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Robbins hits first homer

Former Winthrop catcher Alan Robbins will most likely remember Aug. 15 for a very long time.

It was the night the left-handed hitting Robbins collected his first professional home run.

Robbins, playing designated hitter for Lakewood, hit a two-run homer off Greenville's Jimmy James in the BlueClaws' 7-5 victory.

A 32nd-round pick of Philadelphia in the 2006 draft, Robbins smacked a double in the top of the third inning.

With one out in the fifth inning and Lakewood leading 3-2, Robbins hit a pitch over the right-center field wall for his initial pro homer.

Robbins finished the night with a double and a homer in five plate appearances. He scored a run and drove in two.

Last season, Robbins didn't homer in 45 plate appearances with the Phillies' entry in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He didn't connect in 22 at-bats with Williamsport of the short-season New York-Penn League earlier this season before being promoted to Lakewood.

• COMIC BOOK DAY: The Charlotte Knights will hold "Marvel Comics Day" today during the 2:15 p.m. Indianapolis-Knights game at Knights Stadium.

The first 5,000 fans will receive a limited edition comic book. The comic books feature Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine will also make appearances during the game.

Youngsters 12 and under may dress up as their favorite Marvel character and receive free admission. The youngster judged as having the best costume will win a free suite for the Knights' Sept. 2 game against Durham.

Gates open at 1 p.m. and the limited edition comic books will only be available today.

• POSSIBLE PROMOTIONS: Several Knights could be summoned to the parent Chicago White Sox when big league rosters are expanded in September.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen mentioned that some possible call-ups may include pitcher Lance Broadway, outfielder Ryan Sweeney and catcher Donny Lucy. Sweeney spent some time with the White Sox last season and earlier this year. Broadway and Lucy have never been in the major leagues.

• ON DECK: The Knights continue their eight-game homestand today against Indianapolis.

After a day off Monday, the Knights open a four-game home series with Norfolk Tuesday.

Following the homestand, the Knights go on their final road trip, an eight-game junket to three cities -- Richmond, Norfolk and Durham.

The Knights end their season with a two-game homestand Sept. 2-3 against Durham.

• EXTRA BASES: Knights 1B Casey Rogowski collected his first two-homer game in the Knights' 15-5 loss at Durham last week. Rogowski also homered the next night against Louisville. ... Former Clemson 3B Jeff Baker has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by Colorado. Baker suffered a concussion when hit in the helmet and face with a pitch from Chicago Cubs RHP Jason Marquis. ... Ex-South Carolina standout Steven Pearce, now with Indianapolis, homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs in the Indians' 9-1 victory over Durham last week. ... Vanderbilt LHP David Price, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, signed with Tampa Bay prior to Wednesday's 11:59 p.m. deadline. Price inked an $11.25 million deal around 5 p.m.

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