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Minding the farm



  • In Louisville's home opener, the Bats started fast, scoring five in the first inning off Red Sox once-prospect (and once-lobster fisherman) Devern Hansack, whom Andy Phillips knocked out with a line drive to his throwing arm. Jay Bruce added his second homer of the season in the second inning (he was 1 for 4), and Marcus McBeth struck out Chad Spann with the bases loaded in the ninth as Louisville held on to win 8-5. David Ross started at DH in his first rehab appearance (back spasms) and was 0 for 2 with two walks. Matt Belisle was in the clubhouse, coming off near back-to-back complete games, so expect him to start Tuesday against Norfolk at Slugger Field.
  • In Chattanooga, James Avery was crushed and didn't make it through the fifth inning. But Carlos Fisher came in in long relief, striking out four in 2.2 innings. He's got seven Ks in 5.2 relief innings this season and hasn't allowed an earned run. The Lookouts got just four hits off White Sox prospect Justin Cassel (brother of New England backup QB Matt) and pen.
  • For Sarasota, Justin Turner had three hits, Drew Stubbs two and Juan Francisco was 2 for 4 with a homer, but the Reds lost 11-4 at Tampa.
  • Dayton rained out but will play a doubleheader Saturday at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.