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Daily Dish: July 24

Cubs fifth-round draft pick Jeff Samardzija made his much anticipated debut for low Class A Peoria yesterday after being promoted from short-season Boise. It was an unspectacular debut, however, as he allowed three runs in five innings.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

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Is it more cost-effective to go cheap or pay for pricey talent in the draft? Why can't Cubs lefthander Rich Hill replicate his Triple-A success in the majors? How good is White Sox first-base prospect Chris Carter?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Daily Dish: July 18

Philip Hughes continues his strong run at Double-A; Astros righthander Felipe Paulino makes strides at high Class A Salem; and Marlins 2006 first-rounder Brett Sinkbeil makes his low Class A debut.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish