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POSTED July 5, 2012 2:06 a.m.

COLLEGE BASEBALL
• SAN JOSE STATE BASEBALL COACH SAM PIRARO RETIRES: SAN JOSE  (AP) — San Jose State baseball coach Sam Piraro is retiring after 25 seasons with the university.
The 60-year-old Piraro leaves San Jose State with an 806-632-6 record and the most wins in school history. He guided the Spartans to 18 winnings seasons, three Western Athletic Conference championships — the last coming in 2009 — and the College World Series in 2000. He also coached at Mission College in nearby Santa Clara from 1980-86.
Associate head coach Mark O’Brien will serve as the interim head coach

• KENTUCKY BASEBALL COACH HAS NEW $2.1M CONTRACT: LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has signed its baseball coach Gary Henderson to a new five-year contract worth $2.145 million
Henderson became coach of the Wildcats in 2009 and led them to a 45-win season this year. He was also an assistant for five seasons under former coach John Cohen.
Henderson’s salary will include $75,000 in endorsements and incentives for SEC regular season or tournament titles and in the NCAA post-season tournament.
Henderson was named SEC Coach of the Year and UK advanced to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.


RUNNING
• KENYAN WINS ATLANTA’S PEACHTREE ROAD RACE: ATLANTA (AP) — Peter Kirui of Kenya has won the 43rd annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.
Kirui’s unofficial time of 27 minutes, 36 seconds ties the fourth-fastest time in race history. It is the first Peachtree victory for the 24-year-old.
The defending men’s champion, Sammy Kitwara of Kenya, finished eighth.
The top women’s racer was Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, who also claimed her first victory in the 6.2-mile race on Wednesday. Daska’s unofficial time was 32 minutes and 21 seconds.


BASEBALL
• HIGH MLB DRAFT PICKS SIGN FOR $1,000 APIECE: NEW YORK (AP) — At 5-foot-11, Kyle Kraus didn’t expect to be a high pick in the Major League Baseball draft after going 7-6 with a 2.03 ERA as a senior at the University of Portland.
Then about 2 hours before second-day selections started June 7, his telephone rang. On the line with the 22-year-old right-hander was Pat Portugal, a Northwest area scout for the Boston Red Sox.
“They called me that Tuesday morning and said, ‘Hey, we want a senior in the seventh round or the 10th round that will sign for $1,000. Would you do it?’” Kraus recalled. “I said: Yeah.’”
Signing bonuses have dropped for many top picks in this year’s amateur draft, the first under restrictive rules adopted in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement. Teams face penalties if they exceed specified totals for their bonuses.
As a result, some clubs selected players they knew they could sign for close to nothing.
Kraus was taken with the 241st pick overall, assigned a value of $143,000 in baseball’s labor contract. If he had not signed, the Red Sox would have seen the cash from his slot deducted from their total.
With the money saved, the Red Sox were able to sign their top pick, Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero, for $2.05 million — $300,000 over the amount slotted for the 24th selection overall.

• RED SOX SLUGGER ORTIZ HITS 400TH CAREER HOME RUN: OAKLAND  (AP) — Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has hit his 400th career home run, a leadoff drive to right in the fourth inning against Oakland’s A.J. Griffin.
The 36-year-old Big Papi’s home runs rank eighth among active players and 49th on the all-time list. Next up for him to catch: Hall of Famer Duke Snider with 407.
His 22nd home run of the season for Boston tied the game 1-all Wednesday. Ortiz’s 352 home runs and 1,142 RBIs as a designated hitter are most all-time.
The A’s also allowed Paul Konerko’s milestone 400th home run for the White Sox when he did it April 25 against Grant Balfour in the Coliseum.

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