Wednesday, April 1
Cardinals sign quarterback Harnish to 1-year deal
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed quarterback Chandler Harnish to a one-year contract.
Terms were not disclosed.
Harnish was a seventh-round draft pick out of Northern Illinois by Indianapolis in 2012. He split his rookie season between the active roster and practice squad with the Colts and was on the practice squad all of 2013.
Harnish spent last season on Minnesota's practice squad, appearing on the active roster but not playing against Green Bay on Oct. 2.
He threw for 8,944 yards and 68 touchdowns in four seasons with Northern Illinois.
Arizona to meet Texas Tech and Hawaii in future series
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has scheduled future home-and-home series with Texas Tech and Hawaii.
The Wildcats and Red Raiders will play in Tucson in 2019 and Lubbock in 2020. The teams have met 31 times, but not since 1988.
Arizona and Hawaii will play in Tucson in 2016 and Honolulu in 2025. The Wildcats and Rainbow Warriors already have a home-and-home series scheduled for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Arizona has won all four meeting with Hawaii, most recently in 1998.
ARIZONA ST-TIERNEY-WALKER FIRED
Swimming coach Tierney-Walker fired by Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State has fired swimming coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker after six seasons.
Sun Devils athletic director Ray Anderson made the announcement Tuesday.
Arizona State's women have finished no higher than sixth in the Pac-12 under Tierney-Walker and the men no better than fifth.
Mark Bradshaw will remain as diving coach.
Anderson has made five coaching changes since becoming athletic director a little more than a year ago, including firing men's basketball coach Herb Sendek last week.
Jacks head to CIT final with 68-61 win over NJIT
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Quinton Upshur scored 23 points, Aaseem Dixon added 19 and Northern Arizona earned a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship game with a 68-61 victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology Tuesday night.
NAU (23-15) struggled offensively most of the night and trailed by 12 early in the second half.
The Lumberjacks fought their way back with a full-court press and a dominating performance on the glass, then celebrated the biggest victory in school history with their fans at center court.
Northern Arizona outrebounded NJIT by 14 and had 23 offensive boards, leading to 25 points.
The Lumberjacks will play at Evansville in the CIT championship game on Thursday.
Damon Lynn had 16 points to lead NJIT (22-12), which shot 34 percent and went 4 for 22 from 3-point range.
Taurasi-less Mercury re-sign Bonner
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury have re-signed forward DeWanna Bonner.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bonner has spent her entire six-year career with the Mercury, earning the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year award three times.
She has won two WNBA championships with Phoenix, including last season when she was 10th in the league with 1.5 steals per game.
Bonner has averaged 13.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 200 career games. She is second in franchise history with 1,197 rebounds, third with 221 steals and 2,634 points.
The Mercury will attempt to defend their title this season without former league MVP Diana Taurasi, who will skip the WNBA season to rest for her Russian team.
Trumbo, Goldschmidt homer as Diamondbacks beat Rangers 8-7
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-7 victory over a split-squad of Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
Trumbo and Goldschmidt had three hits apiece, and Blake Lalli singled in the winning run in the ninth. Lalli is trying to make the team as a backup catcher.
Texas center fielder Delino DeShields had two hits, including a solo homer, and two RBIs, bolstering his case for a spot on the Rangers' opening-day roster. DeShields is 7 for 17 in his last four games.
Nick Martinez, who was recently selected for the fifth spot in Texas' rotation, was charged with six earned runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson labored through four innings, giving up six runs and 11 hits. Trevor Cahill then came in and struck out five in two scoreless innings.
Guthrie strong over 6 innings, Royals beat Padres 4-1
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie pitched six strong innings in his final tuneup before sliding into the No. 5 spot in Kansas City's rotation, and the Royals beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Tuesday night.
Guthrie, who turns 36 next week, allowed one run and six hits while striking out five. The 13-game winner from a year ago threw 93 pitches.
Brandon Morrow, front-runner for the Padres' final rotation spot, gave up three runs and seven hits before leaving with one out in the fifth.
In his first start since March 21 due to a blister on his pitching hand, Morrow settled down after a two-run first inning that included a leadoff walk, a balk and his own fielding error.
San Diego outfielder Matt Kemp went 0 for 3 and badly misjudged Mike Moustakas' fly to right that fell for a single.
Son of Rockies' Axford in stable condition after snake bites
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2-year-old son of Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake.
Axford has not been with the Rockies since his son went to the hospital for anti-venom treatment last Wednesday. A second round of treatment was needed a few days later due to the excessive amount of venom found.
Doctors have likely saved the foot, though Jameson Axford could still face losing a toe or two, Rockies officials said.
John Axford, who has thrown a couple of bullpen sessions, says he is grateful for the support he's received.
Barry Zito's scoreless streak ends; A's beat Angels 13-10
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Barry Zito's spotless spring ended when he gave up three home runs to the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning Tuesday, but the Oakland Athletics also had a big day at the plate in a 13-10 victory.
Zito, trying a comeback after sitting out last season, had thrown 13 scoreless innings in Cactus League play before Collin Cowgill, Kole Calhoun and David Freese went deep for the Angels.
The left-hander was tagged for eight hits and seven runs in four innings as his spring training ERA climbed from 2.30 to 5.03. Making his sixth appearance and second start, he struck out two and walked one.
The 36-year-old Zito, a three-time All-Star, began his career in Oakland and won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award with the A's.
Fujikawa fails to get any outs as Rangers lose to Cubs 15-10
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyuji Fujikawa failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in an eight-run ninth inning as a Texas Rangers' split squad lost to the Chicago Cubs 15-10 Tuesday.
Fujikawa, who signed with the Rangers in December after pitching for the Cubs last year, had retired 21 of 25 batters in exhibition games. Chicago sent 12 batters to the plate in the ninth, and Fujikawa's ERA jumped from 1.35 to 13.50.
Rangers starter Derrek Holland, slowed by a sore left shoulder early in spring training, threw 81 pitches. He allowed five runs — four earned — six hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings. He is slated to start the Rangers' home opener against Houston on April 10.
Ed Lucas had three hits and Carlos Corporan homered.
Matt Sczuur homered leading off Chicago's four-run fifth, and Wes Darvill also homered for the Cubs.
Cubs closer Hector Rondon retired both batters he faced and lowered his ERA to 1.13 in nine appearances.
Seattle sends Ramirez to Tampa Bay for Montgomery
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have acquired left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Tampa Bay Rays for righty Erasmo Ramirez.
The Mariners and Rays announced the trade on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old Ramirez was without a spot in the Mariners' plans after failing to win a job in the rotation during spring training and being out of minor league options.
Montgomery has not pitched in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Royals with the 36th pick in 2008.
The Rays obtained Montgomery as part of the seven-player trade that sent James Shields to Kansas City for Wil Myers before the 2013 season. Montgomery won 10 games last year at Triple-A Durham. He made six relief appearances this spring with the Rays, giving up three runs — two earned — in 11 1-3 innings.
Ramirez has made 35 starts over the past three seasons for Seattle. Last season he was 1-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 17 appearances — 14 starts — with the Mariners.
Royals release veteran infielder Rafael Furcal
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have released three-time All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal, two weeks after he signed a minor league deal.
Furcal didn't appear in a Cactus League game as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in winter ball. Tuesday's move doesn't affect the Royals' big league roster as Furcal was not invited to camp.
The 37-year-old Furcal played nine games last year with Miami after missing all of the 2013 season following elbow reconstruction surgery.