Lexington Legends

Coming up

Columbus Catfish

at Lexington Legends

What: Four-game series

Where: Applebee's Park

When: Sunday through Wednesday (4:05 Sunday, 7:05 each night)

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Probable starters: (Legends listed first) Sunday, LH Anthony Bello (3-5, 3.66) vs. RH Alex Cobb (7-5, 2.62); Monday, RH Luis Pardo (0-5, 3.71) vs. LH Brian Flores (7-5, 4.02); Tuesday, RH Jake Leonhardt (3-8, 5.40) vs. RH Jeremy Hall (4-3, 4.77); Wednesday, RH Leandro Cespedes (2-5, 4.86) vs. RH Jesse Darcy (4-2, 2.90)

Catfish to watch: Sunday starter Alex Cobb (6-foot-1, 180 pounds, from Vero Beach, Fla.) is among the league leaders in ERA (2.62) and innings pitched (103). A 2006 fourth-round draft pick, Cobb signed at age 18 for $400,000 rather than pursue college. He also drew college interest as a quarterback. Rated by Baseball America as the Rays' 14th-best prospect, he supplements a top-notch curve with a fastball and a splitter/change-up. Over 18 games, all starts, he has 69 strikeouts to 24 walks.

Legend to watch: The numbers on RHP Mike Koons (6-2, 205, from Castle Rock, Colo.) don't tell the whole story. He is 0-4 with a 5.68 ERA. However, Koons has held opponents to two earned runs over his last seven relief appearances (102⁄3 innings). Overall, he has 42 strikeouts to 13 walks over 441⁄3 innings. Koons pitched for Arizona before transferring to San Diego State. The Astros signed him as a non-drafted free agent a year ago last Thursday.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

Mark Maloney

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