Sports Digest: RailCats add veteran, trade pitchers

2012-11-12T21:30:00Z 2012-11-13T17:11:11Z Sports Digest: RailCats add veteran, trade pitchers nwitimes.com
November 12, 2012 9:30 pm

Pro baseball

RAILCATS ADD VETERAN OF, TRADE PITCHERS: The RailCats added veteran outfielder Chris Colton and announced the trade of left-handed pitcher Jon Gulbransen to the Rockford RiverHawks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kyle Lindquist.

Colton, 30, last played in 2010, splitting time between Joliet in the Northern League and Wichita in the American Association. Colton hit .272 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs that season.

Lindquist appeared in 11 games and made two starts as a rookie for Rockford in the Frontier League in 2012 and was 0-1 with a 5.46 ERA. In 28 innings, Lindquist struck out 20 and walked five batters.

Gulbransen, a Valparaiso University grad, was 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 10 starts for the RailCats. He struck out 39 hitters in 51 2/3 innings.

TROUT, HARPER NAMED ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels became the youngest AL Rookie of the Year on Monday and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was voted the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.

Trout, who turned 21 on Aug. 7, received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America's AL panel. He hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, received the maximum 140 points.

Harper was the top pick of the 2010 amateur draft and batted .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs as Washington brought postseason play to the nation's capital for the first time since 1933.

At this time last year, Trout and Harper were teammates on the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. The pair were among a record five rookie All-Stars.

Pro basketball

RONDO LEADS CELTICS OVER BULLS: Rajon Rondo had 20 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 101-95 win over the Bulls on Monday night.

Rondo took advantage of Bulls point guard Nate Robinson for three quarters, helping the Celtics build a 12-point lead on 56-percent shooting.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Joakim Noah added 17 points and 11 boards and led Chicago's fourth quarter rally with nine points.

Women's basketball

SCOTT EARNS LEAGUE HONOR: Valparaiso sophomore Shaquira Scott has been named the first Horizon League Player of the Week of the season after helping to lead the Crusaders to a season-opening win over Indiana last Friday.

Scott, who played in just 10 games as a freshman before suffering a season-ending injury, made an immediate impact in her first game back. She paced the Crusaders with 17 points in the win, Valpo’s first over a Big Ten foe since December 2008. Scott hit 7-of-12 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and also connected on both of her free throws.

Men's basketball

INDIANA KEEPS NO. 1 SPOT IN AP POLL: Connecticut needed just one game to convince voters in The Associated Press poll that the Huskies are still a pretty good basketball team, despite losing a Hall of Fame coach and five underclassmen after last season.

UConn (1-0) moved into the Top 25 on Monday at No. 23, on the strength of its 66-62 win over Michigan State in Friday's Armed Services Classic played at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

There wasn't a lot of movement in the poll after the opening weekend of the 2012-13 college basketball season.

Led by Indiana and Louisville, the first seven teams in the initial regular-season poll were the same as the preseason Top 25. The Hoosiers (1-0) were again a solid No. 1, receiving 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Louisville (1-0) was No. 1 on 18 ballots.

Kentucky (1-0), which received one first-place vote, was third, followed by Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina State and Kansas.

Women's volleyball

ROOT IS HORIZON'S BEST AGAIN: Valparaiso senior Taylor Root has been named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first athlete to earn the award three times. She also became just the Horizon player to be chosen to the league's first team all four years. Root was joined by VU junior Ellen Vanden Berg and sophomore Morgan Beil, while freshman Kelsey Berrington was tabbed for the all-newcomer team.

Root  averaged 5.75 digs per set during the regular season, which ranks in the top 10 nationally, and committed just 15 serve reception errors. Her 696 total digs are third most in a single season in team history. Within league play, Root was even more prolific, ranking first with an average of 6.58 digs per set to lead all Horizon League player. She ranked fourth in the NCAA in career digs, entering the Horizon League Championship with 2,713.

Vanden Berg averaged 2.45 kills per set on .282 hitting, good for eighth in the league. Defensively, she tallied 1.15 blocks per set to rank fourth in the league. Her 137 blocks are sixth-most in a single season at Valpo. Vanden Berg led the Horizon League in league-only games with an average of 1.49 blocks per set.

Beil finished the regular season just behind Vanden Berg for team-high in kills, averaging 2.44 per set on .260 hitting, while posting 79 blocks.

Berrington averaged 5.98 assists per set, a mark which she increased to 6.53 assists per set in league play. She also tallied a team-high 32 aces and ranked fifth in the league in aces per set.

Auto racing

GORDON FINED $100K, DOCKED POINTS BY NASCAR: Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension Monday when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he'll be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday's race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between the two drivers' crews.

The penalty drops Gordon to 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with one race remaining. He's now four points behind Martin Truex Jr. for 10th, and only the top-10 drivers have formal roles in the season-ending awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

 

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