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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ho-hum? Heck no! Bulls win South once again

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:26 AM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls' magic number is one heading into tonight's contest with the Gwinnett Braves. So if the defending Governors' Cup champion Bulls win - or if the second-place Norfolk Tides lose at Charlotte - they'll claim their 12th South Division title and 13th playoff berth in their 17 seasons in the International League. Long-ago former Bulls skipper Brian Snitker manages Gwinnett. Matt Andriese (11-7, 3.76) will take on the Braves' Terry Doyle (3-3, 3.30). Durham gets solid pitching all night, scratching out enough runs to clinch the division title with a 4-2 win. ...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Mahtook's two-out double in ninth foils no-hit bid from Tides' Wright

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:54 AM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls are inching ever closer to their 12th division title and 13th playoff berth in their 17 seasons in the International League. Heading into tonight's game with the second-place Norfolk Tides, Durham's magic number to clinch a second straight South Division crown is six with 13 games left in the season - all against either the Tides or the Gwinnett Braves. Nathan Karns (9-6, 4.45) will look for his eighth straight quality start tonight against East Carolina alum Mike Wright (4-11, 5.16). This time it's Wright that gets the quality start - an...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Perez, Louisville sneak past Bulls in extra-inning nail-biter

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

File photo by Orin DayBulls outfielder Jerry Sands takes a cut.DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK Another check-in on the Durham Bulls, who are tied for their usual first-place spot in the International League's South Division. Tonight is Game 3 of a four-game set against the Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Reds' affiliate which is in third place in the West Division. The teams have split their first two meetings, and will square off again in Mid-June at Louisville Slugger Field. Merrill Kelly (4-1, 2.47) will square off with the Bats' Wang Chien-Ming (3-4, 4,79) on a cool spring evening. The teams go...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Unlucky 13 for Bulls in slugfest loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Photo by Orin DayDurham's Mikie Mahtook slides in safely at third. Durham manager Charlie Montoyo is at rear. RailRiders third baseman is Zelous Wheeler. Umpire is Joey Amaral.DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK Checking in on the Durham Bulls, who after 25 games are sporting the most wins of anybody in the International League. Of course that’s par for the course for a team that’s made the playoffs 12 times in its 16 seasons in the league.Tonight is Game 3 of a four-game set with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, erm, RailRiders. The former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Empire State Yankees are managed...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sands, Bulls come back to save Opening Night

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Photo by Orin DayThe Durham Bulls showed off their massive new video board for the first time Thursday night.DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The password is “Bulls Reborn” as the Bulls’ yard has a whole new look and feel for its 20th season. The place has undergone a $20 million renovation since last season, with a revamped entry plaza, a massive new video board inside the left-field “Blue Monster” and a huge club-level lounge behind home plate. Manager Charlie Montoyo is back for his eighth season as the Bulls begin defense of their Governors’ Cup title against the South Division rival...

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Play ball! Bulls, Mudcats open seasons in just a few hours

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:19 AM

File photo by Chris BairdPitching should be a strength as the Bulls open defense of their Governors' Cup tonight.They’re at both ends of the full-season minor-league spectrum. The Durham Bulls, who have billed themselves as “America’s Favorite Minor League Team,” play at the Triple-A level, just one step from the Major League show. In their 17th season as the top affiliates of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Bulls are defending Governors Cup Champions and during their run have won that title four times plus one National Championship. The Carolina Mudcats play in the storied Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where they...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Massive—MASSIVE!!—video boards coming to DBAP

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Well, they promised "Wow! factor," and this is what it looks like. The Durham Bulls announced the details of not one but three video boards that will be among the most visible results of the $19 million stadium upgrade now under way. In May, the city of Durham and the baseball club agreed on a new 20-year lease agreement. The terms included the city agreeing to cut the team's annual rent and contribute $12 million toward repairs and upgrades to the 18-year-old stadium. The Bulls agreed to take over the operating costs of the stadium. The primary display of...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Bulls rally falls short, lose to Indians in extras

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

After rallying from a four-run deficit, the Durham Bulls were not able to surpass the Indianapolis Indians, falling 6-4 Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. In front of an almost sold out crowd of 9.565, fans were into the game early and often. The wave was first spotted in the third inning. There wasn't a section of the ballpark without fans—even the grass section in center field. Right-handed starter Merrill Kelly, who was recently called up from Double-A Montgomery, struck out 10 batters through 5.1 innings in his debut Triple-A start. "I didn't know what to expect from him,"...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Wil Myers suffers tummy upset, but Bulls wave off Chiefs, win 4-2

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM

On a perfect night for baseball, with temperatures in the mid 60s, the Durham Bulls defeated the Syracuse Chiefs, 4-2, in its only win of the four-game home stand. The crowd on hand, 8,227, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park was electric all night and even sustained “the wave” for almost the entirety of the eighth inning. Bulls fans had plenty to cheer about early and often as the team scored in three consecutive innings, third through fifth, and added an insurance run in the eighth. Starting pitcher J.D. Martin (4-1) was solid once again this season, completing seven innings of...

