Shelley Duncan, the UA’s career home run leader, has hit .215 with 11 homers for Triple AAA Durham this year.

Val Cañez / Tucson Citizen 1999
  • No one knows better than UA career home run leader Shelley Duncan how fragile a baseball career can be. After opening the season with the Tampa Bay Rays, and playing 330 games for the Rays, Yankees and Indians, Duncan has since hit .215 for the Triple AAA Durham Bulls. When Durham reached the International League playoffs last week, Duncan and his teammates took a nine-hour bus ride to Indianapolis on Thursday night, beat Indy, and then took a nine-hour bus ride that night and Saturday morning back to North Carolina for Round II of the playoffs. Duncan, 33, who led Canyon del Oro to the 1997 state championship, is playing for his eighth minor-league team in 13 years.
  • Former Marana and UA pitcher Ryan Perry, the first-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2008, made his big-league debut in 2009 at Detroit, when he was just 22. After pitching in 156 games for the Tigers and Washington Nationals, Perry has struggled. He spent this season entirely in the minor leagues, yielding 51 runs in 64 innings.
  • Empire High School middle infielder Donny Sands was a guest of Arizona State at Thursday’s ASU-Sacramento State football game. After driving in a school-record 63 runs last season, Sands accepted a scholarship offer from the Sun Devils last week. He is the second Tucson-area baseball player to commit to ASU this summer; Sahuaro pitcher-outfielder Alex Verdugo did so earlier.