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Daniel McCutchen brings major talent to Charlotte Knights

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    Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Daniel McCutchen throws against the St Louis Cardinals during the game on Aug. 15, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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    Daniel McCutchen walks off the field after giving up a three-run home run against the Florida Marlins in a 2011 game.
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    Pitcher Daniel McCutchen poses for a photo in 2012.

Right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen, who was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2006 draft, was signed by the Chicago White Sox on Friday and assigned to the Charlotte Knights.

McCutchen, 31, has appeared in 109 games at the major league level over five seasons. McCutchen most recently pitched for Class AAA Round Rock, where he was 2-5 with a 7.05 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) this season.

He last pitched on June 22 against Fresno and allowed one run on five hits over 42/3 innings. McCutchen signed with the Texas Rangers on December 19, 2013. He made one appearance for the Rangers this season and gave up two earned runs on four hits over 21/3 innings.

• Friday night’s home game against the Lexington Bats was postponed by rain. A makeup date was not announced.

Saturday’s game at Gwinnett is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Dylan Axelrod (4-6, 4.25) is scheduled to start for the Knights.

Thursday: Mistake opens Bats’ floodgate

Chris Beck had things on cruise control on Thursday against the Louisville Bats, until he didn’t.

The Bats took advantage, knocking the White Sox’s No. 9-ranked prospect around and handing the Charlotte Knights a 6-4 loss in front of 10,231 at BB&T BallPark.

A late night call from the White Sox led to an early morning flight from Class AA Birmingham to Charlotte for Beck, who made his first career start with the Knights in the place of Eric Surkamp, whose assistance was required in Chicago.

Riding high on the adrenaline of the morning, Beck, 23, retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced, including a stretch of nine in a row, while working between 92 and 96 miles per hour.

After catching a Louisville batter looking at strike three with a runner on in the fourth, Beck rolled the ball towards the mound and headed for the dugout.

But there was a problem.

“As soon as I (rolled it), I was like, ‘Man, that’s a bonehead move,’ ” said Beck, who had just recorded his second out of the inning. “It showed that I lost a little focus and you can’t do that.”

The BB&T BallPark scoreboard had been malfunctioning and was blank at the time of the mix-up.

The next batter Beck faced sent a run-scoring single to right, and then the first pitch he threw to Rey Navarro landed in the bleachers, giving the Bats a 3-0 lead.

“As a starting pitcher you should know how many outs there are, whether the board’s out or not,” Beck said. “That was a lapse in focus for me, and that usually doesn’t happen. I tried to laugh it off, but you know the end result.”

Opposite Beck was one-time New York Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang, who pitched like it was 2007, holding Charlotte to three hits and no earned runs in 72/3 innings.

Seth Lakso

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