Spring roundup: Adcock pitches three scoreless innings; Rauch, Magnuson and Venters also post scoreless outings

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Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

Stats and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock surrendered three hits in three scoreless innings in a start for the Kansas City Royals and has not surrendered a run this spring.
  • Former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton surrendered two runs on seven hits in four innings while striking out three batters and walking none in a start for the Phillies.
  • In that same game Louisville native and former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch struck out one batter in one scoreless inning for the Blue Jays.
  • Former UofL right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson retired one batter and surrendered one hit without giving up a run for the Oakland Athletics.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is batting just .150 this spring as he battles for the backup catcher job.
  • Atlanta Braves left-handed reliever Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless inning versus the Cardinals.
  • In that same game Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 0-3.

Spring roundup: Blanton gets a win; Cowgill launches grand slam; Magnuson and Wade post scoreless outings

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Collin Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics

Stats and highlights from Wednesday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 1-5 with a grand slam for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton picked up his first win of the spring after surrendering two runs on five hits in five innings while striking out three batters and walking two for the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • In that same game former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance.
  • Former UofL right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson struck out one batter in a scoreless inning for the Oakland Athletics.
  • Former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Cory Wade surrendered one hit and struck out two batters in two scoreless innings for the Tampa Bay Rays in an exhibition game versus the Netherlands.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was hitless in two at-bats for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 1-4 with one double, two RBI and one run scored versus the Twins.
  • Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters, who was born in Pikeville, struck out one batter in a scoreless inning of relief.
  • In that same game Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 0-3 versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mariners taking it easy with James Paxton; Joe Blanton fine with his Phillies’ role; Alex Meyer gets national attention

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A. J. Ellis reads at Glendale (Ariz.) Library; Dodgers photo via Twitter

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Greg Johns of MLB.com reports the Seattle Mariners plan to take it slow with former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton this spring, but he will likely get a shot to pitch in the next week or so. MLB.com also has a video interview with Paxton where he comments on finally signing a professional contract.
  • Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton is not worried about living up to the ace-status of his four Phillies’ rotation mates.
  • Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA breaks down University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer‘s performance in his Saturday start in the Houston College Classic. (subscription required)
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis recently read to some children at the Glendale Library in honor of Dr. Suess’ birthday. You can see the picture tweeted by the Los Angeles Dodgers above.

Spring roundup: Ryan Strieby slugs first home run; Scott Downs gets win for Angels; Cowgill, Revere both 1-1

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Ryan Strieby; Photo via Flickr by mwlguide

Highlights and stats from Friday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby slugged his first home run of the spring for the Detroit Tigers and is batting .267 on the young Grapefruit League season.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Scott Downs earned the win after pitching one perfect inning for the Los Angeles Angels.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 1-1 with one RBI and one stolen base for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 1-1 with two RBI for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke struck out one batter in a perfect inning for the Seattle Mariners.
  • Former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton surrendered two runs on four hits in three and two-thirds innings in a start for the Philadelphia Phillies. Blanton struck out two batters and walked one.
  • Louisville native Zack Cox was 0-2 with one strikeout for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • One-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis was 0-1 for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 2-4 with two RBI, one double and one run scored.
  • Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard, who was born in Lexington, pitched a scoreless inning despite walking two batters.

Corey Hart injured; Mariners close to signing Paxton; Blanton shakes off trade rumors; Brandon Webb throws off mound

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Corey Hart; Photo by Steve Paluch via Flickr

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart suffered a slight strain of his right side during defensive drills Saturday. Hart may miss a couple of days with the injury according to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
  • Following a night full of Internet rumors, Keith Law of ESPN.com reports via Twitter that former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton has not signed with the Seattle Mariners yet, but the deal is “getting close.” Paxton was the team’s fourth-round pick in 2010 after he was ruled ineligible during his senior season at UK for having his agent, Scott Boras, negotiate directly with the Toronto Blue Jays following the 2009 draft.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton shrugged off the rampant offseason trade rumors and the his status as forgotten man in the Phillies rotation to post a stellar Spring Training debut.
  • Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb threw off a mound for the first time this Spring on Sunday.
  • John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Louisville Bats outfielder Dave Sappelt was the start of the Reds’ Saturday intrasquad scrimmage.

