Norfolk Tides at Knights
Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
Charlotte: RHP Brad Penny (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Norfolk: RHP Tyler Wilson (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Charlotte: RHP Chris Beck (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Norfolk: RHP Mike Wright (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Saturday 7:05 p.m.
Charlotte: LHP Carlos Rodon (0-0, 0.00)
Norfolk: LHP T.J. McFarland (0-0, 0.00)
Sunday 2:05 p.m.
Charlotte: RHP Scott Carroll (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Norfolk: RHP Zach Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Head to head: This is the first of seven series (22 games) between the Knights and Tides this season. The two teams will next meet April 24-26 in Norfolk, Va.
Briefly: The Knights, who finished their inaugural season in uptown Charlotte 63-81, return without some familiar faces. Jordan Danks, the franchise’s all-time hits leader, is in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley were traded, and Carlos Sanchez and Micah Johnson earned promotions to the Chicago White Sox. Last season’s home-run leader, Andy Wilkins, was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. … Saturday’s scheduled starter for the Knights, Carlos Rodon, is the White Sox’s top prospect and considered by many scouts to be the top left-hander in Class AAA. … Trayce Thompson, the brother of NBA All-Star Klay, was promoted from Class AA Birmingham/ and is expected to take over in center field. … Leury Garcia and Daniel Webb, who both played with the White Sox last season, have joined the Knights. … Shortstop Tyler Saladino has recovered from Tommy John elbow surgery. … Knights opening day starter Brad Penny, 37, didn’t pitch in the majors in 2013 and then turned in a rather unremarkable 26 innings with the Miami Marlins last season, allowing 20 runs while striking out 13 and walking 13. The White Sox saw enough out of the former All-Star this spring, though, to justify stashing him in Class AAA, a decision that required a $100,000 veteran’s retention bonus in addition to his salary. … The Knights won the season series with the Tides in 2014, 11-10.