Sunday May 29, 2011 | 01:21 AM

The last legitimate third-base prospect for the Sea Dogs was Kevin Youkilis. Will Middlebrooks has the tools to become the next one. See Today's column.

And it look like Ryan Lavarnway has found his stroke again, after a slow start He hit his ninth and 10th home runs on Saturday. See Today's Story.

Lavarnway played 44 games for Portland last year (.285 average, 8 home runs, 39 RBI, .888 OPS). Through 42 games this season, he's batting .263 with 19 homes runs, 27 RBI, .808 OPS.

In Triple-A, Kyle Weiland keeps striking out batters. He lasted five innings Saturday - 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 8 K. That's 57 strikeouts in 52 innings.

Salem's Reynaldo Rodriguez (.321) played the outfield again Saturday. He also his his 8th home run.

Salem is without recently-promoted Bryce Brentz, who went on the disabled list. He injured his wrist during batting practice a few days ago. No details yet, but wrist injuries are scary things. They have a history of lingering.

Greenville's Anthony Ranaudo turned in a finer performance - 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 K. He is 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA.

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