Scott DeCecco (Middle Township) started and got a no-decision for the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings (Mariners) in a 6-5 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros) in a single-A Midwest League game Thursday night.

DeCecco gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five.

DeCecco is 9-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 starts. In 132 1/3 innings, he has given up 136 hits, walked 42 and struck out 77.

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Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional) went 1-for-4 and threw out a runner at second base for the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) in a 4-3 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) in the double-A Southern League.

Szczur is hitting .283 with 66 runs scored, 41 RBIs and 21 stolen bases on 33 attempts in 113 games. He is hittting .356 (16-for-45) in his last 11 games.

Darren Ford (Vineland) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base for the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) in a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Clippers (Indians) in the triple-A International League.

Ford, who played left field and batted ninth, is hitting .241 with 17 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 24 stolen bases on 34 attempts in 73 games

A.J. Holland (Holy Spirit) is 4-8 with a 4.83 ERA in 22 starts for the Lynchburg Hillcats (Braves) of the Class-A Advanced Carolina League.

In 110 innings, he has given up 118 hits, walked 53 and struck out 75. He made his last start Tuesday.

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

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

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Alexi Colon (St. Augustine Prep) went 1-for-2 with two walks for the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers in a 3-2 win over the Rockford Aviators.

He batted ninth and played center field.

Colon is hitting .262 with five home runs, 29 RBIs and 27 runs in 68 games.

Charlie Law (Mainland Regional) is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts for the Rockland (N.Y.) Boulders in the Can-Am League.

In 21 1/3 innings, he has given up 26 hits, walked 14 and struck out seven. He made his last start Tuesday.

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