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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Durham Bulls beat Norfolk Tides: Meritocracy

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Photo by D. L. AndersonVirgil Vasquez in action earlier this yearDBAP/ DURHAM—You could have probably won some money if you had bet, earlier this year, that by the All-Star break Brian Baker and Virgil Vasquez would have combined to earn a full fifth of the Bulls' victories and been responsible for none of the team's losses—they're 11-0. Baker was something of an afterthought, a soft-throwing (and soft-spoken) right-hander who spent 2009 with Class AA Montgomery, where his numbers were nothing more than average. He seemed like the kind of pitcher who would probably hang around for a bit until someone...

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Carroll, Sappelt lead Mudcats past West Tenn and into first place

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:08 AM

The Carolina Mudcats are tied for first place. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollScott Carroll pitched a season-long eight innings to get the victory and Dave Sappelt found three different ways to drive in runs as the Mudcats beat the homestanding West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 3-1 on Friday night. The win improved the Mudcats to 10-8 in the second half, tying them for first place with the Chattanooga Lookouts for first place atop the Southern League’s North Division. Carolina is 4-2 on its current road trip, guaranteeing a winning swing with only Saturday’s game remaining before...

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Mesoraco's big night at West Tenn lifts Mudcats over .500

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Devin Mesoraco homered, tripled and doubled, leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 6-2 win at West Tenn on Thursday night to even their four-game series at one win apiece. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Devin MesoracoThe Mudcats are now 9-8 in the second half and trail first-place Chattanooga by one game in the Southern League’s North Division. Mesoraco, who finished with two RBI, leads the Cincinnati Reds’ organization with 18 homers on the season. Travis Webb (4-6) was the winning pitcher, while Mauricio Robles (6-5) took the loss. Dave Sappelt also homered and singled for two RBI...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

E. Johnson, Ruggiano blast Bulls to blowout win over Norfolk

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 11:21 PM

DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls return home from a split against Charlotte, still with a big lead in the International League’s South Division. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Elliot JohnsonTonight’s opponent on yet another very hot night is the Norfolk Tides, who are currently in last place in the division. Norfolk has a boat load of familiar faces in former Bulls Rhyne Hughes, Michel Hernandez and Joey Gathright as well as former Durham hitting coach Richie Hebner. Richard De Los Santos (6-4) will pitch for the Bulls against Zach Clark (0-3). This one turns out to be easy for the home...

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World Cup 2010, by the numbers

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Joern PollexDavid Villa leaves the field against Germany, looking like he's just been informed that he's the highest-rated attacker in the World Cup, according to the FIFA Castrol Index.RICHMOND, VA—So it is Spain and Holland in the final of the World Cup—a worthy matchup. Spain would have been in almost anyone's list of the top two teams in the world headed into this tournament, and Holland have a perfect six wins from six in South Africa. We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out which European power will get to write its name on the World Cup trophy for...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bulls earn split with Charlotte, Mudcats on wrong end of shutout

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Justin Ruggiano’s three-run homer was the biggest hit for the Durham Bulls as they gained a split of their two-game road series with the Charlotte Knights with a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoThings didn’t go so well for the Carolina Mudcats, who dropped a 4-0 decision in the opener of their four-game set at West Tenn. The Bulls, who lead the International League’s South Division by 10 games over the Knights, will return home Thursday night for the opener of a two-game set with the Norfolk Tides....

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fairel, Mudcats rip Chattanooga, but the Bulls have a rough night

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Matt Fairel had a strong outing and plenty of run support Tuesday night, giving the Carolina Mudcats a 9-1 road win over the Chattanooga Lookouts and a win in their three-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt FairelThe result put the Mudcats a game over .500 and to within a game of the first-place Lookouts in the Southern League’s North Division. Meanwhile the Durham Bulls had a rare bad night, falling 10-4 at Charlotte. The Mudcats move on to West Tenn on Wednesday night to start a four-game series that ends with the All-Star Break.Durham, meanwhile,...

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Impossible Germany, not-so-unlikely Spain

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Laurence GriffithsSpain's players (from right, Alonso, Fabregas, Ramos, Villa) celebrate a quarterfinal victory over Paraguay RICHMOND, VA—Is it possible for a English-language sportwriter to write an article about the German national soccer team without any reference to World War I, World War II, any past national leaders, any references to "efficiency," or any references to the words "blitzkrieg" and "Aryan?" I don't know, and it's obviously too late for this article to accomplish that feat. But let's pretend for a moment that the German national side that has now dismantled England and Argentina in four-star fashion were actually from California...

