Talking Points: Things we learned

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

Interesting things we learned this weekend:

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• Cyclist Alberto Contador said he consumed 7,000 calories during Sunday’s 142-mile 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia. (Perhaps Rex Ryan should try that.)

• St. Louis Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus drew five walks Sunday against five different Kansas City Royals pitchers. Meanwhile, San Diego Padres batters have struck out 391 times, tops in the majors. (Fortunately for the Padres, not all in one game.)

• Mariners starters have now gone nine straight games with seven-plus innings pitched and fewer than two runs. Seattle is the first team since 1988 Giants to do that.

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Here’s a quick look at how some Clark County minor leaguers are faring this season:

• Hudson’s Bay High grad Greg Peavey, pitching for the New York Mets’ Class A team the Savannah (Ga.) Sand Gnats, is 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA in nine starts. In his 47 innings pitched, he has struck out 44 batters and walked just nine. SAL teams are hitting .268 against him.

• Another Bay grad, Steven Ames, is pitching in Double-A ball in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system for the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Lookouts. He started the season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Calif). Combined he has a 1.40 ERA with 32 strikeouts and just two walks and four hits allowed in 19⅓ innings pitched over 18 games. He had two strikeouts in the one inning he pitched on Saturday.