GAINESVILLE — 2B Casey Turgeon, a Palm Harbor native and Dunedin High alumnus, will forgo his final season with the University of Florida after signing with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
Turgeon was a 24th-round selection in the MLB draft last week, No. 735 overall. He was assigned to the Johnson City (Tenn.) Cardinals in the rookie-level Appalachian League.
In three years with the Gators, Turgeon started 185 games and had a career average of .269, with 112 runs, 95 RBI, 28 doubles, 23 stolen bases and 13 homers. He batted .259 this season with a team-high 35 walks and was second on the squad in runs (36), RBIs (33), doubles (11) and home runs (4).
Braves, Rockies get nasty: Colorado's victory over Atlanta got nasty in the eighth when C Gerald Laird was helped off after being hit in his face mask and right jaw by Corey Dickerson's bat on his backswing. Reliever David Carpenter was then ejected after plunking Dickerson in the leg with the next pitch. Laird was only shaken up. Rockies manager Walt Weiss was ejected after yelling at Carpenter and other Braves. Rockies reliever Nick Masset was ejected in the ninth after hitting Evan Gattis in the back of his left arm with a pitch.
Hall of Fame: The Baseball Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary with a birthday cake cut by former stars Cal Ripken and Phil Niekro in Cooperstown, N.Y. More than 300 people gathered in the museum's showpiece Plaque Gallery for the occasion.
Cubs: CF Emilio Bonifacio left the game with a rib injury.
Mariners: Former top prospect Jesus Montero was recalled, the catcher's first stint in the majors since a 50-game suspension after being connected to a performance-enhancing drug investigation.
Pirates: High school SS Cole Tucker, the team's first-round pick, was among eight who signed.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.