Cal softball falls 1-0 to Alabama in WCWS opener

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Cal softball falls 1-0 to Alabama in WCWS opener

June 2, 2011COLLEGE PAGE

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kelsi Dunne threw six shutout innings and Kaila Hunt had an RBI single, lifting second-seeded Alabama to a 1-0 victory against California on Thursday in the opening game of the Women's College World Series.

Dunne (28-4) allowed only an infield single by Britt Vonk in the first inning before being replaced by Jackie Traina to start the seventh. Traina struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning and earned her third save of the season.

Dunne struck out 11 and walked only one to help the Crimson Tide (52-9), who had lost their opening game in each of their previous six appearances at the World Series.

"That's a big ol' monkey off our back," coach Patrick Murphy said. "It's a long time coming. It was a great win.

"In the World Series and postseason, you have to have great pitching and great defense, and you have to come up with a timely hit and today we got all three."

Alabama got its only run against Jolene Henderson (39-9) in the second, when Amanda Locke reached on an infield single to start the inning. She was replaced by pinch-runner Keima Davis, who stole second and third before coming in to score on Hunt's single to left field.

"This is a huge stage," said Hunt, a freshman. "All week, we had talked about not talking this game up. It's just another game that we are playing, just on a bigger stage. We talked about being fearless, not being afraid of anybody."

Alabama will play in the winner's bracket Friday night against the winner of the Baylor-Oklahoma State game.

Cal (44-12) will play the loser in an elimination game Saturday.

"I think our approach is going to change a little it because we are in the losers' bracket, but I think it will only make us better because we're going to be a stronger team when you have to win, when you have nothing else but to win," Henderson said. "It pushes you harder to want to get those hits, to want to keep going."

A's call up Cotton, shake up rotation for Yankees series

A's call up Cotton, shake up rotation for Yankees series

NEW YORK -- The A's announced a shakeup in their starting rotation, with Sean Manaea moving up a day to pitch Friday's series opener against the Yankees in place of Kendall Graveman.

In addition, Jharel Cotton will be called up to start Saturday afternoon. 

The A's didn't immediately announce what was wrong with Graveman, who is not with the team in New York, but he did spend time on the disabled list earlier this season with a strained shoulder. 

A's manager Bob Melvin likely will also Update Jesse Hahn's status in his pregame media session. Hahn left Tuesday's start with a strained triceps. Consider The right-hander a candidate for the disabled list. 

Cotton arrived at Yankee Stadium about 4:15 p.m. local time, saying one of his focuses while down with Triple-A Nashville was pitching inside more effectively. 

"It could help my changeup, open up the outside corner," Cotton said. 

Raiders sign rookie OT Sharpe, LB Lee, all four seventh-round draft picks

Raiders sign rookie OT Sharpe, LB Lee, all four seventh-round draft picks

The Raiders signed several members of their 2017 draft class, the team announced on Friday. Later round picks put pen to paper following the first week of OTAs, which began on Monday.

Fourth-round offensive tackle David Sharpe and fifth-round linebacker Marquel Lee highlight this group of signings, as both players inked four-year rookie contracts.

All four seventh-round picks also signed their first professional contract. That group includes running back Elijah Hood, safety Shalom Luani, offensive lineman Jylan Ware and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.

These deals aren’t hard to work out. The NFL and the league’s players union agreed on a rookie wage scale in the last collective bargaining agreement that slots salaries by draft order, which leaves little negotiating room within the set payment structure.

The team’s top picks remain unsigned, though they’ll get done in time. First round cornerback Gareon Conley, second-round safety Obi Melifonwu and third-round defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes remain unsigned.

Here’s a list of estimated contract values over a four-year rookie deal for each signed draft pick, per spotrac.com:

OT David Sharpe (No. 129 overall): $2,986,415 total; $586,415 signing bonus
LB Marquel Lee (No. 168 overall): $2,653,693 total; $253,693 signing bonus
S Shalom Luani (No. 221 overall): $2,494,414 total; $94,414 signing bonus
OT Jylan Ware (No. 231 overall): $2,484,295 total; $84,295 signing bonus
RB Elijah Hood (No. 242 overall): $2,469,750 total; $69,750 signing bonus
DT Treyvon Hester (No. 244 overall): $2,468,601 total; $69,750 signing bonus