Opening Game in Gwinnett…

Charlotte Knights @ Gwinnett Braves (Game 1 of 4)
FRI: RHP Zach Stewart (-) vs. LHP Sean Gilmartin (-)

ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights enter play today with a career mark of 44-42 against the Gwinnett Braves.

Stewart_ZachAt Coolray Field, the Braves hold a 24-19 record, while at Knights Stadium — the Knights are 25-18. 

The two teams will meet in Fort Mill for a two-game series from April 11-12.

2012 SERIES INFO: The Knights and Braves split their 2012 series going 11-11 over the 22
game stretch. The Knights were 5-6 at Coolray Field and 6-5 at home.  The Knights outscored
the Braves in the series 87-73.

Take 2: For the second season in-a-row, the Charlotte Knights Opening Day was postponed due to rain. Last season, the Knights were set to open the season at home on Thursday, April 5 against the Norfolk Tides, but rain washed the game away. Yesterday, their 2013 opener in Gwinnett was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday in Gwinnett. The Knights will open at home on Thursday, April 11.

Danks Again: Talented outfielder Jordan Danks returns to the Knights for his fourth-straight season. The Texas native last played for the club on August 20 at Durham and extended his on-base streak to 30 games. Danks also had a 16-game hit streak last year – that came to an end in that game against the Bulls. Danks, 26, hit .317 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs for the Knights in 64 games. He is now among the Knights career leaders in a number of offensive categories, including at-bats (2nd), hits (2nd), doubles (T-3rd), and triples (T-2nd).

Racking Up the Awards: Catcher Josh Phegley returns to the Knights after a solid 2012 season. The Terre Haute, IN native was a 2012 International League mid-season All-Star, and won the Rawlings MiLB Gold Glove award and the Charlotte Knights annual Community Service Award. He enters the 2013 season ranked by Baseball America as the 18th-best prospect in Chicago’s system.

The Z-Man Return-eth: Matt Zaleski, 31, went 7-6 with a 3.70 ERA in 25 games for the Knights a season ago – his fourth with the Knights. The Illinois native enters the 2013 season among the Charlotte Knights career leaders in a number of categories. He ranks second in games started (65), second in innings pitched (374.1), and seventh in strikeouts (243). He is scheduled to pitch in game four of this four-game series.

Like Father, Like Son: Steve Tolleson, 30, is the son of former Major Leaguer Wayne Tolleson. Tony Pena Jr., 32, is the son of former Major Leaguer Tony Pena. Both players have dads that have ties to the Yankees. The elder Tolleson spent 1986-1990 with the Yanks, while the elder Pena has been on the Bronx Bombers coaching staff since 2006.

Keeping it Local: The Knights 2013 Opening Day roster features a handful of local products. Steve Tolleson was born in Spartanburg, SC and is a product of nearby University of South Carolina. Jason Berken was born in Green Bay, WI, and he, along with fellow pitcher Daniel Moskos, are Clemson University products. Moskos was born in Greenville, SC and ranks among Clemson’s all-time leaders in saves (4th, 16) and appearances (5th, 71).

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