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Daily Dish: April 19

The White Sox depleted their lefthanded pitching depth in the Jim Thome trade this past offseason, sending Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood to Philadelphia. But Sox lefty Tyler Lumsden has emerged this year at Double-A Birmingham after missing all of last season due to shoulder surgery.

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ProspectQ&A: Athletics Second Baseman Kevin Melillo

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Athletics second baseman Kevin Melillo is back with Double-A Midland to begin 2006 and has picked up where he left off last year, when he hit .282/.347/.519 with the RockHounds. He registered six hits in seven trips Sunday during Midland's 20-10 victory against Corpus Christi, had four straight multi-hit games (a streak that apparently was jinxed Monday by this interview as he went 0-for-3) and was hitting .400 on the young season.

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Prospect Diary: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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We'll be catching up with Braves catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as he goes through the rigors of a season behind the plate at Double-A Mississippi. In his first installment, Saltalamacchia talks about starting slowly, working on his defensive mechanics and how technologically challenged he is in the day and age of players armed with iPods and state-of-the-art video games.

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Prospect Diary: Chuck Lofgren

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Lefthander Chuck Lofgren is in his second full season in the Indians system, and he's off to a solid start with two wins in his first two outings. We're going to track the 20-year-old's progress over the course of the season as he gives us a weekly snapshot into every time he takes the mound.

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