Sports Digest: Hammond grad lands in Lincoln

2013-07-14T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:41:15Z Sports Digest: Hammond grad lands in Lincoln nwitimes.com
July 14, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

HAMMOND GRAD TRADED TO LINCOLN: Veteran outfielder Mike Coles, a Hammond High grad and five-time champion, was traded to the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association by the Winnipeg Goldeyes for future considerations Sunday.

The right-hander won two Frontier League championships with Windy City (2007, 2008), two Northern League titles with Fargo-Moorhead (2009, 2010) and a ring in the with Winnipeg last year.

Coles, an eight-year professional who spent two stints with the RailCats, sports a career batting average of .299 with 151 doubles and 165 stolen bases in 641 games. He is expected to play center field for the Saltdogs after the departure of Daniel Carroll to the Atlanta Braves.

The RailCats play Lincoln in a three-game series beginning today.

COBB BAT TO BE AUCTIONED: A baseball bat given by Tigers legend Ty Cobb to Detroit's postmaster will be auctioned off during All-Star week.

The century-old, 34.5-inch bat used by "The Georgia Peach" is available to the highest bidder through Hunt Auctions.

It belongs to a descendant of William Nagel, who was a friend of Cobb's. Nagel also sometimes threw batting practice to Cobb.

Nagel's great-grandson, Duffy Ross, is the one who's selling off the bat through the auction at MLB All-Star FanFest in New York. The auction ends on Tuesday.

The estimated price range for the bat is $75,000 to $125,000.

Ross says "it's nice to know" his great-grandfather "played even a small role in the success of one of baseball's all-time greats."

LATE HOMER GIVES U.S. WIN IN FUTURES GAME: Matt Davidson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a two-run homer and the United States beat the World Team 4-2 on Sunday in the All-Star Futures Game, baseball's annual showcase for top minor league prospects.

The opening event for three days of All-Star festivities at Citi Field, the Futures Game certainly had a New York Mets flavor to it in the team's home ballpark. Two of the club's touted pitching prospects, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard, started on the mound and each worked a scoreless inning.

Miami's Christian Yelich and Boston's Garin Cecchini each had an RBI double. Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Jesse Biddle earned the win and Washington right-hander A.J. Cole got a save.

Davidson, selected the game's MVP, connected off losing pitcher Michael Ynoa of the Oakland Athletics. Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara homered for the World team off Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo.

LINCECUM STILL THE FREAK AFTER 148-PITCH NO-HITTER: Tim Lincecum walked into the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse late Sunday morning and, yes, his right arm was still attached to his body.

That was no small matter, considering that Lincecum threw 148 pitches in his first career no-hitter Saturday night.

The Freak, indeed.

While he was still trying to put his no-hitter into perspective, Lincecum said his arm was OK after his incredible effort in the San Francisco Giants' 9-0 victory against the last-place San Diego Padres.

"I haven't played catch yet but right now I feel good," he said, sitting in the dugout an hour before the defending World Series champion Giants tried for a four-game sweep.

Pro golf

PARK WINS CANADA LPGA EVENT IN PLAYOFF: Hee Young Park and Angela Stanford both put up birdies on their first three tries at the 18th hole at Grey Silo Golf Course on Sunday.

Stanford finally blinked on the deciding playoff hole and Park kept her birdie streak alive for the victory at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Both players tied the LPGA Tour record for lowest total score at 26-under 258. It would take three playoff holes — all on the 471-yard, par-5 finishing hole — before Park ended the drama by hitting a short putt for her second career LPGA victory.

Pro football

TICKETS ON SALE FOR BEARS FAMILY FEST: Tickets for the Comcast Bears Family Fest are on sale through ticketmaster.

The event will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Soldier Field. Tickets are $8 to $12. For details, call (800) 745-3000, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

GIANTS WR APOLOGIZES FOR ZIMMERMAN TWEET: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has apologized for a message he sent on Twitter in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Cruz sent a series of tweets Sunday calling his message from a night earlier a "mistake," adding that he "never will advocate violence under any circumstances." The original message has since been deleted.

"I apologize, that's why I deleted it," one of Cruz's messages says. "I believe conversation not confrontation leads to change and progress."

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin after a three-week trial in Florida.

Cruz recently signed a five-year contract extension with the Giants reportedly worth $43 million.

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