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Covering the bases

April 8, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

LEADING OFF: The Curve went five years without an inside-the-park home run, but they only had to wait two days between getting a couple this season. Both were on almost identical plays as Erie CF Daniel Fields crashed into the wall and could not get up, allowing an Altoona batter to circle the bases.

SAFE AT FIRST: Mel Rojas Jr. had the first inside-the-park homer Friday night, and Sunday afternoon Alex Dickerson hit a ball that drove Fields back to the wall before the outfielder crashed into it. Dickerson kept running and scored easily for his first Double-A homer.

STEALING SECOND: The Curve head to Akron for three games. OF Quincy Latimore is now the Aeros after spending the past two seasons in Altoona. Latimore led the Curve in homers each of the past two years, belting 15 each season, but was traded during the offseason to the Indians organization for RHP Jeanmar Gomez. That move has paid off for the Pirates as Gomez is a member of the major league bullpen.

ROUNDING THIRD: The Aeros were sold during the offseason. Longtime owner Mike Agganis sold the club to Maryland businessman Ken Babby.

HEADING HOME: Akron lost its first three games before beating Binghamton on Sunday.

- Cory Giger

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