Matthews Ready to Return Sunday

The Mobile Bay Bears, a double-A Padres affiliate, are hoping Gary Matthews Jr. (Granada Hills High) can come off the disabled list Sunday. Matthews, who was batting .395, has missed almost six weeks because of a sprained right wrist.

Mobile teammate Mike Mitchell (Rio Mesa) had two hits on Thursday night and leads the Southern League with a .359 average.

Earlier in the day, Mitchell was selected to the Southern League all-star game, which will be played June 22 at Mobile.


Scanning Thursday's box scores

Triple-A--J.P. Roberge (St. Francis) was five for five with two runs batted in for Albuquerque (Dodgers) in a 14-6 victory over Vancouver.

Double-A--David Lamb (Newbury Park) had two hits for Bowie (Orioles) in a 9-5 loss to Portland. . . . Former JetHawk Shawn Buhner had two hits, including his eighth home run, for Orlando (Mariners) in an 8-5 loss to Huntsville. . . . Will Skett (Reseda High, Valley College) singled twice for Knoxville (Blue Jays) in a 9-3 victory over West Tennessee. . . . Robert Fick (Cal State Northridge) hit a two-run double for Jacksonville (Tigers) in a 4-1 victory over Mobile. David Newhan (Pepperdine) had two hits and Mike Rossiter (Burroughs) struck out two in two innings for Mobile. . . . Adam Kennedy (Cal State Northridge) had two hits for Arkansas (Cardinals) in a 6-3 loss to Tulsa.

Class-A--Robert Crabtree (CS Northridge), who has a 1.17 earned-run average, pitched two scoreless innings for San Jose (Giants) in a 5-0 victory over Visalia. . . . Chris Garza (Notre Dame) earned his fourth save for Fort Myers (Twins) in a 4-2 victory over Clearwater.

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