Dodgers/Red Sox deal impacts 'Pigs

Obviously, the mega-deal between the Dodgers and Red Sox had serious playoff impact at the major league level. What you might not realize is that the move also impacted the wild-card race in the International League.

For the past couple of weeks, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Pawtucket Red Sox have been going back-and-forth for the International League wild-card slot. Coming into play today, the PawSox have a 1/2 game lead and play at Gwinnett (61-76), while the 'Pigs have a day off before a two-game "road" series with Scranton (81-57), who will win the North Division of the IL. The Yankees have played all of their home games in other parks this season due to renovations at their park, leaving them to be the road team even when the scoreboard and the uniforms say they're the home team.

In last week's mega-deal, the Dodgers got Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Becket, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto - and a lot of salary - in exchange for James Loney, Ivan De Jesus Jr. and right-hander Allen Webster.

The move affected the playoff race in two ways.

First, infielder Jose Iglesias, pitcher Junichi Tazawa and outfielder Ryan Kalish are all gone from Pawtucket to join the Red Sox, likely for the rest of the season. Iglesias anchored short, playing 88 games there for Pawtucket this season, hitting .266, while Tazawa was a key member of the bullpen, throwing 42 1/3 innings in 25 appearances, with a 3-2, 2.55 record.

Secondly, De Jesus has been thrown into the IL race, joining Pawtucket. On the season, De Jesus has hit an even .300 in the minors and can play second, third, short, left and right for the PawSox.

Also joining the PawSox roster are outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker and right-hander Brock Huntzinger. Hazelbaker (19-64-.273/.338/.479) and Huntzinger (4-5-6, 3.93) come to the PawSox from Double-A Portland.

As for schedules, the IronPigs have those two "road" games against Scranton, one home game against Syracuse (65-72) and three home games against Buffalo (64-74) to close out their season.

Pawtucket's schedule has been shuffled due to the predicted effects of Isaac on Gwinnett County, Georgia and they'll play a single game against the G-Braves today, have an off-day Wednesday and then play a double-header against Gwinnett on Thursday. After that, they have four home games against Scranton to draw the regular season to a close.

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