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Blair fans nine in debut for Class A Advanced Visalia

Making his debut Thursday for Class A Advanced Visalia, right-hander Aaron Blair struck out nine batters in seven innings. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks.

Blair's start wasn't enough for a victory, however. Stockton scored five runs off Visalia's bullpen and defeated the Rawhide, 6-2.

Blair, the D-backs' No. 3 prospect, began the season with Class A South Bend. He was promoted to Visalia this week after posting a 1.093 WHIP and a 4.04 ERA six starts for the Silver Hawks. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the Midwest League with 44 strikeouts.

Third baseman Brandon Drury, the D-backs' No. 7 prospect, led the Rawhide offense Thursday. He went 2-for-4 and scored a run. In 34 games this season, he is hitting .291/.344/.532 with eight home runs.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill.

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