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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kahaulelio goes deep as Mudcats blast Birmingham

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Jake Kahaulelio’s three-run homer was the biggest blow as the Carolina Mudcats beat the host Birmingham Barons 9-4 in the opener of their three-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioChris Denove led Carolina at the plate with three hits and two RBI. James Avery (2-3) was the winning pitcher, while Angel Garcia (1-5) took the loss. John Shelby homered and singled with two RBI for the Barons. The Mudcats return home Friday night for the opener of their four-game season-ending series with the Tennessee Smokies....

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Renfree says he's ready to go as Duke's new starting quarterback

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:56 PM

BROOKS FOOTBALL BUILDING/DURHAM Sean Renfree gets the keys to the Duke offense for real on Saturday night, and if Blue Devil coach David Cutcliffe is correct it’s not going to be a cupcake assignment. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke quarterback Sean RenfreeThe Blue Devils (5-7 last season) will be taking on one of the best teams in the Football Championship Subdivision when Elon (9-3) makes the short trip over for a 7 p.m. matchup, the first time the now-Southern Conference member Phoenix has challenged Duke since 1926. Duke leads that pre-Great Depression series 5-0-1, but this meeting with the Phoenix —...

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Durham Bulls miss Border(eau), cough up lead, lose to Charlotte Knights

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—"My predicament was the just punishment of that most fatal of human follies, our not having known when to stop." So writes Henry James in his novella The Aspern Papers, which features an elderly and rather ghoulish lady by the name of Miss Juliana Bordereau. The book came to mind for a few reasons after the Bulls' 8-4 loss to the Charlotte Knights. One, I just read it and really enjoyed it (H/T to Heather); two, the above line, probably my favorite in the book, applies to last night's ballgame; and three, the Bulls blew the game by missing...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Mudcats' series finale at Mississippi is canceled

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM

The Carolina Mudcats’ scheduled road game with the Mississippi Braves was canceled by heavy rains on Monday night. The Mudcats will continue their road trip on Tuesday night with the opener of a three-game series at Birmingham. Carolina will return home Friday night to take on the Tennessee Smokies in the opener of a season-ending four-game series....

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bulls set Triple-A victory mark, Mudcats' August woes continue

Posted By on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 9:58 PM

The Durham Bulls finally got their Triple-A victory record. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Chris RichardChris Richard’s three-run homer in the seventh broke a tie and completed the scoring Sunday afternoon, as the Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak to beat the homestanding Charlotte Knights 8-5 for their 84th win of the season. But it wasn’t as good a day for the Carolina Mudcats, who dropped a 6-2 road decision to the Mississippi Braves. The Bulls’ two-city, five-game set with the Knights continues on Monday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Mudcats have one more game at Mississippi, then...

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Carolina RailHawks marooned by Islanders, 3-2

Posted By on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Carolina RailHawksDaniel PaladiniWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—As the Carolina RailHawks get down to the short rows of the 2010 season, they remain an enigma. The best home team in Division 2 soccer last season has only mustered three wins at WakeMed Soccer Park this year. Meanwhile, this week the same club just registered its seventh victory—to go along with four draws—on the road in 2010. Two of those road victories came against the Puerto Rico Islanders, the only times the RailHawks have ever won at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium. Coming off a win at Tampa Bay last week, it was a...

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mudcats prevail, Bulls fall in extra-inning drama-fests

Posted By on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Talk about extra-inning drama. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Tom CochranThe Carolina Mudcats survived a tying three-run rally in the ninth, scratching out a run on a wild pitch in the 10th to take a 4-3 win over the homestanding Mississippi Braves. Things didn’t finish quite as well for the Durham Bulls, who dropped a 3-1 road decision to the Charlotte Knights in 11 innings. The Bulls will visit Charlotte again Sunday before playing the last three games of the two-city series in Durham beginning Monday night. The Mudcats will take on Mississippi twice more, then move...

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Host Braves take squeakers from Bulls, Mudcats on the same night

Posted By on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:55 AM

With the Durham Bulls’ position in the Governors’ Cup Playoffs clinched and the Carolina Mudcats already eliminated from the Southern League playoff race, both of the Triangle’s pro baseball teams lost one-run games to Atlanta Braves organization teams on the road Friday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Angel ChavezThe Gwinnett Braves finished a two-game series sweep by scoring three in the ninth to beat the Bulls 4-3, the first time in 70 games Durham had blown a ninth-inning lead to lose. And the Mudcats lost to the Mississippi Braves 3-2 in the opener of their three-game set. Durham now...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: Nick Saban, Lebron James and the language of professionalism

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 9:22 AM

tebowheisman.comAn Alabama coach from a different era, and a prized amateur prospect from the current era.As this post was being prepared, the buzz of discontent within the UNC Tar Heels football program became considerably louder. Read the N&O's account of last night's press conference in Chapel Hill, where UNC head coach Butch Davis, UNC athletic director Dick Baddour and UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp faced the media and discussed academic misconduct on the football team. The USA Today preseason Coaches’ Poll was released this month, with Alabama predicted to repeat as BCS Champions. In the NBA, Las Vegas odd-makers have installed...

