Wednesday October 27, 2010 | 07:12 AM

Juan Carlos Linares did not get a lot of attention when he reported to the Portland Sea Dogs late in the 2010 season. Linares, another Cuban signee (i.e., in the shadow of Jose Iglesias), is considered "old" for a prospect, having just turned.

In 13 games with Portland, he batted .239 with a home run.

Maybe he was just getting warmed up. Linares homered Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League. He went 1-for-4, but is still batting .435.

Ryan Lavarnway (.265) was 1-for-5, while reliever Dan Turpen pitched one inning (1 H, 1 K).

In Tuesday's blog (and in the Press Herald), I wrote about Marty Dobrow's book "Knocking on Heaven's Door" and a documentary film titled "Time in the Minors." If you want for information on those, check out the websites for Marty Dobrow and Oh! Show Productions.

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