KURT CLUTCHES: A's catcher Kurt Suzuki, a Baldwin High graduate, held on to the ball yesterday after tagging out Chase Utley of the Phillies. Philadelphia won 4-0. Suzuki went 1-for-3 in the loss.
Tigers call up Kamehameha alum
Kamehameha graduate Dane Sardinha was called up to the major leagues for the third time in his career yesterday when the Detroit Tigers purchased his contract from Triple-A Toledo to replace catcher Brandon Inge on the roster.
Sardinha's previous two big league appearances came with the Cincinnati Reds in 2003 and 2005. He played in two games with the Reds, going hitless in five at-bats. The veteran catcher was hitting .206 with six home runs and 16 runs batted in for Toledo this season.
Inge was put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday because of a pulled oblique muscle.
Texeira picks up all-star win
Kanekoa Texeira (Kamehameha '04) threw an inning of scoreless relief in the Carolina League's 3-1 all-star game win over the California League on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Texeira, the closer for Single-A Winston-Salem, gave up one hit and struck out one in the top of the eighth inning and the Carolina League took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
He was one of seven Hawaii Winter Baseball products to participate in the all-star game.
Academic honor for Wichmann
Hawaii's Annett Wichmann was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Track and Field/Cross Country second team.
Wichmann made the Academic All-District VIII first team this season and was a third-team academic All-America selection last year. She is the second UH athlete to earn two academic All-America honors, joining former volleyball standout Costas Theocharidis.
Wichmann placed fourth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and sixth in the heptathlon in the outdoor championships. She won the Western Athletic Conference title in both events.
Owens named to AFL All-Rookie team
Former Hawaii receiver Chad Owens was named to the Arena Football League's All-Rookie team.
Owens caught 66 passes for 674 yards and scored 16 touchdowns for the Colorado Crush. He also led the Crush with 983 kick return yards. He had nine receiving touchdowns, six rushing and one on a kick return.