UA baseball team falls 5-2 in extra innings
The Arizona Wildcats were looking for a little more comeback magic Wednesday afternoon at Hi Corbett Field, but Utah Valley’s Sean Moysh wasn’t having any of it this time.
The Wolverines left fielder hit a two-out gapper to bring Zac Fuller home from first and break a 2-2 tie in the top of the 10th inning.
UVU (2-3) added two more runs, then shut down UA in its half, handing the Wildcats a 5-2 loss.
Arizona (3-2) came back from a 6-0 deficit on Tuesday to down the Wolverines 8-7 in 14 innings.
Chad Michaud (1-0) picked up the win for UVU, while UA’s Tyler Parmenter (0-1) took the loss.
Renteria gets second win for Pima Aztecs
The Pima Community College baseball team (8-6, 2-0 in conference) swept its opening conference doubleheader of the season at Arizona Western College and extended its winning streak to seven games on Saturday.
The Aztecs’ offense has been on a tear and continued their consistency scoring 18 runs on 26 hits in Yuma.
The Aztecs held off a late inning surge by Arizona Western to win 9-7 in the first game. The Aztecs led 6-5 and scored three runs in the sixth inning.
Kyle Petty (Ironwood Ridge HS) took the win (2-0). Steven Still (Ironwood Ridge HS) finished the game going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Juan Gamez (Cienega HS) and James Lynch each had two RBIs.
The Aztecs used a five-run fourth inning to their advantage, beating Western in the second game 9-3.
Marcel Renteria (Nogales HS) got the win (2-1) for the Aztecs, pitching six innings and giving up three runs (two earned) off five hits with seven strikeouts.
Chris Kucko (Sahuarita HS) pitched three innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts. Dan Kennon went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a triple. Lynch, Gamez, Cooper Smith (Canyon del Oro HS), Kellen Marruffo (Sabino HS) and Brandon Burke (Canyon del Oro HS) each had an RBI and a run scored for the Aztecs.
The Aztecs will host their first conference doubleheader of the season at the West Campus today against South Mountain Community College. The games are slated for noon and 2:30 p.m.
Newman Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball shortstop Kevin Newman has been named to the USA Baseball 60-man preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list released Friday. Newman is one of 10 players from the Pac-12 Conference recognized on the list.
The watch list features 60 of the nation’s top amateur players, and will be a “rolling” list until May 27 -- when the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award throughout the collegiate and high school seasons.
Now entering his sophomore season, Newman became the first freshman to lead the Cape Cod League in batting. The All-Pac-12 player hit .375 over 40 regular season games for the Falmouth Commodores. Newman was second on his club with 36 runs scored, and he added 18 runs batted in and stole16 bases – fourth-most in the league.
As a freshman at Arizona last spring, Newman was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. The starting shortstop in all 55 games for the Wildcats, Newman completed a sensational rookie campaign. He finished with a .336 batting average, which ranked fourth-highest on the team and No. 11 in the conference during the regular season.
A native of Poway, Calif., Newman ranked seventh in the league for base hits (73) and eighth for runs batted in (42) in 2013. He led Arizona with 23 multiple-hit games and topped the club with a .329 average...
The Arizona Wildcats head back to action Friday night at Hi Corbett Field against Kent State and they have their captain back at the helm. Head coach Andy Lopez missed all of fall practice recovering from triple-bypass surgery in October, but returned to the diamond Jan. 15, ready to contend for another Pac-12 Conference title.
The biggest issue for Lopez, however, is the lack of time he has spent with the team.
"I've never missed a fall and I feel it," Lopez said earlier this week. "I still feel like I'm trying to get a feel for a few things like who we are as a club, what our true identity is. It's good to be back, but it's been different."
Without Lopez, the 'Cats remained in sturdy hands. Pitching coach Shaun Cole and hitting coach Matt Siegel, who have a combined eight years of experience under Lopez, took over joint duties during fall camp, alongside coaches Rafael Valenzuela, Bobby Rinard and Michael Lopez.
"I've always had my assistants be ex-players and for the most part, 98 percent of the time, that's been that way it's been with me from Pepperdine through my time here," Lopez said. "Coach Siegel played for me for four years at Florida, Rinard played here for three years, Valenzuela for three years, my son for four years and Coach Cole has been here for four years, but never played. They knew exactly what we wanted and how we wanted it done. They did a great job."
Head coach Andy Lopez is back with the...
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- By the end of last season, and certainly during their impressive 21-6 charge through the month of September and into the playoffs, the Cleveland Indians had one of the better pitching staffs in the major leagues.
Indians pitchers set a franchise record with 1,379 strikeouts, the second most in the majors, and their 3.13 ERA after the All-Star break was the second lowest in the American League and fourth lowest in the majors.
The biggest question facing the Indians at the start of spring training this year is whether they have the manpower to make up for the loss of two starters and four relievers from that staff.
Gone from the starting rotation are Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. Kazmir signed with Oakland as a free agent while Jimenez remained an unsigned free agent as spring training began, and there were no indications that the Indians were being very aggressive in trying to re-sign him.
Gone from the bullpen are closer Chris Perez and setup men Joe Smith, Matt Albers and Rich Hill. Perez was released after the 2013 season while Smith, Albers and Hill left as free agents.
The Indians will use Danny Salazar to fill one of the two openings in the starting rotation. Salazar was very impressive during his 10 starts in the second half of last season.
Salazar will be under no pitch count or innings restrictions in 2014.
"The sky is the limit for him. I can't wait to see what he can do over...
So Who’s At Shortstop in 2015?