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bulls lose to Chiefs, twice

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I’m a new intern with INDY Week with a primary focus of covering the Durham Bulls over the summer. Next fall I’ll be a senior at N.C. State and the sports editor at N.C. State's campus paper, the Technician. Tuesday night’s Bulls game was my first experience at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and this summer I'll be looking for stories as I follow the team. There are 25 players on the active roster, and with all of the comings and goings of a minor league team, I can expect to encounter many new names. So, last night's game against...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Durham Bulls to host 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling announcing the news.DBAP/ DURHAM—The Durham Bulls announced this morning that they will host the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The exact date has not been announced yet, but expect it around the second or third week of July. The All-Star Game is the highlight of what multiple speakers at this morning's press conference called "a five-day festival" of baseball—including the beloved Home-Run Derby—that should overtake downtown Durham like a minor-league baseball Bonnaroo for the better part of a week. The DBAP hosted last year's Triple-A National Championship game. The Bulls...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Harrison, Rodon, Boyd collect more hardware from Hot Stove

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

McKIMMON CENTER/RALEIGH Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison was the first active player in seven years not named Josh Hamilton to win the Will Wynne Award as the North Carolinian contributing most to baseball. Photo courtesy Texas RangersTexas pitcher Matt HarrisonAnd N.C. State southpaw Carlos Rodon had a kind of three-peat, winning the state’s college player of the year award after finishing his high school career as back-to-back winner of the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Award as Wake County high school player of the year. Those were just two of the big award winners at the 63rd annual baseball banquet of the...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Reno comes up Aces, denies PawSox Triple-A Championship

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Photo by Al DragoThe Reno Aces pose for a team photo in their champagne-soaked clubhouse.DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s the Triple-A National Championship Game on a soggy September night. And although the Durham Bulls had their worst season in six years and didn’t get anywhere near the game, there’s a great crowd of 8,601 in the house. The Pawtucket Red Sox, Durham’s worst tormentors in the International League with a 36-27 record in the park, are the Governors’ Cup Champions taking on the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. Manager of the Aces is Brett Butler, who was a...

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Alex Torres, Durham Bulls shut out Charlotte Knights in final home game of season: Keeping the Faith

Posted By on Sun, Sep 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Alex TorresDBAP/ DURHAM—Faith is, as a bestseller tells us, the evidence of things unseen, and we haven't seen Alex Torres recently. Torres pitched pretty well in his first start of 2012, way back in the second game of the season—but he didn't pitch that well, not as well it as the box score suggests. It was the evidence of things seen—the pitches, the man throwing them, his diffidence and erratic kinetics—and not the grid of simplified numbers, which are anathema to faith, that contained the truth that was to come. After that first start in April, Alex Torres was bad...

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Durham Bulls fall to Charlotte Knights: Time of the Season

Posted By on Sat, Sep 1, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—We may know what time of the season it is—the last home game of the Bulls' season is tonight—but what season is it, exactly? Not long ago, a cold front dropped Durham's weather way down into the temperate range (you could wear long sleeves and pants), and it seemed that summer was over early. Coincidentally, after the weather cooled, the Bulls hit their hottest stretch of 2012, winning a season-high six straight games. But then they left home and were swept at Norfolk, scoring a total of one run in three games; meanwhile, while they were gone, the heat...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Durham Bulls hold off Norfolk Tides to win season-high sixth straight: Professionals

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Dane De La Rosa wants to pitch in this jersey again.DBAP/ DURHAM—What to make of a team that has been bad pretty much all season long and is only now, at the end of days, playing like a winner? The Bulls beat Norfolk Sunday evening, building a 4-0 lead through five innings and then sweating out a tense ninth inning to win, 4-3. Cesar Ramos started and threw six excellent shutout innings, rebounding from his poor start against Charlotte on Monday night. He was backed by home runs from Tim Beckham and Sean Rodriguez, the latter just optioned down from...

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Niemann survives line drive off the hand, Bulls win fifth straight

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s a bit too late to do anything about the pennant race, but the Durham Bulls are very hot right now. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Jeff NiemannHeading into the fourth of a five-game home set with the Norfolk Tides, the Bulls have won four straight games. And they’ll have a solid arm on the mound on an unseasonably cool, as big Jeff Niemann (0-0, 8.31) will make his second rehab start. Zach Clark (4-1, 1.44) will go for Norfolk. The Bulls get the fourth save in five days from Dane De La Rosa, who gets...

