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A forgettable day as the Blue Jays affiliates went 2-4, with the Dominican Summer League entry picking up one of the wins. The six teams combined to score just 15 runs and no team could score more than four.

The good news is that four of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have been selected as Eastern League All-Stars. Starters Todd Ozias and Cam Reimers and the double-play combination of Aaron Hill and Dominic Rich will play in the July 14th classic in Bowie, MD. Congratulations, all!

Columbus 9 Syracuse 1
Game Story

The last thing a struggling teams needs is to run into a pitcher of the quality of Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, but that's what happened to the SkyChiefs last night. The Clippers steamrollered them 9-1 behind the hot hitting of Robinson Cano, who is being showcased (along with Dioner Navarro) for a potential trade. Mike Smith started for Syracuse and got rocked, giving up eight runs in 4.1 innings as his control deserted him. Russ Adams, with a hit and a walk, was the only Syracuse player to reach twice.

New Britain 4 New Hampshire 1
Game Story

Once again Gill Stadium proves tough on hitters as the Fisher Cats lose. A fine pitching performance from NB's Henry Bonilla, going eight innings with just the one run. Cam Reimers took the loss to take some of the shine of his nomination as an Eastern League All-Star. He still had a quality start as he went seven and gave up just three runs. Justin Singleton scored the lone run for the Fisher Cats.

Lakeland 6 Dunedin 4

Noticing a pattern? Anyway, a rehabbing Carlos Delgado joined Dunedin but couldn't bring any luck as the D-Jays lost to Lakeland 6-4 in the late innings after holding a 4-0 lead after the first. Ismael Ramirez started for Dunedin and pitched wonderfully, striking out eight in six innings, walking none and allowing only one earned run. He staked the D-Jays to a 4-2 lead but they couldn't hold it, thanks to a two-run homer off Tracy Thorpe. Tommi Ozuna and Brian Reed then combined to lose the game for Dunedin. Carlo Cota was the offensive star with two doubles in his five at-bats, but also made two errors. Delgado went 0-for-5 and grounded into a double play.

Charleston are on a midseason break

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 3

The Doubledays managed to reverse the losing trend by scraping (and I mean scraping) a 4-3 win over Mahoning Valley. Auburn won despite gathering only three hits and seven baserunners. Casey Mackenzie went five innings and gave up three runs (including two homers) for the win, but the pitching stars came from the Doubledays bullpen as Matthew Dalton and Chris Leonard each pitched two scoreless innings with a one-run lead. Leonard was especially effective, striking out three and not allowing a single hitter to reach base in the 8th and 9th. The offensive stars were Aaron Mathews and Vinny Esposito, each with a double; Mathews scored two runs and Esposito drove in a pair.

Burlington 4 Pulaski 2

All good things, including the P-Jays' 9-0 start, must come to an end. Burlington ended the winning streak last night behind a fine pitching performance from non-drafted free agent Garrett Alwert, as he went five innings striking out seven Pulaski hitters, allowing only one run and no walks. Meanwhile, Pulaski starter Edward Rodriguez gave up four runs in his three innings of work, and despite six fine innings of relief from Cory Hahn, Derek Tate and Daryl Harang, the offense couldn't score enough off the Burlington bullpen. Tate was particularly fine, striking out four and only allowing one hit in his three innings of work. On the offensive side, Nick Thomas went 2-for-3 with a walk, and figured in both runs (scoring one and driving in Mike Macaluso for the other).

Pringamosa Blue Jays 3 La Romana Angels 1

Boxes or details of the game are unavailable. The Jays outhit the Angels 6-3 and played errorless ball; Rafael Perez had the win and Felix Rincon the save. Updated statistics from the Dominican Summer League are here. The Blue Jays are 16-6 and lead the Angels in the San Pedro de Macoris division by 2.5 games.

Three Stars

For the first time since the short-season affiliates opened, pickings are very slim for the three stars. It's three pitchers tonight:

3rd star : Pulaski LH reliever Derek Tate, pitching three scoreless innings of relief with just one hit, no walks and four strikeouts.

2nd star : Dunedin RH starter Ismael Ramirez, with a very fine performance despite a no-decision; a pitching line of 6 5 2 1 0 8.

1st star : Auburn LH reliever Chris Leonard, a very fine performance, pitching a perfect eighth and ninth to preserve a one-run lead for the Doubledays. Leonard's line was 2 0 0 0 0 3 and he notched his third save of the campaign.

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_Rob - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 12:25 AM EDT (#54382) #
the hot hitting of Robinson Cano, who is being showcased (along with Dioner Navarro) for a potential trade.

If Navarro and Cano are traded, then who would be left on the lonely wasteland that is the Yankees' Top Prospects list?
_Sneeps - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 01:25 AM EDT (#54383) #
Everybody in baseball is on the Yankees top prospects list.
_Ryan Day - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 01:27 AM EDT (#54384) #
If Navarro and Cano are traded, then who would be left on the lonely wasteland that is the Yankees' Top Prospects list?

