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Christensen Gets New Start with Dodgers' AAA Affiliate
McKay Christensen's baseball career has taken a number of interesting turns over the years, both up and down. While not always under his control, Christensen knows that at least some of the rough spots have been the direct result of his own decisions. Take his two year hiatus to serve an LDS mission to Japan for example. Christensen knew that he would have a difficult time coming back but choose to go anyway, fulfilling a commitment that he felt most strongly. "I think there's no doubt that going on a mission for two years and then coming back was definitely something that has been a difficult obstacle in terms of baseball," he said.

RM Looking For Major League Baseball Career
Mike Tejada is yet another promising young LDS baseball player struggling to make it the big leagues. Tejada, who spent his childhood in Kahuku, Hawaii, was a high school baseball standout before attending Brigham Young University where he had a standout freshman year. Tejada hit .347 with six home runs and 30 runs batted in for the Cougars as a switch-hitting catcher. After his successful inaugural college season, Tejada made the difficult decision to leave baseball for two years and serve a mission in Pittsburgh, PA for the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. Then, after returning from his mission last year, Tejada decided not to return to BYU but turned pro instead. Tejada was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 27th round in 1999 and spent most of the first part of the 2000 season in extended spring training in Tucson, AZ.

Sports: Subscriber Identifies Pitcher Veres as Mormon
Mormon News subscriber Brian McConnell reports that St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Dave Veres is an inactive LDS Church member, increasing the number of Mormon pitchers in major league baseball to eight. But the Mormon athletes in baseball, and elsewhere, gave mediocre performances, except for relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, who managed a 0.00 ERA over 4 2/3rds innings.

Sue Billek Nyhus named new BYU women's golf coach
K. Fred Skousen, vice president for advancement at Brigham Young University announced the appointment of Sue Billek Nyhus as BYU's new head women's golf coach.

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