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Pittsburgh Pirates: Minor League Notebook

<b>NASHVILLE</b><br> <b>JOHNNY BE GOOD</b> His overall numbers don't show it, but Nashville Sounds pitcher John VanBenschoten (3-7, 4.06 ERA) is finally starting to come into his own at the Triple-A level. After losing his first six decisions this season, the Pirates top pick in the 2001 draft is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in his last seven starts. He has allowed only 14 earned runs in 43.1 innings, struck out 36 and walked only 11.

BURNED OUT HOUSE Another Pirates top prospect, catcher J.R. House, has hit a wall as the Triple-A All-Star break looms. Before Sunday's game House was stuck in a 2-for-22 slump and is hitting only .204 since coming off the disabled list for a knee sprain. House is being outplayed by backup Keith McDonald - a career minor-league backstop who is 11-for-28 (.393) in his last 10 games and... Recommended Stories

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