■ In case you missed it, last Sunday was a unique day in Major League Baseball when it comes to our very own town.
A pitcher from Lexington, Kentucky, was the winning pitcher in a game. A pitcher from Lexington, Kentucky, was the losing pitcher in a game. And it was the same game.
Former Tates Creek star Trevor Gott was the winning pitcher in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 5-4 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles in 11 innings. Former Lafayette star Chaz Roe was the losing pitcher.
Gott pitched two innings of two-hit baseball to run his record to 2-0. Gott, who was a closer at the University of Kentucky, now has a 1.85 ERA in 241⁄3 innings over 24 appearances. The 22-year-old made his major league debut for the Angels earlier this season.
Meanwhile, Roe allowed a double to the Angels' Carlos Perez to lead off the bottom of the 11th Sunday. He struck out Johnny Giavotella before giving way to reliever Brian Matusz. After Kole Calhoun struck out looking, the Orioles walked Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to load the bases. David Murphy singled to deep left center to score Perez with the winning run.
Roe, 28, is now 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA. He has pitched 342⁄3 innings in 28 appearances, all in relief.
Even though Roe came out on the losing end Sunday, it has to be pretty unusual for the winning pitcher and the losing pitcher to come from the same hometown, especially a town the size of Lexington.
■ UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot on whether, in year three of the Mark Stoops era, there is better continuity and carryover from spring drills and the previous season:
"Definitely. Last year, I'd say, is probably on defense our first true, like, redshirt class, you know? Our first class here in '13, and we almost played every one of those kids," Eliot said. "They had to play in 2013, and then the 2014 class fortunately we were able to redshirt a lot of those guys, so those guys were able to spend the time they needed to grow physically, but also to grow mentally and to understand the scheme before they were thrown in the fire.
"And I think that's been something that's been really good for guys like Mike Edwards, Darius West, Denzil Ware, Adrian Middleton. There's a bunch of names I could name, but sometimes that redshirt year is very important in development."
■ During Kentucky's open football practice Saturday, it was easy to notice that the Cats have better quality depth.
Consider that in each of Mark Stoops' first two seasons, especially last season, the Cats faded down the stretch. Lack of quality depth was surely a factor in those faltering finishes.
■ Notre Dame has signed a deal with Showtime to do a "Hard Knocks" version of the 2015 season. Is it in the contract that Showtime must bleep Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly's language?
■ CBSSports.com revealed its college football rankings 1-128 on Tuesday. Kentucky was ranked 68th. UK's first opponent, Louisiana-Lafayette, was ranked 66th.
■ On the flip side, Fox Sports college football writer Stewart Mandel picked Kentucky to finish 7-5.
■ What is the deal with NFL quarterbacks and teammates?
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton shoves a teammate and gets into an altercation on Monday. New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith gets sucker-punched by teammate IK Enemkpali in the locker room on Tuesday. Smith suffered a broken jaw and is out 6-10 weeks.
■ That episode brought back memories of Dallas backup quarterback Clint Longley sucker-punching starter Roger Staubach in 1976.
That came two years after Longley had subbed for an injured Staubach and thrown a 50-yard TD pass in the final 30 seconds to give the Cowboys a 24-23 Thanksgiving Day win.
Dallas offensive lineman Blaine Nye called it "the triumph of the uncluttered mind."