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Apr '10 24

Andruw Jones hits Home Runs on Birthday; Kai Gronauer continues to rake in Minors

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Andruw Jones: Outfielder Andruw Jones, who played for the Netherlands during the 2006 World Baseball Classic, hit two homeruns on his 33rd birthday on Friday, one in the first and one in the ninth inning to lead the White Sox to a 7-6 win over the Mariners. The second shot was a walk-off homerun to end the game. So far he is playing his best season since 2006. Jones is batting .293 (OBP .408/SLG .756) with six homeruns, eight runs and nine RBI in 13 games for the team from the Southside Chicago.

Kai Gronauer: German catcher Kai Gronauer of the Savannah Sand Gnats is currently third in the South Atlantic League with an on-base-percentage of .458 in twelve games. He has hit safely in eight of his last games, including a 4-for-6 performance against Augusta on April 20.

Alex Liddi: Italian third baseman Alex Liddi hasn’t found his swing yet in Double-A. He had to recover from a four-strikeout game on April 15 and is batting .255 (OBP .296/SLG .470) with two homeruns, six runs and eight RBI in 14 games for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx.

Alex Maestri: Italian reliever Alex Maestri of the Tennessee Smokies has pitched multiple innings in four of his five outings this year. He has a 2-0 record with an ERA of 5.59 and ten strikeouts (four walks) in 9 2/3 innings.

Rick van den Hurk: The Eindhoven native Rick van den Hurk has made three starts for Triple-A New Orleans this season. He has a 1-0 record with an ERA of 2.40, striking out nine batters in 15 innings, while walking three.

Shairon Martis: The struggles for Shairon Martis continue in Triple-A. The right-hander, who missed the opening day roster for the Nationals out of spring training, has a 0-1 record with an ERA of 7.07 in three starts for Syracuse. He has struck out twelve in 14 innings, but also walked seven.

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