Feb 28, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Luis Jimenez (58) against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at George Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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Buffalo Bisons (20-10)

Center fielder Anthony Gose stole home and first baseman Luis Jimenez hit a home run as the Buffalo Bisons beat Jake Arrieta and the Norfolk Tides 6-4 on Tuesday. The Bisons got to Arrieta for five runs while Justin Germano gave up four runs on eight hits and five walks. The Buffalo bullpen made the difference, throwing three and a third shutout innings while striking out six to nail down the twentieth victory for the team. International League batting leader Jim Negrych went three for four to push his batting average to .427 for the year while Jimenez went two for four to move to .381.

Roster Notes: RP Chad Beck was promoted from New Hampshire while IF Lance Zawadzki went on the 7-day DL.

Hitting:

Anthony Gose –1/2, 2 R, BB, SB
Jim Negrych – 3/4, 2B, 3 RBI
Moises Sierra – 1/4, R, 2B, K
Luis Jimenez – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, 2 K
Andy LaRoche –  1/4
Eugenio Velez – 0/3
Mike McCoy – 0/2, R, BB, SB
Mike Nickeas – 1/3, R

Pitching:

Justin Germano – 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Juan Perez – W, 1 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Jeremy Jeffress – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Neil Wagner – S, 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Luis Jimenez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (15-18)

A big four-spot in the fifth inning led to a 8-5 loss by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the New Britain Rock Cats. Starter Sean Nolin was hit hard in his first appearance of the season but seemed to be able to throw strikes, only walking one batter while striking out three in three and a third innings.  The real damage came off Chorye Spoone who gave up four runs off three hits and two walks (including a home run) in his one and two thirds innings. Matt Wright gave the team four solid innings of relief to finish the game. Four Fisher Cats contributed with a pair of hits: Kevin Pillar, Clint Robinson, Brad Glenn and Kevin Nolan. Glenn hit a pair of doubles while Pillar had a double, a single and two RBI to go with an outfield assist.

Roster Notes: Sean Nolin was activated from the DL and Chad Beck was promoted to Buffalo.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 2/5, 2B, 2 RBI, OF Asst.
Ricardo Nanita – 1/5, RBI, 2 K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/5, K
Clint Robinson – 2/5, R
Brad Glenn – 2/3, 2 2B, RBI, BB
Kevin Nolan – 2/4, R, E
Adam Loewen – 1/4, RBI, 2 K
Sean Ochinko – 0/2, 2 R, 2 BB
John Tolisano –0/4, K

Pitching:

Sean Nolin – 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
Chorye Spoone – L, 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Matt Wright – 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brad Glenn

Dunedin Blue Jays (20-11)

Blue Jays’ top prospect Aaron Sanchez continues to churn through Florida State League hitters as he led the Dunedin Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the Bradenton Marauders. Sanchez threw five and a third scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and a walk while striking out six. He brings his ERA down to 2.60 and appears to be really hitting his stride this season having only walked ten batters in his thirty-four and two-thirds innings thus far while striking out thirty-four.

Most of the offense was supplied by third baseman Andy Burns who had two hits including a home run but was picked off. Second baseman Jon Berti continues to be a menace on the basepaths, stealing his fifteenth base of the season on Tuesday while DH Derrick Chung extended his hit streak to eleven games. Catcher A.J. Jimenez left the game early but we were unable to confirm the reason before publishing this article.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 0/4, R, BB, SB
Jonathan Jones – 0/4, 2 K
Andy Burns –2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, PO, CS
Pierce Rankin – 1/2, 2B, 2 BB, K
K.C. Hobson – 0/3, BB, K
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, R, K, SB
Derrick Chung – 1/4, 2 K
Peter Mooney – 1/2, RBI, BB, K
Matt Newman – 2/4, K

Pitching:

Aaron Sanchez – W, 5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K
Scott Gracey – 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Dustin Antolin – S, 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Aaron Sanchez

Lansing Lugnuts (9-19)

Scheduled off-day.

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