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Sacramento repeats as Triple-A champs

OKLAHOMA CITY — In Todd Steverson’s eyes, the Triple-A baseball season couldn’t have ended in better hands.

Brooks Conrad singled twice, drove in a run and made a terrific play at second to seal the Sacramento River Cats’ second straight Triple-A championship in a 4-1 win Tuesday night against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Conrad dived to his left to snag Eric Duncan’s line drive and threw to first to double off Matt Carson to end the game. He pumped his fist, and the Oakland Athletics farmhands then calmly gathered near the mound to celebrate the championship.

Conrad also had an RBI single in Sacramento’s three-run first inning against Yankees prospect Ian Kennedy (0-2), and six River Cats pitchers combined to maintain the lead.

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Chris Gissell (2-1) won the Bobby Murcer MVP award after throwing three scoreless innings of relief. He retired the final nine batters he faced after allowing a leadoff single by Chris Basak in the third inning.

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