The Good News In Kendrick's Recent 0-2 Mark and 7.36 ERA

The Good News In Kendrick's Recent 0-2 Mark and 7.36 ERA

Kyle Kendrick's last two starts have made for a career first, something the 28-year-old hadn't done as middling No. 4 or ambiguous starter-reliever tweener or anything until now.

He walked four batters in back to back starts.

That's the good news in his 0-2 mark and 7.36 ERA over the span. Had Kendrick been beat with the command that's made for his new normal, you'd have to start to seriously question its sustainability. His run of 2.62 ERA ball had spanned 17 starts back to last August, for about half a year.

That's impressive, but hardly conclusive.

Still, his emergence has been bigger than cultivating an out pitch, his changeup, or how that addition has made for a legit big league repertoire, stuff that can often have a shorter shelf life than even a dozen and a half starts. It's also been about developing physically, particularly in his core, something that's also added bite to his breaking stuff, making for a much more sustainable model.

Kendrick should improve. Question is, can he do it against the Red Sox tonight at Citizens Bank Park?

Command problems don't make for an easy fix against the Red Sox, who lead baseball in walks this month. Simply, Boston makes you throw strikes, and Kendrick's failed to do that of late. Where he'd walked only 10 and struck out 21 in 22 2/3 innings before May 18 vs. Cincy, Kendrick's issued freebies to eight in 11 frames with only three Ks since.

Kendrick's also 0-2 with a 12.90 ERA in two career starts against Boston, both at Citizens Bank Park, neither longer than five innings. Though KK hasn’t seen the Sox since 2010 in any capacity.

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

BOX SCORE

Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.