- UK alum Joe Blanton picked up his 12th win of the season for the Phillies.
- UofL alum B. J. Rosenberg and Team USA beat Cuba 10-5 to win the 2009 World Cup.
- Louisville native Paul Byrd was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox in the Yankees’ division-clinching victory Sunday.
- John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer talks to Louisville manager Rick Sweet about the Reds’ top prospects.
Monday was the first day after on the BluGrass Baseball minor-league off-season, but we still managed to find some relevant Kentucky baseball news. Look for increased coverage of Kentucky major leaguers in the coming days to fill the minor-league void.
- The Houston Astros agreed with BluGrass Baseball, naming 1B Brian Pellegrini the Legends’ MVP.
- Michael Grant of the Courier-Journal reports Louisville manager Rick Sweet expects to be back in the 2010 season unless he gets a major-league coaching job.
- OurSportsCentral.com has the Bats’ 2010 schedule.
- WKU has begun fall practice and construction on its clubhouse.
- UofL has also opened fall practice.
Look for some non-minor league stories this afternoon, but for now here are the minor league headlines to hold you over.
- Recent Bat addition and former major leaguer Lew Ford hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to lead Louisville to a 10-6 victory over Columbus.
- The Asheville Tourists scored four runs in the eighth inning to defeat Lexington 6-2.
- Anthony Scelfo’s home run paced the Bowling Green offense in a 7-3 victory over Greenville.
- Former Louisville Cardinal Trystan Magnuson extended his scoreless innings streak to 10 to start his AA career for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
- The C-J reports that Rick Sweet was named International League manager of the year and Justin Lehr was named IL Pitcher of the Year.
- Jason Stella at Examiner.com has a Q&A with Chris Heisey.