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A boon for Yankees, a blow to Scranton

Duncan_2 Shelley Duncan was called up to the Yankees Thursday from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan hit his first big-league home run Saturday afternoon against the Devil Rays. Here's the video of the Yankees' five-run sixth, capped by Duncan's shot to left.

Duncan's callup is a blow to Scranton, which is 9-1 in its last 10 games and entered Saturday 2 1/2 games ahead of the Bisons in the International League North. Duncan was second in the IL to Toledo's Mike Hessman in both home runs (25) and RBIs (79), having already broken Scranton's franchise record for homers.

The Bisons, meanwhile, are still planning to play a double-header tonight against Syracuse but the start of game one was pushed back to 6:05 because a water pipe exploded behind the mound overnight and workers arrived in the morning to find a flooded infield. Oops. They've spent all day trying to dry the field.

Here's Buffalo's lineup for game one:

  • Hector Luna, ss
  • Jason Cooper, lf
  • Luis Rivas, 2b
  • Ryan Mulhern, 1b
  • Keith Ginter, dh
  • Andy Marte, 3b
  • Mike Rose, c
  • Brad Snyder, rf
  • Jonathan Van Every, cf
  • Aaron Laffey, p

---Mike Harrington

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