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• Lancaster second baseman Tony Kemp was named the California Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .538 with three doubles, four RBIs and nine runs scored. He leads the league in batting average (.372) and on-base percentage (.463) and leads all of Minor League Baseball with 44 runs scored.
• Right-hander Mark Appel, the No. 1 pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, threw in the bullpen Tuesday in Kissimmee, Fla., and was feeling good, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. The Astros sent Appel to extended Spring Training after he scuffled to start the year at Lancaster.
"I think we're accomplishing what we wanted to accomplish by sending him down," Luhnow said.
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