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July 4, 2014

Laffey an International League all-star team pitcher

Former Allegany High star leads in wins, has won last 5 decisions

— SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse Chiefs pitcher Aaron Laffey, who leads the International League in victories, is headed to the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played Wednesday, July 16, in Durham, N.C.

The Triple-A All-Star Game pits the International League stars against the Pacific Coast League stars.

Laffey, a former area standout at Allegany High, took over the International League lead in victories after a strong seven-inning performance in a victory over Buffalo on Sunday. He allowed only three hits, walked one, struck out three and retired the final 13 batters he faced to get his 10th win of the season. Three other pitchers in the league have nine wins, including teammate Taylor Hill.

Laffey (10-3) has won his last five decisions and in the month of June went 5-0 with one no-decision and a 1.60 earned run average. Over that span, he pitched 39 1-3 innings, allowed 30 hits, walked 12 and struck out 20.

For the season, Laffey is 10-3 with one complete game and a 2.93 ERA. In 15 appearances, 12 being starts, he has pitched 92 innings, allowed 82 hits, walked 30 and struck out 56. Opposing hitters have just a .240 batting average against him.

In addition to leading the league in wins, Laffey ranks ninth in earned run average and is 14th in innings pitched.

Syracuse, 51-35 entering last night’s game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, has the best record in the International League and leads the North Division by three games over the Rochester Red Wings.

The Chiefs are the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, and Laffey is one of 12 pitchers on the International League all-star team. Among the others are teammate Hill (9-2, 1.92 ERA) and Indianapolis’ Casey Sadler (8-1, 2.10), who pitched briefly for the Pittsburgh Pirates during a call-up earlier this year.

Laffey, 29, was the Cumberland Times-News High School Baseball Player of the Year as a senior at Allegany in 2003 and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians that year. He has a 25-29 career record and 4.45 ERA in seven Major League seasons with the Indians, Mariners, Yankees, Blue Jays and Mets.

Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at

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