8/31 Double-A Tennessee news
Double-A Tennessee first baseman Justin Bour was named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team on Friday. Bour, 24, currently leads the Smokies in batting average (.290), hits (141), doubles (36), home runs (17) and RBIs (110), which leads the Southern League. His also won a Southern League “Player of the Week” award, July 30-Aug. 6, and a start on the North team in the Southern League All-Star Game.
* The Smokies also announced that C Anthony Recker and LHP Chris Rusin will join the team in advance of Friday’s game against Pensacola. In corresponding roster moves, RHP Dallas Beeler has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa and infielder Elliot Soto has been placed on the disabled list. Rusin will start Friday to tune up for his next Major League start on Tuesday against the Nationals. Recker, 29, joins Tennessee after spending only three games with the I-Cubs, where he hit .286 (2-for-7) after being traded from the Athletics organization for C Blake Lalli on Aug. 27.
— Carrie Muskat