Navarro, Martin, LaRoche named to All-Star Action

Las Vegas lost 9-4 as Nick Theodorou had a pair of hits and two RBI. Jacksonville fought back from a 7-0 deficit but lost 7-6 with Justin Orenduff losing his first AA start. Vero Beach took up were they left off in the first half, winning 5-3. Anthony Raglani's 2-RBI single keyed the win. Columbus lost 8-5 despite Lucas May's three RBI. Ogden trailed 9-4, tied the game then lost as David Sutherland had a pair of singles. The Coasties see their first action today.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Sacramento jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fourth and defeated Las Vegas 9-5 Thursday night as the 51s left 10 runners on base. Four players collected multiple-hit games: shortstop Jose Flores was 2-for-3, second baseman Joe Thurston was 2-for-5, first baseman Norihiro Nakamura was 2-for-4, with a double and an RBI and right fielder Nick Theodorou was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Right-hander Heath Totten started and dropped to 6-4. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowed 8 hits, 8 runs -- only 4 earned -- walked 2 and struck out 4. Beau Dannemiller, Steve Schmoll and Mike Venafro finished up. Catcher Dioner Navarro will represent the Las Vegas 51s and the Pacific Coast League in the 2005 Triple-A All-Star game between the PCL and the International League. The 18th Annual event will be played on Wednesday, July 13th at Raley Field in Sacramento, California. Navarro has appeared in 52 games (through June 22) and is batting .298 with 9 doubles, 5 home runs and 20 RBI. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and can be heard on each team's local radio stations and the American Forces Radio.

JACKSON, Tennessee– The Suns scored six unanswered runs, but lost to the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, 7-6 Thursday at Pringles Park. The Suns rallied from a early 7-0 deficit in the fourth inning. Justin Orenduff (0-1) gave up seven runs over 3.1 innings in his Suns debut. Orenduff went to three-ball counts to nine of the 18 batters he faced. The Suns battled back, bringing up the tying run several times. The Suns had five consecutive two-out hits in the sixth to cut the margin to 7-5. Todd Donovan had the Suns' only two hits over the first four innings and went 3-for-5. Jon Weber tripled to lead off the ninth, breaking a 1-for-20 slump and scored on Andy LaRoche's RBI grounder, making the score, 7-6. Right-hander Edwin Jackson (0-1, 7.20 ERA) is scheduled to oppose West Tenn Friday in the final game of a four-game series. Sun Spots-- Three Suns players were ejected Wednesday and six Suns took called strike threes Thursday. …Sergio Garcia had three singles. …Chad Billingsley pitched two scoreless innings in his first career relief appearance. …The Suns bullpen has delivered 12.2 consecutive shutout innings. …Orenduff was struck on the right Achilles tendon with a line drive in second inning but continued. …The Suns are 11-13 in one-run games. …The Suns lost for the fourth time in 36 games when scoring five or more runs. --Joe Block
Two in Futures Game--Catcher Russell Martin and third baseman Andy LaRoche have been selected to participate in the seventh annual All-Star Futures Game, to be held Sunday, July 10, at Comerica Park in Detroit as part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Week. The Futures Game pits elite prospects from U.S. and World teams against one another to showcase the Minors' top talent. Martin, 22, a Chelsea, Québec, Canada, native, will be assigned to the World squad. The Suns' catcher ranks among the top 10 catchers in all of the minors with a .309 batting average and is among the top 15 Minor League players with a .440 on-base percentage. He has caught 62 of the 72 Suns games and has thrown out 24 percent of attempting basestealers. LaRoche, 21, born in Fort Scott, Kan., joined the Suns on June 16 and has since hit three home runs and driven in eight runs in six games. Overall, LaRoche is tied for the most home runs – 24 – of any professional player, Majors or Minors. His .658 slugging percentage ranks ninth among all Minor League players and he is three runs scored shy of leading all of the minors. His brother, Adam, who plays first base for the Atlanta Braves, was a 2002 Futures Game selection. Former Suns manager Dino Ebel will be a coach for the World Team. Ebel managed the Suns from 2002 to 2004 and is now the manager of the Anaheim Angels' Class AAA affiliate in Salt Lake City. Suns shortstop Joel Guzman was selected to play in the Futures Game in 2004. Suns right-hander Edwin Jackson was chosen for the U.S. squad in the 2003 Futures Game. The All-Star Futures Game will last seven innings and will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET and MLB Radio.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Despite three Jupiter home runs, the Vero Beach Dodgers came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Hammerheads 5-4 Thursday night. Anthony Raglani's 2-RBI single in the 8th inning put the Dodgers ahead for the first time in the game and gave Beltran Perez his second win. Tony Abreu went 2-3 and scored twice for the Dodgers, who improve to 2-0 in the Second Half. Jupiter rallied in the 9th before Mark Alexander put out the fire with shortstop Chin-lung Hu throwing out the tying run at home for the final out. Chuck Tiffany, who ended up going six innings and striking out eight batters, allowed a pair of home runs. The Dodgers scored in the fourth on a Cory Dunlap sacrifice fly. Another came home in the fifth on an A.J. Ellis sac fly. Vero tied the game in the sixth when Justin Ruggiano's 2-out single brought home Hu, one out after he had doubled. The gave Perez the lead in the 8th. Abreu drew a leadoff walk, Dunlap singled and Ruggiano walked to load the bases with one out. Raglani then smacked a base hit to center, scoring Abreu and Dunlap to put the Dodgers ahead 5-3. Vero has now won nine straight against the Hammerheads.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Greenville beat the Catfish 8-5 to take the series two games to one. The Catfish ended the seven-game homestand with a 3-4 record. RHP Chris Malone took the loss for the Fish, allowing six runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings. LF Lucas May drove home three runs for the Fish in the loss while CF Jamie Hoffmann had two hits for Columbus including a triple. The Catfish travel to Rome tomorrow for the first of a three-game series with the Braves. Greenville hit a solo HR in the first for a 1-0 lead. They added another solo shot in the second. The Catfish tied the score with a two-run bloop single to center by May in the third, and took the lead one batter later when 2B Travis Denker doubled off the wall. Malone gave up another HR in the fifth to tie the score at three. May gave the Fish the lead back in the fifth with a sac fly to make it 4-3. The Bombers scored one in the seventh and two more in the ninth inning against LHP Chad Bailey. The Catfish hit the road for three games at Rome before taking three days off for the All-Star Break. RHP Zach Hammes (1-3, 4.50 ERA) toes the rubber for his third start of 2005.

ORUM, Utah--Ogden lost 11-9 at Orum and are now 1-2 on the young season. The Raptors scored four runs in the first two innings but the Owlz tied the game in the second and then took a 9-4 after four innings. The Raptors fought back to score five in the eighth and tie the game at nine when Sam Stiedl who doubled home two runs. In the bottom of the eighth Orum scored twice to break the tie and take a 2-1 lead in the opening series. David Sutherland had a pair of singles and boosted his average to .455. Russell Mitchell also had two hits. Kris Krise started and was pounded, allowing nine runs in 3.2 innings. He was take off the hook, however, by the Raptor bats. Brent Leach didn't allow a hit in 3.1 innings and Aaron Klusman threw a scoreless inning, holding off the Owlz and allowing Ogden to tie. Ramon Troncoso (0-1) gave up the final two runs and took the loss. The two teams meet again tonight and then the Raptors open the home schedule Saturday night against Owlz.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers will host the Mets today in their Gulf Coast League opener.

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