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Week 13 AP Men’s College Basketball Poll



1 Baylor 17-1 1578 1
2 Gonzaga 21-1 1552 2
3 Kansas 16-3 1434 3
4 San Diego State 21-0 1408 4
5 Florida State 17-2 1318 5
6 Louisville 17-3 1277 6
7 Dayton 18-2 1163 7
8 Villanova 16-3 1110 9
9 Duke 16-3 1084 8
10 Seton Hall 15-4 1055 10
11 Oregon 17-4 926 12
12 West Virginia 16-3 874 14
13 Kentucky 15-4 839 15
14 Michigan State 15-5 751 11
15 Maryland 16-4 650 17
16 Butler 16-4 631 13
17 Auburn 17-2 619 16
18 Iowa 14-5 545 19
19 Illinois 15-5 483 21
20 Colorado 16-4 314 23
21 Houston 16-4 296 25
22 LSU 15-4 260 NR
23 Wichita State 17-3 161 NR
24 Penn State 14-5 114 NR
25 Rutgers 15-5 102 24

Others receiving votes: Creighton 59, Arizona 55, Texas Tech 33, Ohio State 16, Indiana 15, East Tennessee State 14, Northern Iowa 13, Memphis 11, USC 9, Rhode Island 6, Purdue 6, Florida 4, Arkansas 3, Saint Mary’s 3, Tulsa 3, SMU 3, Wisconsin 1, Akron 1, Harvard 1




Cleveland Indians announce 2020 Player Development Staff assignments


CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians have announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System as it currently stands for the upcoming season.

ANDY TRACY, a native of Bowling Green, OH, assumes the helm of Triple-A Columbus after joining the organization in 2019 as the Hitting Coach of the Clippers. Assisting Tracy will again be RIGO BELTRÁN (Pitching Coach, 2nd season) and KYLE HUDSON (Bench Coach, 2nd season) as JASON ESPOSITO moves into the Hitting Coach role from Class-A Lake County. ROUGLAS ODOR returns for his second campaign guiding the Akron RubberDucks and DENNIS MALAVÉ has been promoted from Short Season Class-A Mahoning Valley to High-A Lynchburg. LUKE CARLIN will guide the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and JERRY OWENS (Blue) and KEN KNUTSON (Red) will pilot the two Arizona League clubs from Goodyear.

GREG DiCENZO joins the system to captain Class-A Lake County, having spent the last 12 years as the Head Baseball Coach of Holy Cross. The Crusaders went 137-109 in Patriot League regular season play during DiCenzo’s tenure, posted 20-win seasons in 10 of his 12 years and captured the first Patriot League Championship in program history in 2017.

JOE TORRES and JOEL MANGRUM received promotions to the role of Pitching Coordinator following RUBEN NIEBLA’s promotion to the Major League coaching staff. Torres was the Pitching Coach for Lynchburg in 2019 and has been with the organization since 2017 while Mangrum has spent his two years in the system as Pitching Coach in the Arizona League. JOHN McDONALD has been elevated to Field Coordinator after spending the last four years as the organization’s Defensive Coordinator. TONY MANSOLINO, who managed AAA Columbus last season, has transitioned into a coordinator role and will assume infield duties in 2020. CODY BUCKEL was brought on as the club’s Pitching Resource Coordinator prior to the 2019 season and will join the front office in Cleveland as Assistant Director of Player Development, replacing the departed Matt Blake.

Other first year members of the organization include:

KYLE LINDQUIST (AZL Bench Coach; previous: Davidson)

+Columbus native; Marietta College alum

STEPHEN OSTERER (Pitching Resource Coord.)

+Cornell alum; formerly of Baseball Development Group in Toronto

CRAIG MASSONI (MV Hitting Coach; previous: Missouri State)

+Austin Peay alum; 5-year pro career

VANCE LAW (LC Bench Coach; previous: White Sox PD)

+11-year MLB career; Former BYU Head Coach

JB EARY (DSL Bench Coach; previous: UNLV)

+Coached at Ottawa (AZ) Univ.

IAN FORSTER (DSL Hitting Coach; previous: Central FL)

+Cleveland native; BW alum

KEVIN ERMINIO (MV Pitching Coach; previous: Kennesaw St.)

