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NCAA baseball tournament 2015: 64 teams, 64 need-to-know nuggets

The Road to Omaha started Friday, with 64 teams playing in the NCAA baseball tournament, so here are 64 tidbits to help you sound smart when talking college baseball this weekend.Los Angeles Regional1. UCLA: Senior closer David Berg, a walk-on at the start of his college career, has 48 career saves and is one of college baseball’s all-time great relievers – he set the NCAA mark for career appearances in May and now has 172 in his time with the Bruins.  MORE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The favorites, the upstarts and the toughest draws | Regional matchups2. Ole Miss: Third baseman Colby Bortles is the younger brother of former UCF and current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. 3. Maryland: The Terps have reached the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season after going 43 years between trips.4. CSU Bakersfield: Coach Bill Kernen is a writer: His 1998 play, Galleria degli Angeli, was a finalist in the Oglebay Institute National Playwriting Competition. This is Bakersfield's first appearance.Lake Elsinore Regional5. UC Santa Barbara: Dillon Tate is one of college baseball's best pitchers and likely will be one of the first players chosen in this year's draft.6. USC: The Trojans are making their first NCAA tourney appearance in 10 years. USC has 12 national titles, the highest total in NCAA Division I history.7. Virginia: Coach Brian O’Connor pitched on the 1991 College World Series team at Creighton and has led the Cavaliers to Omaha in 2009, 2011 and 2014 —[......]

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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2015: Regional matchups, bracket

The 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament bracket was announced Monday during the Selection Show on ESPNU.Here are the match ups: — Printable bracketNCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT 2015: Biggest snubs? | Times, dates, TV schedule | Mock Draft: Who goes No. 1? Los Angeles Regional vs. Lake Elsinore RegionalLos Angeles Regional1. UCLA (No. 1 overall seed)4. CSU Bakersfield3. Maryland2. Ole MissLake Elsinore Regional1. UC Santa Barbara4. San Diego State3. Virginia2. USCStillwater Regional vs. Springfield Region夜网论坛alStillwater Regional1. Oklahoma State4. St. John's3. Oral Roberts2. ArkansasSpringfield Regional1. Missouri State (No. 8 overall)4. Canisius3. Oregon2. IowaCoral Gables Regional vs. Dallas RegionalCoral Gables Regional1. Miami (No. 6 overall seed)4. FIU3. Columbia2. East CarolinaDallas Regional1. Dallas Baptist4. VCU3. Texas2. Oregon StateTallahassee Regional vs. Gainesville RegionalTallahassee Regional1. Florida State4. Mercer3. Auburn2. College of CharlestonGainesville Regional1. Florida (No. 4 overall seed)4. Florida A&M3. South Florida2. Florida AtlanticBaton Rouge Regional vs. Houston RegionalBaton Rouge Regional1. LSU (No. 2 overall seed)2. Lehigh3. Tulane2. UNC WilmingtonHouston Regional1. Houston4. Houston Baptist3. UL Lafayette2. RiceCollege Station Regional vs. Fort Worth RegionalCollege Station Regional1. Texas A&M4. Texas Southern3. Cal2. Coastal CarolinaFort Worth Regional1. TCU (No. 7 overall)4. Sacred Heart3. Stony Brook2. NC StateChampaign Regional v[......]

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Draft 2015: Red Sox select Andrew Benintendi with No. 7 pick

The Boston Red Sox have selected outfielder Andrew Benintendi of the University of Arkansas with the seventh overall pick of the 2015 draft. Benintendi wasn’t drafted out of high school, which makes him the rare draft-eligible sophomore. He burst onto the scene this year, and has helped lead Arkansas past Missouri State in the Super Regionals and into the College World Series.  He's batting .380 MORE: Five worst Draft misses for each f夜网论坛ranchise | Best picks, 1-50 He's batting .380 for Arkansas with 19 homers, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases in 63 [email protected] will face Arkansas Saturday. Razorbacks have Andrew Benintendi, CF, just drafted 7th overall by @RedSox . SEC POY, 19 HRs.— Justin Feldkamp (@JustinABC13) June 8, 2015[......]

