Velazquez Hits 5th HR

Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez belted his fifth home run of the season for the Los Angeles Angels during an 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Velaquez has five home runs in 200 at bats this year after having one home in his 197 career at bats prior to this season.

His 35 hits in 2022 have produced 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, six doubles and 10 stolen bases.

Velaquez and the Angels finish their series tonight with the White Sox before traveling to Houston for a series with the Astros that begins on Friday night.

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Piazza Coming to The Sheen Center

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture will present its Faith, The Competitive Edge series on Tuesday, July 26 with former Mets catcher and National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.

The 12:30 p.m. event is hosted by 1988 U.S. Track and Field Olympian Leslie Maxie. The series is inspired by the Vatican’s Sport at the Service of Humanity movement.

Tickets are $24 and $35. A limited $75 ticket will include a meet and greet with Piazza at noon (no autographs will be signed).

Fans also can make a donation to The Sheen Center with a ticket purchase for a chance to win two tickets to join Piazza in the Honda Clubhouse at Citi Field to watch the Mets play the Yankees that night.

Tickets: (212) 219-3132, sheencenter.org

Click here to watch a portion of the interview Maxie did with Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine at The Sheen Center.

Click here to read a Catholic New York story with Pat LaFontaine.

Click here to read a Catholic New York story with Mike Piazza.

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Case Superb for Altoona Curve

Iona Prep graduate Brad Case has been solid on the mound in the past month for the Altoona Curve.

In his last nine outings, Case has allowed only two earned runs on 14 hits and five walks over 21 innings. He has 21 strikeouts and has given up only two extra-base hits, both doubles.

Case is 0-0 with a save and 2.25 earned run average for Altoona, the AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He started the season in AAA with the Indianapolis Indians.

Case was a 17th-round pick of the Pirates in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

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LaSorsa Excels in June

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa continues to pitch well for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

In the month of June, LaSorsa has a win and two saves with a 1.64 earned run average for the High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. In 11 innings, he’s allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walks, and struck out 18.

For the season, LaSorsa is 4-3 with a 1.85 earned run average and five saves. He has 47 strikeouts in 34 innings.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

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LaSorsa Pitching Well

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa is continuing to pitch well for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

In two June outings, he’s allowed an earned run on two hits with eight strikeouts over five innings for the High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.. 

For the season, LaSorsa is 4-3 with a 1.93 earned run average and three saves. He has 37 strikeouts in 28 innings.

The 24 year old was an 18th round pick of the Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

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Santos Stellar in Outing

Mount St. Michael Academy graduate Alex Santos allowed one earned run over five innings during the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 6-1 loss to the Fredericksburg Nationals on Thursday night.

Santos gave up four hits and one walk for the High-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. He struck out four.

For the season, Santos is 0-4 with a 3.96 earned run average and 47 strikeouts in 38 ⅔ innings. In his last nine appearances, he’s given up 10 earned runs.

Santos, 20, was the 72nd overall pick of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft by the Astros, who received the compensation pick for the New York Yankees signing Gerrit Cole.

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LaSorsa Earns Win

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn his third win of the season and lead Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 4-1 win over the Rome Braves on Wednesday.

LaSorsa allowed no hits and struck out four for the High-A affiliate of the Rays.

For the season, LaSorsa is 3-3 with three saves and a 1.73 earned run average. The lefthander has 33 strikeouts in 26 innings.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft and pitched for the Hudson Valley Renegades in Fishkill during the 2019 season.

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Strong Outing for Santos

Alex Santos struck out six over four innings for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers in a 9-5 victory over the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.

The Mount St. Michael Academy graduate allowed no earned runs, three hits and one walk for the High-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Santos is 0-2 with a 3.90 earned run average in 2022. He has 36 strikeouts in 30 innings.

Santos, 20, was the 72nd overall pick of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft by the Astros, who received the compensation pick for the New York Yankees signing Gerrit Cole.

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Velaquez Continues to Hit

Andrew Velazquez has a hit in nine of his last 10 games for the Los Angeles Angels.

The Fordham Prep graduate is 9 for 36 over his last 10 games for a .250 batting average. In Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, Velazquez belted a two-run homer.

For the season, Velazquez is hitting .198 with two home runs, nine RBI, 14 runs scored and six stolen bases.

The Angels begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday with the opener of a three-game set against the Texas Rangers. The Angels will start a three-game series in the Bronx versus the New York Yankees on May 31.

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6-Game Hitting Streak for Velaquez

Andrew Velazquez has a hit in six consecutive games for the Los Angeles Angels entering tonight’s game with the Texas Rangers.

The Fordham Prep graduate is 6 for-22 over his last six games with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base.

For the season, he’s hitting .196 with 12 runs scored, one home run and five RBI.

The Angels claimed Velazquez off waivers from the New York Yankees following the 2021 season and started 2022 season with the Salt Lake Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Angels. The 27-year-old shortstop was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

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