The Royals had two games on Wednesday. Three of the top pitching prospects n the organization threw in one of the games and did pretty well. Missouri played at Vanderbilt. The NFLPA approved the owners’ CBA proposal to be voted on by its members.
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Three of the young Royals pitching prospects saw action against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Brady Singer started the split-squad game Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. He pitched two innings and allowed three hits but no runs to go with two strikeouts. Daniel Lynch allowed two hits and a walk in two innings and had two strikeouts. Jackson Kowar threw a scoreless inning with one hit and a walk to go with one strikeout.
The Royals also played a split-squad game against the Chicago White Sox. Greg Holland pitched another perfect inning Wednesday. He had two strikeouts. Glenn Sparkman threw two perfect innings against the White Sox on Wednesday. Sparkman had two strikeouts in his two innings. Ryan McBroom went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and a run batted in. Bubba Starling went 2-for-3 and hit his second home run of the spring. Starling scored three runs, had a run batted in and a walk. Starling has started the spring off very hot at the plate. If he is playing well the Royals have to be willing to let him play in place of Alex Gordon.
– Mike Matheny said that he will be at all of the split-squad road games during Spring Training.
Did anyone see Scottie Pippen at the game? Good grief! He got more air time than his kid!
Missouri trailed Vanderbilt 25-18 with 4:48 left in the first half. With 13:30 left in the game, the Tigers led 41-33. That’s eight points that Vanderbilt scored in over an 11-minute span. It was good defense by Missouri but also bad offense, and in particular free-throw shooting, by Vanderbilt.
The win moved Missouri to 14-14 on the season as they try to get eligible for the NIT postseason tournament.
Xavier Pinson led the Tigers in scoring once again. This time he scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Vanderbilt had no luck with getting calls from the officials on their home court. They also shot just 55% from the line and 19% from behind the arc.
Missouri didn’t shoot particularly well behind the arc themselves. They shot 24% from behind the three-point line and 42% inside it.
The win moves Missouri back into a tie with Arkansas for tenth place in the SEC as those two teams battle for a bye in the SEC tournament.
IN THE NEWS
– The NFLPA Board of Players Representatives voted to send the proposed CBA to the players for a vote. The proposal would implement the 17th game no earlier than 2021 and limits the regular season to 17 games during the length of the ten-year deal. Ownership agreed to remove the cap of $250,000 for the 17th game for existing contracts. Also, the minimum salary would increase by $100,000. The minimum salary was $495,000 in 2019 and scheduled to be $510,000 in 2020. The league will operate under the current CBA rules until the players agree to the proposed new CBA. That is expected to take up to two weeks. The current rules allow teams to use both a transition tag and a franchise tag. The franchise tag window opens today.
– Penn State reached an agreement with football coach James Franklin on a new six-year, $38.2 million contract to keep him at the school through 2026.
– The LA Bowl was officially announced on Wednesday. It is one of three new Bowl games in 2020. The game will be played at the new SoFi stadium which will be the home of the Rams and Chargers. The game will be between the top selection from the Mountain West and the fifth selection from the Pac 12.
– St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will not play the rest of this season. Bouwmeester is the player who had a cardiac arrest during a game on February 11. He is unsure about his hockey future.
– Japanese baseball has banned fans from preseason games in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
TODAY: The Royals are on FSKC today against the Milwaukee Brewers. The game is at 2:05 pm.
PODCAST: In Sunday’s podcast I talked a lot about the Kansas win over Baylor on Saturday. I also looked at the rest of the regular season for all three local colleges, the conference tournaments, and the NCAA tournament. I will be recording the next podcast tonight. It will be episode 53. I can’t believe it has been that many already but it’s a lot of fun.
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