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May 25, 2014

Yelich angered, saddened by death of former schoolmate in California shooting rampage

Christian Yelich didn't know 19-year-old Veronika Weiss, one of the victims in Friday's shooting rampage at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

But he could identify with her, and her death hit home.

Yelich and Weiss each attended Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., at the same time. Yelich was a senior in 2010 when Weiss was a freshman, and both were involved in athletics. He played baseball, of course. Weiss played water polo.

"Usually you don't really know people from tragedies, or it never happens in your hometown," Yelich said. "Unfortunately, it happened to her."

Yelich said he found out about the shooting Saturday through social media.

"I know a lot of people who go to UC-Santa Barbara and texted my friends who are up there after I heard about it to make sure they were all right," he said. "It's scary."

Yelich said he was alerted to Weiss's death from friends on Twitter and Facebook.

"People I follow who are friends with her were posting stuff about it," Yelich said. "I saw it and thought that's a shame. It's really unfortunate, really sad. It kind of puts everything in perspective. She did nothing wrong. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It makes me mad. It makes me really mad."

Steve Cishek is nervous Nellie inside dugout

If he continues to receive save assignments before the ninth inning, as he did on Saturday when he was summoned with two outs in the eighth, Steve Cishek may have to refine the way he prepares mentally.

Otherwise, he could turn into a basket case.

Cishek refuses to sit down for more than a few seconds the rare times he’s in the dugout between innings. He’s standing up, pacing and thinking about who he’ll be facing when he heads back to the mound for the ninth.

“That’s how I stay focused,” Cishek said. “I feel like I kind of lose some adrenalin just sitting down. I feel like if I’m sitting around, I become lethargic. When I was first coming up (through the minors), coaches would say, “Just sit down and chill.’”

On Saturday, after striking out Scooter Gennett to end the eighth, Cishek said he paced the dugout before heading into the clubhouse and knocking down a Red Bull to fuel his competitive juices.

Cishek delivered a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save overall, and the second of the season requiring him to pitch more than one inning.

There have been 22 saves recorded this season in the majors requiring four or more outs, and Cishek is one of only three pitchers who have done it more than once. The Cardinals’ Trevor Rosenthal and Yankees’ David Robertson have also recorded multiple-inning saves.