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Hey, no offense, minor league affiliates, but you had no offense last night. Syracuse won one, but nobody else did. I worked top-down on this Minor League Update and it started off well, but by the time I got to Lansing...well, see for yourself:
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Rain helped Toronto avoid an organizational sweep Thursday, as only the postponement of the Pawtucket-Syracuse match meant that the SkyChiefs had no chance of joining the Blue Jays, FisherCats, Dunedin Jays and Lugnuts on the losing end of the scoreboard.

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The Lugnuts went 17-5 in April, as just about everything went right.  Shall we revel in the details?
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Last night, I was seconds away from going with "At press time, the score of this game was..." but Dunedin finally finished it up after three hours and 13 minutes down in Sarasota. Two wins for the affiliates last night (Lansing had the night off), including a fun ending in Syracuse that inspired the weak pun in the headline.

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It is easy to underestimate the Yankee farm system. A few years ago when Robinson Cano and Dioner Navarro were starting to make waves in Tampa, the Yankee system was considered by many to be among the poorest in baseball, but producing a starting second baseman and catcher is not a bad result. For 2006, the players to watch seem to be Phil Hughes and Jose Tabata. Jose Tabata? I hadn't heard of him either.
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The affiliates went 2-2 on the night with a NH rainout.

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Davis reminds us that Ricky isn’t the only Blue Jay prospect named Romero, as the farm goes 3-2 with three, count ‘em, three shutouts.
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Last week in Buffalo I had a chance to sit down with Syracuse pitching coach Rick LangfordLangford has been a coach in the Jays system for eleven years and coached some of these AAA pitchers when they were in Dunedin.  Langford himself pitched in the majors for eleven years and was on the famous Billy Martin managed Oakland A's in the early eighties.  In 1980 Langford pitched 22 complete games in a row, on his way to finish that year with 28 complete games in 33 starts, and 290 innings pitched.
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The Devil Ray farm system is thought by many to be the best in the division. Let's see how they are doing.
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Fours were lucky for the farm affiliates yesterday.  They went 2-1 with a rainout.
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Boston and Tampa are widely held to have the best farm systems in the division. How are their top prospects doing? We start today with Boston.
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Great pitching performances and late inning fireworks lead to a 3-1 night for the farm affiliates.
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This weekend, I will be doing capsule summaries of the AL East minor league systems, as part of the minor league updates, and I need your help. On Saturday, I'll do the Boston and Tampa systems, and on Sunday, the New York and Baltimore systems. This thread is for Boston and Tampa only.
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Lansing was the only team to get a victory yesterday behind the bats of Cory Patton and Brian Pettway.

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Casey Janssen gets the call to The Show today, which means he's significantly more happy than Delmon Young. Syracuse had the day off, NH and Dunedin bored the hell out of me, but Lansing makes up for it.
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