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• Double-A Birmingham lost to Huntsville on Sunday in a game in which it managed just one hit but scored three runs. The Barons received 12 walks, with three drawn by Jared Mitchell.

• Manager Robin Ventura said it's certainly not his goal to use four or five relievers consistently in games. Ventura used four relievers Sunday and six on Saturday.

"I'm not planning on doing that all the time, but I think in certain games and people that you're playing and the way their lineup shakes out, you might do that," Ventura said. "But I'm not trying to use five guys in a short period of time."

• Ventura said that Alex Rios was running on his own in the fourth inning of Sunday's loss, when Adam Dunn struck out and Rios was caught stealing third to end the inning.

"If he's going to steal, he needs to know he needs to get it," said Ventura, adding that he certainly is not going to put up a stop sign with Rios just trying to make something happen.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.