Friday, March 27
Martinez throws 6 shutout innings, Rangers beat Rockies 6-3
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings, Leonys Martin homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Thursday night.
Martinez, competing for the final vacancy in the Rangers' rotation, allowed five hits and walked one. He struck out four, throwing 54 strikes in 74 pitches, and lowered his ERA to 0.84 in three spring appearances. He has allowed one run over 9 2-3 innings.
Martinez went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA as a rookie last year, making 24 starts and five relief appearances.
Martin homered in the third with Robinson Chirinos aboard. Chirinos was hit by a pitch from Chad Bettis.
Ed Lucas, Nate Schierholtz and Adam Rosales delivered run-producing hits in a four-run eighth.
Bettis, optioned to Triple-A on Sunday, was brought back to face the Rangers. He yielded two runs and three hits in four innings, walking none and striking out four.
Rangers officially tab Gallardo as the opening day starter
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Yovani Gallardo has been tabbed to start the Texas Rangers' season opener.
New manager Jeff Banister on Thursday officially named Gallardo the starter for the April 6 opener at Oakland. The move had been expected with Yu Darvish out for the season after ligament-replacement elbow surgery, and left-hander Derek Holland likely starting the April 10 home opener.
Gallardo has started the last five season openers for the Milwaukee Brewers, who traded the right-hander to Texas in January.
Banister also said left Ross Detwiler, acquired in an offseason trade with Washington after being a reliever last season, has earned a spot in the rotation with Gallardo, Colby Lewis and Holland. The fifth starter hasn't been determined.
Gallardo will be Texas' seventh different opening day starter in seven years.
Unsigned No. 1 pick Aiken announces Tommy John surgery
UNDATED (AP) — Brady Aiken, the hard-throwing lefty who didn't sign after being last year's No. 1 draft pick by the Houston Astros, has announced he had Tommy John surgery.
The 18-year-old Aiken was pitching for the IMG Academy to prepare for this year's draft. Aiken wrote an essay that was published Thursday on The Players' Tribune website in which he says he is "extremely disappointed" about tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
Aiken, who attended Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, went first overall last June despite some concerns about his elbow. Aiken and the Astros failed to agree to contract terms, but he writes that he "can honestly say I don't regret not signing."
Aiken realized something was wrong with his elbow when he made his first start last week at IMG, a private training institute in Florida.
Reds get Dan Johnson from Astros, send Lohman to Phillies
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be named or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash.
Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December. He'll report to the Reds' minor league camp.
The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore. Johnson's big moment came on the final day of the 2011 regular season, when he hit a home run for the Rays with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees, tying a game Tampa Bay eventually won to earn a wild-card playoff spot.
Lohman batted .245 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 108 games at Double-A Pensacola last season.
Mulkey, Lady Bears confident as ever entering Sweet 16
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Led by Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor enters its matchup in the women's NCAA Tournament against Iowa as confident as ever.
The No. 2 seed Lady Bears (32-3) reached their seventh straight Sweet 16 with wins over Northwestern State and Arkansas last weekend.
Baylor will next face the third-seeded Hawkeyes (26-7) in Oklahoma City on Friday night, with the Lady Bears trying to reach the Elite Eight for the fifth time in six seasons.
Big 12 Conference Player of the Year Nina Davis leads Baylor, while Iowa — making its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1996 — is led by senior point guard Samantha Logic.
TEXAS OPEN-MCDOWELL WITHDRAWS
Graeme McDowell withdraws from Texas Open with injury
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from the Texas Open after nine holes with a left ankle injury.
The 2010 U.S. Open winner from Northern Ireland told PGA Tour officials that his ankle had been giving him trouble for the past few weeks.
McDowell was at 5-over 41 for nine holes at TPC San Antonio as the entire field struggled with windy conditions. Gusts have come in at more than 30 mph.
McDowell is ranked 23rd in the world.
Leo Manzano wins 800 meters in Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 46.63 seconds Thursday to break his own Texas Relays and Mike A. Myers Stadium record.
Manzano set the previous mark of 1:47.34 last year.
Mary Goldkamp set a Texas Relays record in the women's 3,000 steeplechase at 10:04.24.
Arkansas' Alexandria Gochenour won the heptathlon with 6,027 points, edging out Texas A&M's Jena Hemann by 25 points. Gochenour never trailed in the event after posting the best time Wednesday in the 100 hurdles, the first event. UTEP's Jallycia Pearson was third with 5,527 points.
Evan Weinstock won the decathlon with 7,557 points, beating Stanford's Harrison Williams (7,518).
Weinstock, a volunteer assistant at Stanford, is training for the 2016 Olympic Trials. He was a three-time Ivy League champion in the decathlon at Brown.
Indiana's Stephen Keller finished third with 7,149 points while 2012 Dutch Olympian Ingmar Vos was fourth with 7,135. Vos led the event entering the 1,500, but did not finish the race.
Wayland Baptist's Benard Keter won the men's 3,000 steeplechase in 8:47.60, and UTEP's Anthony Rotich took the 1,500 in 3:46.58.
Marquette's Kathryn Koeck won the women's hammer throw with a toss of 196 feet, 2 inches. Florida's Kyle Strawn won the men's event at 222-1.