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After spending nearly two months on the disabled list, Joe McCarthy was activated by Durham for its doubleheader Tuesday.

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I feel like I may mention this every time he starts now, but lefty Resly Linares has been really good for Bowling Green lately. In four August starts, he has a 0.75 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in 24 innings with a 32.3 percent strikeout rate and 4.6 percent walk rate.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (70-55)

Nate Lowe’s homer helped Durham to a Game 1, 4-2 win over Gwinnett. The Stripers had a 2-0 lead, but in the fourth inning, Christian Arroyo’s RBI single got the Bulls on the board, and Lowe followed with a go-ahead two-run home run. Chih-Wei Hu allowed a pair of solo home runs and struck out seven in five innings.

Austin Meadows homered again, but it wasn’t in enough in the Bulls’ 5-4 loss in Game 2. In the first inning, he hit his sixth home run in 18 games with Durham, and Jason Coats’ home run an inning later gave the Bulls a 4-2 lead. Unfortunately, they only had one hit over the next five innings. Jake Faria struck out six and allowed two runs in five innings.

RF Austin Meadows (1): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB
CF Austin Meadows (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
3B Christian Arroyo (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
3B Christian Arroyo (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
1B Nate Lowe (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
DH Nate Lowe (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
LF Joe McCarthy (1): 0-for-3, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo (1): 0-for-2
LF Jason Coats (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Chih-Wei Hu (1): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
RHP Jake Faria (2): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
LHP Colin Poche (1): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Ian Gibaut (1): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-25)

A grand slam sunk Montgomery in its 5-2 loss to Chattanooga. In the third, Twins prospect Brent Rooker gave the Lookouts a 4-0 lead with one swing off Blake Bivens, who pitched three innings. The Biscuits outhit the Lookouts 10-9, but they were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

2B Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-5, 1 K
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-4, 1 3B, 1 BB
CF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-1, 1 K (entered as pinch runner)
DH Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Blake Bivens: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (33-23)

A 2-0 lead wasn’t enough in Charlotte’s 3-2 loss to Bradenton. Rene Pinto doubled in a run in the first and singled and scored in the fourth, but the Stone Crabs failed to produce more runs with any of their four hits over the final five innings. The rehabbing Vidal Nuno struck out four in three scoreless innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS
1B Brendan McKay: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-4, 1 K
C Rene Pinto: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
CF Jake Fraley: 3-for-4, 1 K

LHP Vidal Nuno: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (34-24)

Bowling Green limited Lansing to one hit in a 7-3 win over the Lugnuts. In April, Resly Linares threw seven no-hit innings in his second start of the season, and on Tuesday, he only allowed two runs — one earned — on a hit in six-plus innings with seven strikeouts. Moises Gomez’s 15th home run of the season gave the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead in the third, and Trey Hair added insurance in the seventh inning with a two-run homer.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 CS
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
DH Moises Gomez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
LF Jim Haley: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP

LHP Resly Linares: 6+ IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (36-26)

Nick Padilla, Tanner Dodson, and Justin Montgomery combined to shut out Connecticut, 6-0. After Padilla struck out five in five scoreless innings, Dodson was sharp again, pitching three perfect frames of relief. Hudson Valley scored three runs without a hit in the second inning thanks to five walks, a hit batter, and two sacrifice flies.

SS Tyler Frank: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
CF Michael Smith: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Jacson McGowan: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
3B Allen Smoot: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP

RHP Nick Padilla: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Tanner Dodson: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (37-20)

Princeton’s game was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (30-23)

The GCL Rays outhit the GCL Twins 10-6, but fell by a 5-4 score. The GCL Rays walked seven batters — one of which later scored, and another with the bases loaded. A half inning after the GCL Rays went ahead 4-3, the GCL Twins scored twice to take the lead for good. Starter Jose Lopez struck out five and was charged with an unearned run in four innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 2-for-4, 1 RBI
DH Michael Berglund: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB

LHP Jose Lopez: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 K


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Gwinnett 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Zach Lee (3-4, 4.73) vs. Kolby Allard (6-4, 2.80)
TBA vs. Luiz Gohara (2-4, 5.14)

Both games will be seven innings.

Montgomery vs. Chattanooga 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Benton Moss (6-5, 3.14) vs. TBA

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brian Shaffer (1-1, 3.48) vs. Pedro Vasquez (0-2, 7.56)

Bowling Green vs. Lansing 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Kyle Weatherly (3-1, 3.34)

Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Princeton @ Pulaski 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)

GCL Rays vs. GCL Twins 6:30 p.m. ET

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
61-64 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 510 R (9th) .699 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (6th) 1.34 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Luiz Gohara (2), RHP Kyle Wright (4), 3B Austin Riley (6), LHP Kolby Allard (7), LHP Max Fried (8), C Alex Jackson (10), RHP Touki Toussaint (14), RHP Patrick Weigel (16), OF Dustin Peterson (24), LHP Philip Pfeifer (29), RHP Chase Whitley

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
23-33 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 544 R (4th) .718 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (5th) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: 1B Brent Rooker (7), LHP Tyler Jay (10), RHP Felix Jorge (12), 2B Luis Arraez (15)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
19-35 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 491 R (9th) .693 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.52 ERA (12th) 1.39 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Gage Hinsz (27)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
Offense: 662 R (1st) .733 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.21 ERA (14th) 1.39 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Ryan Noda (13), SS Kevin Vicuna (25), RHP Emerson Jimenez (31)

Connecticut Tigers
25-34 (4th in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 186 R (14th) .582 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (12th) 1.33 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jose King (17), OF Parker Meadows

Pulaski Yankees
29-30 (4th in AL East)
Offense: 287 R (8th) .684 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (1st) 1.34 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Luis Medina (7), C Anthony Seigler

GCL Twins
30-23 (T-2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 226 R (11th) .663 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 3.03 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Landon Leach (13)

Daily news and links wrote about Wander Franco, who is having a solid season so far.

Nick Solak appeared on Baseball America’s Hot Sheet and’s prospect team of the week.