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POSTED April 2, 2013 1:21 a.m.

• Oakland’s top prospect in Stockton: STOCKTON – The Oakland Athletics announced its Opening Day roster for the Single-A Stockton Ports. The team includes several returning players from last season along with talented up-and-comers, including the Athletics Top Prospect infielder Addison Russell.

 A first-round draft pick, Russell was named the A’s top prospect by Baseball America and MiLB.com following his impressive first season. Russell hit .369 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs over 55 games last season with Arizona League A’s, Low-A Short-Season Vermont Lake Monsters and Low-A Burlington Bees in 2012. Russell is joined by fellow infielder Max Muncy (fifth round) as another member of the squad who was drafted in 2012.

Right-handed pitcher Drew Granier will anchor the pitching staff. Granier is ranked the 18th-best prospect in the A’s farm system by MiLB.com. Granier led all A’s minor leaguers in innings pitched (162) and was second behind former Port Dan Straily in strikeouts (167). Other notable pitchers are Sean Murphy, TJ Walz and Jake Brown who all return to Stockton.  

Offensively the Ports will feature a ton of power. Outfielder Josh Whitaker, infielder B.A. Vollmuth and outfielder Dusty Robinson have returned to Stockton. Dusty Robinson led all A’s minor leaguers with 27 home runs last season, 18 of which came in a Ports jersey. Whitaker and Vollmuth both finished with double-digit home run totals and ranked within the A’s organization’s top RBI leaders.

In addition to infielder B.A. Vollmuth, Tony Thompson will also return to Stockton. Thompson played both first and third base last season for the Ports and finished eighth among A’s farm hands in batting average (.276) and 9th in slugging percentage (.442).



Women’s basketball

• CAL, UCONN IN FINAL 4
: Layshia Clarendon was the first to get her hands on the regional championship trophy. Rightfully so, after getting California somewhere they’ve never gone before: the Final Four. Clarendon scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half and overtime, and California rallied from down 10 with less than 7 minutes left to beat Georgia 65-62 in the Spokane Regional final and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Clarendon and the second-seeded Golden Bears became the first team from the western U.S. other than Stanford to reach the Final Four since Long Beach State in 1988. They did it with a gritty rally down the stretch and big shots by Clarendon, Afure Jemerigbe and Talia Caldwell. … Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 17 to help top-seed UConn rout Kentucky 83-53 and advance to a record sixth-straight national semifinal.

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