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Justin Jackson was a supplemental first round selection of the Blue Jays in the 2007 draft.  Jackson played in the Gulf Coast League in 2007 and is now a member of the Lansing Lugnuts.  Jackson has made a good start to the 2008 season and is playing well for a 19 year old.  Recently Batters Box talked with Jackson in Lansing.
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Clayton McCullough is the manager of the Lansing Lugnuts, a move up from managing the GCL Jays last season.  Tom Signore is the pitching coach in Lansing.  I spoke with both of them last week in Lansing.
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Quiet day on the farm as affiliates split a pair.
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One night after a sweep New Hampshire were the only team with a win.  Brett Cecil pitched well and Travis Snider hit a three run home run.  David Purcey and Randy Boone pitched OK but both lost.  Dunedin Jays took the example of the big club and were blown out.

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All four affiliates won.  New Hampshire scored three in the eighth to win 12-11.  Scott Campbell had five RBI's while the number 7, 8, 9, and 1 hitters went 13-16 with five walks.  Brad Mills pitched a great game as Lansing got a big win against division leader West Michigan.  Syracuse easily handled Durham behind a good start from John Parish and Dunedin survived a ninth inning scare to win 7-6.
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Seriously. It was a bloodbath. The Jays just can't hit right now... from the majors right on down.
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I attended three Lansing Lugnuts games from Sunday through Tuesday in downtown Lansing, the home of never ending construction.  Oldsmobile Park is the lovely home for the Lugnuts and as always in a minor league park there was lots of entertainment for the fans.  Lansing is two hours from the border at Sarnia so it is easily driveable in a half day.
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A rain-out and a day off led to a 1-1 day.  Dunedin won with ten runs but three of the runs scored on bases-loaded walks, two on bases-loaded hit batters and two on wild pitches.  New Hampshire were blasted, they had one hit and gave up ten runs. 
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Kyle Ginley's first start in the Florida State League was one to remember, Marc Rzepczynski's Midwest League debut wasn't too shabby either and Kane Davis had nothing to be ashamed of.  However, the affiliates only managed to win just one of four on the evening.

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A 3-1 night in the minors.
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You know what makes you feel like an idiot?  When you accidentally delete a Minor League Report, mere seconds before publishing it.  No, I hadn't saved a draft.  Yes, I know how important it is to do so.  Thanks for mentioning it.
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It wasnít a very memorable night on the farm as the affiliates went 1-3 and were outscored 26-20 over the four games. Despite scoring twenty runs there werenít too many noteworthy performances by the offence and several starters struggled, including one who didnít make it out of the third inning. In between two strikeouts Travis Snider showed he might be slowly breaking out of his slump. Also, somewhat sad news out of Lehigh Valley as a former Blue Jay finds himself out of work.
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Only one win on the night, by Syracuse, and that involved Tracy Thorpe escaping from a bases loaded, no out jam.  Davis Romero continued to pitch well and Russ Adams was the offensive hero.  Jacob Butler drve in four runs for New Hampshire who lost by a lot.  The bullpen lost the game for Dunedin while Lansing were unable to come back from an early deficit.
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All of the affiliates had the lumber going on Thursday.  The only team not to record double digits in hits were the Lugnuts who had nine, three of them and two triples for Kevin Ahrens.  Justin Jackson was back to help the offense get going.  New Hampshire had fourteen hits with most of the hitters contributing.  Syracuse and Dunedin had twelve and ten hits respectively but both lost due to poor pitching.
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The Chiefs won easily but the game had a rare occurance, Sergio Santos made the first and second outs of an inning.  New Hampshire and Dunedin faced top pitching prospects with mixed results.  Brett Cecil made his AA debut and had a poor start with a good finish.  Lansing lost to make it a 2-2 day.
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