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Friday, September 12, 2008

Bulls' season ends in 20-2 rout

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Durham Bulls scorekeeper Chris Ivy is on the disabled list with a strained shoulder after repeatedly and briskly inserting and un-inserting Plexiglas numbers into the scoreboard: 20 runs, 18 hits—and that was just for the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees. OK, Ivy isn’t really hurt, but he could barely keep up with the barrage of batted balls, home plate passes—and in the Bulls’ case, errors—that kept the crowd teetering between surliness and somnambulance. After an admirable comeback in Game Three, the Bulls’ season collapsed like a dying star Friday night, losing 20-2 to the Yanks in the fourth game of the...

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Random thoughts after watching Rutgers slide into obscurity

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Yowza. Is the Butch Davis plan working, or is Rutgers actually worse than they were before they were good before they were mediocre? I didn’t realize UNC only has 11 scholarship seniors… This game was even better for UNC than the final 44-12 score would suggest. For instance, Hakeem Nicks had two TDs, but they weren’t even his finest moments of the game. He made a fingertip catch in traffic early in the second that left Rutgers’ coaches barking at their players. It’s hard to draw too many conclusions about UNC without knowing whether or not Rutgers sucks quite...

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Aura & Mystique, and who's Hughes?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 9:56 AM

During the 2001 World Series, the Arizona Diamondback pitcher Curt Schilling was asked about the New York Yankees' "aura and mystique." Schilling replied that Aura and Mystique were names of exotic dancers, and nothing more. And even though the Yankees pulled off two mystical, aura-ringed comebacks in that series, the Diamondbacks won it. Their Game 7 triumph over Mariano Rivera, with Schilling himself pitching strongly and deep into the game, provided the title of Buster Olney's excellent book, The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty.   But at the DBAP last night, Yankee aura and mystique seemed alive and...

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When Jonny Gomes marching home

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Jonny Gomes is a lot of fun to watch at the plate. He's a truly professional hitter: aggressive but canny, potent, and rarely cheated—even when he strikes out, which is often, he takes a big meaty cut. Gomes has a classic power hitter's build, with strong legs and sturdy weight that is centered in his torso, which gives maximum torque power when he uncoils and swings. Gomes has already seen significant playing time in Tampa: he has appeared in the majors every season since 2003, and he finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in...

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Staal to stick with ’Canes for seven more years, $57.75 million

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 2:31 PM

During a 2 p.m. press conference at the RBC Center, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford made an announcement that came as no surprise to anyone: that Eric Staal’s camp had agreed to a seven-year, $57.75 million contract. The contract, which will go into effect after the 2008-09 season, is the largest ever for the ’Canes and will put Staal among the highest-paid players in the league. “When a franchise gets a star player like Eric, you need to keep that player or your franchise will get in trouble,” Rutherford said. “We’re very thankful that he committed to this team...

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Last stand for Bulls tonight?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Perhaps it's because Dan Johnson (and Fernando Perez, Justin Ruggiano et al.) are in Tampa now, but the Bulls have fallen behind two games to none in the best-of-five International League finals against the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees. In Pennsylvania last night, the Bulls lost 1-0 in a 13-inning pitching duel. Tonight, the teams take the field at Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 7:05 p.m. In a clash of multimillion-dollar pitching prospects,  Jeff Niemann starts for the Bulls while the Yankees' dubious $20 million investment, Kei Igawa, starts for the visiting nine....

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

David Price named Minor League Player of the Year

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM

We heard this guy was good. Now David Price is the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year. The Tampa Bay Rays' $8.5 million left-handed pitching prospect began the season in Class A ball, before spending most of the summer at Class AA Montgomery, Ala. He came to Durham in August, where he lost his first game of the year, after starting with a combined 11-0 record, with a 1.87 ERA. He went 1-1 with the Bulls in regular season, improving with each start. The Bulls' recently departed 39-year-old catcher Mike DeFelice has been around long enough to offer...

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Durham Bulls: Things you don't see every day

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Playoffs. Had you been dropped into the DBAP by helicopter this weekend from, say, Saskatchewan, you would have had a hard time recognizing that you were watching a playoff series.  The crowds were sparse, and the energy -- on the field and in the stands -- was sluggish and somnolent. Unbeknownst, apparently, to most of the Triangle, the Durham Bulls are now just a handful of wins away from claiming the Governor's Cup, which goes each year to the champion of the AAA International League (the Bulls won it in 2002 and 2003).  Entire sections of the DBAP were unoccupied...

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Welcome to Triangle Offense: The Indy Sports Blog

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

The sporting scene in the Triangle is a lively one, and we've learned that quite a number of our writers are avid fans of one ballclub or sporting discipline or another. So, we've decided to open the Independent up to regular sports commentary with our own sports blog, Triangle Offense. We expect that our interests will be eclectic, and also that it will take time for us to hit our stride. We'll be providing reporting and commentary on major Triangle sports such as college football and college men's and women's basketball. In the professional realm, we plan to cover Hurricanes...

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