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Springfield outfielder Ortega seeks return to majors — It's a cup of coffee that left a hunger in Rafael Ortega's belly. At the ripe age of 21, Ortega got the call-up - from Class A Modesto no less - and made his major league debut with the Colorado Rockies, legging out an infield single in his first at-bat.
Jul 21, 2014

Remember that feature we did today on Rafael Ortega? Dude just threw a one-hopper to the plate from RF. Our story:

Council votes to allow urban beekeeping — Urban beekeeping is now allowed in Springfield. City Council voted 8-1 Monday evening to approve a bill allowing two hives on city lots of at least 5,000 square feet, and one additional hive for every additional 5,000 square feet. Jerry Compton was the only council member in opposition.