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Freeman's 5-for-5 leads Gwinnett romp over Bulls

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Freddie Freeman went 5-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, leading the Gwinnett Braves to an 11-4 rout of the visiting Durham Bulls in the opener of their two-game series. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Fernando PerezGwinnett, which outhit the Bulls 17-11, had five players finish with multiple-hit games as reliever Vladimir Nunez (1-1) picked up the win. Brian Baker (8-5) took the defeat. Leslie Anderson led the Bulls with three hits including a double with an RBI. Fernando Perez doubled and singled with an RBI while Dioner Navarro added a pair of hits for two RBI. The Bulls will...

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Durham Bulls fall to Norfolk Tides, nine-game winning streak ends: Back on the bus

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 6:00 AM

www.mobileweigh.comDBAP/ DURHAM—Ahh, these two-game homestands: Just as you start to settle into the rhythms and narrative elaborations of a weeklong set, you go down into the clubhouse 27 hours after the Bulls return home from an 11-day road trip only to find the room mined with duffel bags and players dressing and packing expeditiously for another tour of duty in the South Division battlefields. Having hastily identified all of the new faces on the team, back on the bus they go. This end-of-season schedule, courtesy of the International League, has been a preposterous parody of planning. By the time the...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Denove's big night helps Mudcats end homestand on a high note

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the finale of the Carolina Mudcats’ homestand and their three-game series with the Birmingham Barons, and they’re trying to salvage some pride with a victory. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Chris DenoveThe Mudcats were already tagged with a dubious distinction on Tuesday night, becoming the first team eliminated from Southern League Playoff contention. Birmingham has the worst record in the league, but its “tragic number” is at four for elimination from the race in the South Division. With all that said, it’s a beautiful 79-degree night for baseball as James Avery (0-3) takes...

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Durham Bulls edge Norfolk Tides for ninth straight win: Bright prospects

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsRichard De Los Santos broke the Bulls' Triple-A record for wins in a seasonDBAP/ DURHAM—During their most recent homestand, a distant memory that ended way back on August 12 when we were still deep in the grip of summer, the Bulls won five games and lost two; that put to rest any nagging (and, frankly, silly) worries that they might not win the International League South Division for the fourth year in a row. Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo called the August 12 victory over Charlotte the team's biggest of the year, and it was fairly easy...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mudcats fall 5-4 to lose series, any shot at the playoffs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 10:54 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats take on the Birmingham Barons in the second of a three-game series, and at this point in the season it’s a battle of also-rans. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Travis WebbThe Mudcats need a win to hold off their inevitable elimination from the playoff chase in the Southern League’s North Division, while Birmingham has been the league’s worst team since April. Tonight’s game is going to be played under very cool — 76 degrees — temperatures by recent standards, under plenty of clouds and a continuing threat of rain. Southpaw Travis...

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Bulls win eighth straight, Mudcats could face elimination tonight

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 12:35 AM

The Durham Bulls may have clinched their fourth straight playoff spot last week, but their momentum hasn’t slowed a bit. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Elliot JohnsonElliot Johnson had three hits and scored twice Monday afternoon as the Bulls beat the host Norfolk Tides 8-4 for their eighth straight victory. The win left the Bulls (82-47) one game shy of tying the club’s Triple-A single-season victory mark with 14 games left in the season. Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats moved to the brink of elimination in the Southern League’s North Division race, their “tragic number” falling to two with a 9-5...

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chavez leads Bulls to seventh straight, Mudcats-Mobile canceled

Posted By on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Angel Chavez had a homer and three singles for three RBI, leading the Durham Bulls to a 9-8 decision over the host Norfolk Tides on Sunday for Durham’s seventh straight victory. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Angel ChavezMeanwhile the Carolina Mudcats’ home game with the Mobile BayBears was rained out and canceled. Carolina will continue its homestand with the first of three games against the Birmingham Barons on Monday night. The Bulls will play the last of their five games in Norfolk on Monday before returning home on Tuesday for the first of their final two against the Tides....

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mudcats extend PDC with Reds before loss, Bulls win sixth straight game

Posted By on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 11:46 PM

The Carolina Mudcats fell short in a pitchers’ duel on Saturday, but the organization announced some big news.Carolina, which has been the Cincinnati Reds’ Double-A affiliate for the past two seasons, has had its Player Development Contract with the organization extended for two seasons. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Kris NegronBut the Mobile BayBears spoiled the party at Five County Stadium with a 2-1 victory. Meanwhile the Durham Bulls had a better outcome in their pitchers’ duel at Norfolk, winning 1-0 to claim their sixth straight win....

