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Jesuit star Carrasco signs with Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins' organization now includes the Jesuit triplets.

With Jesuit pitcher Troy Carrasco, who leaves today for Minnesota's rookie team in Elizabethton, Tenn., signing with the Twins this week, there are three Jesuit players in the organization.

Carrasco, a left-hander who was the Times' Suncoast Player of the Year, will join former Jesuit and University of Miami first baseman Chad Rupp in Elizabethton. Pitcher Brad Radke pitches for the Twins' Class A team in Fort Myers. Carrasco and Radke (Class of '91) played together at Jesuit for two years. Rupp graduated from Jesuit in 1989.

Carrasco, who will forgo a scholarship to FSU, was a third-round pick of the Twins.

Carrasco's fastball has been clocked in the low 90s, and he also has a good curve and changeup. He was 27-4 the past two seasons, leading the Tigers to the Class 3A state tournament both seasons. He was 15-1 this season, with 186 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.52. He also hit .341 as a senior and .444 as a junior.

"I felt like I was ready to go," Carrasco said. "The factors were the offer they made, the confidence I have that I can make it and the support of my parents and family."

Rupp hit .252 for UM, with 58 RBI and a team-high 15 homers.



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Suspensions: NL president Bill White suspended six players for three beanball incidents. Rockies pitcher Keith Shephard was suspended for seven games, Dodgers pitcher Ramon Martinez for five games and Dodgers pitcher Rick Trlicek, Padres third baseman Gary Sheffield, Rockies third baseman Charlie Hayes and Cubs pitcher Jose Bautista for three games. All also were fined undisclosed amounts. All except Shephard have appealed and will continue to play pending hearings.

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Mets: Anthony Young's chance to break his 22-game losing streak has been moved up a day. Young, one short of tying Cliff Curtis' major-league record, will pitch for New York against Montreal tonight instead of Wednesday. Dwight Gooden was scratched from his start because of stiffness in his right shoulder.

Blue Jays: Knoxville Smokies manager Garth Iorg and pitcher Travis Baptist were ejected from a 3-2 Southern League loss to Chattanooga on Sunday for violating the minors' ban on tobacco. The Smokies are the Blue Jays' affilaite in the Class AA league. Baptist was chewing tobacco in the dugout, and Iorg was ejected for not stopping him.