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Last night, Josh Banks navigated his way to seven innings of shutout ball, John-Ford explored the art of the extra-base hit and a couple of Canadians helped Lansing to an extra-inning win.
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A 2 for 4 night on the farm. The Skychiefs (3-3) and the Lugnuts (4-1) lose, but the Fisher Cats (3-3) and D'Jays (4-2) win.

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The Jays farmhands find themselves on the right end of a blowout in Buffalo, the wrong end of a close one in Norwich, and beat soundly in Sarasota. Lansing enjoys a well-deserved day off.
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Dunedin had the most hits, but lost. The other three teams had more timely hitting, and better pitching, and won.
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Joey Wolfe one-ups Gregg Zaun, the D-Jays fire on all cylinders and the Fisher Cats got into the win column on a very satisfying 3-1 day for the farm affilliates.
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The headline comes courtesy of Mick Doherty, who has a deft touch for these things. Three out of four Blue Jays farm teams came away with victories last night, including a Thresher thrashing and a sparkling debut by a 2004 first-round draft choice. But the drama last night came in extra innings in central New York State.

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Casey Janssen's sterling performance, 7 innings of no-hit ball, in Lansing was the highlight of a 2-2 day for the farm affiliates yesterday.

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The Minor League season starts today, and so too does another season of BBRadio. It's an off-day for the big club, which usually means more attention to the farm affiliates. So, who's up to call a few innings?

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Bauxite Kevin Pataky remembers the 2003 divison champion New Haven Ravens well, and has tracked them down for us. Thanks for the pinch-hit, Kevin.

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It is time for a new Minor League Update thread.

Minor League rosters are expected to be finalized over the weekend, club officials are still making decisions on the last few spots on each team. But as a means of getting there the Jays have made some more player releases.
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The Syracuse Skychiefs have been the ugly sister of the Blue Jays minor league system for several years now. While Blue Jay minor league teams at AA, High A, A and Low A have been winning their divisions the Chiefs have been suffering through four straight losing seasons. Well the Jays are not going to take it any more, they have spent extra cash in the off-season to bring in some experienced minor leaguers to supplement a handful of promising rookies in order to restore some glory to the Skychiefs. The Jays have another motive for their support of the Chiefs, before last season the Board of Directors of the Chiefs expressed their dissatisfaction to the Jays, improve or we will find another major league team to affiliate with, was the message. The Jays have heard and have reacted.

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There are nine days to go until the start of the minor league seasons and the roster shuffling has started already with six pitchers released by the Jays.
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What do you do for an encore? If youíre Mark Knopfler, you do Telegraph Road. If youíre Velvet Revolver, so I'm told, you do Sweet Child O' Mine. If youíre Thomas Dolby, you only had one hit anyway, so why are you touring?

But if youíre the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, whose inaugural season in 2004 ended by capturing the Eastern League championship title, what do you do? You open a brand-spankiní new jewel of a ballpark, thatís what.

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The Dunedin Blue Jays are the team's high-A affiliate in the Florida State League. The team's top college prospects, from Russ Adams and David Bush to David Purcey and Adam Lind, usually begin their first full season there. With the move of the low-A affiliate from Charleston to Lansing, Dunedin also has the nicest spring climate of any of the team's minor league franchises. This makes it a natural destination for pitchers recovering from arm surgery.

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The baseball season is gearing up and Batterís Box is excited to offer bigger and better coverage of the Blue Jays minor league system than ever before. Welcome to the first installment of our minor league team previews. We begin with the newest member of Torontoís minor league kin, the Lansing Lugnuts, and will work our way up the ladder to the Syracuse Skychiefs over the next two weeks. Look for our previews of the short-season teams in June once the draft is wrapped up.
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