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Ramon Flores hits for the cycle in Triple-A opener

Outfielder Ramon Flores poses at George Steinbrenner Field

Outfielder Ramon Flores poses at George Steinbrenner Field during spring training in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 28, 2015. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Leftfielder Ramon Flores hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with a walk as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A club, beat Syracuse, 8-3 on Thursday.

Flores homered to right in the first, singled to short in the second, tripled to center in the fifth, walked in the seventh and doubled to right in the eighth to complete the cycle.

Second baseman Rob Refsnyder was 2-for-4 with a walk, centerfielder Slade Heathcott went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and first baseman Kyle Roller went 3-for-5.

Elsewhere in the minors...


Designated hitter Abiatal Avelino was 2-for-4 with two doubles, and left fielder Chris Breen was 2-for-4 with a double, but Charleston fell to Lexington, 3-2.


Righthander Brady Lail struck out nine in five innings, allowing just four hits as Tampa beat Lakeland, 2-1.


- Jaron Long, the son of former Yankees and current Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, makes his Triple-A debut at home for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Syracuse at 7:05 p.m.

- Following a rainout Thursday, Miguel Sulbaran will again try to begin Trenton's season at Erie at 6:35 p.m.

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