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11/12/2007 10:00 AM ET
Flashback: New York Yankees
Chamberlain, Kennedy surge through system; Hilligoss hits way into history
Ian Kennedy, a first-round pick in 2006, went 6-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 11 appearances for Tampa. (Jerry Hale/


With the 2007 season in the books, is taking a look back at the year's highlights in each Major League organization.

April 14 -- Trenton defeated Connecticut, 2-0, in 15 innings to earn a doubleheader sweep and give manager Tony Franklin his 600th career victory. The shutout extended the Thunder's scoreless streak to 46 frames. Meanwhile, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Matt DeSalvo tossed 5 2/3 hitless innings in a 5-1 win over Pawtucket. The 26-year-old righty yielded a single to former Major Leaguer Kerry Robinson before closing out the sixth and turning the game over to the bullpen.

April 15 -- Shelley Duncan of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was named International League Offensive Player of the Week after slugging four homers and driving in 11 runs. Trenton's Chase Wright was tapped as Eastern League Pitcher of the Week with 14 scoreless innings.

April 18 -- Phil Hughes recorded 10 strikeouts over six innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Syracuse, 4-0. Hughes, who scattered two hits and a walk, retired 15 straight batters at one point.

April 20 -- Charleston starter Timothy Norton recorded seven consecutive strikeouts between the fourth and sixth innings in a 5-1 win over Kannapolis. The 23-year-old right-hander, who finished with 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 frames, was placed on the disabled list eight days later with an upper body injury and missed the remainder of the season.

April 28 -- Shawn Garrett became the first Trenton Thunder player ever to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat in an 8-5 win over Harrisburg. The switch-hitting outfielder tripled in the first inning, doubled in the fifth and singled in the sixth from the left side of the plate, then homered in the eighth from the right side.
Audio: Garrett goes deep for the cycle

May 2 -- Matt Carson doubled home the deciding run in the eighth inning as Trenton defeated New Hampshire, 3-2, to extend its winning streak to 11 games and raise its record to 19-2. Trenton was the only team in the Minors with three winning streaks of 10 games or more during the season.

May 6 -- Trenton's Brett Smith was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 and running his scoreless streak to 27 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and struck out nine over 12 frames.

May 13 -- Tampa's Joba Chamberlain was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week after striking out 11 batters in nine innings. He allowed an unearned run on three hits over four innings in his season debut against Daytona, then picked up his first win with five no-hit frames against St. Lucie.

May 18 -- Roger Clemens made his season debut in front of a Florida State League-record crowd of 10,257 as Tampa edged visiting Fort Myers, 2-1. The 44-year-old right-hander gave up a run on three hits over four innings and threw 42 of 58 pitches for strikes.
Video: Watch the Rocket in action
Video: Clemens assesses his performance

May 20 -- Ian Kennedy of Tampa was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with 20 strikeouts in 13 2/3 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings vs. Dunedin, then fanned nine over seven frames in Jupiter.

May 21 -- Brett Smith hurled 7 2/3 hitless innings as Trenton blanked Portland, 6-0. Bryan Pritz broke up the no-hit bid with an infield single that caromed off Smith's foot. It was the third time the 23-year-old right-hander carried a no-no into the eighth in 2007.

May 23 -- Making his second Minor League start of the year, Roger Clemens gave up three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings for Trenton in front of a record Waterfront Park crowd of 9,134. The future Hall of Famer struck out five, walked four and threw 64 of 102 pitches for strikes. Jamal Strong drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th as the Thunder clipped the Sea Dogs, 4-3.
Video: Catch highlights of Clemens' outing
Video: Watch his post-game interview

May 27 -- Tampa's Joba Chamberlain was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 with 16 strikeouts in 14 innings. He gave up two singles and fanned nine in eight scoreless frames against Vero Beach.

