Scott DeCecco (Middle Township) made his first start of the season for the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners) of the Advanced Class-A California League against the Lancaster JetHawks (Mariners). He picked up the win, throwing five shuout innings, striking out five, walking three and only giving up two hits. He lowered his ERA to 5.23.

Previous to this start, DeCecco had made three relief appearances for the Mavericks.

Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional H.S.) was 0-for-3 for the Iowa Cubs in a 1-0 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) in a triple-A Pacific Coast League game Friday night.

Entering Friday, Szczur, an outfielder, was hitting .204 (11-for-54) with one home run, seven RBIs, nine runs and four stolen bases on six attempts.

Darren Ford (Vineland) has been on the disabled list for the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants) since sustaining injuries while trying to make a catch in an April 10 game in the PCL.

Ford, an outfielder, is hitting .350 (7-for-20).

A.J. Holland (Holy Spirit), a pitcher for the Lynchburg Hillcats (Braves) in the Class-A Advanced Carolina League, started the season on the disabled list with an unspecified injury.

Darren Fischer (Cumberland Regional) is a pitcher with the Princeton (W.Va.) Rays, who start their rookie-level Appalachian League season June 19.

Independent leagues

Alexi Colon (St. Augustine Prep) is an outfielder with the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers, who start their Frontier League season May 16.

Charlie Law (Mainland Regional) is a pitcher with the Rockland (N.Y.) Boulders, who start their Can-Am League season May 23.

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