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Archer shines

Archer has best start of career, tops Orioles

Clayton’s Chris Archer turned in the best performance of his Major League career Friday night for the Tampa Bay Rays, working seven innings of two-hit baseball in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg.

"It was good to see my work coming to fruition," Archer told MLB.com. "I've never said that word before. "I felt I was in control the whole time, honestly. I was able to stay within myself and execute pitches. It was one of those special nights that you try to tap into every game. Every pitch, I was telling myself what I wanted to do."

Archer retired 13 of the final 14 Orioles he faced in order. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday, June 12, against the Red Sox.

Four Mudcats earn All-Star nods

Four Carolina Mudcats have been selected to play in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif. on June 18. Shortstop Francisco Lindor, center fielder Tyler Naquin and first baseman Sabourin will be starters for the Carolina League squad that will take on the best of the Single-A California League in Municipal Stadium. Right-hander Cody Anderson will be on the Carolina League pitching staff.

The Mudcats’ four selections were second highest in the Carolina League behind only Myrtle Beach’s five.

“I’m very proud of our All-Stars,” manager David Wallace said. “Each are very deserving, and will be great representatives of the Cleveland Indians, Carolina Mudcats and the Carolina League.”

Naquin, selected 15th overall in the 2012 draft, has become one of the best hitters in the league. He is the third Mudcat to lead the league in hits, owning 73 and his .309 batting average is third best in the league. The Spring, Texas, native ranks second in the league with 25 extra base hits and also leads the Mudcats with 22 RBIs and four home runs.

Lindor, selected eighth overall in the 2011 draft by Cleveland, has formed a potent 1-2 punch with Naquin this season. Batting second in the order, the native Puerto Rican owns a .301 batting average, fourth best in the league. The 19-year-old owns 20 multi-hit efforts, 66 hits total, 13 stolen bases and the league’s longest on-base streak at 25 straight from April 22 to May 17.

Sabourin has been a model of consistency at the plate. His .310 average is second best in the league. The San Diego, Calif., native tied a franchise record for walks in a game with four on May 11 against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Sabourin has totaled 52 hits, 11 doubles and 20 RBIs on the year.

Anderson earns his first All-Star nod after a stellar first half campaign. The ace of the Mudcats starting rotation, Anderson owns a 5-3 record with a 2.85 ERA in 66 1/3 innings. The Quincy, Calif., native has struck out 62 batters to only 17 walks. He went 26 1/3 innings from April 27 to May 19 without allowing a walk.

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