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LeCure promoted from Louisville to Cincinnati

compiled from staff, wire and Cincinnati Reds reports

Staff writer Dan Hock contributed to this story

Right-handed pitcher Sam LeCure will take Homer Bailey’s spot in the rotation while he recovers from an inflammed pitching shoulder. Bailey went on the disabled list on Monday.

LeCure joined the Reds on Thursday, making the 100-mile drive up Interstate 71 North from Triple-A Louisville. He is expected to officially be promoted on Friday and start the first game of a weekend series against Houston.

Sam LeCure (MiLB)

The Reds will have to make a roster move to add LeCure.

The 26-year-old LeCure will be making his major league debut. He was 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA, with 51 strikeouts, 15 walks, 60 innings pitched with one shutout in nine starts.

Garrett Wittels hitting streak: 50 games and counting!

Info Courtesy of Florida International University

Garrett Wittels of Florida International University now has a 50-game hitting streak, after a third-inning single against Western Kentucky in a Sun Belt Conference tournament elimination game.

Wittels moved to within eight games on Thursday of matching the NCAA Division I record of 58, set by Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State in 1987.

Garrett Wittels (courtesy of FIU sports)

The FIU Golden Panthers beat Western Kentucky 7-3 in the double elimination tournament, adding at least one more day to their season. The Golden Panthers will play another elimination game Friday, needing to win that game to remain in the hunt for the conference championship.

Under NCAA rules, Wittels’ hitting streak can carry over to 2011, providing that it’s still going whenever his team’s season ended.

Yzerman in Tampa Bay sounds strange! Hired as GM

compiled from staff and wire reports

Hall of Fame hockey player Steve Yzerman is the new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’ll be given the task of rebuilding a franchise that’s fallen on hard times since winning its only Stanley Cup championship six years ago.

The former Detroit Red Wings captain and executive was introduced earlier this week during a press conference at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Since retiring in 2006, Yzerman has worked as a vice president for the Red Wings, the only team he played for during a 22-year career in which he scored 692 goals. accumulated 1,755 points and was part of three Stanley Cup winners.

The 45-year-old fan favorite recently led Canada to the men’s Olympic hockey gold as Hockey Canada executive director at the Vancouver Games.

Steve Yzerman (nhl)

Tampa Bay’s new owner Jeff Vinik, fired Brian Lawton as GM and Rick Tocchet as head coach after the struggling franchise missed the playoffs for the third straight season. The Lightning went 34-36-12 this season and were 53-69-26 just shy of two seasons under Tocchet.

Detroit owners Michael and Marian Ilitch congratulated Yzerman but said it will be strange to see him with another team and city.

Yzerman was not going to be given a chance in Detroit to become general manager because the two executives above him, Ken Holland and Jim Nill are going to be given a chance to sign long-term extensions soon.

In Tampa Bay, Yzerman will inherit a team that has talent, but has made three coaching changes in two years,

The roster has two star players from the Stanley Cup winner, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis as well as Victor Hedman and Stephen Stamkos, the top pick in the 2008 NHL draft who scored 51 goals this year to tie Sidney Crosby for the NHL league lead.

White Sox win despite ejections to Guillen and Buehrle by umpire “Country” Joe West

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Jake Westbrook (2-3) and Mark Teahan drove in two runs as Chicago took two of three from the last-place Indians, who had a season-high five errors. The White Sox won 5-4 for only their third win against Cleveland all year long.

The White Sox survived a scary ninth inning where their closer Bobby Jenks to win a road series for the first time this season.

Jenks nearly blew a 5-1 lead, allowing Cleveland to score three runs before striking out Austin Kearns and Russell Branyan to fly out.

Tony Pena (mlb)

White Sox reliever Tony Pena (1-1) came on in the fourth inning after Randy Williams left with an apparent foot injury, worked four scoreless innings.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected along with left-hander Mark Buerhle for arguing balk calls in the early innings. Umpire “Country” Joe West, a 32-year veteran with a reputation for being confrontational. Guillen came out of the dugout to defend his pitcher and West ejected him after about a minute of protest. Buehrle got ejected for throwing up his hands and tossing his glove aside.

Blue Jackets sign forward Tomas Kubalik to entry level contract

Info Courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Tomas Kubalik to a standard three-year entry level contract.

Tomas Kubalik (nhl)

Kubalik registered 33 goals and 42 assists for 75 points, 95 penalty minutes and had a +16 plus/minus in 58 games with Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2009-10. He led the club and tied for sixth in the QMJHL in game-winning goals (seven), while also leading the club in penalty minutes. Kubalik ranked fourth on the Tigers in goals, points, and power play goals (12). He added 4 goals, 1o assist for 14 points and eight penalty minutes in 16 playoff games to rank second on the team in playoff scoring.

The 20-year-old native of Plzen, Czech Republic, was the Blue Jackets’ sixth pick, 135th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft. Prior to making his North American debut in 2009-10, he tallied 4-2-6 and 90 penalty minutes in 75 career games in the Czech Elite League and 32-30-62, 132 penalty minutes and  a cumulative plus/minus rating of +11 in 61 career games in the Czech-2 League.

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