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Jim Thigpen reunites with wife Kim and sons Jacob and Caleb at Fifth Third Field in 2007. (Dayton Dragons)

May 22, 2009

Dragons salute military service

Rather than confine tributes to a few dates on the schedule, the Dayton Dragons' Hometown Heroes program celebrates local military personnel and their families daily.
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Cracked Bats

Baysox salute AAGPBL

The Bowie Baysox will honor seven members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League at their game on Saturday, May 30, at 7:05 p.m.
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Gomez faces the fewest

Akron's Jeanmar Gomez retired 27 straight batters for the first MiLB perfect game since July 15, 2007. Full story >

Richard slams a pair

Durham's Chris Richard tied an IL record with two grand slams, including the game-winner vs. Louisville. Full story >

Predictable pop by Vitters

Peoria's Josh Vitters had five straight three-hit games and the 19-year-old slugger had a home run in four of them. Full story >


What's On Deck

R. Cucamonga vs. Lake Elsinore
Friday, May 22: 11:05 p.m. ET
The Angels' Vladimir Guerrero and Kelvim Escobar will both be making rehab appearances when the Quakes take on the Storm.

Durham vs. Lehigh Valley
Saturday, May 23: 7:05 p.m. ET

After fanning nine batters over five hitless innings his last time out, David Price will turn his attention to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs next.

Charlotte vs. Indianapolis
Sunday, May 24: 2:15 p.m. ET
With 15 straight scoreless innings under his belt in his last two MiLB starts, White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras sets his sights on Triple-A's Indians.

Norfolk Tides

After a slow start and a hamstring injury, Orioles prized catching prospect Matt Wieters has finally gotten hot and, not surprisingly, so have the Triple-A Tides. Norfolk owns an eight-game winning streak thanks in-part to Wieters, who has led the team in hits (6), average (.353) and RBIs (5) in the last five games.

Statistical leaders

Memorable Memorial Days in the Minors

May 26, 2008:
   Nate Schierholtz hit for the cycle for Fresno
   Daniel Murphy had three homers and 5 RBIs
   Tommy Everidge erupted for three homers and 10 RBIs

May 28, 2007:
   Rick Ankiel smacked two home runs to power Memphis
   Roger Clemens pitched six scoreless innings for SWB
   Clay Buchholz fanned eight over 5 2/3 scoreless innings
   Triple-play for Mauro Zarate, Robert Andino and Val Pascucci

May 29, 2006:
   Tony Harper's hit streak reached a SAL-best 20 games
   Tacoma's Francisco Cruceta struck out 11 over 8 innings
   Drew Niles hit a walk-off RBI triple in the 10th
   Chris Jones allowed two baserunners over six hitless

May 30, 2005:
   Derek Bruce tied the CAL record with 10 consecutive hits