George Christian Pappas, ESPN Radio
Monday was one of my favorite days of the calendar year, as the first full day of pitchers and catchers were in the books. For the next month and a half, I’ll chronicle spring action with a daily report from a different camp. Since I’m writing from the Sunshine State, I’ll start the rotation with the Grapefruit League.
Sir Charles with the slam
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida designated hitter/catcher Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) was chosen as the initial Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the 2012 season on Monday after a memorable opening weekend.
Tori Petry, ESPN Radio
The quarter-mile dragstrip located on the outer edges of Gainesville has been known as Gainesville Raceway ever since its establishment in 1969. But on Thursday, the NHRA announced that new sponsorship has now dubbed the it "Auto Plus Raceway."
In Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, 2011 Sprint Cup Runner-up Carl Edwards won the pole position in the #99 Fastenal Ford. His Roush Fenway teammate #16 Greg Biffle came in just behind him to clinch the outside pole position. Edwards posted the top lap speed of 194.738, and it is his first pole win for the 500.
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