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Monday, April 20, 2009

Status of RailHawks' Marcelo Romero in question

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 8:32 PM

The "great adventure" of Marcelo Romero in the United States appears to have come to an end before it began. The former Uruguayan international does not appear in any of the RailHawks' game day literature, has not played a minute of first team football, and is not training with the team, raising suspicion that Romero will be released in the coming weeks.   The RailHawks announced Romero as a major signing on Feb. 5, with promises that the former Malaga (Spanish First Division) standout would make his debut against the New England Revolution March 14. As Romero began training with the...

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Zajac strikes back in OT, 'Canes lose 3-2

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—After Carolina stole a game from New Jersey in overtime at home on Friday, the Devils returned the favor in front of a rocking RBC Center crowd. The ‘Canes fell behind early and came back twice thanks to more offensive contributions from unlikely sources, but one unlucky bounce in front of the net in OT and the ‘Canes were behind in the season series again. Carolina received most of the good scoring chances early. The ‘Canes caught Brodeur with his trousers down early when he leapt out of the crease...

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RailHawks grind Rhino horns into powder, rebalance trade deficit with China

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 12:26 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—In the murky wilds of Cary, North Carolina, the Carolina RailHawks claimed the collective hide of the Rochester Rhinos with a 53rd-minute goal by Sallieu Bundu. The goal poacher from Sierra Leone gave the home fans a much-deserved reward for their consistent, if tepid exhortations. This 1-0 victory was the first time in six attempts that the ‘Hawks had been able to sink its talons into Rochester and now have maximum points from their first two league matches.   The goals should have been faster in coming and if not for the inspired play of longtime...

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Maybe Fernando Perez Should Write This Blog

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM

The Tampa outfielder, formerly a Bull, is out for at least half the season with a wrist injury, but he isn't sitting around moping about it. On the contrary, he's rooting the Rays on and writing for the New York Times. Not only can the guy put together a spiffy sentence, if this article doesn't get you excited about the Rays (and by extension, the Bulls), you need to see a doctor. Here's a photo we took last June of the baseball phenom, blogger, Ivy Leaguer and Indy fashion model. (photo by D.L. Anderson)...

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Gleason’s OT winner ties ‘Canes/Devils series

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 2:00 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> TV/ FSN-CR — And now, we have a series. After a head-scratching 4-1 loss to open the playoffs, the ‘Canes struck back to take Game 2 from the Devils, 2-1, at home in overtime off Tim Gleason’s first and only goal of the season. To say that the ‘Canes’ stay-at-home stalwart isn’t “offensively gifted” is sort of like saying that Pamela Anderson isn’t a rocket scientist, but he picked the perfect time to emulate OT magician Niclas Wallin and open the floodgates. Speaking of Wallin, the former extra innings champion reportedly “blessed”...

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Bulls Finally Lose, And They Care

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—David Price was back on the mound at the DBAP last night. Everyone -- Price, his manager Charlie Montoyo, his catcher John Jaso, and all of us in the press box -- agreed that his second outing of the year was an improvement over the first one. He needed just 65 pitches to finish five innings (the maximum he's allowed), 48 of which were strikes. His velocity was up a little, his slider and his changeup were effective, and he threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 20 hitters he faced. He struck out six and walked one. He...

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Greg Paulus to play in MLB

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Kidding, of course.  But Greg Paulus, Duke's senior point guard, seems to have met—or been rumored to be in connection with—every sports league across America. Now, ESPN is reporting that Paulus might play quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines next season after reports earlier in the week indicated he worked out for the Green Bay Packers.   Paulus was also interviewed on ESPN's PTI Thursday and was coy about whether or not he'll play football next year but said that he had worked out for the Packers  after basketball season ended and that Michigan had offered him a chance to start....

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Bulls Go to 6-0: The Didionesque

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM

DBAP/DURHAM—The first thing you should know about this report on yesterday's game is that it contains literary references. I'm also a book critic, sorry about that. The second thing you need to know is that I had to leave with the score tied after nine innings, and go to my other job (the one where I make money so I can cover the Bulls). I wasn't there when Adam Kennedy homered in the 13th inning to give the Bulls a 5-3 win and their longest undefeated streak ever to open a Triple-A season. As it happens, my forced early departure...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Devils cool down the 'Canes in Game 1 (to say the least)

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 11:29 PM

TV/ FSN-CR — Not much to say about this one, folks. Those who saw it probably wish they hadn’t and those who didn’t don’t want to hear about it. The ‘Canes looked pretty pitiful, save for a third period surge, and fell to the Devils 4-1 in their playoff opener in New Jersey. The good news is that, as the saying goes, you aren’t in trouble until you lose one at home. The ‘Canes could still be in great shape if they manage to steal one from the Devils on Friday, but in order for that to happen they need...

