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A romp, a triumphant return, a squeaker, and a typical night at the office for the Doubledays were the highlights of a 4-2 night for the farm affiliates.

Buffalo 12 Syracuse 1

Ouch. The powerful Bisons scored 8 runs in the first 4 innings and coasted to victory. Cam Reimers took the biggest hit, surrendering 8 runs, 7 earned, on 10 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. Mike Nakamura and Jason Kershner were each touched for 2 runs in 2 inning. Nakamura did strike out 4. Adam Peterson finished up with a scoreless inning. Russ Adams singled and walked twice in 4 plate appearances. Gabe Gross doubled and walked, and Guillermo Quiroz went 0-2 with a walk.

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Syracuse Post-Standard game story

Trenton 0 New Hampshire 2

Smiles all around, as Francisco Rosario returned to the mound with 4 dominating innings, allowing 1 hit and no walks, while striking out 4. Ryan Houston followed with 4 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, while also striking out 4, for the win. Jordan DeJong came on and pitched a nervous ninth for the save. John-ford Griffin homered again in the 4th inning for the only run the Fisher Cats would need. Aaron Hill singled in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Griffin went 1-2 with 2 walks, while Hill went 1-3 with a walk. Tyrell Godwin did what a leadoff hitter should, with the Cats' other 2 hits and a stolen base.

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Union-Leader game story

Bonus-Fisher Cat notes

Dunedin 0 Jupiter 7

The D-Jays bore the big club's burden, 0 runs scored, on this night. Justin James actually pitched quite well, going 5.1 innings. He allowed an unearned run in the 1st, a run on two doubles in the 4th and left the game down 2-0 in the sixth inning, with a runner on 1st and one out. James allowed 4 hits and 1 walk and struck out 6. Robert Nunley and Tommi Ozuna struggled in relief. Ryan Roberts,Jason Waugh, and Eric Kratz each had 2 hits for the D-Jays. Jayce Tingler did what a leadoff hitter should, going 1-2 with 2 walks. Raul Tablado went 1-4.

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Charleston 3 Lexington 2

Robinson Diaz' 7th inning single broke a 2-2 tie. Danny Core started and fought his control to a draw for 5 innings, walking 5 and giving up 4 hits, but only 2 runs, 1 earned. Felix Romero got his 9th win with 2 scoreless innings of relief striking out 2 and allowing 1 hit. Jordy Templet and Mark Sopko pitched a scoreless inning each. Eric Arnold homered, singled and walked. Diaz had 3 hits in 5 trips, and Christian Snavely went 1-4.

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Auburn 9 Jamestown 5

The Doubledays put up 4 spots in the 2nd and 4th inning, and that was the ballgame. Jarad Mangioni went 4-4 with a homer, 3 runs scored and 3 ribbies. Aaron Matthews did what a leadoff hitter should, going 3-4 with a walk, driving in 2 runs for good measure. Ryan Klosterman did what a second place hitter should going 1-3 with a homer, a walk and a HBP, driving in 3 runs for good measure. Adam Lind singled and doubled in 5 at-bats. Juan Perez threw 5 shutout innings of 3-hit ball for the win. He walked one and struck out 3. Chris Neylan was battered about pretty good, before Erik Rico and Dewon Day restored order for 2.1 and 1 innings respectively.

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Ryan Klosterman article

Princeton 3 Pulaski 19

The game was not as close as the score would suggest. The P-Jays scored 10 runs in the 1st inning, 3 in the 2nd inning and then 2 in each of the 4th, 5th and 6th innings to run away with it. Princeton buffed their statistics with 2 runs in the 9th. Hitting heroes were plentiful: Eugenio Velez doubled and homered and drove in 5, Jon Ashford singled, doubled and homered and drove in 3, and David Hicks drove in 4 runs with 3 singles. Yuber Rodriguez did what a leadoff hitter should, doubling, tripling and drawing a walk. Jordan Timm started and pitched a fine game in a blowout-5 innings, 7 hits, no walks and 5 strikeouts. Bryan Gale and Daryl Harang mopped up. Chris Leonard was assigned to Pulaski, after Rosario returned to New Hampshire.

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Your three star selection
3rd star- Jon Ashford in a dartboard selection from the Pulaski hitters
2nd star- Francisco Rosario, welcome back
1st star- Jarad Mangioni, homer and 4-4
Honourable mention: Eugenio Velez, David Hicks, Yuber Rodriguez, Aaron Matthews and Justin James

Thanks to Mendocino for the Klosterman article link and to Mike Forbes for his BBRadio call last night.
Minor League Update-July 24, 2004 | 17 comments | Create New Account
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_R Billie - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 10:58 AM EDT (#49266) #
Thigpen has cooled off from his hot start and has fallen below .300. He's still not taking a lot of walks so he'll have to relax a bit at the plate now that everything he's swinging at isn't turning into a laser beam to some part of the park. Lind continues to be steady if not powerful. Klosterman and Hall are a surprisingly productive middle infield thus far.