May 28 -- Roger Clemens made his third tune-up start and scattered two hits and two walks over six innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Toledo, 2-0, in front of an overflow crowd of 11,310 at PNC Field. Clemens fanned six and threw 57 of 89 pitches for strikes.
Video: Highlights from Clemens' Triple-A start
Video: Watch the press conference

May 30 -- Mitch Hilligoss extended his hitting streak to a South Atlantic League-record 36 games, but Charleston lost to Columbus, 8-7. The 21-year-old third baseman had gone 0-for-3 with a walk before leading off the seventh inning with a bunt single. Hilligoss, who eclipsed the record set by Scott Seabol in 1999, went on to extend the streak to 38 games.

June 5 -- Brian Aragon went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and a career-high five RBIs as Charleston pounded out 18 hits in a 12-2 victory over Savannah. The 23-year-old outfielder clubbed his second homer of the year in the first inning, doubled and scored in the third and added an RBI single in the fourth.

June 17 -- Five days after his first Double-A appearance, Joba Chamberlain was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. The 21-year-old right-hander went 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 11 innings for the Thunder.

June 26 -- Matt DeSalvo and Chris Britton combined on a three-hitter as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Buffalo, 5-0, to extend its scoreless streak to a franchise-record 30 2/3 innings. DeSalvo scattered three hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings before Chris Britton hurled 2 1/3 perfect frames.

July 1 -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Steven White was named International League Pitcher of the Week after winning both his starts and yielding one unearned run on eight hits in 15 1/3 innings. Later that day, Ian Kennedy and three relievers combined on a one-hitter as Trenton defeated Harrisburg, 9-1. Kennedy struck out nine and walked three in five hitless innings before Jeff Kennard yielded a run on one hit, a walk and a wild pitch. Gerardo Casadiego and Tim Lavigne each tossed a perfect frame to close it out.

July 3 -- Joba Chamberlain struck out a career-high 12 batters in six innings as Trenton blanked Harrisburg, 2-0. Chamberlain gave up four singles and a walk while lowering his ERA to 2.60 in five starts for the Thunder. Meanwhile, Edwar Gonzalez drove in six runs and finished a double shy of the cycle as Tampa routed Clearwater, 13-2. The 24-year-old left fielder delivered an RBI triple in the first inning, a two-run single in the third and a three-run homer in the sixth.

July 4 -- Brett Smith pitched a rain-shortened no-hitter as Trenton crushed Altoona, 10-0, in five innings. Smith issued a career-high seven walks and struck out five while lowering his ERA to 2.61.
Audio: Smith induces a double play

July 6 -- Bronson Sardinha had four RBIs and Justin Christian went 4-for-6 as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre totaled 20 hits and defeated Ottawa, 20-11. Kevin Reese added three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Shelley Duncan and Andy Cannizaro drove in three runs apiece.

July 8 -- Trenton's Jason Jones was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings. Tampa's Kevin Whelan won the award in the Florida State League with 10 scoreless innings, and Staten Island's Nicholas Chigges earned the honor in the New York-Penn League after striking out 18 in 12 frames.

July 12 -- Gabe Medina and two relievers combined on a one-hitter as Charleston blanked Columbus, 3-0. Medina allowed a two-out single by Cesar Suarez in the first inning and finished with six strikeouts in six frames. Ferdin Tejeda retired all six batters he faced before Jonathan Hovis pitched a perfect ninth. Meanwhile, Trenton extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 6-4 victory over New Hampshire. Bronson Sardinha went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, while starter Ian Kennedy gave up two runs and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

July 15 -- Tampa's Phil Coke was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week after tossing his first career shutout. The 24-year-old left-hander scattered eight hits and struck out five against St. Lucie.

July 18 -- Kevin Whelan and two relievers combined on a no-hitter as Tampa defeated Jupiter, 3-0. After Whelan struck out four and walked one in five innings, David Robertson and Joshua Schmidt each struck out three in two frames to seal the Yankees' ninth shutout.

