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Greg Bird flying high for Trenton

Yankees' INF Greg Bird on picture on pitcher

Yankees' INF Greg Bird on picture on pitcher day during spring training at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Feb. 20, 2013) Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Louisville scored five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back during an 8-5 win over the RailRiders.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, 2B: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk

Taylor Dugas, LF: 1-for-3 with two walks

NOTES: For the second consecutive day a position player pitched for the RailRiders. This time it was catcher Jose Gil, who threw a scoreless ninth inning, allowing just two walks.

DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder

The skinny: Trenton broke a tie and took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth during a 4-3 win over Altoona.

The standouts: Since he started out his Trenton career 0-for-8, Bird is 10-for-28 (.357) with three doubles, four home runs and six walks.

Jake Cave, DH: 2-for-5 with two doubles

Greg Bird, 1B: 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk

Mark Montgomery, RHP: Earned the save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two


The skinny: Lakeland scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth during a 1-0 win over Tampa in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Tampa won Game 2, 4-3. Tampa tied the score and went ahead for good with a two-run fifth inning.

The standouts:

Brady Lail, RHP: Allowed five hits, one walk and one run (earned) in five innings, striking out two in Game 1

Caleb Smith, LHP: Allowed three hits, one walk and three runs (all earned) in five innings, striking out nine in Game 2

SINGLE-A – Charleston RiverDogs

The skinny: Charleston scratched out single runs in the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t complete a comeback, falling 3-2 to Rome.

The standouts:

Tyler Wade, SS: 1-for-3 with a walk

Gosuke Katoh, 2B: 1-for-2 with two walks

SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Staten Island Yankees

The skinny: Staten Island scored early and often during a 5-2 win over Connecticut.

The standouts:

Connor Spencer, 1B: 3-for-4

Chris Breen, LF: 2-for-4 with two home runs

Jonathan Holder, RHP: Allowed one hit in four scoreless innings, striking out five

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