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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Buchholz Shelled

The Rays have officially recalled Ben Zobrist from Triple-A Durham. Zobrist is expected to become the team's everyday SS for now, with Upton being plugged in at 3B. Welcome to the Big Leagues, Ben. Your opponent tonight: Justin Verlander. In another Texas-related note, Texas-Ex J.P. Howell makes his Rays' debut on the mound tonight after pitching very well in Triple-A Durham.

AAA: Round Rock has now been outscored 38-15 in the first three games of its series with Sacramento, after losing 14-4 last night. Taylor Buchholz allowed six runs, five hits and five walks in six innings, and Jailen Peguero was similarly unsuccessful, allowing four runs on five hits, four walks and a balk in two innings of 'relief'. Morgan Ensberg was 2-4 with a walk and his second home run in his third and final rehab start, but in his second straight game, he also had two defensive errors, giving him four in three games. Express manager Jackie Moore indicated that Ensberg may still be experiencing some tightness in his right shoulder. The Express managed fifteen hits and left fourteen on base in a very Astro-like effort. Humberto Quintero had three hits. Ironic that the Express was faring quite well until its roster became stocked with ousted Astros like Lane, Ensberg, Rodriguez, Nieve and Buchholz.

AA: Corpus Christi lost again, this time 4-3 at Frisco. Josh Anderson was 2-4 with a double, and Hunter Pence was 1-3 with a double and a pair of K's. Starter Chad Reineke held the Rough Riders scoreless into the sixth, but then coughed up four runs to turn a 3-0 lead into a 4-3 deficit.

High A: Salem won its fourth straight game, 3-2 against Winston-Salem. Frankie Caraballo's two-out, two-run single in the first inning held up thanks to the fine pitching of Rory Shortell and two Avalanche relievers.

Low A: Lexington could not overcome an early 5-0 deficit at Charleston, falling 5-4. Eli Iorg had two hits and a walk.

Short Season A: The Valley Cats lost 7-3 to Oneonta. Jordan Parraz raised his average to .336 with two more hits, and #1 pick Max Sapp had a nightmarish evening, going 0-5 at the plate with two K's as well as a passed ball and a fielding error behind the plate.

Rookie: Bristol beat Greenville 9-6, as Polin Trinidad had his second consecutive subpar start. CF Orlando Rosales homered for the Astros.


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