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Billy Reed: Jim Bunning — pitcher or Senator — ‘always came with his best stuff;’ dies at age 85

Whether you remember Jim Bunning mainly as a major-league pitcher or a staunchly conservative politician, you’ll have to agree that he always came with his best stuff. He was as subtle as a fastball to the head. He challenged political rivals as fiercely as he challenged hitters who tried to dig in on him at the plate. When I heard that he had died at 85, the first image that popped into mind was...

Sports Notes: Despite off-game, Towles' QB sneak the kind of play that can turn a season

Patrick Towles’ touchdown on a quarterback sneak just before halftime would be the final score of the game (UK Athletics Photo/Chet White)   No one’s saying Patrick Towles played his best in Saturday’s 17-7 win over Vanderbilt. Not Towles. Not head coach Mark Stoops. Not offensive coordinator Neal Brown.   And yet if there is one play that stands out, the kind of play a...

Sports Notes: Former Lexington Catholic star Revere sneaking up on a batting title

Former Lexington Catholic star Ben Revere is at the top of the National League batting race entering play this week (Photo from Philly.com)   Don’t look now, but former Lexington Catholic star Ben Revere may be sneaking up on a batting title with the Philadelphia Phillies.   Revere, the top draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2007, made his Big League debut with the American League...

Former Kentuckian and Philadelphia Philly Ben Revere to speak at EKU Diamond Dinner

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder and former Richmond resident Ben Revere will be the featured speaker at the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team’s 13th annual Diamond Dinner at the Keen Johnson Building on Jan. 31, 2014.   Ben Revere led Lexington Catholic High School to a state championship in 2007. Revere was selected in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by...

Phillies sign former Marshall County pitcher Cody Forsythe as 25th-round MLB draft pick

Former Marshall County High School left-handed pitcher Cody Forsythe has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.   Forsythe, a senior at Southern Illinois University, was the Phillies’ 25th-round pick in last week’s MLB draft. The signing was reported on MLB.com’s transactions wire.   Forsythe was 4-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 15 starts for Southern Illinois in 2013. He struck out...

MLB draft by the numbers: Kentucky draftees make up diverse group

Jerad Grundy pitches for UK as a senior. (File photo by Jon Hale)   The 2013 MLB draft concluded Saturday with 19 Kentucky high school or college alumni being selection. See below for an in-depth look at the Kentucky draft class by the numbers:   One — Number of Kentucky high school alums playing college baseball outside of Kentucky (Cody Forsythe) drafted.   Two — Number...

Eleven Kentucky high school or college players selected on day three of MLB draft

Coco Johnson bats for UofL. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Staff report   See below for a roundup of the Kentucky players selected on day three of the MLB draft as the picks are made. Unlike the first two days of the draft, there are no assigned slot values for picks after the 10th round. Any bonus exceeding $100,000 counts toward a team’s bonus pool.   11th round   The first...

Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for two pitchers

Staff report   Former Lexington Catholic High School outfielder Ben Revere has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies by the Minnesota Twins.   Ben Revere. (Photo from the Minnesota Twins) Revere boasts a .278 batting average in 254 career MLB games across three seasons. He has stolen 74 basses in his career and scored 127 runs. Revere, a speedy center fielder, has yet to hit a home run...