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Harper, Ragsdale promoted to Binghamton

First baseman Brett Harper and infielder Corey Ragsdale were promoted from St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on Wednesday.

Harper, 23, hit .280 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI this year at St. Lucie, and missed two weeks this month due to suspension for an off-field incident. The promotion came in the midst of a rare cold spell, as Harper - hitting .250 with three homers and 13 RBI this month - had gone 0-for-12 with five strikeouts in a home series against Palm Beach. Harper was with Binghamton last September, hitting...