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Charlotte Knights reliever Maikel Cleto heads up to White Sox

KANNAPOLIS Charlotte Knights RHP Maikel Cleto (pronounced Michael CLAY-toe), who hasn’t allowed a run in his past five appearances (7 2/3 innings), had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

Cleto, 25, compiled a 3-0 record with three saves and a 5.91 ERA in 22 games for the Knights this season. He will take the roster spot of RHP Taylor Thompson, who was optioned back to the Knights after Sunday’s White Sox game.

Cleto is the 13th Knights player to go from Charlotte to Chicago this year. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on February 26 and has 50 strikeouts in 35 innings this season with the Knights.

South Atlantic showdown

Jacob Morris stood 90 feet from home in a tie game with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning when a passed ball gave the speedy outfielder an opening. He broke for the plate and scored the game-winning run for the Kannapolis Intimidators to beat the Hickory Crawdads, 5-4. Morris finished the night 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs.

Morris led off the 10th with a base hit, moved to second base on a Brett Austin bunt and advanced to third when Carl Thomore grounded out to second.

Christian Stringer also had three hits for Hickory.

• Crawdads infielder Travis Demeritte leads the South Atlantic League with 23 home runs this season, which puts him among the finalists for the Joe Bauman Home Run Award.

The Joe Bauman Trophy is awarded to the top regular season home run hitter in the domestic-based minor leagues. The winner receives a check representing $200 for each home run he hits, while classification leaders receive a $500 award.

Demeritte's 23 homers currently ranks ninth in the minor leagues, with 2013 Crawdad Joey Gallo leading the pack with 37. Gallo, now with the Class AA Frisco RoughRiders, won the Joe Bauman Award last season with 40 dingers.

Minor League Baseball will announce the Joe Bauman Home Run Award winner on Sept. 2.

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