Missouri softball pitcher exits Super Regional after getting hit in head with line drive

  • During Game 2 of the NCAA Softball Tournament super regionals between the No. 10 Missouri Tigers and No. 7 UCLA Bruins, Tigers pitcher Tori Finucane was struck in the head with a line drive in the top of the fifth inning.With two outs gone in the top of the fifth with the Bruins leading 9-1, Finucane delivered a pitch to right fielder Kylee Perez. The ball rocketed off Perez's bat and connected with the side of Finucane's head. MORE: Super regional schedule, results | Drake is bad at softball too Paige Lowary, who Finucane replaced at the start of the fourth inning, came back in as a replacement following the injury . Finucane was helped off the field by the training staff and was issued a standing ovation from the crowd at Eaton Stadium in Los Angeles.T5: Training staff and medical personnel are taking care of Finucane now after a line drive connects with her in the circle.— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) May 24, 2015The distance between the pitcher's circle and home plate is just 43 feet, as opposed to 60 feet that separates the mound from home plate in men's college and professional baseball. The 17-foot difference results in reduced reaction time of over 0.1 of a second, a significant amount of time given the speed and distance. A softball also connects with  a pitcher at a higher average speed than a baseball due to the shorter distance between home plate and the pitcher's circle.Finucane responded well to the medics and was transported to a nearby hospita[......]

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    ​Baseball players say broken-bat injury at Fenway could have been prevented

  • Baseball The horrific broken-bat incident at Fenway Park Friday night that seriously injured a fan could have been prevented, players tell FOX Sports.Tonya Carpenter was sitting in the second row between home plate and third base with her husband and son when Brett Lawrie's bat shattered on a groundout. The barrel of the bat sailed into the stands, striking Carpenter in the forehead. She was listed in serious condition late Saturday at an area hospital. MORE: Who will be No. 1 pick in this year's Draft?FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says sources told him the Major League Baseball Players Association had requested more protective netting be added down the foul lines at ballparks to prevent injuries from flying bats and foul balls. The players union reportedly made the request during collective bargaining negotiations in both 2007 and 2012. Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler, who sits on the negotiating committee for the PA, told FOX Sports that owners balked at the request."Some owners are afraid to upset the fans that pay some of the highest ticket prices, when in reality, it's an effort to protect those very fans," Ziegler said."(The owners) seem afraid that fans will lose access to the players — autographs, getting baseballs, etc. — and that will cause those ticket holders to be unhappy. Or, that they'd have to watch the game through a net. (But) fans behind home plate pay the highest prices, have the same issues,[......]

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    Giancarlo Stanton makes unbelievable catch, blasts homer in next inning

  • Giancarlo Stanton can do it all. Stanton laid out at the right-field wall of Pittsburgh's PNC Park to rob Josh Harrison in second inning of Monday's game. MORE: Bartolo Colon running the bases will brighten your day | Guthrie's start among worst in historyMinu夜网论坛tes later, Stanton blasted a home run in the top of the third inning. Maybe he is worth that massive contract.[......]

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    College World Series 2015: TV schedule for Wednesday's games

  • The 2015 College World Series continues Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.The College World Series features the eight teams to emerge from the Super Regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. MORE: A look at Tuesday's actionHere's how to watch the remaining games (all times Eastern): College World Series 2015 TV scheduleWednesday, June 17Game 9: Miami vs. Florida, 8 p.m. | ESPNThursday, June 18Game 10: LSU vs. TCU, 8 p.m. | ESPNFriday, June 19Game 11: Virginia vs. Game 夜网论坛9 winner, 3 p.m. | ESPN2Game 12: Vanderbilt vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m. | ESPNSaturday, June 20Game 13 (if necessary): Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser (if Game 11 was first loss for that team), 3 p.m. | ESPNGame 14 (if necessary): Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser (if Game 12 was first loss for that team), 8 p.m. | ESPNSunday, June 21No games scheduledMonday, June 22Finals, Game 1: Bracket 1 winner vs. Bracket 2 winner, 8 p.m. | ESPNTuesday, June 23Finals, Game 2: Bracket 1 winner vs. Bracket 2 winner, 8 p.m. | ESPNWednesday, June 24Finals, Game 3 (if necessary): Bracket 1 winner vs. Bracket 2 winner, 8 p.m. | ESPN[......]

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    Alex Rodriguez records another milestone with 2,000th RBI

  • Baseball Alex Rodriguez has added another illustrious milestone to his collection this season.With his sixth-inning home run that drove in third baseman Chase Headley on Saturday night, Rodriguez r夜网论坛eached 2,000 career RBIs.  MORE: Twins call up top prospect Buxton | Pujols on a tear, but falling behind company he used to keepHe trails Hank Aaron by 296 RBIs for the all-time record, but at 39 years old it might be insurmountable. Rodriguez entered Saturday's game with 1,999 RBIs and his two-run blast to tie the Yankees' game with the Orioles 4-4 pushed him to 2,001.  Rodriguez drove in at least 100 runs every year from 1998 through 2012 while playing for the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees. His career high was 156 RBIs in 2007 with the Yankees.Technically, Rodriguez is fourth on the all-time list, but RBIs weren't an official stat when Babe Ruth (2,213) and Cap Anson (2,075) started their careers. The statistic became official in 1920.Even though there has been plenty of criticism surrounding Rodriguez in light of his PED suspension last season, he's hitting well this season, with a .276 average and 13 home runs. He has passed Willie Mays for fourth place on baseball's all-time home run list and Barry Bonds for second on the official all-time RBI list this season.[......]

