Originally created 05/28/03

Jackets' Spann continues to impress



Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chad Spann continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the Boston Red Sox farm system.

The 19-year-old belted the go-ahead home run in the top of the eighth inning Monday to help the Jackets beat the Capital City Bombers in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Spann also singled home a run in the fifth inning, and his homer was his third of the season to give the Jackets their fourth win in six games.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was suspended in the second inning, meaning Spann entered Tuesday riding a nine-game hitting streak.

"He's been outstanding for us," Jackets manager Russ Morman said. "He's worked hard and I'm happy he's having success."

SHUFFLING THE STAFF: The Red Sox continue to flip-flop pitchers Luis Mendoza and Aneudis Mateo to and from the short-season Class A Lowell roster and Augusta.

In the latest move Tuesday, Mendoza was assigned to Lowell while Mateo was activated to make the start in Game 1 of the series vs. the Asheville Tourists.

Mendoza could rejoin the Jackets roster later this week to make his next scheduled start.

MACAY MCWHIFF: Former Screven County High School star and Atlanta Braves prospect Macay McBride struck out 10 batters and tossed eight shutout innings at high Class A Myrtle Beach on Monday in a 5-0 win over Winston-Salem.

McBride, a left-hander who was the 24th overall pick in the 2001 draft, improved his record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.05. He leads the Carolina League in strikeouts with 63 in 57 innings.

FORMER JACKET TRADED: For the second time in two years, former Red Sox first-round pick Rick Asadoorian is changing clubs.

The center fielder was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday to the Texas Rangers for reliever Esteban Yan and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Cardinals are looking for a closer with Jason Isringhausen on the disabled list.

The 22-year-old Asadoorian was acquired by the Cardinals from Boston in December 2001 along with former Jackets Luis Garcia and Dustin Brisson.

Asadoorian was batting .192 in 44 games at high Class A Palm Beach this season after batting .265 at Class A Peoria in 2002. With the Jackets in 2001, he batted .212 with 139 strikeouts in 406 at-bats.

Reach Rob Mueller at (706) 823-3425.