Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 25, 2010

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Former Stanford All-American Jason Castro got the call to the Houston Astros on Tuesday, becoming Stanford's 86th Major Leaguer all-time and ninth in 2010. Castro, a first-round pick of Houston in 2008 following the team's last College World Series run, played in 215 minor league games, batting .287 with 47 career doubles and 16 home runs. The 10th overall selection in the draft played in the 2009 Futures Game. It didn't take Castro long to play in a Major League game as he was penciled into the starting lineup hours after his call-up and catching Roy Oswalt against the San Francisco Giants in Houston. Castro singled in his first MLB at-bat, against Tim Lincecum, scoring an unearned run later in the third inning during the Astros' 3-1 loss. The two also faced each other in college, with Lincecum pitching as a junior (for Washington) against the freshman Castro. Castro singled and scored a run in three at-bats against the Huskies' right-hander on May 12, 2006 in a 5-0 win in Seattle. Castro hit .309 at Single-A Lancaster and .293 at Double-A Corpus Christi in his first full professional season in 2009, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 73 last season. This year he was batting .265 in 57 games for Triple-A Round Rock with 26 RBIs. Castro hit .313 this spring for the Astros. Castro played three years for the Cardinal (2006-08), batting .309 over 162 collegiate games with 26 doubles, 18 homers and 106 RBIs. He hit .376 during his final season in 2008, earning third team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top collegiate catcher . . . It didn't take New Yorker Devon Cajuste long to decide which route his football career and education would be taking. Cajuste, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, N.Y., attended Stanford's 'junior day' Tuesday and decided then and there to catch the offer thrown his way. Cajuste gave the Cardinal his verbal commitment over Penn State and Rutgers, among others. "I got this feel of welcome when I got here and it's just so peaceful and calm here," Cajuste said. "Everything is very 'go-with-the-flow' here and there is a tradition, an honor and enlightenment here. I just know that the decision I made was probably the best decision of my life." As a junior, Cajuste caught 40 passes for 921 yards and seven touchdowns. He also competes in track and field, running the 100, 200 and 400 and participating in the high jump and javelin.

COACH OPENINGS . . . Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton are looking for some coaches for the upcoming school year. Sacred Heart needs a frosh-soph assistant volleyball coach; freshman head volleyball coach, freshman assistant volleyball coach, girls' JV head tennis coach and boys' JV head tennis coach. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473-4031 or via email at frodriguez@shschools.org. Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girls' varsity golf coach and a boys' frosh-soph soccer coach. Those interested in the positions should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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