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Ankiel second in rookie league with eight homers

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Rick Ankiel, serving as the
designated hitter when he's not pitching, hit two home runs Friday
night as Johnson City beat Bluefield 5-3 in the rookie Appalachian
League.

Ankiel, demoted by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season
to find his control, is second in the league with eight home runs.
Andy Baxter of Burlington leads with nine.

Ankiel hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and a three-run
shot in the eighth. The 22-year-old lefty is next scheduled to
pitch Sunday.