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Sports Briefs: Bergman called up by Seattle

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After a brief minor league stint, St. Francis High product Christian Bergman was called up by the Seattle Mariners.
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St. Francis product heading back to bigs

Former St. Francis High baseball player Christian Bergman was called up by the Seattle Mariners from the Tacoma Rainiers on Monday. It will mark the third time this season Bergman, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, has been summoned by Seattle.

He pitched Monday against the Baltimore Orioles. Bergman allowed one run and five hits in two innings.

Bergman, a right-hander, is 4-4 with a 4.89 earned-run average in 12 appearances (eight starts) with Seattle. In 53 1/3 innings, Bergman has struck out 33 and walked 14.

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For a second straight year, La Cañada Flintridge resident and trainer Bob Baffert had a horse claim
For a second straight year, La Cañada Flintridge resident and trainer Bob Baffert had a horse claim the Travers Stakes.
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Baffert claims second consecutive Travers

La Cañada Flintridge resident Bob Baffert claimed his second victory in as many years at Saturday’s Grade I $1.25-million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course at Saratoga Springs, New York.

Baffert’s 3-year-old colt West Coast picked up the 3 1/4-length victory over Gunnevera at the 1 1/4-mile dirt course. West Coast was ridden by jockey Mike Smith.

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Last season, Smith and Baffert teamed up for a victory at Travers with Arrogate, Baffert’s winningest horse of all-time. The victory is Baffert’s third, having won his first title in 2001 with Point Given and jockey Gary Stevens.

The victory also marks the second consecutive big weekend for Baffert, who found himself at the winner’s circle on Aug. 19. Baffert’s horse Collected upset Arrogate, ridden by Smith, at the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club race track.

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