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    Dave Winfield Q&A: Hall of Famer talks Stanton, Harper and A-Rod

  • Dave Winfield was an MVP of the College World Series when he was at Minnesota. Soon, he'll make the trip to Omaha just to watch.Winfield was voted MVP of 1973 College World Series despite his Gophers' loss to USC in the semifinals. He hit .363 in Omaha, showing flashes of the 3,000-hit career he would go on to have in the majors. But what earned him the MVP award was actually his pitching. After striking out 14 Oklahoma batters in the opener, Winfield carried a 7-0 lead into the ninth inning of the semifinals against USC, behind 15 strikeouts. But with Winfield exhausted, Minnesota's bullpen failed to hold the lead and the Gophers went on to lose, 8-7. MORE:  64 need-to-know nuggets about the Road to Omaha  | Stanton makes unreal catch, homers in next inningThe former Yankees and Padres (and Angels, Blue Jays, Twins and Indians) great spoke to Sporting News this week as part of his work promoting the Capital One Cup, which honors the nation's top men's and women's athletic programs. Schools earn points toward the cup based on their results at the conclusion of each season, and Capital One awards $200,000 to men's and women's programs that finish first overall in the standings at July's ESPY Awards.  Of course, SN talked with him about a few other topics, as well. Sporting News : I'm told you are a big Giancarlo Stanton fan. What do you like about his game?Dave Winfield : “First of all, I got to know him personally before I saw him play. I like to watch big guys pl[......]

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    Bob Melvin gives Stephen Curry open invite to Athletics game

  • Soon after Stephen Curry was seen at a San Francisco Gi夜网论坛ants game, flashing his back and orange apparel for cameras, fans of the nearby Oakland Athletics were a little bummed.So on Saturday, the A's, who play much closer to Oracle Arena than the Giants, made sure the NBA MVP is welcome any time. MORE: Curry's family keeps him grounded | Curry preps for NBA Finals with mini-horse | Curry and LeBron born at same hospital“He’s got an open invite,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said via CSN Bay Area. “I’ve talked to Steve Kerr before, so they know it’s an open invite to come out here and take BP, do whatever they want to do out here. I’d love to see him out here. … Here in Oakland, we take significant pride in what they’re doing. They’re right here next door to us, so we feel like they’re an Oakland team even though they are a Bay Area club.” Curry will be busy the next couple of weeks as the Warriors take on the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, but should have all summer to curry favor back with A's fans.[......]

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    Giancarlo Stanton portrait by a middle school janitor sells for $25K

  • Baseball A portrait of Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton painted by a middle school janitor sold Wednesday night at a charity auction for $25,000.While the Marlins couldn't get a single player to attend a charity event last month, the Marlins Foundation held a fantasy auction at Marlins Park on Wednesday, with proceeds benefiting the Miami Marlins Education Fund. Some of the top items included a road trip with the team and a golf vacation. But the big ticket item was Joseph Gormley's artistic presentation of the Marlins' young slugger. MORE: Obama hosts World Series champion Giants at White House | Making a good Clemente movie won't be easyGormley recently started painting and wanted to be able to donate $1 million d夜网论坛ollars to charity through his art. When he found out what his portrait of Stanton sold for, he was overcome with emotion. The auction was held before the Marlins beat the Cubs and, to make things even sweeter for Gormley, Stanton blasted his 17th home run of the season in the 7-3 victory.[......]

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    Draft 2015: White Sox select Carson Fulmer with No. 8 pick

  • 夜网论坛 The White Sox have selected Vanderbilt RHP Carson Fulmer ith the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.#WhiteSox 1st-rounder Carson Fulmer went 13-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 17 starts (3 CG) with @VandyBaseball in 2015. 152 Ks and 46 BB in 114 IP.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 9, 2015white sox plan to keep fulmer as a starter, though. makes sense since he was one of best in ncaa.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 9, 2015Take a look at a scouting video: DRAFT: Live: Track the first round of the Draft! "Fulmer has an electric arm that delivers 93-97-mph fastballs and power breaking balls. His changeup is an effective third pitch and coaches and scouts alike rave about his competitive makeup." — .com's Prospect Watch"Fulmer is an eye-of-the-beholder guy. If you look at the stuff and numbers, he looks like a top-10 talent. I am in that camp. If you look at the effort in his delivery and his size then you think he will be a reliever." — Jim Ellis, Scout.com"Some fear Fulmer's effort in his delivery points to the bullpen, but he has been as good as any college pitcher as the spring has unfolded." —Jonathan Mayo, .com[......]

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    Kansas City Royals know All-Star voting dominance could lead to change in rules

  • Baseball Barring a dramatic reversal from late-reporting precincts, Royals blue will be second only to the home stadium's red as the dominant color at this year's All-Star Game.As of Monday morning, Kansas City players were in line to start at seven of the nine positions in the American League batting order for the July 14 game in Cincinnati, thanks to overwhelming support in the online-only voting. MORE: Baseball's worst everyday playersWhile any baseball fan could appreciate the 2014 turnaround that led to the Royals' first World Series appearance in 29 years, few outside Kansas City are likely to look as kindly upon one team dominating an All-Star lineup. The Royals know this, but they're not going to apologize for it."There's nothing wrong,'' Royals manager Ned Yost told USA Today Sports. "Vote! The votes are the votes. If you don't like it, go out there and vote. Our fans have gotten out and voted."The only non-Royals who would start in Cincinnati if the voting holds as it currently stands are the Angels' Mike Trout in the outfield and the Astros' Jose Altuve at second base. But even they can't rest easy, as light-hitting Royals entrant Omar Infante is within striking distance of Altuve's starting spot.Whatever happens, deserving players and some of the game's most marketable stars figure to be relegated to the bench by the Royals tidal wave, and many around the game aren't happy about it.Rain delay though[......]

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