HIGHS: Yankees righthander Tyler Clippardâ€™s cell phone was the latest in the system to ring to fill a need in the Bronx. Clippard, who went 3-2, 2.72 with 41 strikeouts in 40 innings at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, will start tonight against the Mets . . . Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun returned from wrist and groin injuries that hampered him over the last two weeks. Braun went 0-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in Nashvilleâ€™s 5-3 win against Albuquerque . . . Pawtucket pitchers combined to toss a one-hit shutout in the Paw Soxâ€™ 4-0 win against Ottawa. Lefthander Jon Lester allowed the only Lynx hit, a double by second baseman Joe Thurston . . . Pirates lefthander Sean Burnett allowed just three hits over six shutout innings in Indianapolisâ€™ 6-0 win against Buffalo. Burnett walked five and struck out three . . . White Sox third baseman Josh Fields is showing signs of life offensively. Fields hit his seventh homer of the season and drove in five in Charlotteâ€™s 8-2 win against Toledo.
LOWS: Buffalo lefthander Rafael Perez wasnâ€™t particularly impressive in the spring, and while he was good in his only major league appearance this season, heâ€™s been extremely hittable in Triple-A. Perez allowed six runs on nine hits over six innings of the Bisonsâ€™ loss to Indy, and has allowed 46 hits in 42 innings . . . Rockies first baseman Joe Koshansky is hitting for average, but doesnâ€™t look at all like the player who hit 69 homers over the last two seasons. Koshansky, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Colorado Springsâ€™ 5-3 win against Sacramento, is hitting .326/.400/.452 with just four homers, five doubles and 27 RBIs.
HIGHS: Cubs righthander Mark Holliman returned to his winning ways as Tennessee topped Mississippi, 6-1. Holliman, who got tagged for five runs on nine hits over five innings against Chattanooga in his last start, allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings and whiffed five . . . Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is as hot as anybody in the minors. Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a homer and two steals in Springfieldâ€™s 6-4 win against Tulsa and is now hitting .306/.394/.569 after hitting just .234 in April . . . Devil Rays righthander Chris Mason is one of the most dominant pitchers in the Southern League, and put forth another solid effort in Montgomeryâ€™s 6-2 win against Birmingham. Mason allowed a pair of runs on four hits and fanned eight over seven innings to improve to 6-1, 2.65 in 51 innings.
LOWS: Not that they were especially bad, but White Sox lefhander Gio Gonzalez and Astros lefty Troy Patton werenâ€™t all that sharp in their Saturday starts. Gonzalez allowed three runs on seven hits and walked three over five innings in the Baronsâ€™ loss to the Biscuits, while Patton allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of Corpus Christiâ€™s 8-3 loss to Midland.
HIGH CLASS A
HIGHS: Lancaster exacted revenge from their historic 30-0 loss to Lake Elsinore on Friday, defeating the Storm, 14-12 in large part because of 23-year-old first baseman Aaron Bates. Bates homered four timesâ€”immediately putting himself in the middle of the minor league home run chaseâ€”and drove in six in the Jet Hawksâ€™ victory . . . Speaking of the home run chase, Chris Gimenez would likely also be among the leaders if he played every day. Kinstonâ€™s backup catcher hit three homers in a game last week, and handed the Indians a 10-8 victory over Potomac with a two-run homer in the top of the 13th inning. Gimenez has nine homers in 95 at-bats this season . . . Cardinals righthander Adam Ottavino tossed five shutout innings in Palm Beachâ€™s 9-1 win against Vero Beach. Ottavino allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out nine . . . One of the better pitching matchups in the minors on Saturday featured Reds righthander Johnny Cueto against Phillies lefty Josh Outman in Sarasotaâ€™s 7-5 win against Clearwater. Neither starter disappointed, as Cueto allowed a run on three hits over eight innings and Outman gave up a pair of runs on five hits and struck out eight over seven innings.
LOWS: Lake Elsinore lefthander Brenton Carter allowed five homersâ€”and three of Batesâ€™ four bombsâ€”in the Stormâ€™s loss to Lancaster. Carter allowed eight earned runs on 12 hits in five innings . . . Royals righthander Blake Johnson didnâ€™t last long in Wilmingtonâ€™s 10-2 loss to Myrtle Beach. Johnson allowed eight earned runs on eight hits over just 1 2/3 innings . . . Diamondbacks righthander Brooks Brown took his first loss of the season, as Visalia went down to Rancho Cucamonga, 7-1. Brown allowed seven runs on six hits over five innings.
LOW CLASS A
HIGHS: 10s were wild in the South Atlantic League on Saturday, as both Nationals outfielder Chris Marrero and White Sox first baseman Chris Carter each reached the 10-home run plateau. Marrero homered in Hagerstownâ€™s 6-5 win against Lake County, while Carter went deep twice in Kannapolisâ€™ 10-9 win against Lexington . . . Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw allowed just one hit and struck out nine over six innings of Great Lakesâ€™ 3-0 win against Kane County . . . Two pitchers hit double-digit strikeouts, as Indians righthander Josh Tomlin struck out 10 in the second game of Lake Countyâ€™s doubleheader against Hagerstown, while Brewers lefty Zach Braddock whiffed 11 in West Virginiaâ€™s 11-0 win against Asheville.
LOWS: Mariners lefthander Tony Butler remained winless on the season, allowing four earned runs on two hitsâ€”both homersâ€”in Wisconsinâ€™s 7-4 loss to Lansing . . . Asheville righthander Andrew Graham struck out nine over five innings, but allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in the Touristsâ€™ loss to the Power . . . Burlington righthander Harold Mozingo allowed six runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in the Beesâ€™ 8-3 loss to South Bend.
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