Harvey could break stolen base mark on homestand

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The West Virginia Miners are guaranteed a spot in the Prospect League playoffs, already making for a special season. But fans also have the chance to possibly witness history this week.

The Miners start a three-game homestand today with one game against the Butler BlueSox. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. at Linda K. Epling Stadium.

Center fielder Dylan Harvey continues his assault on the league’s stolen base record. The rising senior at WVU Tech currently has 34 and needs just four to reach the record shared by Chillicothe’s Jeff Holm (2010) and Danny Poma of Dubois County (2011).

Harvey has been caught just five times for a success rate of 87.2 percent.

The Miners are second in the league with 98 steals. Danville leads the way with 101.

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After the single game against Butler, West Virginia (6-6, 26-16) will host Chillicothe Wednesday and Thursday.

The promotion for tonight’s game is Faith Night. Bring a church bulletin to receive $2 bleacher seat tickets. Each bulletin is good for four people.

Wednesday will be WVNS Client Night, while Thursday will be Window World Night.

Both games against the Paints will also start at 7:05 p.m.

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Caleb Smith is the probable starter tonight for the Miners. Smith, who has eight relief appearances, comes in with a 2-0 record and 2.12 earned run average. It will be just his third start of the season as manager Tim Epling continues to try to piece together a staff that has been decimated by defections.

Left-hander Larry Wood (3-1, 3.34) gets the call for the BlueSox (10-6, 23-20).

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The games that were rained out last week at Champion City will be made up as doubleheaders July 28-29 in Beckley.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber

 

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