University of Kentucky basketball All-American Willie Cauley-Stein will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Lexington Legends' home opener against the West Virginia Power on Thursday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Cauley-Stein helped lead Kentucky to a 38-1 record and its second consecutive Final Four appearance. He won numerous defensive honors, including the NBC Sports.com National Defensive Player of the Year and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Cauley-Stein, one of seven Wildcats to declare for this year's NBA Draft, will also sign autographs — for $15 — on the concourse from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Fans must have a Legends game ticket to get into the autograph session. He's scheduled to take the mound at about 6:50 p.m.
■ Former Covington Catholic and Kentucky catcher Luke Maile, a Tampa Bay Rays prospect, ended an early-season slump with a single and a two-run homer in Durham's 12-8 win at Charlotte.
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It was Maile's first home run at the Triple-A level. He had started the season 0-for-10 in his first three games.
■ Chaz Roe, a former Lafayette standout now in the Baltimore Orioles' organization, pitched one shutout inning with one strikeout in Triple-A Norfolk's 3-1 victory in 11 innings at Gwinnett. It was Roe's first save of the season.
Former Lexington Legend Mike Foltynewicz, now one of the Atlanta Braves' top prospects, made his second start for Gwinnett. He gave up one run in 42⁄3 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.08. His fastball topped out at 99 mph on Tuesday.
■ A two-run single by Wander Franco broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning, and the Lexington Legends went on to defeat host Greenville 5-3 on Tuesday night. Earlier, Ryan O'Hearn hit his second home run of the season.
The Legends managed to defeat Greenville 8-6 late Monday night despite committing eight errors. The game was delayed by rain for one hour and 28 minutes.