Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs

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ASTROS' KEUCHEL RECEIVES STEEPEST INCREASE AMONG 156 IN ARBITRATION: American League Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel received the steepest increase among the 156 players in salary arbitration this year, according to a study by The Associated Press.

The salary of the Houston Astros ace rose 1,282 percent, from $524,500 to $7.25 million, after he went 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA in 33 starts and set a major league record by going 16-0 at home. He was the starting pitcher in the All-Star game and his ERA was second in the AL.

St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal was second at 928 percent, getting a hike from $545,000 to $5.6 million. He set a Cardinals record with 48 saves last season and has a big league-high 93 saves during the last two years.

Just 10 players agreed to multiyear contracts, the fewest among players who filed for arbitration since nine in 2004. The only player who received a deal of more than two years was Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, who reached a $50 million, five-year agreement after winning the NL batting title.

SPIETH SHOOTS 79 FOR WORST START EVER ON PGA TOUR: Jordan Spieth never saw this coming -- his worst start on the PGA Tour on one of his favorite courses.

Spieth dropped six shots over the last seven holes Thursday at Riviera, capping it off with a three-putt double bogey from 8 feet for an 8-over 79 at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.

"It's just a day to forget," Spieth said. "It's one in, hopefully, every couple years. I've shot 80 before -- I've shot in the 80s a couple times on tour. I think I shot 79 today. In the course of a career, I imagine it's going to happen. Just unfortunate when it actually does."

The world's No. 1 player beat only one other player in the 144- man field. Steven Bowditch shot an 81.

For Camilo Villegas, it was a day to savor. …

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