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A New Place To Eat Ants . . . Or Breakfast, At Least

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Last week we blogged about the improved facilities at UC Riverside, thanks in large part to the efforts of Troy Percival. Well the Highlanders aren't the only Big West school to improve its baseball facilities this year; UC Irvine's Anteater Park is also getting a major upgrade with the completion of Newkirk Pavilion. The construction of the new 6,500-square-foot facility is in its final stages, and the Anteaters will move into their new two-story baseball offices, locker room, team room, training room, laundry room and equipment room in a matter of days. The new facility is equipped with two 42-inch plasma TVs in the locker room, 41 custom-made lockers, a 50-inch plasma TV in the team room and another 42-inch TV in the coaches' offices.

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Reza Update

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Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway addressed the condition of shortstop Aaron Reza in the Big 12 coaches teleconference yesterday. Reza, who broke his thumb in practice last week, will likely be out four weeks to allow the injury to heal completely.

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What About The Other Trojans?

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One advantage of a blog is that it allows us to increase our interaction with readers (you may have noticed that a number of insightful comments have already been posted in response to our blog items over the last week). I've always enjoyed reading Jim Callis' terrific "Ask BA" column, and I thought the college readers might enjoy something similar here on the College Blog, where we could focus on college-specific issues. So I encourage you to send along any questions, comments or criticism to collegeblog@baseballamerica.com. I will try to answer at least one mailbag question a week, as long as you send your questions along. Here is the first installment of the college mailbag.

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It’s Easy Being Green

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Chad Kreuter won his debut at Southern California last night, as the Trojans beat Cal Poly 6-4. Robert Stock, the subject of yesterday's blog post, went 0-for-3 with a walk out of the seven-hole, but fellow freshman Grant Green upstaged him. Green, one of the top shortstop recruits in the nation out of Anaheim's Canyon High, has "a ceiling as high as Mount Everest," as USC assistant coach Dave Lawn put it last fall. He flashed some of that talent out of the two-hole last night, lacing a first-inning triple and adding a two-run single in the second. Two batters later, Lucas Duda hit a towering three-run homer to right field to break the game open. Tommy Milone picked up the win for the Trojans with six innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six. It was the kind of debut Milone needed to secure his place as a front-runner for a spot in USC's crowded weekend rotation.There are no games on the slate today and just three tomorrow. The most interesting is UC Riverside opening its season at home against 2-1 Nevada.

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King Was One Of Minors’ Unheralded Innovators

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When most people involved in minor league baseball heard about the death of Dick King—if they heard about it at all—they probably weren't sure exactly who Dick King was. Yet he was as important as anyone among the handful of people who helped keep the minor leagues going in the 1950s and the couple of decades after that, paving the way for the rebirth that began in the late 1970s and continues even today.

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Stock Rising

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We got an e-mail recently that scouts who had been in to see early practices were raving about Southern California freshman catcher Robert Stock, the phenom who entered school early and skipped his senior year of high school. The e-mail reported that Stock was impressing in practice, flashing a 60 or 70 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale and showing 1.86-second pop times. Trojans coach Chad Kreuter, a former big league catcher himself, confirmed that Stock has adjusted very well to USC's intense daily catching program, which includes plenty of attention to footwork, blocking and throwing.

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