1. The devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., last week hit too close to home for Josh Fields. The 2004 first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox, who is playing at Lehigh Valley this season, grew up in Stillwater, Okla., and went to Oklahoma State, both of which are about 75 miles from Moore. What scared Fields most is that his mother, Rhonda, was at Moore High School when the tornado struck with winds of 200 to 210 m.p.h. According to The Express-Times of Easton, Pa., she was at the high school to sign paperwork after accepting the job as girls' basketball coach.
2. The Phillies' triple-A Lehigh Valley team held its annual game involving the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. IronPigs infielder Pete Orr pitched the entire 30-minute game as youngsters with special needs and other developmental disabilities took their turns at the plate.
3. First baseman Jonathan Singleton, one of the players the Phillies traded to Houston in the Hunter Pence deal two seasons ago, is scheduled to return from a 50-game drug suspension this week. The Astros plan to start Singleton at single-A Quad Cities and move him to triple-A Oklahoma City quickly.
4. Larry Greene, the leftfielder for the Phillies' single-A Lakewood squad and the team's first overall pick in 2011, has not hit a home run this season and is batting only .211. He can take a walk, however, as evidenced by his .370 on-base percentage.
5. The Pacific Coast League is considered a hitter's paradise, but two pitchers with Phillies ties are doing all right working out West in some of those thin-air locations. Josh Lindblom, traded to Texas as part of the Michael Young deal during the offseason, is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA, and Jarred Cosart, traded to Houston in the Hunter Pence deal two seasons ago, is 4-2 with a 2.55 ERA.
- Bob Brookover