Well, there's the second baseman at AA, Moolah. They've got hot lefty starter on the same team, goes by the name of Big Bucks. And of course the hot-hitting first baseman in rookie ball, Lotsa Cash. (no relation to Kevin)
_mendocino - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 02:21 AM EDT (#54385) #
jeremy harper promoted to charleston COMN
_Tim - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 02:31 AM EDT (#54386) #
So, who's going to be promoted to the Jays now that Hentgen has been relegated to the Pen? And what trickle down effect will that have?
_mendocino - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 03:51 AM EDT (#54387) #
COMN for pulaski game article
"The Jays had two arrivals and two departures Wednesday. One newcomer was Mike Macaluso, just signed out of the University of South Florida. He started at short, led off and went 1-for-4. The other arrival, left-handed pitcher Jordan Timm, will start at Elizabethton tonight. Shortstop Eugenio Velez (.425) and pitcher Juan Perez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) were called up to Auburn of the New York-Penn League."
_stephen sc. - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 05:33 AM EDT (#54388) #
david bush will be getting the call for hentgen. Bush is scheduled to pitch on friday as it is; the formal announcement will come sometime today. I can't wait!
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#54389) #
Macaluso and Timm started out the season in Auburn. It was a switch (Velez/Perez up, Macaluso/Timm down).
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 11:04 AM EDT (#54390) #
Leonard's early stats are very encouraging:
10.2IP, 6H, 0W, 16K, 0HR.

Now, if Justin Maureau and Kurt Isenberg can regain their form, and Purcey and Jackson sign, left-handed pitching will go from an organizational weakness to a strength.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#54391) #
Sorry, Leonard has 4 walks not 0 on the season.
_DJ - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 12:34 PM EDT (#54392) #
Mike, when did you see Leonard pitch this year?
_greenfrog - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 12:36 PM EDT (#54393) #
Interesting that 3 of 4 New Hampshire all-stars (Rich, Reimers, Ozias) are in their second consecutive season at AA. Do any of these guys have big-league potential? Can we expect them to get promoted to AAA, at least?
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#54394) #
DJ, I've never seen Leonard pitch. If any of our New York readers have seen him this year, and would like to give us a rundown on his post-surgery stuff, I would be grateful.
_Finn McCool - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 01:06 PM EDT (#54395) #
Unfortunately for Cam Reimers this is his 4 year at AA not his second, though he did pitch 48 innings in Syarcuse in 2002

Todd Ozias again falls into the same category he's been in AA since 2000

Dominic Rich probably has the best shot of the three, but he's got back up middle infielder writen all over him
_Tim - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#54396) #
Reimers and Ozias do look like they're ready for Syracuse though, and Syracuse could definitely use the help.
_Finn McCool - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 02:25 PM EDT (#54397) #
Syracuse is definately going to need some kind help if they lose Bush, and enless the Jays go out and sign someone either Reimers or Ozias would be the most likely choice to replace him
_Sneeps - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#54398) #
In all honesty, who cares about Syracuse... their season is a loss already. If I were the Jays, I'd get a new triple A affiliate, just to change the losing atmosphere that seems to be uneraseable.
_Finn McCool - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#54399) #
Best way to change the losing atmosphere in Syracuse is to put a winning team on the field.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#54400) #
New Hampshire came back from a 7-1 deficit after 5 innings. It's now 10-10 in the 10th inning.
_Sneeps - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 03:20 PM EDT (#54401) #
I'd have to say that Syracuse had a winning team on the field on day 1 of this season.
_Finn McCool - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#54402) #
I think the Syarcuse pitching has been suspect from day one, and the guys that were intended to provide the offensive were rookies at the AAA level, if you are forced to rely and rookies at any level you are deal with an unknown commodity
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 04:11 PM EDT (#54403) #
For the first time in a long time, I was able to connect to the NH game. Mind you, it's a Windows Media connection that fades in and out every 10 seconds. That's OK, it brings back memories of listening to the Philadelphia radio broadcasts.

Anyways, it's still 10-10 after 13 innings. Griffin popped out, Jova struck out and Singleton grounded out to second in the bottom of the 13th.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#54404) #
In the top of the 14th, New Britain scored a run off Dan Jackson. A ground single to right, a passed ball on a sac attempt, and a double down the line scored the run. Jackson recovered with a strikeout, a fly ball to Anton French in left and a popup to Dominic Rich to retire the side.

11-10 New Britain going to the bottom of 14.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#54405) #
In the bottom of the 14th, Chiaffredo (who had previously doubled in two in the F-Cats' 4 run rally in the bottom of the 9th) walked. Two fly balls later, Tyrell Godwin was brought in to pinch-run. Anton French came up for his 8th plate appearance, setting a F-Cat record, but grounded into a fielder's choice to retire the side.

11-10 New Britain final.
_Rob - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 04:46 PM EDT (#54406) #
This sucks. I still can't connect to any of the broadcasts, even after downloading a new RealPlayer version. I miss the Fisher Cats' radio guys...
_Finn McCool - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#54407) #
Rob you can alway and listen to the opposing teams broadcast, I done that myself a couple of times, it not great but what else can you do.
_Finn McCool - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 05:00 PM EDT (#54408) #
sorry typo you can alway try
_Rob - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 05:44 PM EDT (#54409) #
Yeah, I've tried all the options I can find. None work.
_mendocino - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:39 AM EDT (#54410) #
COMN chad mulholland having shoulder surgery friday.

"Mulholland, 22, tore four spots in his right labrum, making his bicep completely detach from the labrum, which lies in the shoulder and serves as a shock absorber and cushions the blow when the bones in the shoulder collide."

"Mulholland said the rehabilitation will be anywhere from nine to 18 months, with him not even being able to throw a ball for at least four months. He said doctors will not know if the surgery is successful until at least 10 days after."

"Still considered a prospect and having the support from the Blue Jays organization after the injuries makes Mulholland feel a little better about the situation."

"It makes me feel good that they are sticking with me and letting me get healthy," Mulholland said. "Everybody has been great."
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