Merrill replaces Binghamton Mets manager Ken Oberkfell, who is set to be a coach in the minor-league Futures Game on Sunday in Houston as part of baseball's all-star festivities.
Atlantic City 8, Somerset 2
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - The Surf took a second straight victory over the Patriots in the Atlantic League with a 17-hit attack.
Norfolk 3, Scranton 2
MOOSIC, Pa. - Gerald Williams ripped a two-run home run in the sixth inning and the Tides edged the Red Barons in the the International League.
Newark 5, Camden 3
CAMDEN - Troy Cameron's three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning was not enough for the Riversharks to overcome the Bears in the Atlantic League.
Akron 6, Reading 1
AKRON, Ohio - Dan Denham limited the Phillies to one run and four hits over six innings as the Aeros beat the Phillies in the Eastern League.
Charleston 7, Lakewood 6
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The Alley Cats rallied with three runs in bottom of the ninth to beat the BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League.
Wilmington 9, Kinston 7
KINSTON, N.C. - The Blue Rocks built an 8-3 lead through their half of the third inning and held off the Indians in the Carolina League.
WP: Matthew DeSalvo (2-2). LP: Charlie Zink (1-8). HR: T-Bronson Sardinha (3), Aaron Rifkin (13), Mitch Jones (23). A: 6,953.
Atlantic City002100203 -8171
WP: Kyle Goldwater (4-0). LP: Scott Aldred (3-3). Save: Rob Corrado (1). HR: AC-Ryan Minor (15). A: 4,462..
Norfolk 100002000 -350
WP: Pat Strange (5-7). LP: Robert Ellis (4-2). Save: Tyler Yates (1). HR: N-Gerald Williams (5), David Wright (6). A: 5,349.
Newark 000311000 -5131
WP: Pat Daneker (4-6). LP: Brett Laxton (2-4). Save: Reggie Harris (8). HR: C-Troy Cameron. A: 4,134.
Reading 100000000 -144
WP: Dan Denham (2-1). LP: Elizardo Ramirez (0-2). Save: Oscar Alvarez (1). A: 6,102.
Lakewood 000003030 -6110
WP: Matt Dalton (1-0). LP: Victor Menocal (1-3). HR: C-Joey Reiman (3). A: 1,398.
Wilmington 224001000 -9162
WP: Dusty Hughes (3-3). LP: Juan Lara (1-1). Save: Ryan Braun (15). HR: K-R Garko (15). A: 1,304.