Minor league report, games of April 12

Brennan King has always been told he has hit hit home runs in order to truly advance in the game. Maybe so but right now he's making it hard to ignore what he's doing right by listening to his manager. "I tell him to use the whole field and not try. to pull so much, " says Dino Ebel. "If he does that the home runs will come." So far, it's working. No, Brennan hasn't hit one out of the yard yet but the Jacksonville third baseman has a lusty. 444 average and the Suns are off to a 5-0 start.

King had two more hits yesterday in a 5-2 win over Greenville. Derek Michaelis hit his second home run while Derek Thompson made his first start after a year on the disabled list, going four innings, allowing five hits and just one run while striking out five. T.J. Nall came on for three hitless innings of relief to gain the victory.

Las Vegas also had pitchers coming back from injuries with mixed results against Tacoma. Joel Hanrahan, who had nursed a sore arm most of the spring, started, went 4.2 innings, yielding five hits and three runs while striking out four but Brian Falkenborg, on a re-hab assignment from LA, was touched for six hits and three runs to absorb the loss in a 6-4 setback, the third defeat in a row.

Luis Garcia hit his second home run for the 51's while Chin Feng Chen and John Barnes each collected his first. After the game, Chen was rewarded with a promotion to the Dodgers to replace Jayson Werth, who is going on the disabled list.

Rain washed out the Vero Beach-Palm Beach game while Columbus undoubtedly wishes the deluge had arrived a bit sooner than it did. Just after the singing of the national anthem, there was a delay of over two hours but those showers passed only to have the Rome Braves leap on starter Ozzy Rodriguez for an 11-1 lead before the rain returned and the game had to be suspended in the fourth inning. Chin Lung Hu homered for the only Catfish run so far.

The game will be resumed before tonight's scheduled contest.

In another player move, infielder Sergio Garcia was promoted from Vero to Jacksonville. His place will be taken by infielder Brett Dowdy, who had been in the extended spring camp. Dowdy, a ninth-round draft choice from the University of Florida last summer, hit. 276 for Ogden.