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Sorry, Blue Jays: Pitching woes will extend playoff drought

The Blue Jays are the hottest team in baseball, with 11 straight wins to get over the .500 mark and close their deficit in the American League East to one game behind the Rays and Yankees.With a run differential of plus-71 for the season, the Pythagorean record for Toronto is 38-26, four games better than the Blue Jays’ actual mark of 34-30. This would suggest that big things remain ahead for a team looking to go to the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 1993. ON THE OTHER HAND: Ryan Fagan thinks the Blue Jays are AL East's best teamNot so fast, though. Run differential is a useful tool because teams’ records usually do bear a very close resemblance to their Pythagorean marks. The Blue Jays, though, fit the model for an exception to the rule, one seen starkly last year. The A’s outscored their opponents in 2014 by a 729-572 margin, a plus-157 differential that translated to a 99-63 Pythagorean record. Oakland wound up 88-74, squeaking into the second wild card spot.One of the big reasons that the A’s stumbled to a 29-38 record after the All-Star break last year, even while still outscoring their opponents by 12 runs, was a 7-16 record in one-run games in the second half. Struggles in one-run games also have bedeviled Oakland this year, as the A’s have gone 4-18 in such contests — games in which a bounce here or there can make all the difference — to submarine a 273-258 overall differential that has led to a 34-31 Pythagorean record, eigh[......]

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teams are making a farce of the Selig Rule

If there’s a rule and no one follows it, is there really a rule?In 1999, then-Commissioner Bud Selig decreed every major league team had to interview at least one minority candidate for a managerial vacancy. The so-called "Selig Rule" was enacted in the spirit of diversity, of honoring Jackie Robinson and of Selig trying to build a civil rights legacy. SPECTOR: Marlins are out of their minds in hiring Dan JenningsInitial progress on this front has disappeared. With a new commissioner in place, teams are regularly skirting the Selig Rule. Just two weeks ago, Milwaukee fired Ron Roenecke from his first managerial post; in 2010, Roenicke beat out Bob Melvin, Bobby Valentine and a lone non-white candidate, Joey Cora.With Roenicke out, the Brewers proceeded to interview absolutely no one. Instead, the team did an “internal” hire of Craig Counsell , a former player whose grand total of professional managerial experience was the same as mine: zero.The Marlins this week figured a way to outdo the Brewers. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria decided to hire his general manager, Dan Jennings to be his field manager. Jennings, who started as a scout and maneuvered his way up the organizational chart to Marlins GM, never played professional baseball, never managed a single professional game. His lone managerial experience was in 1984, managing the Davidson baseball team (the high school team in Alabama, not the North Carolina-based college NBA star Steph Curry came out of). Jennings[......]

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Braves' Christian Bethancourt walks off for first big-league homer

Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt is valued mostly for his defensive skills, but Saturday night it was his bat that spoke loudest.Bethancourt hit Vance Worley's first pitch of the ninth inning just inside the right-field foul pole for his first major-league home run, giving the Braves a 5-4 walk-off win over the Pirates. MORE: Injured Fenway fan expected to survive | Michael Keaton confronts Braves fan over heckling First major league HR? WALK. IT. OFF Chri夜网论坛stian Bethancourt! #PITvsATL pic.twitter.com/d0MZ3HJIT0— FOX Sports: (@ONFOX) June 7, 2015The home run capped a 3-for-4, two-RBI night for Bethancourt, who has struggled mightily at the plate this season in a part-time role but is seen by many as the team's catcher of the future.Christian Bethancourt became the first #Braves player whose first HR was a walk off since Mark DeRosa (7/21/01 vs Graeme Lloyd)— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) June 7, 2015Bethancourt's three hits raised his average to .205 on the season. His home run shifted the focus off another blown lead from the Braves bullpen and provided a happy ending on what could've been another frustrating night for the team.[......]

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Brewers' Khris Davis injures knee while striking out, set to undergo surgery

Baseball Brewers left fielder Khris Davis suffered a knee injury while striking out swinging in the first inning of Milwaukee's 7-3 loss to Arizona on Saturday and was forced to exit the game early. Following the team's seventh consecutive loss, Davis disclosed he has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday."Took an awkward swing," Davis said, via Fox Sports. "Knee over-rotated and got some meniscus tear, so." The Brewers announced Sunday morning Davis had been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Though a timetable for his return has yet to be established, Davis is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.When asked to describe the frustrating situation for both himself and his last-place team, Davis replied, "The worst." Davis,夜网论坛 27, is batting .250/.337/.446 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 169 plate appearances.[......]

