Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 20, Durham 2 (Scranton/WB wins 3-1). Wade Davis gave up 8 runs (5 earned) in only 2 innings, as Scranton had innings of 5,5 and 8 runs…Phil Hughes struck out 12 Bulls in just 5 innings as the Yankees won the IL Governor’s Cup Finals…Gaby Martinez hit his first triple-A home run for Durham.


  • Following the game, the Rays promoted last year’s top pick David Price as well as Jeff Niemann, Mitch Talbot and Jonny Gomes. The only name that surprises us a bit is Talbot. You may recall that Talbot was acquired along with Ben Zobrist in the trade that sent Aubrey Huff to Houston. Talbot has been the Rays most consistent pitcher in triple-A all season. He has clearly earned the promotion, but we did not think Joe Maddon would have enough room in the locker room. Papa Joe has repeatedly stated that he did not want to many new bodies in the locker room at this time of year. However, with injuries the Rays have now promoted 10 players, about twice as many as expected. [Rays Report]
  • This will be the final “Down on the Farm” segment of 2008. Any minor league news over the next few months will go in the daily “Hangover” posts…See you next Spring.


  1. Chris in Raleigh NC says:

    Wanted to post my thanks to "The Professor" for his superb coverage of the Rays minor league teams, and especially the Bulls, this year. Better than any other blog and certainly far better than any of the newspapers. We, the Bulls, had a pretty good year and next year looks even better, unless the Rays trade a bunch of guys away. We are really pleased to see how well former Bulls are doing in Tampa this year. Here's hoping we'll be watching them in October!

    Again, thanks Cork. You have done a really great job.

  2. Clayton says:

    I second that emotion.


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