, age 21, from O’Fallon, Mo., bats and throws right) is batting .273 with five RBI through his first 11 games. He leads the Legends in homers (2), total bases (18), walks (6), on-base percentage (.385) and slugging (.545). A seventh-round draft pick last June, Ford led Fort Zumwalt South High School to the Missouri Class 4A championship in 2009, then helped Jefferson College (Hillsboro, Mo.) reach the National Junior College World Series in 2011 and 2012. After earning NJCAA All-America and Region XVI Player of the Year honors last year (.430, 16 HR, 75 RBI, 32 SB), he passed up an opportunity to play for Western Kentucky University. Instead, he broke into pro ball with the Burlington Royals. Ford hit .248 and finished third in the Appalachian League with 13 homers, tied for fourth in walks (36), tied for fifth in games played (62), seventh in OPS (.853) and ninth in slugging (.491).
GreenJacket to watch: RHP Stephen Johnson (6-4, 205, age 22, from Boulder, Colo.) has yet to give up a run over five relief appearances spanning 6 1/3 innings. He has no decisions and two saves. A 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of St. Edward’s University in Texas, Johnson went 1-2 with a 1.45 ERA, 74 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings and 18 saves for the Division II school last year. He split last summer between the Arizona League Giants (0-0, 4.50, two games, two innings) and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League (0-2, 4.66, 2 saves, 17 games, 19 1/3 innings).
Radio: WLXG-AM 1300