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Big return for Matt Watson as RailHawks blank Wilmington 2-0

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:21 AM

The biggest news out of last night's RailHawks' 2-0 victory over the USL-2 Wilmington Hammerheads was the return of Matt Watson, who scored 15 minutes after entering the game in the second half.  Watson, last year's team MVP, joined the squad yesterday after helping his indoor side, the Baltimore Blast, to the MISL championship. Furthermore, his first child was born yesterday in Baltimore. Although the team's press release pointedly says last night's squad shouldn't be considered a second team, it notes that few of the players in the evening's lineup saw action in last Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Minnesota...

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Offenses and Weather Damp as Bulls Blank Braves 1-0

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 12:11 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—On a cold, wet night, the Bulls pieced together a second consecutive shutout against the Gwinnett Braves. Faced with the tall order of facing the Atlanta Braves' number one prospect, the Bulls proved equal to the task despite relying on their fifth starter. The Bulls' starting pitcher, Jason Cromer, scattered three Braves hits over five scoreless innings of work.  Once Cromer left the game after the fifth the bullpen continued its stellar work in the young season, tossing five strikeouts in four innings of work and keeping the Braves off the scoreboard. The Gwinnett Braves sent Tommy Hanson,...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

RailHawks' Mark Schulte is USL player of week

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 4:59 PM

No surprise here: There were only two games in Week One, and in the match that wasn't a scoreless draw, the dominant player was Mark Schulte, whose long throw-ins led to both goals in the ’Hawks 2-1 defeat of the visiting Minnesota Thunder. The Triangle Offense match report for that game is here. And here is an interesting piece on Schulte that appeared three years ago in SI.com, when Schulte was playing in Uruguay, the first American to play professionally in the country that won the first World Cup, in 1930. Tonight the RailHawks travel to Wilmington for a...

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Bulls on the Move: Michel Hernandez to Tampa

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Speculation that journeyman catcher Michel Hernandez would be David Price's personal backstop this season was dashed—at least temporarily—by the news that Tampa backup catcher (and ex-Bull) Shawn Riggans has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis. Hernandez has been called up to take the often-injured Riggans' place. Just four games into the season, the Bulls have already had two personnel changes. Matt Joyce is expected to play tonight (he arrived at the DBAP just before last night's game after being optioned to Durham). Before long, we should also see Alex Jamieson, who will now be the backup to...

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Mudcats' Chris Heisey featured on Reds' blog

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Carolina Mudcats' Chris Heisey is the featured "farmhand" on redreporter.com, an excellent blog devoted to the Cincinnati Reds. Heisey, the leadoff batter and an outfielder, homered off Mississippi Braves' pitcher Tom Glavine (rehabbing in AA until he's activated with Atlanta this week) in yesterday's 'Cats 6-2 win. Redreporter notes that Heisey's defense is "good enough for him to play all three outfield positions," and that his batting average (.412) and on-base percentage (.583) have served the Mudcats well....

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Bulls Beat Braves; Hernandez Kills 'Em Softly

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:31 AM

DBAP/DURHAM-- Bulls pitcher Carlos Hernandez speaks like he pitches: softly. Although I caught one radar reading at a suspicious 92mph last night on the scoreboard, his fastball generally hovered around 86-87mph, and his offspeed stuff closer to 80. He surrendered singles to the first two batters of the game and then loaded the bases with a walk. But he fanned Barbaro Canizares (what a name!) and then got a double-play grounder to get out of the inning. The Braves didn't get another hit off of him....

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Tampa Bay options Matt Joyce to Durham

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Careful perusal of the Bulls' opening day roster revealed only three outfielders. It didn't take long to bump the number to four, though. On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays cleared room for BJ Upton's return to the lineup by optioning outfielder Matt Joyce to Durham. Players have three days to report to their assignment, and a Bulls spokesman tells us Joyce will likely begin his Bulls stint in time for Tuesday's game against the Gwinnett Braves.  Marc Lancaster of Tampa Bay Online has more....

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RailHawks quell the Thunder, 2-1

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 12:25 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It was a muted opening night, with up-and-down soccer and a light crowd of 2,927. The most noise came during the first half, from the visiting North Carolina A&T University marching band's drumline, which also livened up the halftime break. Happily, the pitch was dry this time, unlike the underwater conditions of the two preseason matches against the New Revolution Revolution and CD Olimpia. Perhaps compounding the atmospheric challenges in the stadium was the fact that the starting lineup consisted of 11 newcomers to Cary. Those fans who are only now tuning in would have recognized...