July 19 -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Shelley Duncan set a franchise record with his 25th home run of the season as the Yankees edged the Indianapolis Indians, 7-6. His two-run blast in the third inning pushed him past Wendell Magee Jr., who hit 24 roundtrippers for the Red Barons in 1998.
Audio: Duncan snaps the franchise mark

July 22 -- Jose Veras and Daniel McCutchen combined on Tampa's second no-hitter in four days as the Yankees defeated the Lakeland Tigers, 4-0, in the opener of a doubleheader. After Veras struck out four in two perfect innings, McCutchen walked five and fanned two over five frames. Meanwhile, Kevin Reese clubbed a grand slam and finished with a season-high five RBIs as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Charlotte, 7-2.
Audio: Reese clears the bases

July 24 -- Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy were promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from Double-A Trenton. Kennedy was 11-2 with a 1.85 ERA and an organization-high 129 strikeouts between Class A Advanced Tampa and the Thunder. Chamberlain, who ranked third in the organization with 115 strikeouts, made his Triple-A debut the following night and fanned 10 in five scoreless innings as the Yankees defeated Louisville, 6-3.

July 29 -- Phil Hughes was named International League Pitcher of the Week after winning a pair of starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He scattered two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings against Louisville, then allowed three hits in 6 2/3 scoreless frames vs. Rochester.

Aug. 5 -- Staten Island's Jonathan Ortiz was named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week after going 3-0 with two saves in five appearances. Later that day, teammate Chris Raber ripped a grand slam and drove in six runs as Staten Island defeated Hudson Valley, 13-8. The 22-year-old first baseman slapped a two-run single in the fifth inning before connecting on his first professional homer in the 10th.

Aug. 9 -- Juan Miranda had five RBIs as Trenton beat Binghamton, 8-0, for the 1,000th win in franchise history. The 24-year-old first baseman drilled a two-run double in the third inning and launched a three-run homer, his fourth, in the fifth.

Aug. 19 -- Trenton's Tyler Clippard earned his 10th consecutive victory after tossing five scoreless innings against Norwich. He was one of three Minor Leaguers to win 10 straight decisions in 2007. Meanwhile, Paul Patterson threw seven innings of one-hit ball as Charleston blanked Augusta, 4-0. The 23-year-old righty hurled six hitless innings against Columbus later in the month.

Aug. 29 -- Chris Raber had his second six-RBI game of the month, leading Staten Island to a 14-4 win over Aberdeen. Raber slapped two-run singles in the first, fourth and seventh innings.

Aug. 30 -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Syracuse, 6-3, to clinch the International League's North Division title. Starter Ben Kozlowski gave up a run on three hits with six strikeouts in five innings to earn the win.

Sept. 1 -- Matt DeSalvo and Scott Patterson combined on eight hitless innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre topped Pawtucket, 11-2. DeSalvo walked five and struck out three in five innings before Patterson hurled three perfect frames.

Sept. 3 -- Staten Island's Austin Krum was named New York-Penn League Offensive Player of the Week after batting .519 (14-for-27) during a seven-game hitting streak. Later that day, Charleston pitchers recorded 17 strikeouts and the offense had seven stolen bases in a 6-5 win over Rome.

Sept. 8 -- Jeffrey Marquez and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as Trenton defeated Portland, 4-0, to capture the Northern Division title and secure a spot in the Eastern League Championship Series for the first time in the franchise's 14-year history. Marquez scattered four hits over seven innings and tied a franchise record with his 16th victory of the season.
Audio: Matt Carson's two-run double
Audio: P.J. Pilittere puts Trenton on top

Sept. 16 -- Matt Carson went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored as Trenton pounded out 16 hits to defeat Akron, 10-5, and win the Eastern League championship. Carson, who was named the MVP of the series, slapped three singles before connecting on a solo home run.
Audio: Thunder become champions
Audio: Manager Tony Franklin's post-game interview
Audio: Carson comments on his performance

Tim Leonard is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.