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Ohio State P Zach Farmer diagnosed with leukemia

Ohio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer will miss the rest of the season while being treated for leukemia. Farmer, a left-hander with a 6-4 record and a 3.28 ERA, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He had been feeling sick for about a week when he went to see Ohio State’s team doctor Monday. Originally thought to have mononucleosis, a blood draw confirmed he had abnormalities in his blood counts. [ MORE: VIDEO: Coach Greg Beals discusses Zach Farmer’s leukemia ] Members of the team were informed Tuesday before a trip to Louisville. Farmer, from Piketon, Ohio, will begin

BTN to televise nine spring championships in May

CHICAGO – BTN is the home for complete coverage of Big Ten spring championships in May and will televise events in the sports of baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. In all, BTN will offer more than 50 hours of coverage. Broadcast coverage of Big Ten spring championships begins with the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 7. The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 14. Both will be televised from French Lick,

Big Ten baseball recap: Huskers walk-off again

It was a busy and exciting day on the Big Ten diamond Sunday. Nebraska beat Ohio State, 2-1, on its second two-out walk-off win over the Buckeyes in as many days. This time, Tanner Lubach sent the Huskers to the win, a decision that wrapped up a series sweep. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action in this post. NEBRASKA 2, OHIO STATE 1 | RECAP It was quite the weekend for Nebraska (19-13, 4-2 Big Ten), which completed its Big Ten-opening homestand on Sunday with another dramatic walk-off victory. For the second straight day the Huskers plated the winning

Nick Swisher goes O-H-I-O after home run

How did former Ohio State star Nick Swisher celebrate his first home run of the 2014 season? With an O-H-I-O after crossing home plate, obviously. Swisher drilled the homer in Cleveland’s 7-2 home win over Minnesota on Friday, and he finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI. Watch Swisher form O-H-I-O and see a photo of it in this post. Nick Swisher = #buckeyeforlife A post shared by Brutus Buckeye (@brutus_buckeye) on Apr 4, 2014 at 7:41pm PDT BRO-H-I-O! Nick Swisher goes yard in Tribe's home-opener and celebrates as only a BUCKEYE could… #GoBucks A post shared by Brutus Buckeye

BTN to air record number of baseball, softball games

CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 240 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for the 2014 season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with the third game of a three-game series between Indiana and Michigan. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday from Bloomington. Last season, Indiana won both the Big Ten Championship and Tournament, and advanced to the College World Series, becoming the first Big Ten squad to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten softball

Photo: Visual proof of B1G branding with Yankees

It’s no secret, the Big Ten is serious about expanding its brand and footprint eastward. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers, both of which officially join the conference July 1, were proof of that. So, too, was the eight-year bowl agreement with New York Yankees and New Era Pinstripe Bowl – a set-up that includes a significant Big Ten branding presence in Yankee Stadium. We saw the first visual proof of the branding presence during the Yankees’ home exhibition game vs. Boston on Tuesday afternoon. Check it out: Check out the ad on the backstop at @Yankees spring training facility.

Big Ten baseball tourney expands to eight teams

For the first time the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature eight teams starting this season when the tourney is in Nebraska. The games will be played at May 21 to 25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the same field that hosts the College World Series. The tournament’s double-elimination format ends with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in

Nebraska blanks Ohio State, moves on to title game

Nebraska shut out Ohio State, 5-0, to advance to the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game vs. Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1-seed Indiana (8:05 p.m. ET tonight). The Huskers must win two straight over the Hoosiers, who haven’t lost in the tournament, to claim the title and the Big Ten’s automatic NCAA berth. Read full Huskers.com recap and catch up on all the tourney action in this post. ** ** ** Wednesday, May 22 Gm 1: 1:05 p.m. ET No. 4 Minnesota 3, No. 5 Illinois 2 BOX SCORE | RECAP | VIDEO Gm 2: 4:35 p.m.

BTN/BTN2Go to air entire Big Ten baseball tourney

CHICAGO – For the fifth straight year, BTN will televise live every game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Coverage begins Wednesday and continues until Saturday, with a game on Sunday if necessary. The entire tournament will take place at Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Purdue won the tournament title last year, earning the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship. A nightly episode of the Big Ten Diamond Report will air following the last game of each day throughout the tournament. Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will host the shows, along with analyst

Big Ten releases All-Big Ten baseball teams

The Big Ten announced Tuesday its 2013 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners. Big Ten champion Indiana was well represented, as it took home Pitcher of the Year (Aaron Slegers) and Coach of the Year (Tracy Smith). Illinois’ Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors. See the teams in this post. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament homepage ] ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM* C – KYLE SCHWARBER, IND 1B – David Kerian, ILL 2B – Pat Kelly, NEB SS – Thomas Lindauer, ILL SS – Kirby