LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Thursday night against Reading at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m.
SAFE AT FIRST: Curve utility man Stefan Welch was traded by the Pirates to the Red Sox organization Thursday to give the 24-year-old Australian a better opportunity in his career. The Pirates are not getting anything in return in the trade, farm director Larry Broadway said. Welch hit just .149 in 29 games this season and received little playing time. He hit .266 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 67 games for the Curve last year.
STEALING SECOND: Thursday's "what if" promotion had the Curve renamed the "Coasters" and wearing 1980s Houston Astros-style colorful jerseys. Coasters was one of the finalists for the team's nicknames before Curve was selected. This is the second straight year the franchise has done the promotion, as last season the team was renamed the "Lake Monsters" for a day. Since Thursday's game was rained out, the Coasters promotion has been rescheduled for June 18. After that game, the colorful Coasters jerseys will be auctioned off.
ROUNDING THIRD: The Curve have won four in a row and will try to extend the streak tonight against Binghamton.
HEADING HOME: The Curve are in the middle of a streak that has them at home for 12 out of 15 games. They go to New Britain to start next week, then return home for series against Trenton and New Hampshire.
- Cory Giger