Hops lock up first-half NWL division title

D-backs affiliate gets help from Tri-City to clinch playoff berth

By Andrew Battifarano | July 24, 2017 2:33 AM ET

It took some external help, but the Class A Short Season Hillsboro Hops are returning to the postseason. 

With Tri-City's 4-0 victory over Eugene on Sunday, the Hops clinched the Northwest League South Division first-half title with a 22-16 record. Even though Hillsboro fell, 5-3, to Spokane earlier in the day, it did not spoil the team's celebration.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Top M's prospect Lewis swats two more homers

Outfielder has gone yard three times over three games since return

By Josh Jackson | July 24, 2017 1:48 AM ET

Let there be no doubt about it: Kyle Lewis is healthy.

Seattle's top prospect slugged two home runs and collected four RBIs in Class A Advanced Modesto's 13-12 loss to Stockton in 10 innings Sunday. The pair of jacks gave him three since returning to the California League on Thursday.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Quakes' Bray faces minimum in one-hitter

Dodgers prospect perfect but for third-inning single in shutout

By Josh Jackson | July 24, 2017 12:20 AM ET

There was no shortage of things for Adam Bray to be proud of after his start on Sunday. He tossed a nine-inning complete game. And a one-hitter. And a shutout. And on fewer than 99 pitches -- a "Maddux."

The thing he found most satisfying though?

"The fact that it was probably my best start in pro ball -- that really hit me," the Dodgers right-hander said. "And just that my parents and my family could watch this game [on MiLB.TV] and celebrate along with me." 

Turning in his first professional complete game and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga's first complete-game shutout in more than two years, Bray faced the minimum. He allowed a lone single and struck out eight in a 5-0 win at San Jose. 

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Voyagers blast back-to-back-to-back homers

Nunez smacks slam, Cooper and Nolan follow with taters in third

By Andrew Battifarano | July 23, 2017 11:46 PM ET

Two years into his professional career and Nate Nolan can check an item off his bucket list with Rookie-level Great Falls. 

The White Sox catcher followed the lead of 23rd-ranked prospect Amado Nunez and Jacob Cooper as the trio blasted back-to-back-to-back home runs in third inning Sunday, but it was not enough as the Voyagers fell to the Orem Owlz, 12-9, at Brent Brown Ballpark.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Shuckers' Wilkerson tosses two-hitter

Brewers righty strikes out seven in second shutout of the season

By Gerard Gilberto | July 23, 2017 11:00 PM ET

Aaron Wilkerson's pitch count stood at 97 after holding Double-A Mississippi to one hit over eight innings on Sunday. He entered the Biloxi dugout before the start of the ninth with some big ideas.

"I didn't know how many pitches I was at," Wilkerson said. "As I walked in, I saw [manager Mike Guerrero] was on the phone and I told him you can go ahead and hang that up."

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Chester collects five hits for P-Rays

Tampa Bay 12th-rounder swipes two bases, plates two runs

By Josh Jackson | July 23, 2017 10:18 PM ET

On the last day of their trip from Orlando to West Virginia, Carl Chester's parents, Dana and Jill, were treated to a memorable game. In fact, their son made it a perfect one.

"Seeing five hits come across the scoreboard for me, that's pretty special, especially with my parents in the stands," Chester said. "They listen to all the games on the radio, but this [trip] was their first time seeing [me play as a pro]. ... I guess I had to give them something to go home with."

The 2017 12th-round pick went 5-for-5 with a triple, a double, two RBIs, a run scored and two stolen bases to lead Rookie-level Princeton to an 8-4 win over visiting Kingsport on Sunday.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Fisher Cats' Borucki sparkles in Double-A debut

Jays No. 16 prospect allows two hits over seven scoreless innings

By Michael Leboff | July 23, 2017 9:45 PM ET

Ryan Borucki's introduction to the Eastern League couldn't have gone much better. 

Making his Double-A debut on Sunday, the Blue Jays' No. 16 prospect allowed two hits and a pair of walks while striking out four over seven scoreless innings as New Hampshire edged Trenton, 2-1, at Arm & Hammer Park.

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Dash's Jimenez records first five-hit game

Second-ranked White Sox prospect batting .452 since big trade

By Gerard Gilberto | July 23, 2017 9:15 PM ET

In less than two weeks since his acquisition, Eloy Jimenez has been the gift that keeps on giving for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. The No. 2 White Sox prospect put a bow on the present Sunday.

MLB.com's eighth-ranked prospect recorded the first five-hit game of his career while providing a late push for the Dash in an 11-10 walk-off victory over the Red Sox in 11 innings at BB&T Ballpark. Jimenez homered, doubled twice and added two singles -- including the game-tying hit in the ninth inning. He drove in three runs and scored twice.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Shorebirds' Wells runs shutout streak to 30

O's No. 15 prospect sets down first 14 batters in one-hit outing

By Michael Leboff | July 23, 2017 7:27 PM ET

Alex Wells is making a habit of putting zeros up on the scoreboard. 

The Orioles' No. 15 prospect retired the first 14 hitters, allowed one hit over six innings and extended his scoreless streak to 30 on Sunday as Class A Delmarva beat Rome, 8-0, at State Mutual Stadium. 

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Red Sox calling up Devers from Triple-A

Top prospect to make Major League debut Tuesday in Seattle

By Michael Leboff | July 23, 2017 6:38 PM ET

Rafael Devers probably didn't have time to unpack.

Less than two weeks after they promoted him to Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox announced Sunday they are calling up their top prospect to make his Major League debut, which is expected to come on Tuesday at Seattle. 

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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