+Also coached at Miami (OH) Univ.

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Indians announce 2020 Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees


CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland Indians recently extended non-roster invitations to 19 players to 2020 Major League Spring Training Camp.

The following players have been invited to Major League camp:

83 Angulo, Argenis (RHP)
86 Dowdy, Kyle (RHP)
89 Gose, Anthony (LHP)
78 Hill, Cam (RHP)
53 Leone, Dominic (RHP)
80 Martinez, Henry (RHP)
91 Robinson, Jared (RHP)
93 Siri, Dalbert (RHP)
94 Stephens, Jordan (RHP)

65 Collins, Gavin
69 Giljegiljaw Kungkuan
46 Taylor, Beau

84 Clement, Ernie
6 Freeman, Mike
66 Garcia, Wilson
67 Krieger, Tyler

76 Longo, Mitch
79 Marabell, Connor
81 Tom, Ka’ai

RHP Argenis Angulo (age 24)
Posted a 4-2 record with 5 saves and a 3.45 ERA in 48 relief outings/1 start (62.2IP, 43H, 24ER, 38BB, 88SO, .191 avg.) between AA Akron and AAA Columbus in 2019…Member of Team Venezuela for the November 2019 WSBC Premier12 event, a 2020 Olympic qualifier.

RHP Kyle Dowdy (26)
Acquired by Cleveland from Detroit along with OF Leonys Martin in July 2018. Was a Rule 5 draft selection by the NY Mets in December 2018, later claimed by the Texas Rangers, making his first 13 Major League appearances. Finished the year between AA Akron and AAA Columbus upon being returned to the organization.

LHP Anthony Gose (29)
Split 2019 between High-A Lynchburg and AA Akron in his first season in the Indians organization, posting a combined ERA of 2.48 ERA in 32 games (29.0IP, 16H, 8ER, 29BB, 35SO, .165 avg)…Converted to pitcher in 2017, appeared in 372 ML games as an outfielder with Toronto and Detroit, 2012-16.

RHP Cam Hill (25)
Split 2019 season between Single-A Lake County, Mahoning Valley and AAA Columbus after missing most of 2018 due to a reconstructive right elbow surgery…Recorded a 2.42 ERA over his first 18 appearances (6 ER/22.1 IP) with Columbus.

RHP Dominic Leone (28)
Free agent was signed to a Minor League contract today…Spent last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals following acquisition from Toronto in January of 2018…Veteran of 229 Major League relief appearances with four clubs dating back to his 8-win rookie season of 2014 with Seattle…Also pitched with Toronto & Arizona…Norwich, CT native & Clemson alum.

RHP Henry Martinez (25)
Split 2019 campaign between AA Akron and AAA Columbus, posting a 4.37 ERA (59.2IP, 54H, 29ER, 48SO)…His 47 outings were tied for second in the organization… Combined on the year right-handed hitters batted .218 (27-for-124).

RHP Jared Robinson (25)
Split the season between High-A Lynchburg, AA Akron and AAA Columbus, recording a 3.34 ERA in 40 relief outings (70.0IP, 56H, 26ER, 35BB, 97SO, .217 avg)…His 70 relief innings led the system…Averaged 12.5 strikeouts per 9.0 IP on the year after entering the season with a professional career mark of 6.54 SO per 9.0 IP.

RHP Dalbert Siri (25)
Spent most of the season at AA Akron, posting a season ERA of 2.83 in 46 relief outings (47.2IP, 37H, 15ER, 29BB, 52SO, .215 avg)…Was tied for fourth in the system in games pitched and led the PD system with 10 saves…Posted a second half ERA of 1.96 over his last 18 appearances of the year (18.1IP, 13H, 4ER, 18SO).

RHP Jordan Stephens (27)
Spent the season between the Indians and White Sox organizations after being claimed on waivers on June 15…Assigned to AA Akron in June following the waiver claim, posting a 2.50 ERA in 8 relief appearances (18.0IP, 17H, 5ER, 21SO) before throwing 5.0 shutout innings in lone Double-A start…Elevated to Columbus on Aug. 1.

