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July 7, 2014

Sports in a minute: Younger Yaz hits for cycle in Single-A

YOUNG YAZ HITS FOR CYCLE

Andover’s Mike Yastrzemski — the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski — hit for the cycle Saturday to lift the Frederick Key, the high Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, to a 17-3 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats.

His triple came in his last at-bat.

On the day, he went 5 for 6 (one single, two doubles, one triple and one home run) with five RBIs and three runs out of the leadoff spot. The terrific performance boosted his average to .321.

JOHNNY FOOTLONG

The state of Ohio loves its new quarterback, Johnny Manziel, and so why not name some food after him?

The Cleveland Indians’ Double-A affiliate, the Akron RubberDucks (yes, that’s their real team name), is selling “Johnny Footlong” hotdogs.

“Johnny Football mania is in full swing at Canal Park, and we are excited to have a food and beverage offering dedicated to the new Browns quarterback,” RubberDucks GM Jim Pfander said, according to CBSSports.com.“ It’s an exciting time for the Akron and Cleveland area.”

WHY THE RUBBERDUCKS?

Why are the Akron RubberDucks named the RubberDucks?

The team changed its nickname from the Aeros to RubberDucks this past offseason.

“Team owner Ken Babby said the RubberDucks nickname and logo are designed to ‘honor the history of Akron and the rubber industry while creating a new identity that was fun, exciting, and family-friendly,’” according to a mercurynews.com article.

Actually, the Akron RubberDucks originally were the Lynn Sailors, which played at Fraser Field.

LOVE OF GAMES, NOT PRACTICE

Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija — who was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics on Friday night — was featured in Sunday’s Eagle-Tribune talking about his football career at the University of Notre Dame.

Samardzija was an All-American wide receiver for the Fighting Irish.

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