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  • The Milwaukee Brewers, a team consisting primarily of players from California, continued to win close games during the third and fourth days of the Area Code Games held in Long Beach.

    Milwaukee edged the A's despite not getting a hit until the final inning on Wednesday. It also pulled out a seventh-inning win over last year's unbeatens, the Kansas City Royals.

    Following is a look at the scores from Tuesday and Wednesday's action.

    Tuesday


    Reds 4, Athletics 3
    Michael Hoard homered for the Reds in their win over the Athletics, who suffered their first loss of the Area Code Games on Tuesday. Marcus Doi also had an RBI basehit for the winners. Kyle Czaplak drove in a run with a double and Francis Christy plated a pair with a two-bagger to account for the A's runs.
    Photo by Steven Silva

    Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo


    White Sox 10, Yankees 4
    Trey Ball pitched well for the second straight outing for the White Sox after losing a close one to the Brewers on Monday. He also shined at the plate with a pair of hits. Kyle Devin had a two-run single to pace the Yankee offense.

    Rangers 6, Nationals 4
    The Rangers keep hitting the long ball as Garrett Luna belted one out to put the Texas team ahead of the Nationals in the fifth.

    Brewers 5, Royals 4
    The Brewers won another close one thanks to strong pitching. This time Stephen Gonsalves threw a pair of shutout innings. Alex JacksonSeaver Whalen also drove in the winning run in the seventh after the Royals had tied the game in the top of the inning on a single by Seaver Whalen.

    Wednesday

    Brewers 3, Athletics 2
    The Brewers continue to come through in the clutch, this time rallying for three runs in the seventh after failing to get a hit through six. Ryan McMahon had a single to break up the no-hitter and drive in two runs.

    Yankees 3, Royals 1
    The Royals continue to struggle as they lost a close one to the Yankees. Tyler Green and Joe Wainhouse each had basehits to spark a two-run rally for the Yankees. Pitcher Mark Armstrong also threw three shutout innings.

    White Sox 14, Nationals 11
    In the highest-scoring game of the tournament thus far, the White Sox blasted the Nationals 14-11 behind the play of Andrew Rosa, who went 3-for-3 with seven RBI. Jon Denney also had a three-run homer in the win.

    Reds 8, Nationals 4
    Michael Hoard had a two-run single to pace the Reds offense. The Nationals lost both of their outings on Wednesday.
  • Major League Baseball implemented a new draft system this year and the result has been quick signings by nearly every high school player chosen in the first round.

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    Byron Buxton, Twins

    Under the new collective bargaining agreement, each team was given a Draft day pool of money to spend on draft picks. Each pick is slotted for a certain signing bonus and there is little flexibility to pay a draft pick a substantial amount of money over that slotted amount.

    In the past, draft picks also had until mid-August to sign with the team that drafted them. That date was moved up to July 13 under the new agreement.

    Unlike years passed when many No. 1 picks waited until the August deadline, many high school players have chosen to sign their tender less than two weeks after the draft. A total of 12 of the 16 high school players chosen in the first round have already signed.

    Here's a look at the 16 high school players chosen in the first round. Those who signed a contract are listed with their signing bonus.

    2. Byron Buxton, Twins - Signed, $6 million
    6. Albert Almora, Cubs - Unsigned
    7. Max Fried, Padres - Signed, $3 million
    10. David Dahl, Rockies - Signed, $2.6 million
    11. Addison Russell, A's - Signed, $2.625 million
    12. Gavin Cecchini, Mets - Singed, 2.3 million
    13. Courtney Hawkins, White Sox - Signed, $2.475 million
    14. Nick Travieso, Reds - Signed, $2 million
    16. Lucas Giolito, Nationals - Unsigned
    17. DJ Davis, Blue Jays - Signed, $1.75 million
    18. Corey Seager, Dodgers - Unsigned
    21. Lucas Sims, Braves - Signed, $1.65 million
    26. Stryker Trahan, Diamondbacks - Signed, $1.7 million
    27. Clint Coulter, Brewers - Signed, $1.675 million
    29. Lewis Brinson, Rangers - Signed, $1.625 million
    30. Ty Hensley, Yankees - Unsigned
    Note: Signing totals according to MLB.com
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    Anrio Adams

    It was no secret that Anrio Adams butted heads with one of Washington's most accomplished young coaches during his first three years of high school at Franklin in Seattle.

    His reputation as an enigma gained momentum after leaving Franklin mid-season as a junior, transferring to rival Garfield, then being linked to the programs at South Kent School in Connecticut and St. Patrick in New Jersey before finally winding up at Rainier Beach (Seattle).

    A November commitment to Kansas seemed to come out of nowhere and questions were raised as to why the storied program would risk an association with Adams.

    Thursday at the Class 3A/4A Hardwood Classic, the 6-foot-3 guard showed fans at the Tacoma Dome exactly why Bill Self is willing to gamble. Adams did as he pleased in a 67-51 win over a Mountlake Terrace squad that entered the contest with a 23-1 record, notching a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

    He even injected a little life into a sleepy crowd for the 9 a.m. start with an over-the-head reverse dunk in the second half.

    Adams – regarded as a Top 100 player nationally until he fell off the radar last summer – is averaging 20.8 points per game this season. Should he lead Rainier Beach (25-3) to the Class 3A state title, the future Jayhawk would have a strong state player of the year resume. It will be interesting to see how his track record of transfers will affect his candidacy.

    Rainier Beach takes on University (Spokane) in tomorrow's semifinals.

    Jackson's rising star

    Last year Henry Jackson (Mill Creek) sent high-scoring guard Brett Kingma to the University of Oregon.

    The school's next big star played his first game Thursday on the state's biggest stage and didn't disappoint.

    Jason Todd, a 6-5 sophomore wing-forward, piled up 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Timberwolves fell in overtime to Union (Vancouver), 66-65.

    Without much size on the Jackson roster, Todd spent much of the time posting up in the paint against Union. While the Timberwolves struggled to get him touches inside against a collapsing zone defense, he did plenty of damage in transition and facing and driving from the free throw line.

    He also did a nice job defensively against Union standout Jordan Chatman, a BYU signee.

    Don't get the wrong idea, Todd doesn't project as an undersized power forward at the next level. He has true guard/wing skills and should develop into a highly-recruited prospect and one of Washington's premier names in the coming two years.