■ Royals' Crow up and down in pro debut (MLB.com)
Aaron Crow (06-08) walked the first batter he faced, Lance Zawadzki, before settling in to retire eight straight. Zawadzki ended the streak with a solo homer with two outs in the third.
"I need to work on getting the ball down and my command of the strike zone," the Kansas native said. "I only walked one guy, but I went to a lot of three ball counts. I just need to work on those things and I think I will be all right."
■ Texas Tech Red & Black series (absolutelyobnoxious.com)
Hitting has been a key point thus far. Former Coppell Copperhead (holla!) Nick Popescu has continued the strong glovework from this summer, and is hitting .500 on the series. Freshman Barrett Barnes has done a great job putting balls done the left field line in route to a .455 average with three doubles. Fellow freshman Bo Altobelli has also shown flashes with his bat. Duke Von Schamann, another freshman, has great power potential, but needs to work on his defense at 1B if he wants to maximize his playing time.■ Nebraska's Cooper home-run threat in football, too (nola.com)
Cooper appeared in 35 of Nebraska's 54 baseball games last spring and started 20 in the outfield. He batted .229 with two home runs in 70 at-bats. He said he
won't second-guess his decision.
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Cooper was a surprise starter in the 31-10 loss to Texas Tech on Oct. 17. He caught three balls for 23 yards, including a 13-yarder from Cody Green for his first touchdown. He sat out last week's 9-7 loss to Iowa State with an undisclosed injury.