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A disappointing 0 Ė 4 night for Torontoís affiliates featuring 3 pitching debuts and too many unearned runs.

Durham 8 @ Syracuse 6

Shaun Marcum made his Triple-A debut in a see-saw battle of a ball game. Marcum surrendered solo homers in the 2nd & 3rd innings (including one to Kevin Cash) but then settled down through the sixth as his mates built him a 5-2 lead. He was pulled with one out in the seventh and two runners on, and Jesse Carlson promptly served up a gopher ball to bring Marcumís tally to 4 earned runs. All in all, it was a solid debut; 6 hits, 1 walk, and 9 punchouts.

Back at the ball game, Durham pulled ahead with an unearned run off Spike Lundberg in the ninth, but Jason Alfaro re-tied things in the bottom of the frame with a 2-out dinger. Unfortunately, the Chiefs had no answer for the two more unearned runs the Bulls scored in the 10th inning.

First baseman Alfaro was the SkyChiefís hitting star, as he smacked two doubles to go with his round-tripper for three RBI. Gabe Gross also hit a solo shot, and Chad Mottola had a double and a single. John Hattig and John-Ford Griffin each reached base once in five trips (single and walk, respectively).

Boxscore - Recap - Post-Standard

New Hampshire 2 @ New Britain 9

Like Marcum in AAA, Ismael Ramirez had no trouble whiffing batters (10) and had good control (1 BB), but surrendered 4 runs. The damage off Ramirez came on 1 homer, 7 hits total, in 5 innings. Jordan De Jong was smacked around for another 7 hits and 4 runs in his 2 innings. DH Kevin Barker was asked to mop up in the 8th, and he allowed a singleton on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch.

Barker had himself a nice night offensively, tallying 3 base hits of the 12 total for the Fisher Cats. New Hampshire also drew 2 walks and didnít hit into any double plays and were not caught stealing, but somehow managed just the 2 runs. They did strike out 10 times, including thrice for Raul Tablado. Mikael Jova had 3 hits including a double representing the Fisherís only extra-base knock, and Jose Umbria stroked two singles.

Boxscore - Recap - Union-Leader

Vero Beach 3 @ Dunedin 1

Big lefty Dave Purcey allowed a first-inning run and then put his recent struggles behind him, totaling 7 innings pitched for the contest, just the one run allowed on 6 hits, 3 Ks and 2 walks. The newest D-Jay, Danny Hill, was victimized for 2 unearned runs his 1-inning FSL debut. Hill struck out the leadoff man, but he reached on a passed ball by Robinzon Diaz. After a walk, a flyout to centre allowed the runners to move up and Hill intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases with one out. A sac fly was then dropped by Adam Lind in left field, and another run scored on a fielderís choice which featured yet another error (missed catch by third baseman Scott Dragicevich), though this one didnít lead to any more runs. Hill had seen enough of his defence and struck out the next batter to end the inning.

There was little offence to speak of for Dunedin. Brian Patrick reached base three times (walk, single, double), while Dragicevich had the only RBI for the home team as part of his two hit night.

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Lansing 1 @ Kane County 2

Like Purcey in Dunedin, Chi-hung Cheng eschewed the strikeout but got the job done. Cheng sent just two batters on the long stroll back to the dugout, but allowed the Cougars to score just once on 2 singles and 4 free passes in his 6 innings. Jeremy Harper gave up only one hit as he pitched the final 2 innings, but also walked 3 and allowed the game-winner in the eighth.

Unfortunately, the Nuts had just two hits themselves, both singles by David Hicks. Luke Hetherington and Yuber Rodriguez both drew two bases on balls.

Boxscore - Recap - Lansing State Journal

Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Dave Purcey, Dunedin. 7 innings, 1 run.

The Second Star: Mikael Jova , New Hampshire, 3 hits for 4 total bases.

The First Star: Jason Alfaro , 3 extra base hits for 8 total bases.

