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Ill. shortstop signs with Arkansas St. Red Wolves

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A standout shortstop from Edwardsville, Ill., Zach Maggio, has signed to play college baseball for the Red Wolves of Arkansas State, ASU coach Tommy Raffo says.

A news release from ASU said Maggio, a 5-10, 165-pound right-hander, was named first-team All-Southwest Conference following his senior season at Edwardsville High School. He also earned the Alton-Telegraph All-Area first-team shortstop honors, was named to the 2009 St. Louis Post-Dispatch honorable mention team and was selected to play in the MEDCA All-Star game.

A .397 career hitter, Maggio hit .453 his senior year with 17 doubles, two triples and two home runs. An honor roll student, he was a teammate of current ASU junior outfielder Todd Baumgartner at Edwardsville.

Mariners call up Snell to replace Washburn

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Seattle Mariners called up right-hander Ian Snell on Friday to take the rotation spot created when the team traded left-hander Jarrod Washburn to Detroit earlier in the day.

Snell, acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, will get his first start for Seattle on Sunday at Texas.

After making the deal earlier in the week, the Mariners optioned Snell to AAA Tacoma. Snell joined the Mariners in Texas on Thursday, throwing in the bullpen for Seattle's coaches. They were impressed, and when Washburn was dealt, Snell was promoted to the big club.

"We're just going through the introductions right now," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said prior to Friday night's game against the Rangers. "He's very athletic with tremendous stuff, a guy that's kind of floated around. His first stint down in the minor leagues he struck out 17 in the seven innings and 13 in a row. That's what we are talking about with the quality of his pitches. The rest is just probably getting some consistency and figuring out what has led to some of the inconsistencies."

No Halladay for Rangers at deadline

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - No Halladay in Texas - nor anybody else, for that matter.

The non-waiver trading deadline passed Friday without any deals by the Rangers, who had been dickering with the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Roy Halladay.

The Rangers had talked about the possibility of adding a proven starting pitcher or a bat to the lineup. They went into Friday night's game against Seattle three games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West, and 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the wildcard race.

Goofball Marty B could be linchpin for Cowboys

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett loves Cap'n Crunch, cartoon superheroes, tattoos and, most of all, being the class clown.

He offers up daily musings on Twitter, does live chats every night on uStream and occasionally posts improv videos on his YouTube channel, Marty B TV.

And, the funniest part of it all is that this self-described goofball could be the linchpin to the Dallas Cowboys' offense this season.

The Cowboys want to juice up their running game, and they need to fill a void in the passing game created by Terrell Owens' departure. That means the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Aggie is an ideal candidate to help in both areas.

As a rookie last season, Bennett averaged 14.2 yards on 20 catches, scoring on 4 of them. He blocked well enough for the Cowboys to often line up with two tight ends, the other being star Jason Witten. This season, the duo will be paired up more often than not, as long as Bennett proves he can handle more responsibility.

This is where his two personas collide: There's Martellus Bennett, who professes "I want to become the best ever at my position;" and "Marty B," who calls people Earthlings because he claims to be from Jupiter.

Cowboys offer unique ticket to new stadium

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Jerry Jones' favorite viewing spot at the new Cowboys Stadium will cost only $29.

The catch is, it doesn't include a seat.

The ticket is essentially standing-room only, except that 180,000 square feet were built into the $1.15 billion stadium specifically so fans can hang out during games. Much of the space is in decks and patios, especially along the stairwells in each end of the stadium.

"You can stand there and watch the game and look down at all the things going on below you, so it's a fun place to be," Jones said. "It will actually create the atmosphere you want, a collegiate atmosphere in there."

It also could help boost attendance over 100,000. The Cowboys are anticipating selling as many as 35,000 of these "Party Pass" tickets, with the ability to sell even more.

They go on sale Monday for the first two preseason games and the first two home games of the regular season.

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