Yankees Minor League Notebook - August 9th

Dioner Navarro and Kevin Reese power Columbus to a doubleheader sweep of Durham Sunday; Trenton is glad to be leaving Binghamton as they were swept there this weekend; Melky Cabrera looks to continue his hot hitting as Tampa opens a four-game homestand Monday; Jason Jones makes a somewhat successful debut for Battle Creek; and Tim Battle continues his red-hot hitting in Staten Island's thumping of Auburn. <b>Free Preview of Premium Content</b>

Columbus Clippers: The Clippers swept a doubleheader from the Durham Bulls Sunday after splitting a doubleheader against them on Saturday. C Dioner Navarro hit a three-run home run in the second inning of Game Two Sunday for his first AAA home run. Navarro also extended his current hit streak to six games and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, hitting .370 during that stretch with six runs scored. LF Kevin Reese hit a three-run home run of his own in Game One's 6-0 defeat of the Bulls (he went 2-7 on the day) and has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games as well, hitting .294 in those eight games with six runs scored and five RBI. 2B Robinson Cano (1-6) is starting to get accustomed to AAA pitching. Despite going 1-6 in the two games Sunday, Cano has hit safely in nine of his last eleven games...hitting .378 during that stretch six runs scored with seven RBI, including two home runs three doubles, and a triple.

Trenton Thunder: The Thunder are glad to be leaving Binghamton as Trenton got swept in their four-game series in Binghamton this past weekend, culiminating in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the BMets despite hitting three home runs (all solo HRs). LF Mitch Jones, who entered Sunday's game hitting .417 with three doubles, two home runs, and five runs scored against Binghamton this past week, went 0-4 Sunday in the loss. CF Kevin Thompson was hitting Binghamton pitching well also. Entering Sunday's game Thompson was hitting .318 with five runs scored against Binghamton this past week before going 1-4 in the loss Sunday. DH Bronson Sardinha went 0-2 with three walks Sunday and is now just 3 for his last 20 (.150) with just two RBI. With his three walks Sunday, Sardinha has just four walks in his last 39 plate appearances.

Tampa Yankees: The Tampa Yankees had an off-day Sunday and begin a quick four-game homestand Monday, starting with a two-game series against the Lakeland Tigers. Two of Tampa's top hitting prospects are going in very different directions as the homestand starts. 3B Eric Duncan enters the series against Lakeland hitting just .172 with one RBI in his last eight games while CF Melky Cabrera is hitting .444 with three home runs and 7 RBI in his last nine games. UT Jared Koutnik will look to improve on his current streak of three straight games with at least one RBI as Tampa takes the field Monday.

Battle Creek Yankees: Battle Creek has started their 11-game roadtrip off with a bang, taking three of four from Cedar Rapids after Sunday's 6-5 victory. The big news of the game was RHP Jason Jones. Jones, recently promoted from Staten Island, scattered seven hits and four earned runs for a no-decision in his Battle Creek debut. Jones was 2-3 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts for Staten Island this season. RF Matt Carson (2-4, 2 Runs) was one of four Battle Creek hitters that collected two hits in Sunday's win. Carson has now scored at least one run in three straight games and has hit safely in five of his last six games. CF Erold Andrus went 1-5 in the win and has now hit safely in ten of his last eleven games, hitting .385 during that stretch with three doubles and five RBI. LF Jason Van Meetren went 0-4 Sunday is now hitting just .125 in his last six games.

Staten Island Yankees: The SI Yanks pounded out 14 hits in a 12-3 drubbing of first-place Auburn Sunday to make it three wins in their last four games and will look for the series win against Auburn Monday. CF Timothy Battle (2-4, 2 Doubles, RBI, 3 Runs) continues to be the team's hottest hitter. Battle extended his streak of games with at least one RBI to four in Sunday's victory and has now hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, hitting .358 in his last 13 games with 9 RBI and 9 runs scored. While Battle has been hot, LF Estee Harris has not. Harris, despite going 1-3 with two RBI Sunday, is hitting just .105 in his lat six games with eight strikeouts. SS Grant Plumley went 1-5 Sunday and has hit safely in five of his last six games since taking the 0-8 back on August 1st. Eric Abreu allowed just one earned run on six hits in five innings for his third win of the season. Abreu, taking Jason Jones' place in the Staten Island rotation, walked none and struck out seven batters in his first start of the season and now boasts a sick 7.4:1 strikeout-walk ratio this year.

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