Happy Birthday to current defensive back Brian Randolph and VFL Pat McGlothin, a former Tennessee baseball player who went on to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Dave Serrano will be live and on-site at Calhoun's on the River in downtown Knoxville tonight for "Vol Calls" at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Serrano is set to discuss the numerous player achievements this summer, including Christin Stewart's gold medal win with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, along with the latest news from Vol Baseball. The show will also feature UT sports nutritionist Allison Maurer along with interviews from Vol Football's Cameron Sutton, Jalen Hurd, Kyler Kerbyson and Head Coach Butch Jones.
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On Wednesday, #VFL and Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar threw for the first time since having Tommy John surgery on March 17, playing catch in an indoor batting cage at Detroit's Comerica Park.
"It felt awesome, my first couple of throws, just because I hadn't thrown for a while. But overall it felt good," Hochevar told MLB.com. "Typically getting loose is a little cranky, but today it felt awesome. Hopefully that continues."
Hochevar threw two sessions of 25 pitches at a 45-foot distance and will continue a rehabilitation program of throwing twice a week until he approaches the mound again in January.
Here's more on Luke Hochevar's recent throwing session:
- Kansas City Star: Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar plays catch for first time since Tommy John surgery
The timing could not be better, as Hochevar also celebrates his 31st birthday on Sept. 15! Today, #VolNation sends their congrats, well wishes and birthday wishes alike to the former #Vol first-round pick.
Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two former Vols and one current, Gene McEver (football), Luke Hochevar (baseball) and Josh Richardson (men's basketball)!
McEver was "the best player I ever coached... the best I ever saw" according to Gen. Neyland. While at Tennessee, McEver was an All-Southern selection each year and was the first player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Hochevar was one of the top-rated pitchers in the country. He had an NCAA-leading 11 wins and had a career-high 13 strikeouts. He also moved into the fifth-place on Tennessee's single-season wins list during his tenure. He currently plays for the Kansas City Royals.
Richardson, a senior, had a breakout junior year starting in 37 games and was named to the 2014 SEC All-Defensive Team. He was the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two current Vols, senior Eric Martin (baseball) and junior Lexi Dempsey (volleyball)!
Martin is a pitcher for the Vols and has seen action in 34 games. In career 34 appearances, he has never lost. This past summer, Martin played with the Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken League.
In her sophomore season, Dempsey appeared in 32 matches, starting in 1, and dished out 976 assists, 295 digs, 13 blocks and 19 service aces. She also recorded 16 double-doubles, good for third in the SEC.
On Thursday night in the Bronx, #VFL Chase Headley delivered yet another walk-off victory for his New York Yankees, belting a solo homer to right-center field in the ninth to lift the Yanks to a 5-4 win over Boston. After being traded to New York from his long-time team in San Diego this summer, Headley also hit a walk-off single in his first-ever game wearing the pinstripes.
With the win, New York now remains four games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League's second Wild Card race.
"I actually knew everybody's name this time," Headley told MLB.com following the game. "Every one is fun. There's not a whole lot of better feelings in sports and in baseball than getting a walk-off hit. Obviously the circumstances that we're in right now, we've got to win every game that we play. That's our mentality. Big, big win."
Here's more coverage on Headley's walk-off home run:
- VIDEO (MLB.com): Yankees walk off on Headley's solo blast
- New York Daily News: Teixeira, Headley both homer in ninth to lift Yankees over Red Sox
On August 20, just three days following his No. 17 jersey retirement with the Colorado Rockies, we send Happy Birthday wishes to #VFL and 17-year Major League veteran Todd Helton!
On Sunday, Aug. 17, after 17 years of Major League service with the organization, the Colorado Rockies honored longtime first baseman and #VFL Todd Helton in a pregame jersey retirement ceremony at Coors Field.
Over the course of his 17 seasons with Colorado, the former Vol played in 2,247 games and stands as the Rockies' all-time leader in hits (2,519), singles (1,521), doubles (592), home runs (369), RBIs (1,406), runs scored (1,401) and walks (1,335). A five-time Major League All-Star (2000-04), he also collected three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards as the Rockies starting first baseman.
Now a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, Helton also holds all-time career records for the Vols Baseball program with 38 homers, 147 walks as well as a school-record 23 saves from 1993-95.
Here's a look at the latest coverage on Helton and his jersey retirement at Coors Field:
- MLB.com: Helton's numbers stack up against the best
- USA Today: Rockies retire Helton's No. 17 jersey
- Denver Post: Todd Helton enjoying golf, hunting in retirement
- ESPN.com: Manning gives a nod to Helton's honor
- Associated Press: Rockies retire Helton's No. 17 jersey; 'There's no greater honor'
On Friday night, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox defeated the Falmouth Commodores, 10-4, for the 2014 Cape Cod League Championship title. Among the Y-D's winning squad, #Vols Drake Owenby, A.J. Simcox and Vincent Jackson will take home championship honors following an incredible summer season in the Cape.
Tonight's victory sealed the championship title for the Red Sox following their win in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. Earlier this week, the Yarmouth-Dennis crew topped the Harwich Mariners in three games to clinch a Cape Cod League East Division Championship.
Check out more info on the #Vols and Friday's Cape Cod League Championship Series:
- GAME RECAP: The Y-D Red Sox Win the Cape League Championship
- BOX SCORE: Red Sox 10, Commodores 4
On Wednesday evening, #VFL and current Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia made his first-ever Major League pitching debut, tossing 1.0 scoreless ninth inning in the club's 10-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Throwing in the 73 mile per hour range, Arencibia used 10 total pitches against his four batters faced, inducing two fly-outs after the Rays' Logan Forsythe hustled to beat an infield throw for the lone hit in the outing. Arencibia's debut now stands as the third occasion this season for Rangers Manager Ron Washington to call a position player to the mound.
When asked about the outing during postgame media availability, Arencibia responded saying he was just doing what he could to help the team.
Those were not knuckle balls just super slow gravity pitches... At 73 mph they have to drop.. #ThatWasFun-- jp arencibia (@jparencibia9) August 14, 2014
Check out the recent coverage on Arencibia's outing:
- FOXSports.com: Arencibia, Claudio pitching bright sports for Rangers
- Dallas Morning News: Rangers' Miles Mikolas roughed up in loss to Rays; J.P. Arencibia pitches an inning