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Yankees Minor League Notebook - April 8th

Friday marks the season debut of PinstripesPlus.com's "Yankees Minor League Notebook". The YMLN will take a look at the minor league games, noting the streaks and game & season notes to help our premium subscribers keep up on the Yankees' prospects. <b>(Free Preview of Premium Content)</b>

Columbus Clippers: The Columbus Clippers made it two straight victories to start the 2005 season, defeating Charlotte 7-2 Friday night, rallying to score all seven runs in the final three innings. RF Mike Vento had two more hits Friday after a pair of base knocks in the season opener Thursday. Vento also drove in two runs as well, giving him at least one RBI in each of the first two games. 2B Robinson Cano went 1-4 with a double Friday after clubbing a pair of home runs in the Clippers' 11-10 Opening Day victory Thursday. RHP Colter Bean (1-0), who finished the 2004 season with a 9-3 record and a 2.23 ERA, picked up his first win of the 2005 season by pitching two shutout innings of two-hit ball.

Trenton Thunder: After getting throttled 11-6 in the season opener Thursday, the Trenton Thunder won their first game of the 2005 season 3-1 over the Erie Seawolves on the strength of some brilliant pitching by RHP Jeff Karstens. Karstens, who wound up with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts last season for the Tampa Yankees, threw five shutout innings of three-hit baseball for his first victory of the season. RHP Justin Pope, who made 19 starts in 2004, struck out three batters in the ninth inning to not only pick up his first save of the season, but his first career save.

LF Kevin Thompson went 1-4 with a double and an RBI Friday to start off the 2005 hitting safely in his first two games...it was also the second straight game with an RBI. 1B Shelley Duncan had a pair of hits Friday. Duncan has also started the season hitting safely in both games, as has 2B Gabe Lopez (1-3). After going hitless in the first game of the season Thursday, CF Melky Cabrera got off the snide with a pair of hits Friday.

Tampa Yankees: After scoring eight runs en route to a season opening victory over the Lakeland Tigers on Thursday, the Tampa Yankees' pitching took a night off Friday as they lost to Lakeland 10-4. RHP Jason Jones, who hadn't given up more than four runs in any one start the entire 2004 season, allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings to the Tigers Friday night. Eric Abreu, who hadn't given up more than one run in any of his starts in 2004, gave up three runs in the ninth inning to blow the game wide open.

SS Hector Made, hitless in five at-bats in the victory Thursday night, went 2-4 with a triple and two RBI Friday. Made was the only Tampa batter to collect more than one hit in the loss. CF Matt Carson hit safely in his second straight game, clubbing a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Carson had 15 home runs in 2004. LF Erold Andrus, who had a pair of hits and three RBI in the victory Thursday, went 1-4 Friday to make it two straight games with at least one hit...he started off the 2004 season with just one hit in his first four games.

Charleston Riverdogs: After winning their 2005 season opener 5-2 Thursday, the Charleston Riverdogs made it two in a row with a 5-3 win Friday night. SS Marcos Vechionacci, who went hitless in the opener Thursday, had an RBI double in the 5-run 8th inning to help the Riverdogs to the comeback victory. 3B Grant Plumley also picked a good time for his first of the season, hitting a two-run home run in the 8th inning. It was also Grant's firt professional home run. He went homerless in 258 at-bats with the Staten Island Yankees in 2004. Estee Harris (0-4) and Jonathan Poterson (0-3) are still hitless on the young season.

RHP Phil Hughes had a decent season debut on the mound for the Riverdogs, striking out 6 batters in 4 2/3 innings Friday, allowing one earned run on five hits. Hughes did walk one batter. It was his first walked allowed as a professional. RHP Mike Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second save in as many days after picking up nine saves in his professional debut last season.

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