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Ramon Flores homers twice in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's loss

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 two solo home runs, and first baseman Kyle Roller was 3-for-4 with a walk and a double as the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, lost to Rochester, 11-6, on Wednesday.

Centerfielder Slade Heathcott was 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Rightfielder Ben Gamel and shortstop Nick Noonan each were 2-for-3 with a walk for the RailRiders (2-5).

Jaron Long, son of ex-Yankees and current Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, allowed seven hits, one walk and six runs in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. It was his second rough Triple-A start after the righthander had dominated the lower minors. Still, there were good signs. He threw 71.7 percent of his pitches for strikes (61-for-85) and recorded eight outs on the ground.

Elsewhere in the minors


Greg Bird was 2-for-4 and Jake Cave went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, but Trenton lost to Akron, 2-1. Brady Lail allowed five hits, one walk and two runs in 3 2/3 innings, striking out four. Caleb Cotham, Fred Lewis and Alex Smith combined for seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.


Rookie Davis allowed three hits, one walk and one unearned run in five innings, striking out seven to lead Tampa over Fort Myers, 3-1. Rightfielder Mark Payton was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, shortstop Tyler Wade went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and first baseman Mike Ford was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.


Lefthander Chaz Hebert allowed two hits and two walks in five scoreless innings, striking out eight as the RiverDogs beat Augusta, 8-0. Joey Maher pitched the final four innings, allowing a pair of hits and a walk and striking out three.

Third baseman Allen Valerio was 2-for-5 with a home run, leftfielder Brandon Thomas was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and shortstop Jorge Mateo was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.


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