Buffalo 3, Durham 1. JP Howell made a spot-start for Durham with Joe Maddon deciding to skip him the first time through the rotation. He struck out 5 and walked none while allowing 2 runs in 5 innings. Michel Hernandez hit a solo home run to drive in the only run for the Bulls.

Mississippi 1, Montgomery 0. James Houser struck out 9 in 6 innings. He was only touched for 2 hits, but one was a second inning solo home run that proved to be the game winner. The Biscuits only managed six hits. Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria were both 1-4. Longoria had a double, his 17th.

Dunedin 6, Vero Beach 4. Doug Waechter made his first rehab start with Vero Beach after making 2 with Hudson Valley. He gave up 9 hits an 5 runs in 4 innings including 1 home run. Rhyne Hughes was 2-4 with his 12th home run. He is now hitting .333. BJ Upton was 1-3 with a walk. He played center field and batter third. Shawn Riggans, who is also on a rehab assignment with Vero Beach was 2-4 as the Rays DH.

Charleston 3, Columbus 0
. Wade Townsend dropped to 5-8 on the season, giving up 2 runs in 6 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 3. The Catfish managed only a single hit, a first inning single by Cesar Suarez. Only one other batter would reach base, in the 4th inning when Suarez was hit by a pitch.

Hudson Valley 9, Jamestown 5
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Elizabethton 5, Princeton 4
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NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Baseball America’s list of top 100 prospects for 2008 will not come out until March, but Evan Longoria will have a very good shot at being #1. [Tulare Advance-Register]


“I think they’ll both [Evan Longoria and Justin Upton] be in the top five,” Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis said. “When you talk about the best players [in the minor leagues], Upton, Longoria, [Detroit Tigers prospect] Cameron Maybin and [Cincinnati Reds prospect] Jay Bruce are going to be included, and you could make an argument to put those players in any order.”

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