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Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is expected to resume baseball activity Thursday after suffering a sprained index finger.
Hamilton was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday’s game vs. the Indians. The swelling was down Wednesday but he was restricted from hitting and fielding.
“We didn’t want it to linger around this spring,” Hamilton said. “This is the best time to take care of it.”
Hamilton was on his way to the outfield during batting practice when he stopped to pick up a baseball. Jose Peraza hit a line drive at Hamilton, who instinctively stuck his glove up to catch the liner. He didn’t think anything of it until his finger swelled to the point he couldn’t get the glove on or grip a bat.
Hamilton called the injury “no big issue.”
Hamilton robbed Japanese star Shohei Ohtani of an extra-base hit with a diving catch Monday and survived uninjured.
The speedy lead-off hitter is still looking for his first hit this spring.
Pitcher Jimmy Herget has been impressive this spring. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder right-hander is slightly built and comes at hitters with all arms and legs.
The 24-year old, a sixth-round draft choice out of Tampa in 2015, can reach mid-90s with his fastball.
Herget split time between Pensacola and Louisville last season where he was a combined 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA.
Reds manager Bryan Price believes he is close to making an impact.
“He understands what makes him successful with the varience in hesitations, the multiple arm slots,” Price said. “We are focusing on his effectiveness against left-handed hitters. That makes him more Major League valuable for us. He’s working hard on it, cross-firing the fastball inside and being more able to come over the top.”
Herget’s delivery is deceptive.
“He understands the importance of being able to slow his velocity, which creeps over 95 at times,” Price said. “He had a straight change up in college. We’re trying to get him to create the separation in that speed from the 91-95 plus to go with the mix of breaking balls. Next thing you know he’s getting lefties and righties out.”
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Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 6:59 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 6:59 AM
WICHITA, Kan. — The game between Michigan and Houston on Saturday night was an absolute battle.
Neither offense could get going, as the Wolverines shot 35 percent from the field, while the Cougars shot 37 percent. With less than four seconds remaining, Michigan trailed 63-61 with the ball.
Then, the magic happened. You’ve seen this already, but that’s OK. It’s worth seeing again.
MARCH IS THE GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN EVER. pic.twitter.com/OHjBa375Xg— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 18, 2018
Freshman Jordan Poole nailed a 3-pointer as time expired to send the Wolverines to the Sweet 16. It was Poole’s second made 3-pointer of the game as he finished with 8 points.
Michigan as a team shot 8-of-30 from behind the arc on the night. Houston missed two free throws on the other end of the court to lead to Poole’s game-winner.
Michigan will face the winner of North Carolina-Texas A&M.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:41 PM
KETTERING — Ahead big early, Trotwood-Madison withstood a strong Cincinnati Hughes comeback to win a boys basketball regional championship 84-74 on Saturday afternoon at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.
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Trotwood (25-3) qualifies for the Division II high school state final four for the season straight season. Rams will play Byesville Meadowbrook (22-6) in a D-II state semifinal at 10:45 a.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Meadowbrook advanced with a 36-31 defeat of John Glenn also on Saturday.
The other state semi will feature defending D-II state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-8) against Lexington (23-5) at 2 p.m. Friday. The semi winners advance to the Saturday, March 24 championship at 5:15 p.m.
Akron SVSM upset Trotwood on a last-second shot in last year’s D-II state semifinals, 62-60. The Rams had won a regular-season matchup with the Irish by 39 points.
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Trotwood raced to a 20-point lead late in the first half against Hughes, out of the Cincinnati Metro Conference. The Big Red made a second-half run, mainly benefitting from Trotwood’s free throw inaccuracy (23 of 45).
Myles Belyeu led Trotwood with 24 points. Amari Davis added 18 points and Carl Blanton 17.
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Hughes (24-4) received 20 points apiece from Giovanni Santiago and D.J. Brewton. A.J. Smith added 18 points.
It was the first time in six postseason matchups the Rams didn’t post a blowout win. Trotwood will take an 18-game win streak into the final four, its fourth and all since the 2006 Rams were runner-up in D-I. Among the most winningest big-school area programs the last 20 years, Trotwood has never won a state title.
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The Rams also are in contention for a rare football/basketball state-title double. Trotwood completed a 15-0 season by winning a D-III state football championship last December.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:05 PM
— Gonzaga showed during the last five minutes in its 90-84 win over Ohio State why its reached nine consecutive Sweet 16s.
After trailing 15-0 to start the game and 11 points, Ohio State rallied and took the lead for most of the second half, until Gonzaga rallied, made its free throws in the final moments.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 28 points, hit 8-of-10 free throws to lead Ohio State in scoring. Kam Williams scored 19 and C.J. Jackson 18.
But the Buckeyes had no defensive answers for Zach Norvell Jr. Norvell scored six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points and four assists. Rui Hachimura scored 25 and had four blocks. He scored five points in the final 15 seconds to put the game away.
Published: Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 10:46 PM
— BOYS REGIONAL BASKETBALL
D-IV semifinals at Fairmont Trent Arena, Kettering
Marion Local 55, Catholic Central 33
Fort Loramie 48, Russia 45
D-I semifinals at Xavier University, Cintas Center
Cin. Moeller 65, Springfield 44
Wayne 56, Cin. Princeton 49
D-III semifinals at Trent Arena
Cin. Deer Park 81, Cin. Purcell Marian 70 OT
Cin. Madeira 70, Cin. North College Hill 56
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D-II semifinals at Trent Arena
Trotwood-Madison 79, Columbus South 60
Cin. Hughes 68, Cin. Woodward 46
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D-I final at Cintas Center
Cin. Moeller 65, Wayne 53
D-IV final at at Trent Arena
Marion Local 62, Fort Loramie 47
D-II final at Trent Arena
Trotwood-Madison 84, Cin. Hughes 74
D-III final at Trent Arena