Ark. pitcher SE Conference pitcher of the week
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas pitcher Mike Bolsinger has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Bolsinger was picked Monday after he led the Razorbacks to a 7-0 victory over Ole Miss on Sunday. Bolsinger also had 11 strikeouts, a season high for him.
He is now 5-2 with a 4.65 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season.
Bolsinger is the second Arkansas pitcher to receive weekly honors. Drew Smyly was named Pitcher of the Week April 5 after a seven-inning performance against Kentucky.
The Razorbacks take on Louisiana Tech on Tuesday in North Little Rock, beginning at 7 p.m.
Arkansas pitcher placed on Olerud watch list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas pitcher Brett Eibner has been named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List.
The College Baseball Foundation announced the addition on Monday.
The Olerud Award will recognize a player who makes an impact on the mound and at the plate.
Eibner shares the Southeastern Conference lead with 17 home runs and is fourth in the league with a .703 slugging percentage. On the mound, he has a 3-4 record with a 4.30 ERA and has made a team-high 11 starts. In 52.1 innings of work, he has 47 strikeouts and has issued just nine walks, the second-lowest figure in the conference.
Naturals win 7-3 at Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Drillers look to split a 4-game home series against Northwest Arkansas with a win Tuesday in the Texas League.
The Naturals took advantage of defensive miscues by the Drillers to win 7-3 Monday night after a rain delay that lasted about an hour.
Kansas City Royals prospect Mike Montgomery pitched six strong innings and retired the first nine hitters he faced. He allowed one run, had two walks and struck out three.
Mike Moustakas was 4 for 5 for the Naturals, who are 20-10. Nick Van Stratten, Manny Pina and Ernesto Mejia each had two hits.
MLB teams take scouting to new level, track umps
(AP) - For years, baseball teams have scouted the opposition. Now teams are taking it to a different level by scouting the umpires. They compile information on how consistently they call balls and strikes, how quick they are to eject someone arguing a call, where the crew comes from and the next time they're next in town.
The Texas Rangers do it, and they aren't the only ones taking advantage. Several teams track umpires on a daily basis and provide their players with the detailed reports.
Cowboys, Rams swap former first-round picks
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Cowboys and Rams have swapped underachieving former first-round picks, with offensive tackle Alex Barron going to Dallas and linebacker Bobby Carpenter headed for St. Louis.
Carpenter made only two starts in four seasons for the Cowboys, one in the regular season and one in the playoffs. He was a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense last season. The Rams have a 4-3 defense and the 250-pound Carpenter could start.
Barron was the 19th pick of the 2005 draft and has made 74 starts for St. Louis but has been at least a mild disappointment. The Rams drafted Rodger Saffold of Indiana to open the second round of this year's draft and could start him at one tackle opposite Jason Smith, the second overall pick of last year's draft.
The trade was finalized Monday.