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RedHawks' Springer slugs 37th homer
Astros' No. 3 prospect inches closer to coveted 40/40 mark
08/24/2013 2:07 AM ET
George Springer has 18 homers in 54 Triple-A games.
George Springer has 18 homers in 54 Triple-A games. (Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds)

George Springer slugged a two-run homer, his 37th of the season, to power Oklahoma City past Round Rock, 4-2, on Friday night.

The Astros' No. 3 prospect already has 41 stolen bases and needs three homers to become the first Minor Leaguer to join the 40/40 club since Len Tucker hit 51 homers and stole 47 bases for the Pampa Oilers of the Southwest League in 1956.

Trevor Crowe added a solo shot and Astros No. 2 prospect Jonathan Singleton reached base twice, stole a base and scored a run for the RedHawks. Asher Wojciechowski earned his ninth win after allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Engel Beltre was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Express.

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Kevin Mattison homered twice in his first two at-bats and drove in three runs out of the leadoff spot as New Orleans posted an 8-4 win over Omaha.

Jake Smolinski was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Jordan Brown reached base three times and scored twice for the Zephyrs. Zach Phillips fanned three over 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief to earn his third save.

Brian Fletcher plated a pair of runs for the Storm Chasers.

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Brad Glenn slugged a two-run homer and a solo shot as Buffalo bested Lehigh Valley, 6-2.

Thad Weber was the beneficiary of Glenn's outburst, earning his seventh win after striking out eight and allowing two runs on four hits over five innings. Ricardo Nanita plated a pair of runs and veteran Andy LaRoche walked twice and scored twice for the Bisons.

Cody Overbeck knocked in a pair of runs for the IronPigs.

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Caleb Cotham scattered seven hits and struck out four over 6 1/3 scoreless innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Pawtucket, 4-1.

Rehabbing Yankees captain Derek Jeter drew a walk and scored a run before giving way to a defensive replacement and Yankees No. 12 prospect J.R. Murphy drove in two runs for the RailRiders. Jim Miller recorded the final out for his sixth save.

Justin Henry had two hits and drove in the lone run for the PawSox.

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Lucas May's grand slam tied the game as Indianapolis scored six times in the ninth inning and rallied past Rochester, 7-6.

Travis Snider produced the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, scoring Alex Presley, who went 3-for-5. Vic Black gave up two hits over two scoreless innings for the Indians, who reduced to one their magic number for clinching a division title.

Jeff Clement slugged his 16th homer for the Red Wings.

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