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TAYLOR, LEAD-OFF HITTERS HELP CANNONS CLIP BUZZ

Calgary's Scott Taylor shut down Salt Lake through seven innings Tuesday night as the Cannons defeated the Buzz 5-2.

The left-hander scattered five hits, walked two and struck out five.Calgary's lead-off hitters scored in each of the first three innings against John Courtright.

Erik Johnson doubled, then scored on a two-out infield hit by Rich Aude in the first.

In the second, Dale Sveum led off with a home run. Then, in the third, Francisco Matos led off with a single and, with one out, was driven in on a hit to center by Darryl Ratliff.

Brian Raabe batted in both Salt Lake runs - one in the third and one in the fifth - while Mitch Simons had two hits.

The Buzz are off Wednesday before starting an eight-game homestand Thursday, facing first Albuquerque and then Vancouver in a pair of four-game series.

Other PCL games

Phoenix 4, Vancouver 3 (11 innings)

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark Leonard's 11th-inning double broke a 2-2 tie as the Firebirds beat the Canadians.

A passed ball and a ground ball later that inning allowed Leonard to score the decisive run off Julian Heredia, 4-2, the fourth Vancouver pitcher.

Edmonton 3, Las Vegas 2

Las Vegas 3, Edmonton 0

At Edmonton, Alberta, the Stars scored the only run they needed in the fifth inning in the second game of a doubleheader.

Scott Bream singled to right field off Edmonton's Willie Adams, allowing Craig Colbert to trot home from second.

Las Vegas added two insurance runs in the seventh as shortstop Jorge Velendia lined a two-out bases-loaded single to center, scoring pinch runner Billy Hall and Paul Russo.

In the opener, Jason Wood's RBI double off the left-field wall boosted Edmonton to a 3-2 victory.

Tucson 7, Colorado Springs 6,

10 innings

At Tucson, Ariz., Dave Hajek singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The win gave the Toros their sixth in a row and a sweep of the four-game series

Albuquerque 7, Tacoma 5

At Tacoma, Wash., the Dukes and the Rainiers each hit three home runs, accounting for 11 of the game's 12 scores.

All five Tacoma runs scored on home runs, a two-run first-inning round-tripper by Darren Bragg, a solo home run by Arquimedes Pozo in the third and a two-run wallop by Greg Pirkl in the sixth.

Albuquerque countered with a leadoff home run by Juan Castro in the third and a pair of four-base blows in the sixth. The sixth inning home runs were a two-run effort by Brian Traxler and a three-run shot by Reggie Williams.

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Additional Information

Buzz lose Watkins and gain Hansell

The Minnesota Twins' early week trades sent ripples throughout the Salt Lake Buzz roster, most notably the promotion of reliever Scott Watkins to the majors.

The Twins sent pitchers Kevin Tapani and Mark Guthrie to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor-league pitchers Jose Parra, Greg Hansell and infielder Ron Coomer. Minnesota announced that Parra and Coomer will join the Twins, with the right-hander Hansell being assigned to Salt Lake.

As part of the changes, the Twins purchased Watkins' contract and made the PCL's top reliever the ninth Buzz player promoted to Minnesota from Salt Lake this season.

Watkins, 25, makes his first trip to the big leagues after compiling a 4-2 record, a 2.80 ERA and a league-leading 20 saves in 45 games this season. He joined the Twins Tuesday.

Hansell, 24, was 1-1 with an 8.44 ERA for the Albuquerque Dukes this season after going 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA in 20 games for the Dodgers earlier this year. He spent all of the 1994 season with the Dukes, posting a 10-2 mark with a 2.99 ERA, the second-best in the PCL.

Originally a 10th-round pick by the Boston Red Rox in 1989, Hansell was acquired by the Dodgers with Bob Ojeda in a trade with the Mets in 1990 that sent Hubie Brooks to New York.