UMBC aims for another upset…Hand injury sidelines Mets’ Vargas…Royals sign Grimm

UNDATED (AP) — The 16th-seeded Retrievers of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County follow up their historic victory over No. 1 Virginia by taking on No. 9 seed Kansas State tonight, with a Sweet 16 berth at stake. Also tonight, 13th-seeded Marshall faces the Mountaineers in a battle of West Virginia teams. This afternoon, Purdue is playing Butler and Michigan State takes on Syracuse. The other second-round games are North Carolina vs Texas A&M, Cincinnati vs Nevada, Clemson vs Auburn and No. 1 seed Xavier playing Florida State.

DETROIT (AP) — Purdue redshirt freshman Matt Haarms has made the most of his opportunity to fill in for injured center Isaac Haas. He scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds in 17 minutes to help third-seeded Purdue to a 40-36 halftime lead over 10th-seeded Butler. Haas warmed up today but officials wouldn’t let him play with a bulky brace on his broken right elbow.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets left-hander Jason Vargas is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his right hand. The 35-year-old was hit on the hand by a line drive during a minor league game Friday. The team says he will see a hand specialist to determine the prognosis.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Royals have signed right-handed reliever Justin Grimm to a $1.25 million, one-year deal that includes up to $300,000 incentives after he was released by the Chicago Cubs last week. The 29-year-old was 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 50 appearances last season. The club also announced that pitchers Miguel Almonte, Sam Gaviglio and Trevor Oaks, catcher Cam Gallagher and infielder Ramon Torres have been optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar has come up short in his bid to win the starting third base role. The Yankees have optioned Andujar to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, clearing the way for Brandon Drury to claim the spot. The move allows Andujar, who hit .262 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 14 spring training games, to work on his defense in the minors.

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