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RedHawks' Lucas Harrell learning how to swing a bat all over again

BY TARIQ LEE, Staff Writer, Modified: July 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm •  Published: July 27, 2011

Lucas Harrell pitched sixth scoreless innings Wednesday night for the Oklahoma City RedHawks. He gave up four hits and walked three. Nine strikeouts also contributed to a strong outing as Oklahoma City whipped Nashville 6-3 in a Pacific Coast League baseball game at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.

But Harrell's hitting is another story.

Claimed off waivers from the American League's Chicago White Sox earlier this month, Harrell had to put a bat on his shoulder once again.

“Ha,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco quickly responded when asked about Harrell's hitting. “We just need him to bunt; he needs to work on his bunting. He may hurt himself if he swings.”

Harrell laughed a lot when talking about his hitting prowess as the Ozark High School (Mo.) graduate hasn't hit since his high school days, eight years ago. Now he's with the Houston Astros, a National League organization.

“It's definitely a transition for me,” Harrell said. “I got to do batting practice full time this year before we played Arizona. I took batting practice a couple times, but I haven't done a lot of hitting.”

Until Wednesday's game, Harrell hadn't registered a hit in two starts for the RedHawks.

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