Short-Season Dish: A Dent That Red Sox Can Root For

Prospect of the Day

It may a bit early to start comparing Ryan Dent (Red Sox) to a Yankee legend with his own place in Red Sox lore who shares his last name, but Dent’s performance Thursday might help the Dent name sound a bit better to Sox fans. Dent had three hits in Lowell’s 7-6 win, including home runs in his first two at bats. Dent has also played a slick shortstop thus far in 2008 for Lowell, while batting leadoff.

Prospect Nuggets

Staten Island’s 7-2 victory over Brooklyn was keyed by third baseman Mike Lyon’s (Yankees) 3-for-5 night. The 24th-round pick of the Yankees had a pair of RBI and a double in the win…Auburn first baseman David Cooper (Blue Jays) had his second multi-hit game in the past two days. The Blue Jays first-round pick went two-for-five with a run scored in Auburn’s 7-0 defeat of Batavia…Batavia first baseman Xavier Scruggs (Cardinals) remains hitless in professional baseball after an 0-for-2 performance Thursday. Cooper did draw a pair of walks in the loss to Auburn…T.J. Steele (Astros) may wish his Arizona Wildcats were in Omaha, but he has played exceptionally well in his pro debut with Tri-City. Steele was 4-for-5 Thursday with a double and two RBI…Stephen Fife (Red Sox) picked up his first pro win in Lowell’s win, going two innings and allowing two hits. A run did score with Fife on the hill, but it was unearned…Logan Forsythe (Padres), the Padres supplemental first-round pick, had his first multi-hit night for Eugene on Thursday. The Eugene third baseman went 2-for-4 in the 8-4 Emerald win…Cooper Brannan (Padres) who drew national attention after the Padres signed him after two tours of duty in Iraq, picked up his first win of 2008. The Eugene right hander threw 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one…What To

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The Brooklyn Cyclones will be happy to leave Staten Island and travel to Aberdeen after a bizarre conclusion to last night’s game. When switch-pitcher Pat Venditte faced off against switch-hitter Ralph Henriquez in the ninth inning, both pitcher and catcher continued to switch which hand they would use. After much discussion, Henriquez was forced to one side of the plate and went down swinging to end the game.