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Josh Anderson Da Man
Round Rock has won seven straight games to take a 4-1/2 game lead in the PCL American South, and Luke Scott was the PCL Player of the Week. His 19 homers are still tops in the Pacific Coast League, and I am sure that the Astros need to find a way to bring him to Houston, the sooner the better.

Centerfielder Josh Anderson and eight of his Corpus buddies led the Texas League South Division All-stars over their Southern rivals in the 74th annual Texas League All-Star game Tuesday. Anderson drove in the game's only run with a third inning ground out, and also singled. Corpus Christi had a game-high nine players represented, and the South Division game-opening lineup featured Hooks one through four. Anderson was joined on the All-Star roster by shortstop Ben Zobrist, outfielder Hunter Pence, catcher JR House, DH Josh Bonifay, and pitchers Juan Gutierrez, Matt Albers, Paul Estrada, and Darwin Peguero. Corpus skipper Dave Clark managed the squad, as well.

Pence singled but was also caught stealing; JR House was hitless but gunned down a Northern runner trying to swipe. Gutierrez started and pitched two perfect innings, Albers gave up a hit over one scoreless inning, and Peguero notched the game's save, pitching a hitless ninth. Estrada did not get into the game.

Lexington catcher JR Towles won the South Atlantic League home run derby last night.

The derby was conducted prior to the SAL All-Star game, in which Towles was joined by teammates Eric King, Mark Ori, Ole Sheldon, Tommy Manzella, and Thomas Fairchild. DH Sheldon was the only one to notch a hit, going one for three, and Fairchild started the game, giving up a hit over two scoreless. The North Division (whence our beloved Legends hail) won the game 4 - 0.

The Short season Tri-City ValleyCats opened their 2006 season last night, losing 7 - 6 to Oneonta when reliever Celson Polanco gave up a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth. The game was played without first round pick Max Sapp, who, as you may recall, was probably talking to Brownie and JD about the same time Polanco gave up his homer.

The Greeneville Astros, and the rest of the Appalachian League open up tonight.