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Durham Bulls take third straight from the Norfolk Tides: Looking up

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Will Leslie Anderson get to wear this uniform again?DBAP/ DURHAM—About 15 minutes before game time, the plane flew over the ballpark and what looked like four puffs of pink smoke popped out. It wasn't long before the parachutes deployed and the jumpers began their descent to Goodmon Field. They came down, one by one, via a pleasing route that wound them across the outfield, over the right-field stands, and then, banking sweetly, back into the outfield again, where they landed on the grass to rousing applause. It was a sort of pageant from above, and Mother Nature provided an encore...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jake Arrieta and Norfolk Tides throw 1-hitter, but Chris Archer and Durham Bulls beat them: Going mental

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Ed Grimley, going mentalDBAP/ DURHAM—The Durham Bulls shut out the Norfolk Tides last night, 2-0, despite getting only one hit, a two-out, first-inning single by Chris Gimenez. A wonderful pitching duel between the Bulls' Chris Archer and the Tides' Jake Arrieta was decided in the sixth inning, when Arrieta came unglued and walked four straight batters to force in one run and threw a wild pitch to score the other. The Bulls did not have another baserunner after that. They didn't need one. Archer had his best start of the season, according to Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo—a big-league start in...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pendleton stops the bleeding as Bulls top Charlotte 3-1

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls play the back half of their two-game set with the Charlotte Knights, who are closing in on the South Division title. File photo by Chris BairdBulls pitcher Lance PendletonThe Bulls, meanwhile, are nearly eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in six years. It’s the fourth game of the Bulls’ last extended homestand of the season, and Durham is on a five-game losing streak. Former Bulls Dan Johnson and Hector Gimenez are in the middle of the Knights’ lineup. Lance Pendleton (7-5, 4.76) will try to right the ship for the Bulls’...

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Charlotte Knights thump Durham Bulls: More Mr. Nice Guy

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Vincent Damon FurnierDBAP/ DURHAM—Three nights in a row, Durham pitching has gotten bombed, and three nights in a row they've lost (actually four if you count the last game of the Ohio road trip). Last night, it was Cesar Ramos' turn to get the Dresden treatment. He allowed three homers and nine runs in six innings, and although the Bulls hit four dingers of their own—including three in one inning—Charlotte won easily, 9-6. The Bulls have allowed 32 runs and 52 hits over the last 27 innings, lost four straight games and 10 of their last 13. Ramos said, in...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

"Actually, don't ask Neil": Gwinnett Braves rally, outscore Jeff Niemann and Durham Bulls in 11 innings

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—"Play the game the right way," goes the crusty old baseball saying, and so it ought to be written about the right way, too. On Sunday afternoon, the Durham Bulls tweeted a link to the video of the scintillating 3-6-1 double play turned on Saturday by Henry Wrigley, Tim Beckham and Jim Paduch. In my game story, I expressed doubt that Beckham actually had his foot on second base when he caught Wrigley's throw. Beckham was was several feet away from the bag when he made his relay throw to first base. But you know what? Watching the replay...

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gwinnett Braves make Durham Bulls disappear: Magic and Loss

Posted By on Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—If it wasn't for bad Lueke, the Bulls would have no Lueke at all. Sorry about that. Couldn't help myself. In fact, Bulls reliever Josh Lueke had been on an oversized roll after an absolutely dreadful first three months of the season. Through all of July up until yesterday, Lueke had allowed just two runs over his last 23 innings, shaving more than two runs off of his bloated 6.57 ERA. "My hottest guy," Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said later of Lueke, and he wasn't talking about Lueke's looks. So last night, the Bulls were leading the Gwinnett...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Torra sizzles as Bulls hit four homers in rout of Columbus

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls come into the finale of their homestand looking for a split of their four-game set with the Columbus Clippers. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls catcher Chris GimenezAnd it would be helpful to get some offense. The Bulls are coming off back-to-back losses, having dropped a 3-0 decision on Wednesday night after falling 2-1 in 10 innings on Tuesday. Matt Torra (5-5, 4.97) will go against Clippers lefty David Huff (5-5, 4.97) in front of a big crowd on a warm evening. The bats are back, as Chris Gimenez homers twice with five RBI and...

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Durham Bulls Shut Out 3-0 by Columbus

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/Durham-Tonight's first pitch was at 7:22pm, seventeen minutes late, for a game with the Columbus Clippers. A massive thunderstorm was making its way through north Durham and into Wake County. Radar cells were popping up everywhere. Nobody knew if tonight's game would happen. Bulls groundskeeper Scott Strickland, watching radar on his phone. But the game actually filled a full nine innings in an appropriate time frame, despite the delayed start....

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