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Fresno State defeats UC Riverside 39-30

Fresno State defeats UC Riverside 39-30

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) Allen Huddleston had nearly half of his teams points Wednesday night, scoring 17 to lead a Fresno State squad which shot 28.2 percent from the field against UC Riverside in a 39-30 win.

Fresno State (1-1) hit only 11 of the 39 shots it took and the Highlanders weren't great either, finishing the game 12 for 49 at 24.5 percent.

The next leading scorer for the Bulldogs was Kevin Foster who had seven points and six rebounds.

The Bulldogs trailed 23-21 with 11:01 to play before Foster made two free throws to tie it at 23-23 and start a 14-4 run capped off by Huddleston's 3-point basket with 1-minute to play to give the Bulldogs a 35-27 lead.

Chris Patton scored 12 points to lead UC Riverside (0-3) while recording nine rebounds. The Highlanders had 18 turnovers and were a dismal 4 for 12 from the free-throw line.

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

After a very slow start to the season, Nationals' second baseman Brian Dozier has been seeing the ball a lot better over the past few games.

On Monday, Dozier took Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson deep in the fourth inning to give the Nationals a three-run lead, his third home run in the last four games.

He went deep against Miami twice over the weekend, both solo shots. The first came during Friday's 3-2 loss and the latter in Sunday's 5-0 victory.

This one, though, was a no-doubter. Take a look.

After staring for a brief second, Dozier didn't need to look any longer; he knew the ball was several rows into the seats. That altitude in Colorado definitely helped, as the home run landed 435 feet away.

Dozier has struggled to hit for contact thus far in 2019, posting just a .177 average entering Monday. But when the ball has hit the bat, it's traveled a long way.

For the Nationals sake, hopefully Dozier's power continues. They're counting on better production from the seven-year veteran than they have received thus far in 2019.

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