Mulvey throws shutout

Maybe they'll get a little something back for Santana after all

Kevin Mulvey, RHP, Twins (Triple-A Rochester)
Thursday's stats: 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
Thursday night was Mulvey's best start of the year, as he needed just 101 pitches for the shutout, 74 of them for strikes, while of the 20 outs that did not come via strikeout, 17 were of the groundball variety. He's not going to blow you away with his stuff, but he spots his 88-92 mph sinking fastball with effortless precision, works both sides of the plate, and adds and subtracts to keep hitters off balance. With all but two members of the Twins' rotation sitting with a five-plus ERA, he could get a look soon.

He just keeps hitting …

Brandon Snyder, 1B, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Thursday's stats: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, K

It's officially a breakout season at this point for the 2005 first-round pick, who recorded his third straight multi-hit game Thursday, is batting .440 this month and a whopping .355/.418/.612 (average/on-base/slugging) overall. As a first baseman-only type, he needed to prove that he could fit in the middle of a big lineup this year with more power, and for many scouts who have seen him, it's mission accomplished.

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