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Mike Green - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#118213) #
The highlight of tonight's action is in double A where Vince Perkins and the Fisher Cats face off at 6:35 p.m against hot Red Sox prospect Jon Papelbon and the Portland Sea Dogs. Davis Romero moves back into the rotation for Dunedin after Zach Jack's departure, while Josue Matos gets the start for Syracuse.
Dave501 - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 10:59 AM EDT (#118216) #
Jackson was promoted? It seems the jays did a hole slew of transactions. is there anywhere i can find a list or can somebody summarize for me. I see Vermelyea is still being passed over.
kpataky - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#118217) #
Marcum went up to AAA Syracuse and Jackson moved up to New Hampshire to take his place.

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Mike Green - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 11:17 AM EDT (#118220) #
Also, Danny Hill took Zach Jack's spot on the Dunedin roster. He'll join the pen with Davis Romero moving into the rotation.
kpataky - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 11:18 AM EDT (#118221) #

Jackson starts Wednesday night in Manchester vs. Portland

R Billie - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#118229) #
Drew and Weaver agreed to contracts just before midnight last night.

Weaver ended a holdout which was only slightly less pointless than the NHL lockout by accepting $4 million pending a physical. So I think since he was drafted his demands have fallen from $10 million to $8 million to $6 million plus incentives to $4 million now. Still probably more than he would have gotten if he went back into the draft.

He turned down the $5.25 million major league contract the Angels had been offering in favour of a one time bonus. Pretty big waste of time for him as I doubt the end result was worth losing a year of pro service. Good job by the Angels to hold fast against Boras. This definately sets an example for his other clients.

Drew on the other hand makes quite a bit. He gets a five year major league contract. A $4 million bonus will be paid over 4 years and he's guaranteed at least $5.5 million over the course of the contract. Another $2 million in easy incentives is said to be part of the deal. Not as much as his $9.5 million demand but within spitting distance if the incentives play out.

So these players as expected will not factor into the 2005 draft. And Arizona suddenly has Drew signed as a 15th overall pick last year and the first overall pick this year. I wonder if the speculation about them signing one of the Boras pitchers will be true. Logically it just doesn't make sense to me. Why would you potentially go through the same thing again for a player who will likely take a long while to sign? Especially when Upton is considered the best prospect anyway.
kpataky - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 01:16 PM EDT (#118235) #
All that and the DBacks still have a better record than the Yankees this year.

fishercatsradio - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#118242) #
FYI, relief pitcher Brian Reed joins New Hampshire from Dunedin. Steve Andrade placed on DL (status unknown at this point).
Mike Green - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 03:20 PM EDT (#118245) #
Thanks, FCR.
R Billie - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 03:53 PM EDT (#118250) #
Dustin McGowan has been activated from the DL to take Reed's place in Dunedin. He'll probably start in relief and stretch himself out.

Great news for Dustin and hopefully he can use the rest of this year and maybe the Fall League to get his feet back under him. Hopefully he can challenge to be with the big club some time in late 2006 once he completely has his strength and command back.

Rosario is still trying to refine his command a year and a half later so things will likely progress slowly for Dustin even without setbacks.

Stellers Jay - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 07:58 PM EDT (#118263) #
NH are leading Portland 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth. Perkins surrendered his first hit in the 6th inning. He has struck out 1.
Some call me Tim - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 09:21 PM EDT (#118267) #
Minor League Update:

Bad news:

Lansing is losing 9-2 in the 8th. Core gave up 8 ER in 2.1 innings. The only good news was Chip Cannon's 10 HR.

Good news:

New Hampshire is tied at 1 with Portland going into the 11th. Perkins gave up 3 hits and 1 run in 7.1, with 1 K.

Syracuse is leading 15-5 in the 7th. Nothing great for Matos, but the offence has had a great night including a 3-4, 2 doubles, for Gross.
Some call me Tim - Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 10:12 PM EDT (#118273) #
Syracuse ended up winning 18-5, breaking their 5 game losing streak in dramatic fashion.
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