Yesterday morning began the first round of two-a-day football practices across the state of Texas. Volleyball also began practice on the court with scrimmages right around the corner. Many area teams will face their first competition this weekend and begin the regular season next week.
Yesterday afternoon the Texas Rangers front office made the biggest trade deadline splash across the league. First Texas sent former 1st round draft selection, Dillon Tate, to the New York Yankees in exchange for Carlos Beltran, who will likely take over as the teams designated hitter. Then, as the trade deadline approached, the Rangers received catcher Jonathan Lucroy and relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for high end prospects, outfielder Lewis Brenson and pitcher Luis Ortiz. Both Beltran and Lucroy are expected to be in today’s lineup as the Rangers take on the Orioles [on KPLT 1490am and 96.3fm]. First pitch is at 6:05.
The Dallas Cowboys continue training camp in Oxnard, California. Some notes from the first few days of practice include corner back Morris Claiborne getting reps as kick returner along with last years return man, Lucky Whitehead. And the Cowboys opened practice in a joint ceremony with Dallas police officers. Today, the Cowboys have their first padded practice, where they’ll be without defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford, who’s being held out with a minor back injury.
And yesterday rookie driver, Chris Buescher, wins the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono for his first career Sprint Cup victory.