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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Welcome to the rivalry, Austin

Amazing as it is that Austin Jackson (as well as Ramiro Pena and P.J. Pilittere) is still in big league camp a week before the rosters are finalized, it's certainly not without merit. He has Reggie Jackson's blessing, a host of supporters in the media, and last night he gave everyone watching in person in Tampa and across the country on the MLB Network a taste of what the future has in store.

Facing Red Sox reliever Devern Hansack with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth last night, Jackson wrapped a grand slam around the left-field foul pole, his third home run and 10th RBIs of the spring.

It's the second grand slam of the spring for the Yanks, the first one coming from top hitting prospect Jesus Montero against the Pirates.

Pena also collected a hit on the night, upping his spring average to .304 and putting him into serious consideration for the major league utility job.

Coming tomorrow, the second edition of Fungoes. Keep an eye out.


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