OF Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional), who led off and played left field, went 2-for-6, including a double, and scored twice for the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) in a 9-2 win over the Birmingham Barons (White Sox) in the double-A Southern League on Monday.

Szczur is hitting .281 with 68 runs scored, 41 RBIs and 21 stolen bases on 33 attempts in 117 game.s

OF Darren Ford (Vineland) did not play for the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) in a 6-2 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals) in the triple-A International League.

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In 75 games, he is hitting .236 with 17 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 24 stolen bases on 33 attempts.

RHP A.J. Holland (Holy Spirit) is 4-9 with a 5.06 ERA in 23 starts. In 112 innings, he has given up 121 hits, walked 56 and struck out 76. He last started Aug. 13.

LHP Scott DeCecco (Middle Township) is scheduled to start tonight for the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings (Mariners) against the Kane County Cougars (Cubs) in the single-A Midwest League.

The left-hander is 9-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 starts. In 1321/3 innings, he has given up 136 hits, walked 42 and struck out 77.

RHP Darren Fischer (Cumberland Regional) is 0-3 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 relief appearances for the Princeton (W.Va.) Rays in the rookie-level Appalachian League.

In 17 1/3 innings, he has allowed 12 hits, walked seven and struck out 16. He has not pitched since Aug. 2.

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OF Alexi Colon (St. Augustine Prep) and the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers of the Frontier League were off Monday. Colon is hitting .255 with five home runs, 29 RBIs and 27 runs in 70 games for the first-place Boomers (49-32).

RHP Charlie Law (Mainland Regional) is 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA in five starts. In 26 1/3 innings, he has allowed 33 hits, walked 17 and struck out 14. His last start was Sunday.


A graduate of Penn State University, I worked at the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, before joining The Press in 2013.

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