Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Network


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Jeff Luhnow, the Houston Astros’ general manager, with Jon Jay, left, and Daniel Descalso of the Cardinals in 2013.
Jeff Luhnow, the Houston Astros’ general manager, with Jon Jay, left, and Daniel Descalso of the Cardinals in 2013.
WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, hacked into internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Ysleta's Justin Maese taken in third round of Major League Baseball Draft


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Ysleta's Justin Maese pitches against Riverside at the Indians' home field.
Ysleta's Justin Maese pitches against Riverside at the Indians' home field.
(Rudy Gutierrez—El Paso Times)
Right-handed pitcher Justin Maese was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft this morning.

The 6-foot-3 Ysleta High School standout was the 91st overall pick in the draft, which started Monday and ends Wednesday.

Maese, who has signed with Texas Tech if he doesn't reach a deal with the Blue Jays, had 156 strikeouts as a junior and 81 strikeouts this past season. He was named to the Louisville Slugger High School All America First team as a junior.

Several scouts attended Maese's games this past season and his fastball has been clocked as high as 96 mph.

Felix Chávez may be reached at 546-6167.
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Major League Baseball first-year player draft Day 2: Yankees and Mets selections


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Miami's David Thompson (8) heads to first base against 
VCU during the super regionals of the NCAA college baseball tournament, 
Friday, June 5, 2015, in Coral Gables, Fla. Photo Credit: AP
As the Yankees and Mets make selections during ay 2 of the MLB Draft on Tuesday, learn about each player they selected. Rounds 3 through 10 are on Tuesday, and the draft concludes on Wednesday with the final 30 rounds.

METS -- Max Wotell (6-3, 180)
Round 3, No. 88 overall

The lefthanded pitcher out of Marvin Ridge High School in North Carolina was ranked by Baseball America as the 143rd-best player in the draft. Wotell was 13-0 with a 0.57 ERA, striking out 136 in 72 innings. He allowed just 28 hits and 24 walks and was named the North Carolina Gatorade baseball player of the year.