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Tulsa Drillers (AA) - Tom Murphy.

Murphy has been out most of the season after hurting his shoulder, and there is no indication as to when he will return. But before Murphy went out with an injury he helped the Driller win the first half of their season. As  is the case in many lower levels of baseball the Texas League divides their season into halves.

They have two divisions and each division will pit the winner of the first half against the winner of the second half. In the event one team wins both halves of the season then they will play the team in their division with the best overall remaining record.

Tulsa will be taking on the Arkansas Travelers, an affiliate of the Angles. It's a best of five series with the first two games being played at Tulsa at 7:05 pm this Wednesday and Thursday.

For Myers Miracle (A+) - Jason Kanzler.

Kanzler moved up to Fort Myers from Ceder Rapids earlier this year. The Miracle are considered an "Advanced A" team rather than the standard "A" ball he was playing in Ceder Rapids. The Miracle won the first half of their season and narrowly lost the second half to the Bradenton Marauders, a Pittsburgh affiliate.

The two teams will now play a best of three set to see who will represent the Sourth Division in the Florida League championships. The first game is today at Bradenton with the first pitch at 6:30. The next two games will be played at Fort Myers on Wednesday and Thrusday at 7:05.

Elizabethton Twins (Rookie) - Tyler Mautner.

The Twins won the Appalachian West Division coming in ahead of the Johnson City Cardinals. This three game series began on Sunday and is currently tied at one game a piece. Tonight at seven Mautner and the Twins will try to win the series on the road in Johnson City.

The winner will take on Danville Braves for the league championship.

Bulls Not in the post season:

Mike Burke is having a hell of a season on the mound but the Aberdeen Ironbirds are not destined for the playoffs. Burke moved up to the Iron Birds from teh rookie "Gulf Coast Orioles" last week and already has a win and a save. He has pitched five innings across three games and not allowed a run yet.

Steve Geltz was just called up to the bigs and made his debut for Tampa Bay last night. He threw a third of an inning, allowing one hit and then striking out Mike Napoli of the Boston Red Sox.