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Bulls clinch fourth straight division crown, Mudcats get a win against Mobile

Posted By on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 1:12 AM

The Durham Bulls have clinched their fourth straight division championship. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Chris RichardRocco Baldelli homered and doubled for both RBI, leading the defending Triple-A National Champion Bulls to a 3-1 road win over the Norfolk Tides on Friday night and yet another title in the International League’s South Division. Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats fought back against the Mobile BayBears, taking a 6-4 victory on a fireworks night at Five County Stadium. Durham’s next five games are also at Norfolk, with the final two of the odd seven-game series at home on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The...

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Bulls could clinch another division title tonight, Mudcats fall to Mobile again

Posted By on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 12:10 AM

The Durham Bulls may be one night away from another title in the International League’s South Division. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder J.J. FurmaniakLeslie Anderson had his first Triple-A homer, leading the Bulls to an 8-6 road win over the Norfolk Tides and cutting their magic number to two to clinch the title. Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats moved a step closer to their inevitable elimination, falling 6-1 at home to the Mobile BayBears. Game 2 of the Bulls’ seven-game, two-city series with the Tides is tonight in Norfolk, while the Mudcats will host Game 3 of their series against Mobile....

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Catch up!" RailHawks rally to defeat Miami, 2—1

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJ-Carolina RailHawksMatt Bobo and former RailHawk Caleb Patterson-Sewell battle for the ball in front of the Miami goal.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It was shaping up to be the kind of game that leaves sports reporters wondering how they are going to fill their word counts (luckily, we don’t have those at Triangle Offense.) Rain delayed the kickoff by an hour and a half, denting an already sparse crowd and leaving both teams listless for much of the first half. The park was so quiet that you could hear individual fans clapping, or berating the official, but credit to the...

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Mudcats fall hard as Mobile wins big in a rainy opener

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 12:56 AM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats return to start an eight-game homestand, the first five of which are against the Mobile BayBears. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Kris NegronIt’s the first visit here this season by the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, which is still in the thick of the race in the Southern League’s South Division. Mobile trails the first-place Jacksonville Suns by 1 ½ games in the division race, and is also currently in position to claim the division’s “wild card” second-chance spot if it finishes second in the division. The Mudcats would need a titanic miracle...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bulls complete sweep, inch closer to another division title

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 11:21 PM

The Durham Bulls’ magic number is down to four. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Chris RichardChris Richard hit his 15th homer of the season and four teammates had multiple-hit games as the Bulls completed a sweep of their three-game road series with the Charlotte Knights with a 5-1 win. Aneury Rodriguez (5-5) was the winning pitcher, while Carlos Torres (9-8) took the loss. Elliot Johnson added a double and single with an RBI for the Bulls. Alejandro De Aza doubled and singled for Charlotte. The Bulls will begin a seven-game, two-city series against the Norfolk Tides on the road tonight....

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As QB Sean Renfree goes, so may go Duke this season

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:52 AM

YOH FOOTBALL CENTER/DURHAM Sean Renfree seems to be a modest type of guy, as he’s pretty reluctant to stake claim to being the leader of Duke’s football team. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke quarterback Sean RenfreeBut the nature of his position is to get that label stamped on him anyway. The redshirt sophomore quarterback has some very big shoes to fill, as he’ll be starting where Thaddeus Lewis played last season. All Lewis did was become the Blue Devils’ all-time passing leader and lead a team that won nine games in its two seasons under Coach David Cutcliffe after averaging one...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bulls' magic number falls to five, Mudcats' catcher Mesoraco to Louisville

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 11:32 PM

The Durham Bulls moved another step closer to clinching a playoff spot Tuesday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Richard De Los SantosRichard De Los Santos (13-4) tied the club’s Triple-A victory mark while Elliot Johnson went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers as the Bulls topped the homestanding Charlotte Knights 6-2. The result dropped the Bulls’ magic number to five to clinch the championship in the International League’s South Division. Johnson, who has 10 homers on the season, added a double and finished the night with three RBI. Jeffrey Marquez (8-7) took the loss for Charlotte. The three-game series...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Bulls' magic number down to seven, Mudcats snap losing streak

Posted By on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 11:45 PM

The Durham Bulls moved one step closer to a playoff spot, while the Carolina Mudcats ended a road series on a good note Monday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder J.J. FurmaniakJ.J. Furmaniak hit a two-run homer, his first round-tripper of the season, and Chris Richard added a two-run homer of his own as the Bulls topped Charlotte 8-7. And the Mudcats banged out 13 hits to beat the Jacksonville Suns 3-2. The Mudcats will have Tuesday night off, then return home Wednesday for the opener of a five-game set with the Mobile BayBears. The Bulls will play their second...

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