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Semifinals begin today: Previewing Uruguay—Holland (and why Uruguay shouldn't apologize)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Richard HeathcoteWesley Sneijder of the DutchRIO DE JANEIRO—There are 3,510,386 Uruguayans living in Uruguay. As with 21 of the 23 players on the Uruguayan roster, some three million more Uruguayans live and work outside of the República Oriental del Uruguay. Uruguay is nestled snugly between Brazil and Argentina. Uruguay is lovely. It is fun to repeat "Uruguay." The Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol (AUF) is bidding for the 2030 World Cup, which would mark the Cup’s centennial in the Estadio Centenário, originally named for the 100th anniversary of Uruguayan independence. In 1930, when Uruguay had 1,734,000 residents, they beat Argentina in...

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Costanzo's bat, Cochran's arm lead Mudcats past Lookouts

Posted By on Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Mike Costanzo led a 13-hit attack with a double and two singles with an RBI, leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 7-2 road win over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Monday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Mike CostanzoThe win evened their three-game series at one win apiece, improved the Mudcats to .500 in the second half and left them two games behind first-place Chattanooga in the Southern League’s North Division. Tom Cochran (6-3) was the winning pitcher, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Tim Sexton (3-8)...

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Johnson homers twice, Hellickson wins 11th game as Bulls wallop Gwinnett

Posted By on Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 8:46 PM

DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls finish their longest homestand of the season today, and they’ll try to get their second win in their current three-game series with the Gwinnett Braves. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Dan JohnsonThey’ll get an early start for the “holiday” contest, and even though the heat is back there’s a decent crowd in the house — about half of last night’s all-time Durham record baseball throng of 11,674. Durham has a nine-game lead over the second-place Charlotte Knights in the International League’s South Division. The Bulls will send up their ace Jeremy Hellickson (10-2), who is coming...

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Vasquez sizzles as massive crowd watches Bulls blast Braves

Posted By on Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 10:43 PM

DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls come into their Independence Day meeting with the Gwinnett Braves comfortably in their usual first-place spot in the International League’s South Division. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Virgil VasquezThe Bulls lead the Charlotte Knights by a solid eight games, but they’re also on a two-game losing streak. Third-place Gwinnett is the hottest team in the league — at least over the past week, as the Braves are on a seven-game winning streak. Whatever happens tonight is going to be witnessed by a huge crowd, and that’s not hyperbole. Seats were sold out before the gates opened,...

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Sands' homer helps Chattanooga take series opener over Mudcats

Posted By on Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM

The Carolina Mudcats dropped back below .500 in the second half and made the road crowd happy, losing their July 4 game with the Chattanooga Lookouts 8-4. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Carlos MendezClayton product Jerry Sands had three hits including a three-run homer with five RBI for Chattanooga. Corey Smith added a 4-for-4 performance with one RBI. Carlos Mendez went 4-for-4 including a double for the Mudcats. Mario Alvarez (5-3) gave up all the Mudcats’ runs and was the winning pitcher, while Jon Huber collected his eighth save. Scott Carroll (1-4) took the loss....

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Gwinnett Braves shut out Durham Bulls: The Blur

Posted By on Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 10:38 PM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsBulls' pitcher Richard De Los SantosDBAP/ DURHAM—It's usually Heather who waits patiently for me near the main gate after the game while I'm down in the clubhouses doing postgame interviews. But last night I got finished quickly and she was still watching the postgame fireworks, so I found a chair on the lower concourse and watched the large crowd (9,932) file out after the Bulls were blanked, 3-0, by Todd Redmond and the Gwinnett Braves. It was the Braves' seventh straight win. A blur of color and voices moved past me as I sat there, a...

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Webb, Mudcats extinguish Suns before huge crowd to win series

Posted By on Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 10:38 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats will be on the road on Sunday, so the big annual Independence Day celebration is tonight. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Travis WebbLucky for the fans this time. There is unseasonably cool weather in the low 80s. Too bad it won’t stick around long. But they’re definitely packing the park for what should be a huge fireworks show for the club’s traditional largest crowd of the season, with the crowd announced at 8,661. It’s the fourth largest crowd in stadium history. Tonight is the 20th anniversary of the first Mudcats game...

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Reading the newspapers in Cape Town; rooting for Ghafana Ghafana

Posted By on Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 9:13 AM

CAPE TOWN—It's a joy reading the vibrant, provocative Cape Town press. The Cape Times today leads with a mammoth headline—"Cup gets 9/10 from tourists," and I believe the headline is not far off. Then the news that the Ghana team, newly dubbed “Ghafana Ghafana” by the supportive South African fans, will get some face time with Nelson Mandela himself. The Sun notes that Ghana's Serbian coach has called on the assistance of a Serbian healer who reads animal entrails in tonight's match against Uruguay. The Times also reported today that it may or may not be true that the losing...

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Brazil play beautiful football and lose to the Dutch; the conspiracy theories mount

Posted By on Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Richard HeathcoteArjen Robben made key contributions on the cut-up pitch of Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil were brilliant for 53 minutes. Holland were terrible for 75. For about an hour, Brazil had constant midfield pressure, were recovering the ball with ease, winning the tactical battle, attacking with fluidity and pace. Kaká was playing well, looking comfortable on the ball. Robinho was running hard, Dani Alves and Maicon were causing problems for the Dutch, there was no beating of Lúcio and Juan in the air. The orange defense struggled to cope with blue movement. Robinho’s...

