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Updated: April 18, 2010, 11:22 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The Oklahoma City RedHawks' bus didn't get rolling until some time around 10 p.m. on Thursday, and Justin Smoak couldn't really sleep that well, so he killed time on the eight-hour bus ride by playing "FIFA Soccer" on PlayStation. "Actually, I'm pretty bad at it," he said.

After the team's arrival in Memphis at 6 a.m., Smoak and some of his teammates grabbed a quick breakfast before collapsing in their rooms. And Smoak was back at the ballpark Friday afternoon.

There will be a day soon, it figures, when Smoak's travel will go a little more smoothly, when he will ride chartered jets rather than buses. The 2010 wave of the best minor leaguers -- Smoak among them -- is pushing its way toward the big leagues day by day. On Friday, the force that is Stephen Strasburg overpowered hitters in a Double-A start, with his fastball consistently reaching 98 mph; Strasburg struck out three in 2 1/3 innings in an outing impacted by weather.

Chris Davis is off to a terrible start that is a lot like his start in 2009: So far, the Texas first baseman is batting .194, after going hitless Friday night in the Rangers' loss to the Yankees, and so far, Davis has 10 strikeouts in 31 at-bats, with a .555 OPS.

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