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Springer edges closer to 40/40 mark
Astros prospect swipes two more bases for Oklahoma City
08/23/2013 2:24 AM ET
George Springer seeks to become the fifth Minor League player to rack up a 40/40 season.
George Springer seeks to become the fifth Minor League player to rack up a 40/40 season. 

Oklahoma City's George Springer stole two more bases Thursday to keep him on track for a rare 40/40 season.

Springer entered Thursday with 36 homers and 39 steals across two levels between Double-A Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City, but he quickly swiped his 40th and 41st bases within the first four innings of his team's 12-3 loss to the Round Rock Express.

The 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft has 11 games left to accomplish the feat.

Round Rock's designated hitter Chris McGuiness slugged a grand slam and plated five runs in the victory, while Engel Beltre added a three-run long ball.

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Syracuse's designated hitter Corey Brown fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the Chiefs' 8-5 win over the Charlotte Knights.

Brown homered in the fifth, doubled to lead off the seventh and singled to right field in the eighth. He has recorded four multi-hit games in his past 10 contests to raise his season average to .248.

Leadoff hitter and center fielder Eury Perez tripled and plated three runs, Jeff Kobernus was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and second baseman Danny Espinosa chipped in two RBIs in the victory.

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Omaha's Brett Hayes recorded his second multi-homer game in as many nights in the Storm Chasers' 3-2 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Hayes hit a game-tying solo shot in the eighth before smacking a walk-off blast in the bottom of the 10th.

The 29-year-old catcher has 15 long balls in 73 PCL games, during which time he's hitting .241 with 40 RBIs.

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Lehigh Valley left fielder Derrick Mitchell went 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored in the IronPigs' 5-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons.

David Buchanan (3-1) yielded a run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in the victory to lower his ERA to 1.71.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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