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

UNC's Ed Davis returning for sophomore year

Posted By on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM

It's official: Freshman forward Ed Davis said Sunday he'll return for his sophomore campaign. "I am returning to North Carolina for my sophomore season and will not apply for the NBA draft," Davis said in a statement. "I love being a student at Carolina and playing with my teammates for coach Williams. I'd like to play in the NBA someday, but my family and I don't think I'm ready to take that step." Speculation was abound that Davis was not entirely ruling the draft out, despite his early declaration to return right after UNC beat Michigan State on April...

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Notes from the DBAP: The Press Box as Flight Deck

Posted By on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 2:29 PM

When I was blogging sporadically about the Bulls last year, I sat in the stands even after I got my Media Pass. I like sitting in the stands, not only for the open air but for the proximity to the field. Last night, though, I watched the game from the press box. I intended to move into the stands after a few innings, but the press box was an interesting place to be yesterday....

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‘Canes to face familiar foe in first round

Posted By on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 3:17 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Hours after losing their final game of the regular season, 3-2, to the New Jersey Devils, the Carolina Hurricanes found out that the first round standings were set. Guess who they’ll be playing? The New Jersey Devils. Carolina lost its final two games of the season and the Penguins beat Montreal – an ideal situation for those who didn’t want a first round meeting with rough and tumble (and scary good) Philadelphia. Carolina fell out of fifth place and will now face New Jersey in the first round. Carolina has faced New...

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David Price's First Start of 2009: Durham Bulls' Finishing School, Lesson One

Posted By on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 1:48 AM

DBAP/DURHAM—Informed that David Price tossed 50 of 74 pitches for strikes tonight, threw first-pitch strikes to 13 of the 17 hitters he faced, and struck out four Norfolk Tides in 3 2/3 innings of the Bulls' 8-4 win, one would assume that Price's first start of 2009 was successful. By those measures, it was a fine performance. But this was, oddly, a tale of two outings for Price. He breezed through the first inning with two harmless groundouts to third and a three-pitch strikeout (looking) of Matt Wieters, the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball. Price's night ended after...

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

The ’Canes’ regular season is over; let's throw around some awards

Posted By on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 4:40 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Well, fans, we’re finally here. The playoffs are headed back to the Triangle. After 81 tough games and half a season of nervously watching the standings, Caniac Nation will finally be able to show what it’s made of again on the national stage. Forget home-ice advantage; after getting hot at exactly the right time, the team that many had written off halfway through February can now finish no lower than sixth place. “We’ve played phenomenal for a long while now. We’re a team that I...

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Bulls Rained Out: Special Price Extended to Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 9:25 PM

DURHAM/DBAP--The great and irascible manager Leo Durocher once said: "You don't save your best pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain." I know what you're thinking, but incredibly Durocher was not a Scorpio. Nor did Leo manage in the age of multimillion-dollar bonuses, inflexible pitch counts and Tommy John Surgery. In 2009, you're damn skippy you save your best pitcher for tomorrow if that's what the front office tells you to do. So Mitch Talbot started last night's season-opener for the Bulls as per orders from HQ, and phenom David Price was slated for tonight. At 6:45 PM, the DBAP...

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Bulls break three bats, score two runs, to win opener, 2-1

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 12:55 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—Mitch Talbot gave up three hits, struck out four, gave out zero walks and, naturally, blanked the visiting Norfolk Tides in five innings before an opening night crowd of 8,287. The final score was 2-1, and the Bulls scored both of theirs in workmanlike fashion in the second inning, behind a pair of no-out singles by John Jaso and Chris Nowak, who would proceed to score on a combination of an error and infield ground-outs. But two runs was all Talbot and five—five!—relievers needed. Norfolk's Nolan Reimold led off the seventh by jacking a Julio DePaula pitch into the...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Carolina finally melts down, falls to Sabres 5-1

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH— So. We’ve given this whole “losing” thing a fair trial…and I’m not sure about you guys, but I, for one, am not a fan. It was inevitable. Cam Ward showed that he was, in fact, only human, and two nights after putting together a record-setting nine-goal shutout, the ‘Canes were lit up themselves for 5 goals by the Buffalo Sabres, who were hanging by a thread in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However, New York won and Montreal earned a point in OT, so Buffalo’s impressive effort was all...

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