HOLLAND PITCHES RANGERS PAST CUBS: Derek Holland pitched seven shutout innings; Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run, and Craig Gentry made a diving catch in the ninth to preserve the Texas Rangers' 4-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night at a cold Wrigley Field.
Holland (1-1) at one point retired nine straight against the Cubs, who have lost three straight games. The Rangers left-hander struck out six and allowed two hits.
Beltre's home run off Cubs reliever Shawn Camp was his second of the year and gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead in the eighth. Chicago starter Travis Wood (1-1) walked Ian Kinsler and was then relieved by Camp, who allowed Elvis Andrus to single to right before throwing a pickoff attempt away, allowing Kinsler to score and make it 2-0.
MATSUKA SIGNS WITH RAILCATS: Right-handed pitcher Takahiro Matsuka has signed with the RailCats.
He spent time with the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japan Central League in 2009 and the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League in 2010. In 14 career relief appearances, he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.
The RailCats also signed outfielder Drew Martinez, a former Los Angeles Angels prospect, and traded outfielder Trevor Willos to the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League as part of three-team deal.
THREE LOCAL RECRUITS ADDED TO INDIANA NORTHWEST'S ROSTER: Quentin Palmer (Valparaiso), Nate Harris (Hammond) and Ben Parish (Griffith) have committed to Indiana Northwest.
Palmer averaged 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Vikings as a senior. Parish averaged 14 points and seven rebounds last season.
PEREGRINES SIGN WAMPLER: Katie Wampler, a 6-foot-1 forward from Scottsburg, has signed to play for Purdue Calumet.
“Katie is the complete package,” Peregrines coach Tom Megyesi said in a media release. “She has size and can play the 3, 4 or 5 positions. Katie plays excellent defense, rebounds well and is an excellent shooter with 3-point range. She is an outstanding addition to our team.”
Wampler averaged 14.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game over her last two seasons at Scottsburg.
Darien Thompson (Anderson) also signed with Purdue Calumet. The 5-foot-6 guard was a three-time All-North Central Conference selection.
VALPARAISO'S BANQUET TAKES PLACE APRIL 27: The annual postseason banquet for Valparaiso will take place at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Strongbow Inn.
Cost is $25. RSVP by Apri 22. For details, call (219) 464-5146, or email Kari.Nelson2@valpo.edu.
FIVE PLAYERS COMMIT TO PURDUE CALUMET: Five players, including four South Suburban College players, have committed to Purdue Calumet's baseball program.
The SSC players include Ryan Eger (Bishop Noll), Micah Rook (Clark), Tyler Sindewald (T.F. South) and Justin Stowe (Hammond Baptist). Infielder Cole Garcia (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) has also committed to the program.
BEARS ADD GUARD/TACKLE BRITTON: The Bears signed guard/tackle Eben Britton to a one-year contract Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Britton started 30 of 38 games played over four seasons with the Jaguars after being selected by Jacksonville in the second round (39th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
During his career with the Jaguars, Britton started 23 games at right tackle and seven at left guard. In 2012, Britton started five of 11 games played with Jacksonville, all at left guard.
OREGON PROPOSES TWO-YEAR PROBATION: The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA violations in connection with football recruiting and proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years, according to documents released by the school.
The revelations were made in a summary disposition report included in the documents released Monday night. The contents were first reported by KATU television in Portland.
Oregon and the NCAA have failed to come to an agreement on the matter and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee at some point this year.
Around the horn
Guard Anthony Johnson will leave the Purdue basketball team and transfer to another school. Johnson is the third Boilermakers player to leave the program in less than a week. Forwards Sandi Marcius and Jacob Lawson also were granted their releases late last week.