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Covering the bases

May 1, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: 3B Adalberto Santos came off the DL on Tuesday after being out since April 15 with a hip injury. He went 0-for-1 with two walks Tuesday and is hitting .400 in 10 games. "Everything's fine," Santos said of his hip.

SAFE AT FIRST: SS Gift Ngoepe continues to struggle at the plate and is now hitting .139 after going 0-for-3 Tuesday. Ngoepe has struck out 31 times in 72 at-bats, a 43 percent clip. "[He] is still battling at the plate," manager Carlos Garcia said. "They're pitching him backwards, they're throwing a lot of breaking balls. He isn't able to make the adjustment yet, but it will be, it will come."

STEALING SECOND: RF Alex Dickerson (.185) and C Carlos Paulino (.186) also are struggling, so the Curve have three everyday players hitting under .200.

ROUNDING THIRD: Former Curve OF Quincy Latimore is back in town with Akron but didn't play Tuesday. Latimore is hitting .253 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 21 games. He leads Akron in homers.

HEADING HOME: Former Curve manager Marty Brown has become the winningest manager for the Triple-A Buffalo franchise. Brown, Altoona's first manager (1999-00), won his 254th game Sunday to set the mark. It previously had been held by Brian Graham, the Pirates' former farm director. Brown also spent a number of years managing in Japan.

- Cory Giger

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