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Former Stanford pitcher Mooneyham is released by Nationals

 

The Washington Nationals have released lefty Brett Mooneyham, who was their third-round pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweets.

Mooneyham, a 25-year-old Stanford product, has struggled badly with control and shifted exclusively to the bullpen at the A-ball level this year. He owned just a 6.41 ERA over 19 2/3 frames with 16 strikeouts against 13 walks.

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson went hitless in four at-bats for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night during a 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pederson is batting .253 with 17 home runs and 33 RBI with 50 hits in 198 at-bats.

Women's golf

Future Stanford women's golfer Albane Valenzuela will compete for the Vagliano Trophy when Great Britain and Ireland's team of nine will challenge the Continent of Europe at Ireland's Malone Golf Club in Belfast (June 26-27).

Valenzuela, one of Switzerland's top-ranked amateurs and a member of the Swiss National Team since 2012, will compete for the Continent of Europe.

Since 1959, the Vagliano Trophy has been at stake in a biennial match between Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe.

This will be the 29th match in the series. Great Britain and Ireland has won 16 matches, but Europe has been on a roll with four victories in a row since 2007.

Swimming

Many of the nation's top swimmers will converge on Santa Clara next week for the Arena Pro Swim Series at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. Action begins June 18 at 4 p.m. and continues through June 21 with finals each day at 5 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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