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'Topes Today



Home vs. Reno, 7:05 p.m.

Radio: KNML-AM (610)

Probable pitchers: Isotopes RH Tim Redding (1-4, 6.37) vs. Aces RH Matt Torra (2-0, 5.08)

Promotion: Isotopes replica jersey giveaway.

Thursday: Albuquerque played a late game at home against Reno.

Aces in town: Albuquerque welcomes the Reno Aces to Isotopes Park for the second time in as many years, deviating from the usual routine of interconference foes alternating between each team’s home ballpark every other season.

When the Portland team moved to Tucson, it caused the Pacific Conference divisions to realign slightly, which meant Reno would move from the Pacific Southern to the Pacific Northern, joining Salt Lake, Colorado Springs and Tacoma. Therefore, the Aces are back.

Last year, the Aces and ‘Topes played a memorable set that featured three straight shutouts, an Isotopes Park first. After Reno scored a 3-0 shutout in the second game of the series, Albuquerque responded with 2-0 and 8-0 victories.

The two teams have played two series all-time, with Albuquerque winning both, amassing a 6-2 record against the Aces (3-1 at Isotopes Park, 3-1 at Reno). Reno also brings a familiar face in infielder Tony Abreu, who helped lead the Isotopes to the playoffs in 2009.

Home in the Lab: With a home mark of 13-7 going into Thursday night and a winning percentage of .650, Albuquerque trailed only Omaha for the PCL’s best home winning percentage (the Storm Chasers are 11-5, .688, at Werner Park).

On the move: Ramon Troncoso was recalled by Los Angeles from Albuquerque on Thursday. The Isotopes got pitcher Mario Alvarez in return. IF Corey Smith has been reinstated from the disabled list and P Roman Colon (broken right foot) went on it. P Steven Jackson was released.

— This article appeared on page D4 of the Albuquerque Journal