C Gavin Collins (24)
Spent entire season at Single-A Lynchburg, appearing in 54 games at catcher, 29 games at first base and 1 game at third base…Tossed out 19 of 45 runners attempting to steal (42%) off him…For the year, the 13th round selection (2016) batted .262 (91-347) with 21 2B, 7 HR and 61 RBI in 100 games (.325/.395/.720).

C Giljegiljaw Kungkuan (26)
Played under the name Li-Jen Chu, 2014-19, before legally changing to his aboriginal Taiwanese tribal name in the offseason… Spent 2019 in AA Akron, appearing in 60 games….Pronounced \Gi-li Gi-lao Gong-Kuan\.

C Beau Taylor (29)
Signed as a Minor League free agent on Dec. 6….He split the 2019 campaign between Triple-A Las Vegas and Oakland before spending nearly a month in the Toronto organization following an August 16 waiver claim.

INF Ernie Clement (23)
Spent most of the season at AA Akron, appearing in 98 games…Finished the season in Columbus, appearing in three regular season games and all eight postseason contests for the Int’l League champs.

INF Mike Freeman (32)
Spent virtually the entire season in Cleveland and flourished in a utility role, posting a season OPS of .752 with an on-base pct. of .362…Outrighted on to AAA Columbus roster on December 22 and invited to camp.

INF Wilson Garcia (25)
Spent first season in the Indians organization at AA Akron, posting 33 extra-bases hits and 46 RBI over the first 69 games of the season before suffering a right foot fracture (second metatarsal on hit by pitch) on June 19, ending his season…At the time of his injury he was leading the Indians system in doubles, T3rd in hits and T4th in XBH and RBI.

INF Tyler Krieger (25)
Split the first 3 months of the season between AA Akron and AAA Columbus, but injuries and illness limited him to just 61 games…Was on the Injured List in June with a left quad strain and then did not play after July 11 due to an illness.

OF Mitch Longo (24)
Spent the entire season with AA Akron…The Mayfield, OH native and Ohio University alum was on the Injured List most of May with a back strain…Hit .312 (24-for-77) in July with an .835 OPS…Appeared in 66 games in LF and 5 games in RF.

OF Connor Marabell (25)
Spent most of the year in AA Akron and was with AAA Columbus over two stints in June and August…Combined on the year he batted .264 (128-for-485) with 26 2B, 9 HR and 57 RBI in 131 games…Was second among organizational hitters in games, sixth in hits and tied for eighth in doubles.

OF Ka’ai Tom (25)
Led organizational hitters in RBI (86), total bases (255) and extra-base hits (T1st, 60) and was second in runs (83) while amassing professional career-highs in every offensive category…Began the year in AA Akron and reached base safely in 53 of 54 games, May 21-July 18…Promoted to AAA Columbus, July 5, and appeared in the Double-A All-Star Game.

Read more: Cleveland Indians


Daily Almanac for Monday, January 27, 2020



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Cincinnati Reds 2020 Opening Day ‘Ticket Opportunity’



12:11 PM EST


To make Opening Day tickets available to as many fans as possible, registration for the Cincinnati Reds 2020 Opening Day Double Play ticket opportunity is now open.

The Opening Day Double Play ticket opportunity includes Opening Day on March 26 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals plus any additional regular season home game, subject to availability.

Now through February 20 at Noon ET, fans can register at for an opportunity to purchase up to four (4) Opening Day tickets.

Fans are required to purchase a matching number of tickets in the same seating category to an additional game.

The Reds will conduct a random selection of winners from the pool of registrants.

There is no purchase necessary to register and no obligation to purchase Opening Day Double Play tickets if selected.

Opening Day Double Play timeline:

  • Registration Period Begins: Noon ET, Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Registration Period Ends: Noon ET, Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Random Drawing: On or about Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Winners Notified Via E-Mail: On or about Monday, February 24, 2020
  • Sale For Winners: Winners will be notified of sale dates via e-mail

Full details and registration are available at

Change for 2020: 2019 was the final year that Opening Day tickets were sold at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows. For 2020 and beyond, all sales will be facilitated through the online sweepstakes opportunity only.

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