Spring roundup: Blanton excels in debut; Maloney, Adcock post scoreless appearances; Streiby makes second start

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Joe Blanton; Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Check out the daily rundown of Sunday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton pitched three hitless innings in his Spring Training debut for the Philadelphia Phillies. Blanton struck out one batter and walked one.
  • Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney struck out two batters in two perfect innings for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • In that same game Lexington native Austin Kearns was 1-2 with a strikeout for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock surrendered two hits in a scoreless inning for the Kansas City Royals.
  • Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 0-3 with one strikeout in his Spring Training debut.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby earned his second consecutive start at first base for the Detroit Tigers but was 0-2 Sunday.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 0-2 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

UK leadoff man to miss 4-6 weeks with broken finger; Phillies GM: Blanton staying put; Strieby to see time early in spring

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Neiko Johnson; UK Athletics photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • The University of Kentucky announced before Wednesday’s game that redshirt senior outfielder and second baseman Neiko Johnson will miss four to six weeks with a broken finger. Johnson injured the finger in Tuesday’s game versus Morehead St. while sliding into second base.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports while the Cardinals may be in the market for a new staring pitcher, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. reaffirmed his previous position that former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton will be with the Phillies to begin the season and start on April 7.
  • In its latest NCAA tournament projections College Baseball Daily has the University of Louisville as a No. 1 seed and no other Kentucky teams in the field.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb felt normal after his second straight day of long-toss. Webb told Durrett “I think that’s big. I’m recovering and throwing long distances. The plan is to keep going that.”
  • Durrett notes the Rangers’ plan is for Webb to have two more days of strenuous long-toss on Thursday and Friday with a slight break on Saturday.
  • Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports Detroit that former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby stands to earn more playing time at first base early in Spring Training while Tigers all-star Miguel Cabrera is on leave following a DUI arrest.

UK picked to finish fourth in SEC East; OVC coaches talk opening weekend; Rauch in 4-way battle for Blue Jays’ closer

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Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • The Southeastern Conference coaches have picked the University of Kentucky to finish fourth in the SEC East.
  • The Ohio Valley Conference announced Tuesday that beginning in 2012 teams, including Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University and Murray State University, will play Friday, Saturday, Sunday series in conference play.
  • The OVC has also posted the audio from its preseason teleconference with 10-minute segments from EKU head coach Jason Stein, Morehead St. head coach Jay Sorg and Murray St. head coach Rob McDonald. The three Ky. OVC coaches said little in the way of breaking news, but Stein did confirm freshmen Byran Soloman and Sean Hagen would start for the Colonels. Sorg also noted the senior Trey Smith, redshirt junior Josh Schneider and sophomore Cody Gibson are the favorites to begin the season in the weekend rotation.
  • Troy E. Renck profiles on right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, who was born in Fort Campbell, and his improved mechanics.
  • Seth Livingston of USA Today profiles former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton, who he call’s the “forgotten man” in the Phillies’ all-star rotation.
  • Seth Stohs of the The Star-Tribune lists Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere among the 2011 impact prospects for the Twins, noting Revere could step into center field and the leadoff spot if Denard Span goes is injured.
  • Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun breaks down the four-way battle for the Blue Jays closer, which includes former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch.

Webb, Blanton, Anderson among early spring storylines

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Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • In his Spring Training preview Jason Stark of ESPN.com ranks former UK right-handed pitcher and Ashland native Brandon Webb the most important injury comeback and St. X alum Matt Anderson the most unlikely name on a Spring Training roster.
  • David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee confirmed former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton will be the team’s fifth starting pitcher.
  • Dubee’s proclamation hasn’t convinced Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who lists “Will Joe Blanton still be a Phillie when the club heads north?” as his fourth most important Phillies’ question heading into Spring Training.
  • University of Louisville junior second baseman Ryan Wright and sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings each slugged home runs in Sunday’s Red-Gray scrimmage.
  • Reports out of the University of Kentucky‘s Sunday intrasquad game had junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer hitting 100 m.p.h. on the radar gun.

Shelby family hopes to build on baseball success in 2011; Blanton arrives in camp after birth of 2nd daughter

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John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics

As pitchers and catchers report across Florida and Arizona here are some Kentucky baseball links to get you through the unofficial start of the 2011 baseball season:

  • Mark Maloney of the Lexington Herald-Leader profiles the first family of Kentucky baseball: the Shelbys. Maloney reports John Shelby Jr. will serve as an outfield instructor for the Milwuakee Brewers, former UK standout John Shelby III will hopes to make his major-league debut with the White Sox this season and younger brother Jeremy Shelby hopes to be assigned to a full-season squad by the Baltimore Orioles out of Spring Training.
  • Jack Etkin of Inside the Rockies reports right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, born in Fort Campbell, hopes a smoother delivery will help improve his performance in 2011.
  • Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton arrives in Phillies camp just two weeks after his wife gave birth to their second daughter.