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The Transition Game

After winning the Double-A championship in 2007 with the San Antonio Missions, several players made the leap up to Triple-A Portland this year. It's been a smooth transition for some, a little rocky for others. Dirk Hayhurst, Will Venable, Josh Geer and Matt Antonelli answered questions on a variety of topics regarding the move up in levels.

Relief pitcher Dirk Hayhurst has had a solid season. Although his 3.75 ERA is up from what it was in San Antonio (3.19), his 98 strikeouts in 84 innings are a vast improvement from last year (55 SO in 59.1 IP). Still, it translated into a big league call-up. Outfielder Will Venable has also put together a nice year. After being asked to concentrate more on his power this season, Venable's 1...

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