♦ The SEC conference will release its spring sport schedules for tennis, baseball and softball tomorrow.
Not a couple of weeks before the beginning of the 2013 season.
♦ SEC Preparing to Release New Schedules, but Not Football or Basketball (TeamSpeedKills.com)
The SEC baseball schedule will stay how it is with 30 games over 10 weekends, so teams will miss playing three conference mates instead of one with the two extra teams. Templeton says he wants to try to talk the coaches into accepting an 11-week conference slate, but he notes that it would be a tough sell.
MU IN SUMMER BALL
♦ Mallards sign pair from the University of Missouri (mallardsbaseball.com)
The Madison Mallards have announced the signing of junior left-handed pitcher Kyle Barbeck and sophomore infielder Michael McGraw from the University of Missouri.MU IN THE MAJORS
♦ Soria's injury means Crow will return to Royals' bullpen (Topeka Capital Journal)
“I called Aaron into the office today and told him, now that Jack will be gone for some time, it makes our team stronger with him in the pen,” Royals manager Ned Yost said during his morning media briefing. “We’re going to put Aaron back in the pen.”♦ Scherzer showcases improved efficiency (mlb.com)
Crow is entering his second season with the Royals. He worked as a set-up man much of last season and was Kansas City’s lone All-Star representative, finishing the season with an ERA of 2.76.
Scherzer needed just 50 pitches to get through the first four innings scoreless while still striking out four, including back-to-back strikeouts on Hunter Pence and Jim Thome with 97-mph fastballs. All three runs he allowed came in the fifth, yet he had only one at-bat that lasted longer than four pitches.