Aug 21, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (2) doubles in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
BY JASON EVANS - FEB 13TH, 2014 AT 12:00 PM
Yeah, I’m not thrilled about Derek Jeter retiring. Neither should you. I’ve watched Jeter’s entire career, going from baby-faced rookie to All-Star to captain to legendary Yankee. It will be sad to see him go. Just like the New York Yankees organization, we need to think about who may replace him. I’m not sure that option currently exists on the roster, but the potential free agent class in 2015 is pretty deep. Let’s take a gander.
Hanley Ramirez: I don’t think he will hit the market, but as of this moment, he’s eligible. Ramirez says he wants to be a Dodger for life, though he could find himself playing third between Dee Gordon and the newly signed Erisbel Arruebarruena. If the Dodgers want him and Ramirez wants to be there I can’t see him leaving, however, if he were to, the Yankees would have to be interested in the 31-year-old with his kind of hitting ability.
Stephen Drew: Yes, he’s on the market right now, and he’s looking for an opt-out in his deal for this season. The Yankees could just add him right now, have him play all over the infield if he’s willing and then take over duties in 2015. Drew is a left-handed bat, which always plays...
Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers Mark Melancon, left, and Jason Grilli, right, are all smiles on their first day of camp. / Gene J. Puskar AP
BRADENTON, Fla. -- They walked through the doors at Pirate City, looked around the clubhouse, and broke into wide, expansive grins, seeing the changes.
There were brand new lockers.
There were 12 new celebratory pictures from their 2013 season, decorating the long hallway.
Hey, for the first time, they were even making omelettes in the cafeteria.
"There's a lot of good thing that happen to you,'' Pirates veteran closer Jason Grilli says, "when you win. Things are different now.''
Life is different now.
The Pirates, for the first time in 21 years, opened their spring-training camp Thursday morning without the burden and weight of being losers.
They are America's lovable winners.
They shattered their 20-year losing drought, the longest in North American Sports, by winning 94 games and capturing a National League wild-card berth.
For the first time since the departure of Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh is a reigning honest-to-goodness playoff team.
"There's a weight off our shoulders, a monkey off our back,'' Pirates catcher Russell Martin says. "The whole year, you felt the culture change. It wasn't so much that we were a laughingstock, but we weren't being taken seriously.
"All that emotion, all of that energy that was suppressed all of those years, just exploded.''
And Pittsburgh Pirates fans haven't stopped celebrating.
Orioles to talk contract extension with J.J. Hardy
By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
February 1, 2014 7:26 pm ET
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is entering the final season of the three-year, $22.5-million contract that he signed prior to 2012. Regarding the status of Hardy moving forward, here's this tweet from MASN's Roch Kubatko:
As noted, that's coming straight from the mouth of GM Dan Duquette, and, per his own words, things should develop quickly.
While it seems that Manny Machado, the Orioles' 21-year-old Gold Glove third baseman, will eventually return to his natural position of shortstop, it's hard to argue with Hardy's value to the team. As well, Machado's surgically repaired knee may also be a factor in wanting to keep Hardy in place for a while longer.
In three seasons with Baltimore, Hardy has batted .256/.298/.434 (96 OPS+) with 77 homers. He's also picked up a pair of Gold Gloves, and, in a related matter, Hardy does indeed grade out as a notable defensive asset according to Ultimate Zone Rating.
Hardy will be entering his age-31 season.
2014 Arizona Baseball Season Outlook
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Eight months have passed, and the Wildcats have not forgotten. In fact, the taste is as bitter as it was on Memorial Day last May.
Fresh off a national championship in 2012, Arizona’s bid to defend its title abruptly ended when it was left out of the NCAA Tournament Field of 64. It snapped a run of three-consecutive postseason appearances.
The Wildcats played their best baseball down the stretch en route to winning 34 ballgames in the regular season – just four fewer than it had in the previous championship campaign – and finished .500 in one of the toughest conferences in the nation. Yet the Pac-12, which produced the national champion for the fourth time in eight seasons and sent two schools to Omaha, was only rewarded with four teams in the postseason.
Arizona felt it was worthy to be the fifth; the selection committee did not.
The Wildcats are not asking for sympathy, though. Andy Lopez would never let that happen in his program. But do not be surprised if his club plays with a heavy chip on its shoulder this season.
“That is absolutely motivation,” Lopez said of the postseason snub. “I am still very upset about that. I thought it was an injustice not only to us, but to the entire conference. We only had four teams qualify, which just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. That’s something we talk about a lot.”
Lopez is hungrier than ever...
Triple-A baseball is coming back to Tucson for a cameo appearance.
The San Diego Padres' Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, formerly the Tucson Padres, will play four games at Kino Stadium from April 11-14 against the Reno Aces, the top affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The construction for the team's new ballpark in El Paso won't be completed in time for the originally scheduled home opener.
So the Chihuahuas will play their first four "home" games at the familiar Kino Stadium.
"We'll do the best we possibly can to entertain the fans and treat those four days with respect," former Tucson Padres general manager Mike Feder said. "I have about two months to come up with a plan."
The game times have yet to be set. It's likely the games on the 11th and 12th will be night games, followed by a Sunday day game on the 13th. The Monday finale will likely be a night game.
Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star 2013
Tickets will go on sale in early March.
Feder said he "wasn't all that surprised" by the move. The Chihuahuas schedule starts with eight road games before the four "home" games. The team then heads back out on the road for 12 more games. El Paso is now expected to open its new ballpark on April 28.
The Triple-A games come during a busy sports weekend in Tucson. The Arizona Wildcats baseball team will host UCLA, the defending national champions, on April 11-13 at Hi Corbett Field. The UA football team will also play its spring game on April 12.