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Starting Pitchers coming series
AMSTERDAM Neth.) - The fourth 3-game series of the 2014 will get underway on Thursday-evening, weather permitting. For Thursday, rain is predicted for the morning and the evening, with a clear sky in the afternoon. For the following days, the predictions call for unstable weather, but also with sunny periods. However, for Thursday and Sunday a 90 percent chance for rain is predicted, while an 80% chance is predicted for Friday and Saturday. Anyhow, most starting pitchers have been announced for the upcoming series.

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L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Vaessen Pioniers are going with the same rotation which they have used in the previous three series. They will face ADO Lakers and UVV respectively.

Mr. Cocker HCAW will use the same rotation as last week, meaning rookie RHP Maickel Rietel will be the starter again in Game 3 against Corendon Kinheim. This will be an interesting series, as the two teams are separated by only two points (one game). Kinheim is currently in fourth place, HCAW in fifth.

Corendon Kinheim also will use the same three starters again as in the previous series, but again in a different order. RHP David Bergman returns to the opening game on Thursday, after having started Game 2 last week vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates. RHP Glenn Wassink, who was the starter last week in the opener, moves back to Game 3. LHP Nick Veltkamp, who started Game 3 vs. Amsterdam, is now the starter again in Game 2.

DOOR Neptunus, which meets Mampaey The Hawks, returns to the rotation it has used in the first and second series, meaning RHP Floris Timmer will be the starter again in Game 3.

ADO Lakers partly changed its rotation. RHP Timo van Ancum will be the starter again in Game 3, as he was in the previous three series. RHP Jeremy Winkel returns as starter of the opener, just as he did two weeks ago, while RHP Ibrahin Redan will be the starter again of Game 2, as he did last week. RHP Dennis Burgersdijk is still sidelined with an injury.

UVV and Mampaey The Hawks have more difficulties to name their starters for the coming series. UVV's Head Coach Ferenc Jongejan hasn't made a decision yet for all three games, but it is likely that RHP Gilian van Lith probably will start the opener again on Thursday (as he has done so far), as he wasn't used in the weekend. Jongejan has to do without RHP Kevin Noordzij, who was his Game 2 starter in the previous series. Last Saturday, Noordzij left the game vs. DOOR Neptunus after two batters with a shoulder-injury. Duko Jansen went the distance on Sunday, so he might return again in Game 3, which makes RHP Jurjen van Zijl a probable starter for Game 2, unless he is needed in the opener.

The Hawks' Head Coach Dino Anasagasti named RHP Evan Simons again as his starter for Game 1, but has yet to make a decision for the two weekend games. And this also has to do with an injury. RHP José Moreno, who was the starter in Game 2 of the previous series, was hit on hit right throwing elbow by a lead-off line drive in the first inning vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW last Saturday. He might be out for two weeks, so Anasagasti has to adjust his rotation. RHP Quinn Tramm probably will be the starter on either Saturday or Sunday, unless he is needed in relief on Thursday. Anasagasti probably also will add some pitchers from the club's Rookie League-team as additional arms. Last Saturday, rookies Danny Stolk and Homme Bürmann made their debut after Moreno had left the game.

Schedule & Starting Pitchers coming series

(May 7)

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