Joe Blanton, a former Franklin-Simpson and University of Kentucky star who went 85-89 with a 4.51 ERA in 10 major-league seasons before retiring early last year, took his latest step in his attempt at a comeback.
He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk in five innings in Triple-A Omaha's 4-1 loss Friday night at New Orleans. Blanton was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA this spring for the Kansas City Royals.
■ Starter Matt Tenuta pitched five shutout innings, and Jake Newberry added three more, in the Class A Lexington Legends' 3-1 victory at Charleston in South Carolina.
■ San Francisco Giants prospect Jack Snodgrass, a former Bowling Green standout, pitched five shutout innings and earned the victory in Double-A Richmond's 1-0 victory against Bowie. Snodgrass gave up one hit, walked four and struck out five.
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■ Derek Self (Caverna, U of L) threw three shutout innings of relief in Double-A Harrisburg's 3-2 win against Altoona. The Nationals minor leaguer gave up three hits and struck out two.
■ Jeff Gardner (Whitefield Academy, U of L), a Washington Nationals prospect, was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI and four runs scored in Class A Hagerstown's 14-4 win at Hickory.
■ Former Lexington Legend Bubba Starling hit a three-run homer in Class A Advanced Wilmington's 8-3 win over Myrtle Beach. Another ex-Legend, Cody Reed, pitched five innings and gave up one run to earn the victory.
Thursday's late highlights
■ Adam Duvall, a former Louisville Butler and U of L standout, hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Triple-A Sacramento a season opening 1-0 victory over Salt Lake.
Leading off the ninth, Duvall drilled a 3-2 pitch from Ryan Mattheus (0-1) over the left field wall to give Sacramento the victory.
Duvall, a first baseman in the San Francisco organization, also singled and walked. He batted .298 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI at Fresno, the Giants' Triple-A club, last season. He played in 28 games for San Francisco, batting .192 with three home runs and five RBI.
■ Fort Thomas native Kyle Parker hit a solo home run in Triple-A Albuquerque's 8-2 loss to Reno. The outfielder batted .289 with 15 homers and 72 RBI at Triple-A last season before being called up Colorado. He batted .192 with one RBI in 18 games for the Rockies.
■ Former U of L star closer Nick Burdi, a Minnesota Twins prospect, gave up four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning and took the loss in Double-A Chattanooga's 4-3 loss at Montgomery.