Digest for 03-29-14


LOCAL

Woodlawn tops Armorel

WOODLAWN — In the only completed game of the Woodlawn Classic on Friday, the host Bears defeated Armorel, 11-1 in five innings.

Trey Chapman threw four no-hit innings and J.P. Aiken went 2 for 3 with a three-run double for the Bears (12-1).

Caleb Holleman also went 2 for 3. He had a pair of RBI singles and threw the final inning allowing one hit and Armorel’s only run.

Friday’s Armorel-Fordyce game was tied 3-3 in the seventh inning when the rain came. The game was suspended and is not expected to be made up, and neither is the Fordyce-Woodlawn game that was to follow.

Saturday’s tournament schedule has not changed.

Lady Lions cancel game

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball game against Ouachita Baptist scheduled for Friday was canceled due to inclement weather.

The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Wednesday in Arkadelphia beginning at 2 p.m.

UAM softball pushes back games

MONTICELLO – This weekend’s Great American Conference softball series in Ada, Okla., between Arkansas-Monticello and East Central has been pushed back one day.

The teams will now play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon both days.

Both teams are coming off splits with their respective rivals this past Tuesday. UAM (20-15, 11-11 GAC) split with Southern Arkansas at home, while ECU (18-13, 10-8) took one game from GAC leader Southeastern Oklahoma State on the road.

STATE

Hogs-Bulldogs opener postponed

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas and Mississippi State won’t begin their three-game series at Dudy Noble Field until Saturday afternoon.

The opening game of the series was postponed because of inclement weather in Starkville, Miss., on Friday. The teams have scheduled a doubleheader for Saturday with first pitch set for 2 p.m. The third game remains scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Arkansas (16-8, 3-3 in SEC) carries a five-game win streak into the series against the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (18-9, 4-2), who reached the championship series of the College World Series last summer. The Razorbacks won two of three games against Alabama last weekend, while Mississippi State won its series against Vanderbilt.

Arkansas will start Jalen Beeks (3-2, 1.56 ERA) and Trey Killian (1-3, 2.36 ERA) during Saturday’s doubleheader. Mississippi State will start Preston Brown (3-0, 1.12 ERA) and Ross Mitchell (4-1, 1.66 ERA).

NATIONAL

Raiders sign RB Jones-Drew

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders signed former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on Friday.

Terms of the deal were not released, but according to various reports it’s for three years.

Jones-Drew spent the first eight seasons of his career with Jacksonville before becoming a free agent after this past season.

In 2013, he rushed for 803 yards and five touchdowns, adding 314 receiving yards.

For his career, Jones-Drew, an Oakland native, has run for 8,071 yards and 68 scores, while accumulating 2,873 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving.

Angels, Trout agree to 6-year extension

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and star outfielder Mike Trout.

According to multiple reports, the deal is worth $144.5 million for the duration.

The club revealed the news on Friday evening, adding that official word of the new pact will be announced on Saturday. Trout will be paid $1 million for 2014 and then the extension kicks in through the 2020 season.

The 22-year-old native of south Jersey finished the 2013 season by hitting .323, attaining league highs of 109 runs scored and 110 walks along with 27 home runs, 39 doubles and 97 RBI over 157 games.

Trout was the 18th unanimous rookie of the year, including eighth in the AL, when he was recognized as the league’s best first-year player by batting .326 with a .399 on-base percentage, 30 home runs, 129 runs and 49 stolen bases.

Sizemore earns starting CF job for Red Sox

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced on Friday that Grady Sizemore has earned the starting job in center field and prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Boston rolled the dice in the offseason, signing the injury-prone outfielder to a one-year, $750,000 contract. That gamble paid off as Sizemore, 31, hit .333 with a homer and six RBI in 42 spring training at-bats.

Sizemore hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 due to multiple injuries and surgeries. He has undergone seven surgeries since the ‘09 season.

Before the injuries, Sizemore was one of baseball’s premier outfielders during his time with the Cleveland Indians. He hit .290 while leading the majors in runs (134), doubles (53) and extra-base hits (92) in 2006. With 11 triples and 28 home runs that year, Sizemore became just the fourth player with a 50-double, 10-triple, 25-homer season.