The Scraton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees opened up the 2010 International League season with a 1-0 shutout of Buffalo, the triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Jesus Montero doubled in the game’s only run, while Ivan Nova (4 innings), Mark Melancon (2 innings), Boone Logan (2 innings) and Jonathan Albaledejo (1 inning) all pitched excellently in the combined shutout. All four pitchers are possible midseason call-ups in the event the Yankees need bullpen help. According to Scranton Times-Tribune beat writer Donnie Collins, Boone Logan looked particularly nasty. In defeat, Mets top prospect Ike Davis went 3-4 (his only out was a strikeout to end the game).
Meanwhile, in Trenton, the Thunder opened up the 2010 Eastern League season with a 4-0 victory over the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers), but pitcher Christian Garcia was forced to leave the game mid-batter in the sixth inning. Mike Ashmore’s Trenton Thunder Blog has updates on the injury.