Stanford's Appel on Team USA, Ragira alternate


Stanford's Appel on Team USA, Ragira alternate

June 16, 2011COLLEGE PAGE

DURHAM, NC (AP) -- Two members of the Stanford Baseball club will be a part of Team USA's initial set of players for its collegiate summer tour.

Righthander Mark Appel has already made the team, while first baseman Brian Ragira is an an alternate, depending on players availability following the College World Series, currently set to begin in Omaha on June 18.

The national team begins play against the New England Collegiate Baseball League and Keene, NH on June 23 and plays a shortened, 16-game schedule, finishing off with Japan throughout North Carolina from July 3 to 6 and on July 8 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

Appel, the Cardinal's Super Regional ace, was 6-7 with a 3.02 ERA over 17 starts this past season, compiling a team-best 110.1 innings and 86 strikeouts. He finished off his sophomore season by pitching a seven-hitter in the NCAA Regional against Kansas State, before giving up three runs over 6.0 innings at North Carolina last Friday in the Super Regional. Three of his losses were by single runs to top-15 teams, Texas, Vandy and Oregon State. Over his last four starts, Appel gave up six earned runs over 30.1 innings for a 1.78 ERA.

Ragira, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, led the Cardinal in RBIs with 46 while batting .329, second-best on the club. He was just the third Cardinal to hit for the cycle since 1992 and was the second-straight and only Cardinal freshman to lead the team in RBIs. In his first season playing first base after being a prep outfielder and third baseman, Ragiara fielded at a .993 clip.

Stanford has had 32 players play for Team USA and had seven Olympians.

NBA Gameday: Facing Griffin a chance for Skal to add to knowledge base

NBA Gameday: Facing Griffin a chance for Skal to add to knowledge base

The Sacramento Kings return to the court Sunday for an early matinee game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. They’ll face a veteran squad jockeying for playoff position and in need of a win.

Buddy Hield and Skal Labissiere each set new career highs in assists in Friday night’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. The rookie duo combined to hand out 15 of the team’s 27 dimes as the Kings stayed with the high-powered Warriors until late in the game.

Los Angeles is fresh off a huge win over the Utah Jazz and currently sit just a half game behind Utah for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. They’ve dealt with injuries all season long, but the Clippers are getting healthy at the perfect time.

Clippers by 13.5

Skal Labissiere vs. Blake Griffin -- Every game is an opportunity for Labissiere to add to his knowledge base. Despite a litany of injuries over the years, Griffin is still a force to be reckoned with in the post. He can score in a variety of ways and he’s averaging a career-high five assists be game this season. Labissiere is coming off a strong performance where he posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Kings: 27-45, third place in Pacific

Clippers: 44-30, second place in Pacific

Kings: C Kosta Koufos (planned rest) out, Arron Afflalo (planned rest) out, SG Malachi Richardson (torn hamstring) out, SF Rudy Gay (torn Achilles) out.

Clippers: SG JJ Redick (sprained ankle) out, C Diamond Stone (knee) out.

The Clippers lead the season series 2-0 and currently have a three game winning streak against the Kings. During the Sacramento-era, the Kings hold a 69-65 advantage and they lead the Clippers 113-88 all-time.

“It was a good experience, I call all of those experiences growing pains. Those are just things we have to go through. We’re trying to get to that level at some point.” -Skal Labissiere on the loss to Golden State


Ex-Giants pitcher doesn't make Mariners rotation, optioned to Triple-A

Ex-Giants pitcher doesn't make Mariners rotation, optioned to Triple-A

Chris Heston's bid to make the Mariners' Opening Day rotation came up short.

The former Giants pitcher was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday morning, Seattle announced.

Traded by San Francisco to Seattle in December, Heston struggled in his first spring with the Mariners. The 28-year-old allowed 14 hits and nine earned runs in 11.2 innings over five appearances.

Heston, who was a major part of the Giants rotation in 2015, pitched in 38 games over three seasons in San Francisco. He compiled a 4.16 ERA and struck out 148 batters in 188 innings.

The highlight of Heston's time with the Giants came on June 9, 2015 when he no-hit the the Mets in New York. He struck out 11 and walked none, but hit three batters.

In addtion to Heston, the Mariners also re-assigned former Giants reliever Jean Machi and former A's pitcher Cody Martin.