Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 4, 2013

Sports in Brief: 07/04/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 131s place third at ND tournament

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The U14 131s Blue Travel Baseball team went 4-2 to finish third at the Notre Dame Wood Bat Classic in Indiana over the weekend.

The tournament featured 23 teams from zseven states and Canada. Solid defense and stellar pitching by starter Jared Jackson helped the 131s (12-9) to a 4-2 upset victory over the top-seeded Illinois Ice, from suburban Chicago. Dawson Rabb, Brett Hines and Nick Brzezinski also picked up pitching victories. The offense was led by Gabe Callery, Alex Strickland and Jake Ryan.

Following a weekend off, they next head to Battle Creek for the USSSA Gold Glove Classic.

Outlaws host Flint in roller derby bout

KALKASKA —The Small Town Outlaws host the Flint City Derby Girls for a roller derby bout July 13 at the Kaliseum in Kalkaska.

The event features a Fan Appreciation Day theme with an outlaw costume contest and prizes. Pre-sale tickets are $8 at the Kaliseum, Kal-Ho Lounge, Outlaws Bar & Grill, Woodland Shore Gardening Center in TC or any Outlaws derby girl. Tickets at the door are $12 for the 7 p.m. bout.

Manny Ramirez inks with Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Manny Ramirez is apparently cutting his long dreadlocks for another shot at the major leagues.

The Texas Rangers said Wednesday they had agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the 41-year-old slugger, who hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2011 with Tampa Bay.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was Ramirez, twice suspended for testing positive for banned drugs, agreeing to cut his hair and “comply with our minor league rules on appearance and discipline.”

Ramirez was set to report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, and he will be a designated hitter whenever he is activated. He played for three months in Taiwan before leaving the Rhinos on June 20.