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Sports Briefs: Bergman returns to triple-A

Seattle Mariners’ Christian Bergman walks to the dugout after being pulled in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
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Tacoma beckons for Golden Knights product

After making nine appearances for the Seattle Mariners, including eight starts, former St. Francis High standout Christian Bergman was sent to the triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on June 21.

Bergman went 4-4 with a 5.44 earned-run average with Seattle. He struck out 30 and walked 14 in 46 1/3 innings after joining a rotation beset by injuries. Bergman was assigned to Tacoma after the Mariners took ace Felix Hernandez off the disabled list.

In his second second start since arriving back in Tacoma, Bergman had a no-decision during Thursday’s appearance against the Las Vegas 51s.


Bergman, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, went 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander gave up one run and three hits and struck out six in a 106-pitch effort. Tacoma posted a 7-5 victory.

Bergman left with a 4-1 lead in the sixth, but the bullpen couldn’t protect the lead.

At Tacoma, Bergman is 5-0 with a 2.90 ERA. In 40 1/3 innings, Bergman has struck out 33 and walked 12.

Turley heads back to minors


La Cañada Flintridge resident Nik Turley saw his dream of reaching the major leagues realized June 11 when the 10-year veteran was called up by the Minnesota Twins to face the host San Francisco Giants.

After three tough starts, Turley was sent back to triple-A Rochester on June 22.

Turley was 0-2 with a 16.39 earned-run average in three starts and 9 1/3 innings pitched with seven strikeouts.

According to BaseballPro’s Aaron Gleeman, that’s the worse ERA for any starter with a minimum of three starts in Twins’ history.

Turley has made one start since heading back to Rochester and received a no-decision in Tuesday’s contest at Buffalo in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over five innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Turley’s Rochester squad won, 3-2.

La Cañada’s Kalb is named ‘MVP AD’

La Cañada High’s Kristina Kalb was lauded along with 12 other athletic directors by the CIF Southern Section as an “MVP AD” on Monday afternoon.

Kalb was the area’s only such athletic director to earn the honor this year.


The CIF-SS office designated individuals as MVPs by accomplishing several administrative and educational tasks, while also attending seminars. An MVP must also score a 90% or higher on the CIF’s athletic director exam.