Palo Alto's Boyd still going strong in baseball career


Palo Alto grad B.J. Boyd continues to chase his dream of playing professional baseball. He's currently enjoying one of his better years, ending the week with an overall .299 batting average as the Stockton Ports No. 3 hitter.

He celebrated his 23rd birthday earlier this month with two hits, including a home run and two RBI. His average has been right around .300 all season.

Boyd enters Monday night's home game against Rancho Cucamonga hitless in his last eight at bats, but was 10-for-27 (.371) previous to that.

He'll be in San Jose to help the Ports open a four-game series on Thursday night at San Jose Muni. Thursday and Friday games start at 7 p.m. and games Saturday and Sunday both begin at 5 p.m.

Friday's game features a fireworks show following the final out.

The news has been a lot tougher for former Stanford pitchers Mark Appel and A.J. Vanegas.

Appel, acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies in December, has not pitched since June 22 and underwent season-ending surgery a week later.

While recovering from a shoulder injury, Appel began having difficulty with his right elbow and a bone spur was removed.

Vanegas, sent on a rehab assignment two weeks ago, was released by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes earlier in July.

The right-hander has been struggling but put together a pair of scoreless outings just before his release.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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