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Louisville Bats swat Durham Bulls: All The Young Dudes

Posted By on Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/DURHAM—Every summer I run an intensive two-week writing workshop for high school students. I really love doing it, and it's happening right now. Our 39 young writers from all over the US (plus one from Mexico City) are all in the thick of self-designed prose or poetry projects, and I spend my days working with them and reading their writing. It tends to be either startlingly potent and affecting or totally zonked, rarely anything between the two extremes. They're at that age when, full of coltish excitement, just coming into their own as thinkers and users of language, they are...

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When cynicism succeeds: Deliberate handball lifts Uruguay over Ghana

Posted By on Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 12:27 AM

RICHMOND, VA—Let me first state that there has been much to admire about how Uruguay has played this World Cup. They are worthy semifinalists, and might yet win the tournament. That said, events in the 120th minute of Uruguay's shootout victory over Ghana mar—in my book anyway—the South American side's passage to the final four. The most elemental rule of soccer is that you cannot use your hands. And in particular, you cannot deliberately use your hands to stop the progress of a ball struck by the opponent. But Uruguay's resort to an extraordinarily blatant handball on the line...

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Villanueva, errors help end Mudcats' streak for Jacksonville

Posted By on Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 10:59 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are on a hot streak and have a chance to go over .500 in the second half with a win tonight. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Daryl ThompsonFor the third straight night, there is absolutely perfect baseball weather in the Triangle. And since the Mudcats’ weekend of fireworks starts after tonight’s contest, there’s a very nice crowd in the house that’s announced at 5,947. With three straight victories, they’re also in position to clinch the six-game series against the Jacksonville Suns, who won the first-half championship of the Southern League’s South...

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Dutch delight, Brazilian breakdown

Posted By on Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 12:04 PM

RICHMOND, VA—Sir Alex Ferguson is capable of making some remarkably biased comments whenever Manchester United or its nearest rivals are involved, but the veteran manager (and ex-Scotland boss) is generally well worth listening to when discussing football in general. Fergie was quoted by FourFourTwo magazine as saying World Cups don't really get going until the quarterfinal stage. The quarterfinal stage is here, and if today's first match is any indication, both the intensity and the pressure have risen two or three notches from the previous rounds. A rather stunning second-half meltdown by Brazil sees them crashing out of the...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mudcats score early, hold off Suns late for third straight win

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 11:44 PM

The Carolina Mudcats scored all the runs they would need in the first four innings and then hung on late, beating the Jacksonville Suns 6-5 at Five County Stadium to win their third straight game. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Devin MesoracoDevin Mesoraco led the Mudcats with a homer and a double for three RBI as they outhit the Suns 9-8. Denis Phipps added a homer and a single for Carolina while Jose Castro doubled and singled. Matt Fairel (2-3) was the winning pitcher, going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits, striking out five...

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Baker improves to 7-0 as Bulls go boom! Boom! Boom!

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 11:23 PM

DBAP/DURHAM It’s Game 3 of the Durham Bulls’ series against the Louisville Bats, and the Bulls are continuing their roll. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Brian BakerDurham, which won the first two games of the current four-game set, comes in with the best record in the International League and a nine-game lead over the second-place Charlotte Knights in the South Division race. The Bulls will send Carlos Hernandez (6-3) to the hill against Matt Maloney (6-4) on a proverbial perfect night for baseball. It won’t be a sellout crowd, but respectably close as the Bulls are going with post-game fireworks...

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Five reasons why you shouldn't join the Brazil bandwagon in this World Cup

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM

When the clock read 120 minutes at Rustenburg, U.S. fans were naturally crestfallen. Americans drawn to soccer for the first time by the spectacle of the World Cup will, I imagine, mostly stop paying attention now that they do not have a national rooting interest. Others, though, will look for new teams to support. Understanding this, I feel compelled to perform a public service: do NOT root for Brazil. Andy Mead/YCJKaka belongs to Jesus, but not in the conversation among the world's best.Shocking, I know. Nike commercials in airports and endless streams of idiotic drivel about Joga Bonito have convinced...

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Durham Bulls edge Louisville Bats in ten innings: The finishing touch

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Photo by D. L. AndersonThe Bulls' Dan JohnsonDBAP/DURHAM—Out beyond the center field wall at the DBAP, across Roxboro St., a crane kept sweeping across the sky for the first few innings of last night's game. It was part of a massive downtown construction project. (If anyone knows what's being built, please inform.) The distant movement doesn't interfere with hitters' sightlines, according to the Bulls' Dan Johnson, but from behind the plate it was a constant distraction, and a reminder that the Bulls were having season-long trouble finishing what their opponents had started. Plenty of observers had noticed Bulls' disability when...

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