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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

The Houston Astros College Classic drew a record 27,134 fans Saturday, the fourth-largest crowd ever to watch a college baseball game. Most came for the marquee matchup between Texas and Rice that night. The fans were treated to the best game of the young season.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

Texas fans should put down that rope or step back from the ledge. Despite a strong pitching staff, one that used experienced starters Randy Boone and Kenn Kasparek in relief and got just 10 outs from Kyle McCulloch before he left after getting hit by a batted ball, Texas still sends a young lineup out there. It's talented, and there's no question Augie Garrido will get plenty of runs from it as the season progresses. Sure, this is the second 0-3 start for Texas since 1938 (the Longhorns started 0-4 in 2001), but remember this club won the title during a 2005 season in which it dropped a series at Kansas and finished third in the Big 12.

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Team USA Expands Invitee List To 25

Will Kimmey -

Southern California sophomore righthander Ian Kennedy, who led Team USA with 40 strikeouts in 2004, headlines the second group of players invited to the national team trials. The latest group of 12 players brings the total number of invitees to 25, and USA Baseball will extend offers to 11 more players before picking the 20-man roster from a pool of 36 following the June 27-30 trials at North Carolina State's Doak Field in Raleigh.

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Maier Uses Bat To Distinguish Himself

Matt Meyers -

In 1996, a 12-year-old Jeff Maier made a name for himself when he reached over the right-field fence at Yankee Stadium to catch a ball hit by Derek Jeter that appeared bound for the glove of Baltimore's Tony Tarasco in Game One of the American League Championship Series. Ten years later, Maier is making a name for himself once again—but this time it is on the field.

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