Minor-league notes: Ex-Cat Rogers Ks 11; Kuhn's 1st hit a HR; Giants call up Duvall

dvarney@herald-leader.comJune 25, 2014 

Kentucky's Taylor Rogers (34) pitched in the first inning of the Florida at Kentucky baseball game at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky., on May 3, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

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Former University of Kentucky pitcher Taylor Rogers struck out a career-high 11 batters in Double-A New Britain's 3-1 victory against Altoona on Wednesday.

Rogers, a Minnesota Twins prospect, gave up one run on six hits and one walk. He improved to 7-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 15 starts.

■ Max Kuhn (UK) hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning and followed that up with a single in the eighth for his first minor-league hits in a 11-4 victory for the rookie-level Arizona League A's against the Diamondbacks. Kuhn had started the season 0-for-7.

■ Corey Littrell (Louisville Trinity, UK) held Carolina to one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings in Class A Advanced Salem's 5-1 victory. Littrell, a Boston Red Sox prospect, improved to 4-4 with a 4.27 ERA.

■ Trevor Gott (Tates Creek, UK) pitched one scoreless inning for San Antonio, the San Diego Padres' Double-A affiliate. He had one walk and one strikeout in a 1-0 victory at Tulsa. Gott hasn't given up a run and has four strikeouts in three relief appearances for the Missions.

Gott started the season at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and had 16 saves there.

■ Tim Peterson (UK) pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no hits and striking out three in Class A Advanced St. Lucie's 8-6 loss to Fort Myers. Peterson, a New York Mets prospect, hasn't given up a run in three appearances since getting promoted from Class A Savannah. He was 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 18 appearances for the Sand Gnats.

Lance Ray (UK) was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in Fort Myers' win. The Minnesota Twins prospect is batting .342.

■ Former University of Louisville pitcher Dace Kime, who started the season with nine straight losses for Class A Lake County, has now won three straight. The Cleveland Indians prospect gave up two runs and struck out four in Class A Lake County's 7-3 win at Bowling Green.

■ Jerad Grundy (UK) gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in short-season Class A Vermont's 3-0 loss to Connecticut. Grundy, an Oakland A's prospect, had three strikeouts and is 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

Ex-Butler, U of L star Duvall promoted to majors

The San Francisco Giants promoted third baseman Adam Duvall, a former Butler High School and U of L star, from Triple-A Fresno. He was batting .297 with 23 home runs and 67 RBI in 67 games.

Duvall made it to San Francisco in time to watch Tim Lincecum's no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.

"Obviously, I'll never forget my first day being called up, but especially not now," he told MLB.com. "As the game went on, it seemed like he got better and better. I know he's got lights-out stuff, but being able to witness something like that in my first day here, it's a little hectic and it's awesome."

The 25-year-old told MLB.com it was tough telling his parents the good news about his call-up.

"It was like somebody punched me in the chest. I just couldn't get any words out. I was excited and at a loss for words," Duvall said. "You dream about this for so long as a little kid. To finally be able to hear the words out of the manager's mouth that you're going up, it's awesome and it's something you can't prepare for. It's just an awesome feeling."

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