Sports News-August 23, 2012

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Baseball's number of Bay Area banishments continues to grow.  Oakland pitcher and former American League Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone.  Major League Baseball's announcement comes one week after All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended 50 games following a positive test for the same substance.  The 39-year-old Colon is 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts in his first season with the A's.  He will miss the final 40 games of the regular season and the first ten games of the postseason if Oakland advances that far.  Any remainder of the suspension would be served in a future season, if Colon signs another major league contract.  Colon is the fifth player suspended this year under the big league drug program, and the third from either the Giants or A's.  San Francisco's Guillermo Mota received a 100-game suspension in May following his second PED violation.

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Stephen Strasburg could miss his final two or three turns in the rotation during the regular season.  In his first full season following elbow ligament replacement surgery, Strasburg is 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a National League-leading 183 strikeouts.  The 24-year-old right-hander has thrown 145 1-3 innings, and the Nationals are thought to have given him a limit of 160-180.  Washington began the day with a seven-game lead in the NL East, putting the city on track for postseason play for the first time since 1933.

The Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre hit three home runs in his first three at-bats against the Baltimore Orioles, including two in a nine-run fourth inning as the Rangers routed the Orioles 12-3 last night in Arlington, Texas.  Beltre hit his first homer leading off the second against Tommy Hunter.  With that long ball, Beltre became the ninth third baseman in major league history with ten seasons of at least 20 home runs.  He connected again off Hunter for a two-run shot with nobody out in the fourth.  Beltre then hit another two-run drive with two outs while facing Kevin Gregg.

It took months of labor to build the press box at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium.  It took but a heartbeat to bring it down yesterday.  According to the Omaha World Herald, 25 pounds of explosives, placed in 103 locations throughout the steel girders that made up the press box’s superstructure, were ignited at 6:56 yesterday morning about four minutes earlier than planned.  The massive boom produced a thick cloud of smoke and dust that enveloped the structure.  When the air cleared, the mostly intact press box rested on the ground below.  Yesterday’s event, which drew a small crowd of onlookers to a hill northwest of the stadium, marked the latest step in the demolition of the iconic, 64-year-old stadium.  Dan Goers, managing the project for Anderson Excavating, said the demolition that began in earnest late last month is ahead of schedule.  The stadium, which has sat idle since the last event was held there in November 2010, is being razed to make room for additional parking for the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school softball rankings.  Millard West remains number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”.  Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C”, Wahoo is once again first, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number five, Wayne slips from sixth to seventh, Logan View/Scribner-Snider remains tenth, and Pierce & Twin River fall from the rankings.

Local Schedule:  Kearney at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); LHNE at Pierce (SB-6:30); New Orleans at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Friday Night:  The Class “C-1” Two-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic football team opens their season at fourth ranked Columbus Lakeview at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX &

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee West.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Local Scores:  New Orleans 8 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (Bsbl).

      Final    Tampa  Bay              5    Kansas  City        3
      Final    Oakland                  5    Minnesota            1
      Final    Seattle                  3    Cleveland            1
      Final    Detroit                  3    Toronto                2
      Final    L.A.  Angels          7    Boston                  3
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      2    N-Y  Yankees        1
      Final    Milwaukee              3    Chi  Cubs              2
      Final    Arizona                  3    Miami                    2    (first  game)
      Final    Arizona                  3    Miami                    0    (second  game)
      Final    San  Diego              4    Pittsburgh          2
      Final    Atlanta                  5    Washington          1
      Final    Cincinnati            3    Philadelphia      2
      Final    Colorado                5    N-Y  Mets              2
      Final    St.  Louis              4    Houston                2
      Final    San  Francisco      8    L.A.  Dodgers      4

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