Cardinals call up their new closer
Greg Holland is all set to make his debut as the new closer for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals recalled Holland from the minors in time for Monday night’s game against Milwaukee, and the All-Star righty said he was ready to pitch.
The 32-year-old Holland tied for the NL lead with 41 saves for Colorado last season, then signed as a free agent with St. Louis on opening day. He pitched two games for Class A Palm Beach, with a scoreless relief appearance and a start in which he allowed one run on two hits in one inning.
To make room for Holland, St. Louis optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis.
Lawsuit accuses basketball players of rape
A federal lawsuit has been filed against Michigan State University and three former men’s basketball players by a female student who accuses them of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus apartment.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District in Grand Rapids and does not list the woman’s name or the names of the players.
It says the assault occurred April 12, 2015 after the 18-year-old woman met the players at a local bar. The woman says in the suit that she was taken to an apartment where the players took turns raping her in a bedroom.
The woman also says university Counseling Center staff made it clear to her that if she reported it to police "she faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention."
Texas Tech hires new women’s coach
University of Minnesota women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings is leaving to take over the program at Texas Tech.
Stollings led the Gophers’ program for four seasons. This past season, the Gophers reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to Oregon.
The Gophers finished 24-9 after tying for third in the Big Ten regular season and picking up the program’s first NCAA Tournament win since 2009.
Red Sox place Bogaerts on DL
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was put on the 10-day disabled list because of a cracked bone in his left ankle.
Boston says an MRI confirmed the injury on Monday, a day after he was hurt. The injury is a non-displaced fracture and won’t require surgery. He is expected to miss 10-to-014 days.
Bogaerts, a 2016 AL All-Star, left Sunday’s 8-7 over Tampa Bay in the seventh inning after injuring his ankle while sliding into the Rays dugout. He was covering third base and chasing his own mishandling of a ball relayed by left fielder J.D. Martinez.
Angels pitcher to miss season
Los Angeles Angels starter JC Ramirez will miss the rest of this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and Tommy John surgery has been recommended for the right-hander.
Ramirez (0-2, 9.45 ERA) was put on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, a day after the 29-year-old pitcher felt tightness in his forearm in his second start this season.
FROM WIRE REPORTS