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Starting Pitchers coming series
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - On Thursday-evening, April 12, the second 3-game series of the season starts and so, the starting pitchers have been announced again.

The upcoming series features some interesting match-ups, including that of Dutch champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates and multi-champion DOOR Neptunus. But we also have some interesting pitching match-ups.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. DOOR Neptunus
Dutch champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates opened the season with two victories vs. UVV, but then lost the third game in 10 innings. DOOR Neptunus started the new season with three big victories against Sparta-Feyenoord.

If everything is going the way of the Head Coaches, the starting rotations for this series will be the same as they used in their opening series. But some things are not sure at the moment, as RHP Rob Cordemans (Amsterdam) and RHP Bobby Carrington (Neptunus) are both stricken with the flu. And that might change the rotations. In case Cordemans is unable to start on Thursday, RHP Jos de Jong probably will take his place. That means that Cordemans might move to Saturday or Head Coach Charles Urbanus has to name another starter for Game 2 in case the righthander is not yet eligible in the weekend. RHP Ben Grover already has been to start Sunday's game (as of now). Another possible starter might be RHP Nick Stuifbergen or one of the rookies on the Amsterdam-roster.

Neptunus named the same two starters for the first two games, but has not yet decided for Sunday's game, which will be Carrington's spot if he is fit to pitch. If not, Head Coach Jan Collins has to name someone else. Righthanders Tim Roodenburg and Kevin van Veen, who both pitched in relief last weekend, are available. Dushan Ruzic, who was used as closer twice last weekend, also has starting experience, but he probably will stick to his relief-duties.

Probable Starting Pitchers
to be decided
to be decided
RHP Ben Grover (0-0)
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
LHP Diegomar Markwell (1-0)
RHP Kevin Heijstek (1-0)
to be decided (0-0)
Thursday at Amsterdam (7:30 PM), Saturday at Rotterdam (2 PM), Sunday at Amsterdam (2 PM)
Standings & Scores

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. Vaessen Pioniers
Mr. Cocker HCAW experienced a good season-opener by winning two of its three games vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers. Vaessen Pioniers won one of its three games against Corendon Kinheim.

The rotations for both teams have somewhat changed for this series. On Thursday, RHP Leon Elshof will make his first start for HCAW, while the weekend-assignment remain unchanged. This means that lefthander Robin Schel, who was the Opening Night-starter last week, will be availble in the bullpen this time.

Pioniers on the other hand comes back with the same Game 1 starter as last week, but switched the starting pitchers for the weekend series.

HCAW will welcome its American infielder Kody Hightower coming week, as he will arrive next Tuesday.

Probable Starting Pitchers
RHP Leon Elshof (1-0)
RHP Dennis Burgersdijk (0-0)
RHP Kyle Putnam (0-1)
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
LHP Mika de Lincel (0-0)
RHP Joey Evans (0-0)
RHP Kevin Miner (0-1)
Thursday at Bussum (7:30 PM), Saturday at Hoofddorp (2 PM), Sunday at Bussum (2 PM)
Standings & Scores

Corendon Kinheim vs. UVV
Corendon Kinheim opened the season with two wins vs. Vaessen Pioniers, but then lost Game 3 last Sunday. UVV started with two losses, but then won Game 3 in 10 innings vs. Dutch champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates.

Both teams kept their starting rotations for the upcoming series intact, but both Head Coaches underscored that the Game 3 starters may be used in relief in the first two games if needed.

On another note, for your information, the wife of UVV's first baseman Ryan Murphy has also arrived in our country.

Probable Starting Pitchers
RHP David Bergman (0-0)
RHP Luke Sommer (0-0)
LHP Nick Veltkamp (0-0)
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
RHP Orlando Yntema (0-1)
RHP Jurjen van Zijl (0-1)
RHP Duko Jansen (0-0)
Thursday at Haarlem (7:30 PM), Saturday at Vleuten (2 PM), Sunday at Haarlem (2 PM)
Standings & Scores

Sparta-Feyenoord vs. AamigoO ADO Lakers
AamigoO ADO Lakers failed to hold a lead in its first two games and started the season with two losses vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW, but then won the third game last Sunday. Sparta-Feyenoord surely much have had another vision of its season-start, but experienced three big losses and gave up 55 runs to DOOR Neptunus.

Sparta-Feyenoord will go with the same starting rotation as last week. ADO Lakers is also using the same three starters, but changed the order. In the Opening Series, RHP Reggie Bomberg, RHP Ibrahim Redan and RHP Thomas Macy started in this order. For the coming series, the order will be Redan, Macy and Bomberg.

In the meantime, ADO Lakers has expanded its roster with former pro Rudy van Heydoorn, who joined his new team for practice on Tuesday.

Another former pro on ADO's roster, lefthander Alexander Smit, might soon see his first action of the new season. He has started practice and might be avaible to pitch in one or two weeks.

Probable Starting Pitchers
RHP Quinn Tramm (0-1)
LHP Gregory Gustina (0-1)
RHP Elton Koeiman (0-1)
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
RHP Ibrahim Redan (0-0)
RHP Thomas Macy (1-0)
RHP Reggie Bomberg (0-1)
Thursday at Rotterdam (7:30 PM), Saturday at The Hague (2 PM), Sunday at Rotterdam (2 PM)
Standings & Scores
ADO Lakers

(April 11)

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