Roger Brown's On Baseball: Nolan's home-field advantage
Nolan grew up in Nashua and reclaimed his bedroom in his parents' Nashua home shortly after he was assigned to begin the season in Double-A. He still gets to eat the dinners prepared by his mother, Brenda.
"It's nice because sometimes at the beginning of the year we're searching for a place to live for the season. Trying to find apartments and stuff like that. This year I go home and go to my own room. It's been less stressful. But I'm on my own for laundry and all that stuff."
"My parents and my sister have come to all the home games," he said.
This season is Nolan's second as a starting shortstop. He was used in a utility role during his first three professional seasons.
"I'm just glad to be playing shortstop in Double-A," Nolan said. "There's been some ups and downs. It's a long season, but August has been good so far. I've been swinging it pretty good, finding the holes. I've learned a lot in my first year in Double-A. It's been a good year.
STARTING OVER: Kyle Drabek, the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 2010, made his second rehabilitation start with the Fisher Cats on Thursday night. He held Richmond to one hit — a solo home run — in four innings in his first start.
Drabek has an 8-15 record and a 5.34 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 167 innings during parts of three seasons with Toronto.
EXTRA EFFORT: Third baseman Andy Burns was hitting .222 in 40 games with the Fisher Cats entering Thursday's contest, but 21 of his 37 hits have been for extra bases. Burns had 14 doubles, two triples and five home runs.