MLB: San Diego 7, Atlanta 6
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Heyward also hit a bases-empty homer in the eighth for National League East-leading Atlanta.
Braves starter Julio Teheran (4-3) was roughed up for five runs on six hits over six full innings.
LOBOS’ DILL DRAFTED BY ATLANTA BRAVES
Sul Ross State University baseball standout Dakota Dill, Tomball, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 26th round of last week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Dill transferred to Sul Ross from the University of Houston prior to the 2012 season. He played outfield and was a designated hitter last season, then joined the starting pitching rotation in 2013, compiling a 4-2 won-lost record. In 10 appearances, including seven starts, Dill completed four games, including a shutout, collected a save and struck out 58 batters in 50 and one-third innings. His earned run average was 4.29.
Dill also excelled at the plate, batting .369 as a DH-outfielder in 2012 with 19 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles, five triples and two home runs, with 28 runs batted in. He was named the American Southwest Conference West Division Newcomer of the Year.
In 2013, Dill earned second-team ASC All-West Division honors as both a DH and pitcher. He batted .340 with 36 hits, including five doubles, a triple, three homers and 20 RBI. His efforts helped the Lobos increase their win total by six games over 2012.
“Dakota displayed a great deal of talent both on the mound and at the plate,” said Sul Ross head coach Bobby Mesker. “He was a key member of our program and we are pleased that his professional potential has been recognized. We wish him well as he continues his baseball career.”
Braves Dan Uggla: Baseball’s Sibyl
Dan Uggla is truly baseball’s Sibyl. Not in a psychological sense, but in a baseball sense. Sibyl was a woman in a famous fictional book who had dissociative identity disorder, better known as having multiple personalities. The book was later made into two movies.
Uggla’s game has multiple personalities and you never know which one is going to show up or when. If he ever put together one of his signature hot streaks in the playoffs, he could literally carry the Braves to a World Series championship single-handedly.
He could also cost you the window in your TV room and a couple dozen stitches in your knuckles…
Manwaring will sign with Atlanta Braves
Manwaring – a senior at Horseheads, who led the school to three Class AA sectional baseball titles – was in fact quite chipper, but it had little to do with his last day of school.
Three days after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Manwaring decided he will forego college and go straight to the pros.
In what he described as a ‘really tough decision’, Manwaring has turned down a scholarship to play baseball at Division I Wake Forest and instead will sign a professional contract with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Although full terms of the deal were not disclosed, Manwaring did say the Braves have agreed to pay for his college education if he decides to pursue it in the future.
“It was a really tough decision because of how great the coaching staff is at Wake Forest, but I think the fact I’ve wanted this since I was 3 or 4 years old – it’s just been a dream of mine,” Manwaring said Monday, a few hours after revealing his decision on Twitter. “My heart was telling me that I didn’t want to delay this and so start it now and hope it all plays out well and hopefully it will end up with a major league career at the end.”