Legends take first road trip of season

South Atlantic League baseball

legends-logo-13sal-logo-wvaLexington Legends
at West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday and Friday nights, 2:05 Saturday and Sunday afternoons)

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Luis Rico (0-1, 15.00) vs. RH Buddy Borden (0-0, 6.75); Friday, LH Matt Tenuta (0-1, 1.50) vs. LH Cody Dickson (1-0, 0.00); Saturday, RH Jose Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Luis Heredia (0-1, 7.20); Sunday, LH Austin Fairchild (0-1, 0.00) vs. RH Dovydas Neverauskas (1-0, 1.80).

Matt Tenuta

Matt Tenuta

Legend to watch: Friday starter Matt Tenuta (6-foot-4, 208 pounds, bats and throws left, from Cary, N.C.) through six innings of one-run, five-hit ball against the Power last week. He struck out five and walked one. A 2012 25th-round draft pick out of Apex (N.C.) High School, he passed on a chance to play for North Carolina State and was the Surprise (Ariz.) Royals Pitcher of the Year by going 3-5 with a save and 4.58 ERA over 13 appearances (one start) and 39 1/3 innings. He split last season between Burlington of the Appalachian League (24, 2.81) and Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League (1-1, 6.43). His brother Zach played football at Marshall and Akron. Father Jon played football at Virginia, where mother Lori played basketball. Jon, whose coaching career includes stints as defensive coordinator at Ohio State and Notre Dame, currently is associate head coach for defense/defensive coordinator at Virginia.

JaCoby Jones

JaCoby Jones

Power to watch: SS JaCoby Jones (6-3, 200, bats and throws right, from Richton, Miss.) is 9-for-24 (.375) through seven games, with two doubles, a triple and homer. A third-round draft pick out of LSU last year, Jones driven in five runs and scored four. He might have wound up on the Legends roster a few years ago, but he did not sign when Lexington’s then-parent club Houston selected him in the 19th round of the 2010 draft. He played last season with Jamestown of the New York-Penn League, batting .311 with a homer and 10 RBI over 15 games.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

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