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Aaron Judge, Greg Bird swing their lumber for the Thunder

Aaron Judge has been powering the Tampa offense

Aaron Judge has been powering the Tampa offense in 2014. Credit: Mark LoMoglio

Rightfielder Aaron Judge was 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a home run, and first baseman Greg Bird went 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run to power Yankees' Double-A affiliate Trenton over Portland, 8-2.

Bird has a .386 on-base percentage and .456 slugging percentage and reached base via a a hit or walk in 15 of his 16 games this season for the Thunder (10-7).

Catcher Gary Sanchez was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Following a 3-for-28 start (.107) which included 12 strikeouts and an 0-for-13 streak, Sanchez is 8-for-17 in his last four games with two strikeouts.

Centerfielder Mason Williams, hitting .308 in the midst of a bounceback season, was 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored.

Outfielder Taylor Dugas, who performed well with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2014 but began 2015 in a bench role for Double-A, is batting .190 this season (4-for-21) but has a .357 OBP thanks to six walks. He's only struck out three times and has walked (168) more than he's struck out (136) during his minor league career.

Elsewhere in the minors


Centerfielder Slade Heathcott was 2-for-4 with a walk, and second baseman Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-5 as the RailRiders beat Pawtucket, 8-3. Following an 0-for-15 slump, Refsnyder is 5-for-8 in his last two games.


Rightfielder Danny Oh was 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base to lead Tampa over Clearwater, 3-2.


Centerfielder Dustin Fowler was 2-for-4 with two doubles but the RiverDogs fell to Savannah, 4-2.

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