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CLASS AAA, DURHAM BULLS
International League South
(19-23, second place, 10 GB)
RHP Andy Sonnanstine is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last four starts. He worked seven innings Monday, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out 10. He’s 5-2 with a 2.05 ERA, nine walks and 57 strikeouts.
RHP Jeff Niemann gave up seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs, to lose his last start. He’s 3-2 with a 4.10 ERA.
RHP Mitch Talbot needed 83 pitches to get through three innings Tuesday. He allowed five runs, one earned. Talbot is 2-5 with an 8.21 ERA.
RF Justin Ruggiano is hitting .302 with 17 RBIs.
LHP J.P. Howell gave up two hits and struck out 10 over six innings Thursday. He’s 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA.
3B Joel Guzman has a .206 average and 40 strikeouts in 33 games.
SS Ben Zobrist is 3-for-22 after six games.
OF Jeremy Owens, who homered twice Wednesday, has a .235 average.
HIGH-CLASS A, VERO BEACH DEVIL RAYS
Florida State League Eastern
(20-21, fourth place, 5 GB)
RHP Wade Davis, who gave up one run over 5.2 innings Wednesday, is 2-0 with a 1.70 ERA.
LHP Jake McGee threw seven shutout innings Tuesday to lower his ERA to 1.51. He’s 3-1 and has held hitters to a .182 average.
1B Rhyne Hughes, who homered twice Monday, has a .348 average, 15 extra-base hits, 25 runs scored and 27 RBIs.
C Christian Lopez has a .297 average.
LOW-CLASS A, COLUMBUS CATFISH
South Atlantic League Southern
(27-15, third place, 3 GB)
RHP Wade Townsend allowed four hits and two runs in a six-inning, complete-game loss Friday. It was his first game since right forearm fatigue put him on the disabled list.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson allowed one hit over five shutout innings and struck out 10 Tuesday. In four starts, he has a 1.35 ERA.
C Nevin Ashley’s 293 average includes four triples. He has 21 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 38 games.
LF Ryan Royster has a .331 average and 26 runs scored.
Those who strayed from the Rays
1B Rico Washington was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs Monday for Class AAA Memphis (Cardinals). He’s hitting .329 with five home runs, 12 runs scored and 11 RBIs in 23 games.
2B Fernando Cortez has a .382 on-base percentage and 25 runs scored at Class AAA Omaha (Royals).
IF Jace Brewer, who homered Friday, is hitting .275 with 19 runs scored for Class AA Wichita (Royals).
C Iker Franco has a .204 average at Class AAA Richmond (Braves).
2B Dan DeMent is hitting .243 with Class AA Harrisburg (Nationals).
RHP Jose Rodriguez is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.09 ERA at Class AAA Round Rock (Astros).
RHP John Webb has a 3.80 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Class AAA Iowa (Cubs).
RHP Jean Machi allowed two runs in each of his last two appearances for Class AA New Hampshire (Blue Jays). He has a 3.86 ERA.
RHP Willie Glen gave up two hits, walked one and struck out nine in a no-decision Thursday in independent Gary’s season opener.