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Chapman pitches five scoreless innings in Reds 6-0 win over Padres


Aroldis Chapman (courtesy of

The Cincinnati Reds and pitching coach Bryan Price have worked all spring to get Aroldis Chapman’s delivery to get smoother and smoother.

On Saturday, he was at his best in a 6-0 domination of the San Diego Padres in a split-squad game in Peoria, Arizona.

The left-handed Chapman, threw five scoreless innings in his longest start of the spring, allowing four hits and five strikeouts.

Chapman threw in around 95-96 and topped out at 98 mph on the radar gun several times. He realizes he does not have to throw over 100 mph to get hitters out.

Chapman will either be a starter or closer for the Reds in 2012.



Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Thome hits tape-measure homer for #596 at Target Field


Even at age 40, Jim Thome can still hit the baseball for distance.

Jim Thome (file photo)

The Peoria, Illinois native homered for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday and it was another tape-measure job.

His sixth-inning blast into the upper deck in right-center field helped the Twins over the Kansas City Royals, 4-3. The ball traveled an estimated 490 feet, the longest homer in the two-year history of Target Field in Minneapolis. It was career homer #596.

Target Field in April 2010 (photo by Randy Stern via wikipedia commons)

Thome has hit three of the longest home runs in Target Field’s history and six of the top eight.

Always a fan and media-favorite around Major League Baseball, Thome has played for Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Info compiled from staff, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news



Bradley University hires Kent State coach Geno Ford


Geno Ford (courtesy of Kent State athletics)

Kent State head coach Geno Ford, a former star at Ohio University, will be packing his bags and heading west to Peoria, Illinois.
The young coach has been hired to revive the basketball program at Bradley University as the replacement for Jim Les.
Ford coached the Golden Flashes for three seasons, winning Mid-American Conference championships the last two years.
Ford was a star player at Ohio University alongside Gary Trent.
compiled from Bradley University & Kent State athletics

Fan-favorite Jim Les fired by Bradley Braves

Jim Les (courtesy of Bradley athletics)

When you talk about Bradley University Braves basketball, Jim Les, Hersey Hawkins and Dick Versace are three names that all fans of the program talk about with much appreciation.

Jim Les became the head coach nine years ago, but lost his star-status amongst the Peoria, Illinois’ school’s media contingent, alumni and administration.

Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross earlier this week announced that Jim Les has been released from his duties, effective immediately.

Les completed his ninth year as Bradley head coach with a final record of 154-140 (.524), including a 74-88 (.458) mark in Missouri Valley Conference games. He led the Braves to four consecutive postseason appearances in the middle of his tenure, highlighted by a run to the 2006 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Info courtesy of Bradley University athletics