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Rays down on the farm April 16: O'Conner homers in loss

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The Rays' top catching prospect goes deep for the second time this season

There were not many highlights for the Rays on Wednesday
There were not many highlights for the Rays on Wednesday
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In related-to-Rays news, Allan Dykstra's brother James threw a no-hitter yesterday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (3-4)

Everett Teaford allowed a two-run home run two batters into the game, and it did not get any better from there in Durham's 8-0 loss to Norfolk. Teaford exited after four innings, having allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits and two walks with six strikeouts. One bright spot was the work of Bryce Stowell, who struck out three and walked one in 3 1/3 hitless innings of relief. All four Bulls hits were singles.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-5)

Montgomery could never get one more big hit in its 3-2 loss to Jacksonville. Justin O'Conner hit his second home run of the season in the fourth, and the Biscuits added an unearned run in the eighth. However, they were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Jaime Schultz worked an inefficient four innings, allowing a run on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. Parker Markel took the loss with an unearned run, and Tommy Coyle hit a pair of doubles.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-2)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-5)

Brent Honeywell was good, but he was outdueled in Bowling Green's 4-0 loss to Dayton. The two-out run the Dragons scored in the fourth proved to be enough, but they later tacked on a pair of unearned runs against Honeywell. He finished with three runs -- one earned -- allowed on two hits and three walks in six innings with nine strikeouts. Grant Kay had three of the Hot Rods' five hits.

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Notable performances

A IF Grant Kay: 3-for-3, 1 2B
AAA RHP Bryce Stowell: 3 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
A RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 9 K

AA OF Johnny Field: 0-for-4, 3 K
AAA LHP Everett Teaford: 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 6 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Buschmann (1-0, 0.00) v. T.J. McFarland (0-1, 10.80)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt* (0-1, 0.00) v. Chipper Smith (1-0, 0.00)

Charlotte @ Daytona 5:05 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Alex Colome v. Sal Romano (0-1, 13.50)
Ryne Stanek (0-1, 3.60) v. Amir Garrett (0-0, -.--)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (0-0, 1.80) v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) (updated through 4/13)
4-3 (T-1st in IL South)
Offense: 25 R (3rd) .664 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (12th) 1.44 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Christian Walker (3), OF Dariel Alvarez (5), RHP Zach Davies (6), RHP Mike Wright (8), RHP Tyler Wilson (12), OF Henry Urrutia (14)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 4/13)
4-1 (T-1st in SL South)
Offense: 14 R (T-6th) .632 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 0.84 ERA (1st) 0.86 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Williams (8), 2B Justin Bohn (12), RHP Kendry Flores (17), RHP Brian Ellington (22), 1B Viosergy Rosa (23), RHP Austin Brice (29)

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati) (updated through 4/12)
2-3 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 8 R (11th) .602 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.12 ERA (9th) 1.12 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Nick Howard (5), LHP Amir Garrett (7), RHP Nick Travieso (8), SS Alex Blandino (11), OF Phil Ervin (14), RHP Sal Romano (15), 3B Taylor Sparks (18), OF Sebastian Elizalde (25), C Chad Wallach (27)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 4/13)
4-3 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 20 R (9th) .666 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (10th) 1.64 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)