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Marlins attempt to rewrite history with 'Back to the Future' promotion against Cubs

More than a quarter-century after "Back to the Future Part II," the Marlins are trying to change the course of history with an awesome fan promotion.In the 1989 film, Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, travels to 2015 to find the Cubs have swept a team from Miami to end their World Series drought. MORE: Why we picked the Cubs to win the World Series | Biscuits host 'Back to the Future' [email protected] II predicted we'd be here tonight. #RewriteTheFuture pic.twitter.com/nktIxEj8Tc— #RewriteTheFuture (@Marlins) June 2, 2夜网论坛015While the Cubs and Marlins cannot meet in the World Series because someone had to ruin the plot by putting Miami in the National League, the Marlins have rolled out a #RewriteTheFuture marketing campaign as part of a seasonlong promotion. Part of the proceeds from the campaign will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, per a team release. This week the teams are squaring off a big three-game to decide the fictional World Series matchup. The Cubs took the first game, but the Marlins won Tuesday night to the delight of Miami fans.That feeling you get when you #RewriteTheFuture... pic.twitter.com/tx4zabF1Vr— #RewriteTheFuture (@Marlins) June 3, 2015Apparel for the Tuesday promotion even featured the original gator mascot from "Back to the Future."RETWEET for the chance to win a limited-edition #RewriteTheFuture t-shirt from tonight's Social Media Night! #Whiff pic.twitter.com/qExs2Bhgj5— #RewriteTheFuture (@Marlins)[......]

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Tigers' Jose Iglesias unapologetic about shoving teammate James McCann

Baseball Jose Iglesias may have moved past his Friday scuffle with teammate James McCann, but he certainly doesn't regret it.“Things happen ... everybody’s not going to be on the same page, but it’s over with,” the Tigers shortstop said, Detroit Free Press . “We just gotta play better and win today." MORE: Classic photos of Ty Cobb | Diamondbacks retire Randy Johnson's numberThe Tigers lost Friday's game to the Red Sox, 7-2, which led to tension bubbling over between Iglesias and McCann, and a hard shove on Iglesias' part . Iglesias refused to speak to reporters after the game, and McCann only addressed the incident as "an in-hous夜网论坛e subject and we got it taken care of."When asked if he and McCann were OK going forward, Iglesias said: “I mean, I don’t care. I don’t really pay too much attention to those personal stuff. I think it was just part of the game. We kind of got a little bit heated in the dugout, but other than that everything’s fine.”And, according to Iglesias, he would handle the situation the same way."I did what I’m supposed to do," he said.When manager Brad Ausmus was told that Iglesias said he wouldn’t have handled things differently, Ausmus said: “I don’t really have a response to it. I mean, maybe he subscribes to the theory there’s no bad press.“It’s over now. I’m not worried about him.”[......]

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The A’s celebrate KC roots with green and gold uniforms — and a mule named Charlie O

Saturday, the Oakland Athletics will make like it’s 1965 and will turn back the clock fifty years. They will dress up like their ancestors of a half century ago, the Kansas City Athletics, in vivid Kelly green and gold uniforms. They will playing against the Kansas City Royals, a unique Kansas City versus Kansas City matchup.The Athletics' uniforms broke new ground when they were introduced in 1963. It was then that A’s owner Charles O. Finley announced that his team would break with conformity and that he would outfit his Athletics in green and gold. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cc/65/1963-as-uniforms_atcatktsucvf14yzkj3aqg422.png?t=714241342&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Worst AL uniforms ever | History o夜网论坛f the Tigers' Old English 'D' By the standards of today, where alternate uniforms featuring a range of colors and even patterns are commonplace, Finley’s move would elicit nothing more than a yawn. A half century ago, however, the world of was a drab place indeed. The 1963 A’s became the first big league club to wear anything other than a white, gray, or light blue jersey since the Chicago White Sox sported dark blue uniforms in 1931.Within a decade it became clear that Finley and his A’s had given birth to a Technicolor revolution in Major League Baseball. A world of white and gray uniforms had given way to orange (Baltimore), brown (San Diego), red (Cleveland), and royal blue (Atlanta).[......]

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