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Updated: 08/27/2014 10:15:31PM

Patience and pitching

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Tarpon relief pitcher James White fires a strike against Ft. Myers during their Tuesday night contest in Punta Gorda. (R C Greenwood/ for the Sun)

Charlotte first baseman Brandon Murphy attempts to put out a Ft. Myers base runner on a pick off throw from James White during their Tuesday night matchup in Punta Gorda. (R C Greenwood/ for the Sun)

By Rob Shore

Sports Writer

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PUNTA GORDA — Joey Howes’ first two at-bats were doubles that threatened to separate the baseball from its cover. But for his most important contribution, he didn’t even need to lift the bat off his shoulders.

Howes drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning, providing Charlotte with the go-ahead run in a 5-3 victory over Fort Myers on Tuesday.

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