Down on the Dodger Farm June 4

Joel Hanrahan has returned for Las Vegas. Unfortunately, he's still not back to being the Joel Hanrahan everyone expects to see although there were some encouraging moments to lead to the belief that that version might still re-merge. The 22-year-old was pitcher of the year in the Southern League last season but this spring has been spent mostly on the sidelines nursing a sore arm. He just came off the disabled list only to endure a ragged inning before flashing some of his old form.

Hanrahan was bonked for a three-run homer in the first, then came on for three good innings before departing. In all, he wound up being charged with five hits and four runs which was enough to saddle him with his second loss against one victory as Edmonton (Expos) went to an 8-3 victory.

"I tried to throw a double play ball and left it up in his power zone," Hanrahan admitted about the rip by Valentino Pascucci, who sounds like an opera star but who obviously is a hitter for he also had a triple before his evening was done. Getting behind and leaving the ball up has been the curse thus far for Hanrahan, who has given up 11 dingers with a 5.35 ERA the result.

Koyie Hill collected two more hits for the 51's, who are now eight out in the PCL South.

Jacksonville staged a brief rally only to be victimized by one as the Suns fell 4-2 to Carolina (Marlins ) and wound up losing ground in the Southern League East. Trailing 2-0 in the eighth, they pulled even when Nelson Castro tripled in one run, then scored on a line drive by James Loney.

However, the Mudcats came right back for a pair off Franquelis Osoria (1-3), who had just returned to Jacksonville from Vegas. Randy Leek threw well as the Suns' starter (5.2 innings, five hits, two runs) while Brennan King stroked three hits but the Suns dropped 1 1/2 behind Chattanooga.

Another strong outing by lefthander Mike Megrew and his relief corps pulled Vero Beach past Fort Myers (Twins) for the third straight time, this one, 3-2. Megrew (4-1) went five in which the Miracle managed only two hits and two runs. Jamaal Hamilton, who had just reported from Jacksonville, threw three perfect frames and Steve Schmoll (save 5) did likewise for another.

Alex Requena stole his league-leading 22nd base for the Dodgers, who remained six back in the Florida State East.

Columbus rattled off 15 hits to pound Savannah (Expos) into submission, 6-2. Tony Abreau slammed a two-run triple plus three singles to lead the assault in which Chin-Lung Hu banged three hits, Andy LaRoche, two doubles, and Jereme Milons, a pair of singles.

Brandon Weeden evened his record at 3-3 with 5.2 innings in which he allowed five hits and two runs. With the victory, the Catfish are 2 1/2 out in the SAL South.

Player Signings--The Dodgers signed 19-year-old lefthander Cody White of Texarkana, Texas, as a draft-and-follow from the 2003 draft. White, who had been pitching for his hometown Texarkana Community College, was a 12th round selection last June. They also signed righthander Aaron Klusman from Dallas Baptist, who, as a fifth-year senior, was not required to go through the draft process.