Cardinals hire Roger Kingdom, re-sign NT Ta'amu
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have hired two-time Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom as assistant strength and conditioning coach.
The team also re-signed nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu.
Kingdom won the 110-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and defended the title four years later in Barcelona. He has spent the last 10 years as director of the track and field and cross country programs at California University of Pennsylvania.
Ta'amu appeared in 14 games, three as a starter, for the Cardinals last season after the team claimed him off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A's, Diamondbacks finish in 8-8 tie in 10 innings
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Moss and Sam Fuld homered and the Oakland Athletics finished in an 8-8 tie in 10 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Oakland starter Sonny Gray struggled, allowing four runs and five hits in one inning. But the A's hitters provided plenty of offense. Oakland scored three runs in the first, one run in the second and two in the third.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings. He struck out four.
Martin Prado continued his hot start to spring training for Arizona with a two-run double, and is 11 for 18 in six games.
Gerardo Parra went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a stolen base for Arizona.
Bronson Arroyo out 7-to-10 days with back injury
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona pitcher Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss a week to 10 days because of a back injury.
Arroyo was scratched from a scheduled start Tuesday and had an MRI, which revealed a slightly bulging disk.
Manager Kirk Gibson says "we still feel like there's enough time for him to be ready for the beginning of the season."
The 37-year-old right-hander, who agreed last month to a $23.5 million, two-year contract, has never has been on the disabled list in his professional career.
Wilson, Haren sharp, Angels and Dodgers tie in 10
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Starters C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels and Dan Haren of the Los Angeles Dodgers each pitched four shutout innings Thursday as the teams played to a 4-all, 10-inning tie.
Wilson, 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA with the Angels in 2013, did not allow a hit in his second spring start, striking out four and walking two.
Haren gave up three hits and struck out three without a walk in his second spring start.
Scott Van Slyke hit a grand slam in the Dodgers sixth off reliever Dane De La Rosa. The Angels right-hander later left with tightness in his forearm.
Mike Trout was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park home run. Angels manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh) challenged umpire Rob Drake's call and after a replay wait of 1 minute, 12 seconds, the ruling was confirmed.
Trout's liner got past diving center fielder Yasiel Puig.
Jose Abreu homers for White Sox in tie with Royals
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Cuban defector Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a Chicago White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday.
The Cuban defector who signed with the White Sox for six years and $68 million in October, connected for a two-run shot into Chicago's bullpen in right field off Brad Penny in the fifth inning.
Alex Gordon led the Royals, going 3 for 3 with two runs and a RBI, while Pedro Ciriaco homered and doubled.
Royals left-hander Jason Vargas pitched three scoreless innings and has not allowed a run over five innings in his first two starts.
White Sox shortstop Alexi Ramirez, who was 0 for 8 in his first three games, went 3 for 3.
Herrera homers, Brewers beat Rockies 5-3
PHOENIX (AP) - Elian Herrera hit a solo home run in the seventh inning off the glove of leaping right fielder Ryan Wheeler and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the mistake-prone Colorado Rockies 5-3 Thursday.
The Brewers scored twice in the eighth with the help of four of Colorado's five errors.
Herrera, a leading candidate to make the Brewers as a utility infielder, has four hits in seven at-bats this spring with three RBIs while playing well at shortstop.
Mark Reynolds and Jean Segura added RBI singles for the Brewers.
Wheeler had an RBI single while Tom Murphy and Kyle Parker had run-scoring doubles for the Rockies.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss questioned a call on a stolen base by Milwaukee's Logan Shafer in the sixth. Shafer was ruled safe by second base umpire Jim Wolf and after a replay review of less than two minutes, the ruling on the field was upheld.
Hudson scoreless again as Giants beat Reds 3-2
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Hudson extended his spring training scoreless streak to five innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to lead off a three-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday.
Hudson gave up two hits in three innings, struck out three and walked two. He also started a double play on Ramon Santiago's first-inning comebacker after Roger Bernadina's leadoff walk.
Hudson had pitched a pair of shutout innings against Arizona on March 2, his first game action since breaking an ankle July 24 when the New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. inadvertently stepped on the back of the pitcher's lower right leg at first base.
Left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched three hitless innings for the Reds.
Chien-Ming Wang gave up Sandoval's homer and run-scoring hits by Juan Perez and Angel Pagan.
USC women hold off Arizona 59-54 in Pac-12 tourney
SEATTLE (AP) - Ariya Crook scored 19 points, including three free throws in the final 30 seconds, as the fifth-seeded USC women beat No. 12 seed Arizona 59-54 in the first round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament on Thursday.
Carissa Crutchfield hit a 3-pointer with 7:41 to play, pulling Arizona within three, 52-49, but the Wildcats made just 1 of 8 field goals the rest of the way and USC (19-12) held on for the win.
The Women of Troy will play No. 4 seed Arizona State (22-8) in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Alexyz Vaioletama pulled down 12 rebounds and Cassie Harberts grabbed 11 for USC, which out-rebounded Arizona (5-25) 41-30, including 12-4 on the offensive glass. Kate Oliver scored 12 in the win.
Kama Griffitts paced the Wildcats with 13 points and seven rebounds. Crutchfield added 12 points and LaBrittney Jones scored 10.
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