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Monday in the minors: Starling returns, has two hits

Center fielder Bubba Starling returned to Low-A Lexington on Monday and had two hits as the Legends beat Ashville 3-1.

Starling, who doubled in the fourth and had an RBI single in the seventh, last played on May 12 before leaving for Kansas City to have his vision checked out. According to the Legends, Starling did indeed have Lasik surgery. Starling extended his hitting streak to five games.

Ashville was held to two hits, both coming off starter Miguel Almonte. In 5 2/3 innings, Almonte walked four but struck out eight and allowed one run. Chas Byrne (two hitless innings) and Clayton Schulz (1 1/3 hitless innings) completed the victory.

Trailing 1-0, Lexington got RBIs from first baseman Fred Ford and shortstop Humberto Arteaga in the sixth inning and took a lead it didn’t relinquish.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers rallied from a 7-3 deficit and beat Tucson 11-8.

The Padres scored a run in the top of the sixth and grabbed that four-run lead. But Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella had consecutive one-out singles. Colon stole third and scored on Max Ramirez’s double.

After a strikeout, Chad Tracy hit a three-run homer that tied the game 7-7.

Tucson regained the lead with a run in the top of the seventh, but the Storm Chasers struck back as Willy Taveras doubled and scored on a single by Irving Falu. After Falu stole second and took third on an error, he scored on a home run by Colon as the Storm Chasers took a 10-8 lead.

Taveras’ solo homer in the eighth provided the final run.

Everett Teaford got the win, despite giving up a run in 1 1/3 innings. Louis Coleman picked up his third save with two hitless innings. He struck out three as his ERA fell to 1.03.

Ramirez had three hits, while Taveras and Colon each had two.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Sugar Ray Marimon allowed seven runs (six earned) in 5 2/3 innings as the Naturals lost 8-5 to Tulsa.

The Naturals trailed 2-0 in the second inning, but first baseman Matt Fields had an RBI single and third baseman Rey Navarro doubled home two more to make it 3-2. In the third, shortstop Orlando Calixte walked, stole second and scored on a Fields single as the Naturals made it 4-2.

Tulsa scored four in the fourth and added a run in the fifth in grabbing a 7-4 advantage and went on to the victory.

Fields finished with three hits and three RBIs for the Naturals. Navarro and designated hitter Mitch Canham each had two hits.

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