Altoona Curve: Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and begin a six-game road trip tonight. They’ll play three games at Richmond, then three at Erie.

SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers for tonight’s 6:35 game: Curve RHP Mitch Keller (7-2, 3.25) vs. Flying Squirrels RHP Shaun Anderson (5-3, 3.07).

STEALING SECOND: 1B Will Craig was named Eastern League player of the week on Monday after putting up huge numbers last week. He hit .522 (12-for-23) with five homers, two doubles, 12 RBIs, 12 runs and four walks in six games. It’s the first time in his career that Craig was honored with a weekly league award.

ROUNDING THIRD: The Curve have won eight of their past 10 games to climb into a tie for second place in the Western Division. They’re even with Harrisburg, both two games behind first-place Akron.

HEADING HOME: The Curve will be back home Monday for a four-game series against Harrisburg.

— Cory Giger