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Ripon volleyball will host playoff game

The Ripon Christian High volleyball team will host a CIF Northern California Regional Division V first-round playoff match Tuesday against Marin Academy of Mill Valley, the North Coast Section runner-up. The Sac-Joaquin Section champion Knights received the No. 4 seed in the eight-team bracket. The other two Stanislaus District volleyball teams to make the NorCal regionals are on the road. Division IV section runner-up Ripon was given the No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 St. Mary's of Berkeley, the champion of the North Coast Section. And Turlock Christian, which lost in four games to RC in the Division V section championship, received the No. 8 seed and plays at top-seed Mt. Madonna of Watsonville. For full brackets, see Page C-7.

A's trade Scutaro to Jays for prospects

Oakland Athletics super-sub Marco Scutaro was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for minor league pitchers Kristian Bell and Graham Godfrey. Scutaro, 32, filled in admirably for both second baseman Mark Ellis and shortstop Bobby Crosby when they were hurt in recent seasons. But the A's want to give Donnie Murphy, 24, a chance to be a utility infielder. Bell and Godfrey, both 23, are likely to compete for jobs at Double-A Midland. Bell went 3-7 with a 5.33 ERA in 22 appearances and 11 starts for Single-A Dunedin last season. Godfrey had a 6-7 record and 3.98 ERA in 21 starts for Single-A Lansing. Scutaro made 86 starts at five different positions.

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