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Vanderbilt forces deciding Game 3 in College World Series


Freshman right-hander Kumar Rocker saved Vanderbilt’s bacon last night in a must-win game in the College World Series. Rocker struck out 11 Michigan batters in six and a third innings to lead he Commodores to a 4-1 victory and to force a deciding Game 3 against the Wolverines tonight.

Rocker, who tossed a no-hitter and struck out 19 Duke Blue Devils batters in the Super Regionals on June 8, limited the Wolverines to three hits and Michigan got only four hits in all. This a night after rattling off 14. Vandy didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard, scoring two runs on wild pitches ad one on an RBI groundout before getting a late home run from catcher Philip Clarke.

Tonight’s game will take place at 7PM.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.