South Atlantic League baseball
What: Four-game series
When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 1:35 Sunday afternoon)
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Washington Nationals (Suns)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Alec Mills (1-2, 1.93) vs. RH Dixon Anderson (4-2, 2.47); Friday, Bryan Brickhouse (3-3, 2.13) vs. RH Ronald Pena (2-2, 4.66); Saturday, RH Miguel Almonte (2-4, 4.17) vs. LH Nick Lee (1-1, 11.74); Sunday, RH Christian Binford (4-2, 2.73) vs. RH Ivan Pineyro (4-3, 3.35).
Sun to watch: 2B Tony Renda (5-foot-8, 180 pounds, age 22, bats and throws right, from Santa Rosa, Calif.) leads Hagerstown in games (49), at-bats (193), runs (39), hits (57), doubles (19), triples (3) and stolen bases (9), while batting .295 with a homer and 25 RBI. He has hits in his last 10 games (18-for-41, .439) and 12 of his last 13 games. Coming into the season, Baseball America rated him the 12th-best prospect in the Nationals system. A 2012 second-round draft pick out of California, he was the Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Year and helped the Bears reach the 2011 College World Series. Signed for $500,000, he was assigned to Auburn of the New York-Penn League last summer, where he recovered from a slow start to hit .264 with 32 RBI and 47 runs over 71 games, swiping 15 bases. He also drew 31 walks while striking out 33 times.
Legend to watch: RHP Ali Williams (6-1, 191, 23, from Sumter, S.C.) has allowed one earned run over his last three relief appearances, spanning six innings. Overall, Williams is 3-3 with a hold and a 5.34 ERA over 15 relief outings and 28 2/3 innings. He has struck out 34 and walked 13. As a senior at Crestwood High School, he posted a 1.20 ERA. Williams attended South Carolina-Salkehachie for two seasons and earned an associate degree in science, then transferred to Charleston Southern. Selected by the Royals in the 34th round of the 2011 draft, he spent that summer with the Arizona League Royals and went 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 10 walks. Last year, with Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League, Williams finished 3-3 with a 5.25 ERA, 67 strikeouts (tied for fourth in the league) and 22 walks. He is a cousin to late Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League.
Radio: WLXG-AM 1300