And let's hope Rosario is completely healed and pain-free this time around. Maybe last night was an indication of what a recovered Rosario can do.
_whizland2000 - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#49267) #
Dustin who???

Rosario is the new Sheriff in town.
At the moment,is he the jays best pitching prospect after Banks.
_Rob - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#49268) #
I laughed out loud at this:
Princeton 3 Pulaski 19
The game was not as close as the score would suggest.

Good stuff.
Mike Green - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#49269) #
"Is Rosario the Jays best pitching prospect after Banks?"

Let's give him a few more games. When BA rated Rosario very highly on the basis of how he threw in non-game situations last fall after returning from surgery, I was very skeptical.

It's a tough road back. I hope Francisco's ready, but if you want to evaluate it objectively, you need a few more starts. He certainly has the native ability to be a fine pitcher.
_Brian B. - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#49270) #
I don't quite get what Rosario returning to New Hampshire has to do with Leonard being demoted to Pulaski.

I could see Leonard being moved from Auburn to make way for Jackson or Purcey, but I guess the Jays figure that Leonard (who looked like he was doing pretty well) and their system will be best served by his pitching in Pulaski.
_JohnnyS99 - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 01:52 PM EDT (#49271) #
Mike Green - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 02:20 PM EDT (#49272) #
Leonard had been promoted to New Hampshire briefly. It's not clear why he was sent to Pulaski instead of Charleston or Dunedin. In light of his return from surgery, there might be workload issues at play (Charleston and Dunedin have a longer season, and are headed for the playoffs).
_S.K. in N.J. - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#49273) #
Rosario is a better prospect than Banks. If Rosario goes back to the form he had before surgery, he's the best pitching prospect in the system. He's the only healthy pitcher we have in the minors that has top of the rotation stuff/ability. He's 24 now, unfortunately TJS took a year of his career. I could definitely see him up by next year if he stays healthy.

Needless to say, I'm VERY encouraged by his latest outing.

Welcome back, indeed.
_Brian B. - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#49274) #
The question that I have about Rosario comes from an article that was written in spring training where Batista was asked by the Jays to help mentor Rosario (being spanish speaking), and to help him with developing a cut fastball or some other type of breaking pitch.

Batista said that Rosario would have trouble with a cut fastball because of the mechanics that he used to throw his fastballl/changeup.

I wonder if Rosario will be able to develop a *good* breaking pitch or if he'll have to alter his mechanics and what effect that would/will have on his current fastball/changeup.

It's also possible that he *is* working on his mechanics to be able to incoporate the cut fastball.

Any thoughts?
_JohnnyS99 - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#49275) #
If he cant develop a good breaking pitch, I would sya his future would be in the bullpen. I would like to see Brandon League, get another few starts in.
_R Billie - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#49276) #
I don't know if he needs a third pitch but one that moves in on lefties and away from righties would help give him a valuable extra wrinkle when he goes through a batting order again. Fastballs and changeups tend to ride towards righthanded hitters and away from lefties. That allows hitters to focus on movement in one direction.
_johnnnyS99 - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 04:27 PM EDT (#49277) #
Chad Plieness makes his first start of the season tongiht. Hopefully he can get it together as a starter after struggling in the second half of last year.
_Anthony - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 06:48 PM EDT (#49278) #
I am curious as to why all the Toronto Minor League teams are near the bottom of their respective leagues in Attendance.

AAA Syracuse 4,699 12 of 14
AA New Hampshire 2,964 11 of 12
A+ Dunedin 566 12 of 12
A Charleston 1,872 13 of 16
Short A Auburn 1,969 11 of 14
R Pulaski 845 9 of 10

I can understand New Hampshire being low, as it is the first season there.

Also, I have hear talk of Syracuse wanting to change affiliation from the Blue Jays. Where would the Blue Jays look to place a AAA team. Would they look to Montreal when they lose the Expo's?
_Slim Jim - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#49279) #
Leonard going to Pulaski is a paper move. There are age limit restrictions on the NY Penn League but not in the Appalachian League this year due to the Visa situation. With guys like Rico, Leonard, Kratz and other college seniors the Auburn club has too many overaged players. As a result there are paper moves made all the time to allow certain players to play at any given time.
Mike Green - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 08:18 PM EDT (#49280) #
Thanks, Slim Jim. Don't look now, but Pulaski scored 6 in first tonight.
_Rob - Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#49281) #
BB Minor League Experts:
Will new farmhand John Hattig play for New Hampshire or Syracuse?
_Mike Forbes - Sunday, July 25 2004 @ 12:59 AM EDT (#49282) #
New Hampshire for a week until Williams heads to Athens then he'll go to Syracuse.
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