Twins add Ben Revere to MLB roster; Matt Rice, Ryan Wright named to midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list

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Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • The Minnesota Twins have added Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere to the MLB roster after placing outfielder Jason Repko on the disabled list.
  • Western Kentucky University senior catcher Matt Rice and University of Louisville junior infielder Ryan Wright have been named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. The award goes to college baseball’s best player and is administered by USA Baseball.
  • Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports the Royals may put Elizabethtown native and right-handed reliever Nathan Adcock in more high-pressure situations after his first MLB win.
  • Mark Maloney of the Lexington Herald-Leader catches up with some former Lexington Legends who are contributing at the MLB level with the Houston Astros.
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Webb to throw simulated game; McDonnell apologizes for UofL play; Revere to open season with AAA Rochester

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Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb felt good after throwing 65 pitches on Thursday and will likely throw a simulated game on Monday.
  • The Courier-Journal reports University of Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell apologized to fans for his team’s performance in a Friday loss to West Virginia.
  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock talks to the The News-Enterprise about his major-league debut.
  • Jim Mandelaro of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere will open the season with AAA Rochester barring any unforeseen trades or injuries with the Twins.
  • WAVE3-TV reports former University of Louisville baseball player Isaiah Howes will not face charges in the shooting death of former UofL football player Daniel Covington.

Cox, Revere ranked among top prospects in organizations; Lueke likely will make MLB roster; Hustlers unveil schedule

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Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com ranks PRP alum Zack Cox the No. 2 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
  • Mayo ranks Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere the No. 4 prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization.
  • Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA lists the University of Louisville among the weekend losers in college baseball.
  • Geoff Baker, columnist for The Seattle Times, writes Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke has probably done enough this spring to earn a spot in the Mariners’ bullpen and could possibly be considered for save opportunities if closer Brandon League falters.
  • Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb won’t get his wish of pitching in a B or minor league game this week and will instead pitch another batting practice session today.
  • The Lexington Hustlers have released the team’s 2011 summer schedule.
  • Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports no news has been good news concerning the rehab of Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, who was born in Fort Campbell.

Ben Revere optioned to AAA; Hart may start season on DL

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Ben Revere; Photo by Pat Neshek

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • The Minnesota Twins optioned Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere to AAA Rochester.
  • Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirms what we’ve expected, that Bowling Green native Corey Hart is expected to start the season on the disabled list.
  • In his breakdown of the Florida and LSU game, Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA notes Lexington Catholic alum Nick Maronde’s impressive relief appearance on Saturday. (Subscription required)
  • Rogers also touched on Maronde and University of Louisville redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung in his 27 Takes column centered on Saturday NCAA baseball.

Spring roundup: Green, Venters post scoreless appearances

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Sean Green; Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Stats and highlights from Friday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Louisville native and former UofL right-handed pitcher Sean Green was credited with a hold after pitching two scoreless innings for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-2 with one strikeout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • After being assigned to the Diamondbacks from minor league camp for Friday’s game, Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 0-1 as a late-inning replacement.
  • After being assigned to the Nationals from minor league camp for Friday’s game, former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting was 0-1 as a late-inning replacement.
  • Lexington native Austin Kearns was 0-3 with one RBI for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 0-1 for the Minnesota Twins.
  • In that same game Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 0-3 with one run scored and two strikeouts.
  • Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney was credited with a hold despite surrendering three runs on five hits in two innings for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters, who was born in Pikeville, surrendered one hit and one walk in a scoreless inning versus the Mets.

Spring roundup: Miller, Rauch, Lueke post scoreless outings

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Trever Miller; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Stats and highlights from Thursday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Louisville native Trever Miller struck out two batters in a perfect inning for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Louisville native and former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch struck out one batter in a perfect inning for the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke surrendered three hits but did not give up a run in one and one-third innings for the Seattle Mariners.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 1-5 with one triple and one RBI for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder John Shelby made an appearance as a pinch runner and defensive replacement for the Chicago White Sox in a split-squad game.
  • Lexington native Austin Kearns was 0-3 with two strikeouts for the Cleveland Indians.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 1-4 with one double, one RBI and one run scored.

Downs to start season on DL with broken toe; Albers signs minor league contract with Twins; Wade excels for Rays

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Scott Downs; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times reports Louisville native and former UK left-handed pitcher Scott Downs will start the season on the disabled list after breaking his left big toe on Sunday. Downs would only say he injured the toe while “playing around with the kids,” and DiGiovanna notes the injury will likely keep him out till at least mid April.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports former UK left-handed pitcher Andrew Albers has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. Albers spent 2010 in the independent Can-Am League and last appeared in affiliated ball in 2008 when he appeared in five games for the AZL Padres before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
  • Josh Caldwell of The News-Enterprise in Hardin County catches up with Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock who has pitched well in his audition to make the Kansas City Royals MLB roster this spring.
  • Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com breaks down former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Cory Wade‘s attempt at a comeback with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is still uncertain as to when Bowling Green native Corey Hart will return from injury and whether he can get the outfielder enough at-bats in Spring Training to be ready for Opening Day.

Spring Roundup: Wade, Green highlight abbreviated schedule

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Stats and recaps from a short schedule of Wednesday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Cory Wade surrendered one run on two hits in two and two-third innings while striking out four batters and walking none for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Louisville native and former UofL right-handed pitcher Sean Green earned a win and struck out two batters in a scoreless inning.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 0-1 for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard, who was born in Lexington, took a loss after surrendering five runs on four hits in one inning.
  • Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 0-2 with one walk.

Spring roundup: Revere triples, Strieby, Kearns score runs

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Ryan Strieby; Photo via Flickr by mwlguide

Stats and highlights from Monday Kentucky Spring Training performances:

  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 1-5 with a triple and two RBI for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Lexington native Austin Kearns was 0-2 but scored two runs for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby was 1-2 with one walk and one RBI for the Detroit Tigers.
  • In that same game Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard, who was born in Pikeville, struck out two batters in one scoreless inning.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was hitless in two at-bats for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 1-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 1-3 with one RBI.

Spring roundup: Lueke, Miller post scoreless appearances; Cowgill, Kipnis, Kearns and Reynolds tally hits

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Trever Miller; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Stats and highlights from Sunday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke struck out one batter in a perfect inning for the Seattle Mariners.
  • Louisville native Trever Miller retired both batters he faced for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill singled and scored a run in his only at-bat for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • One-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis was 1-4 with one run scored for the Cleveland Indians.
  • In that same game Lexington native Austin Kearns was 1-3 for the Indians.
  • Louisville native and former UofL right-handed pitcher Sean Green was credited with a hold despite surrendering one run in one inning of work for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Corey Wade surrendered one run in one inning of work for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby was hitless in three at-bats for the Detroit Tigers.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was hitless in four at-bats for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 2-3 with one strikeout versus the Tigers.
  • Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was hitless in three at-bats versus the Astros.