Loney goes deep

James Loney continued to make a case for a spot on the big-league roster, hitting the first pitch he saw at Triple-A Las Vegas some 440 feet for a home run in Thursday’s 4-3 loss at Salt Lake. The blast came off Angels prospect Kasey Olenberger. It was Loney’s only hit of the game. In other minor-league heroics, top pitching prospect Scott Elbert struck out nine batters in six innings for Double-A Jacksonville, but the Suns lost anyway, 3-1 to Tennessee. Elbert gave up three runs on four hits.

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