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Monday, August 16, 2010

Renfree solid but defense dominates Duke scrimmage

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

Redshirt Sean Renfree completed 12 of 17 passes for 153 yards but was unable to get a touchdown in Duke’s 70-play scrimmage at Wallace Wade Stadium. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke quarterback Sean RenfreeJosh Trezvant caught three passes for 32 yards while Renfree hit Cooper Helfet for a 48-yard gain and Conner Vernon on a 38-yarder. Juwan Thompson was the leading rusher with seven carries for 23 yards. Damian Thornton posted three tackles for loss including a sack while Walt Canty had an interception and a tackle-for-loss. Will Snyderwine kicked a 23-yard field goal, while the defense scored a safety when...

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mudcats victims of shortened no-hitter, Bulls kick it around in defeat

Posted By on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Sunday was another tough day on the road for both of the Triangle’s pro baseball teams, but it was a lot tougher for the Carolina Mudcats than the Durham Bulls. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Brian BakerElih Villanueva didn’t give up a hit and picked up the victory as the Jacksonville Suns nipped the Mudcats 1-0 in a game shortened by rain after 4 ½ innings. And the Durham Bulls committed a season-worst four errors in a 4-1 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. It may not matter a lot to the Bulls, whose magic number to clinch the International League’s...

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Bulls gain a split while Mudcats squelch losing streak

Posted By on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Saturday was a good night on the road for the Triangle’s pro baseball teams, as the Durham Bulls moved one notch closer to another title in the International League South while the Carolina Mudcats ended a five-game losing streak. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Desmond JenningsThe Bulls split a doubleheader with the Gwinnett Braves, falling 4-1 and then winning 6-2, while the Mudcats rolled to a 6-1 win over the Jacksonville Suns. The Mudcats will play two more games in Jacksonville before returning home Wednesday night against the Mobile BayBears. Durham’s next home game is Aug. 24 against the Norfolk...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Bulls, Mudcats both succumb on the road

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:26 PM

It was a rough night all around for the Triangle’s two pro baseball teams. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder J.J. FurmaniakBut while it seemed to be just a blip en route to yet another division title for the Durham Bulls, the Carolina Mudcats are just about toast. The Bulls lost a 4-3 decision in the opener of their road series with the Gwinnett Braves while the Mudcats lost to the host Jacksonville Suns 7-2 and fell 9 ½ games out of first place. Carolina’s next home game will be on Wednesday night against the Mobile BayBears, while Durham is on...

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Durham Bulls drop Charlotte Knights: "Biggest win of the year"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsRichard De Los Santos tied Jeremy Hellickson for the league lead in winsDBAP/ DURHAM—"Biggest win of the year"? That's what Charlie Montoyo called the Bulls' 6-2 decision over Charlotte last night, extending their division lead over the Knights back to a season-high 15 games, We could have asked Montoyo why he would place such a laurel on last night's well-played but rather pedestrian victory. In a year in which your team has led the division since April 19; had a double-digit lead in that division for the last three weeks; scored the most runs in the...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mudcats fall to last place as Sappelt heads to Louisville

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:35 PM

The Carolina Mudcats are in last place. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltFormer Mudcat turned Mudcat-killer Lee Mitchell homered, tripled and singled for four RBI, leading the Jacksonville Suns to an 8-5 win over visiting Carolina in the opener of their five-game series. The result left the Mudcats nine games behind the first-place Tennessee Smokies in the Southern League’s North Division race with 23 games left in the season. The loss came on a day the Mudcats had six transactions including one really big one, as outfielder and SL batting leader Dave Sappelt has been promoted...

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Welcome to the hothouse, or do we really have to play soccer in August? RailHawks fall to Rochester 2-0.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Andy Mead/ YCJ/ Carolina RailHawksGregory Richardson battles Rochester defender Jonathan Greenfield.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—OK, first things first. Why does American professional soccer insist on being a summer sport? It was 91 degrees at kickoff tonight in Cary, and the heat index said it was 102. It was hot even for baseball, a sport that, pitchers excepted, mostly consists of standing around and swatting at flies. Never mind the fact that for American children, high schoolers and collegians, soccer is a fall and spring sport. And never mind that the European leagues we so admire play at least half of their...

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Durham Bulls beat Charlotte Knights in 11 innings: "Accidents Will Happen"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM— [to the tune of "Accidents Will Happen" by Elvis Costello:] Oh I just don’t know where to beginThough we've sat here near foreverIt’s now or never(Bulls beat Knights, 10-9, when Desmond Jennings's grounder goes through the legs of the Knights' shortstop (who failed to get a bunt down three times in the 10th and struck out)) But you've kept us hanging on(in the last of the 11th inning,) You silly champions(of a game played amateurishly by the Bulls,) You say we can’t go home(which lasted over four hours,) Until a save is blown.(redeeming Winston Abreu, who blew...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mudcats fall in 10 innings as Chattanooga takes series

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

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats play the finale of their five-game set with the Chattanooga Lookouts and their 26th meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ affiliates this season. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Tom CochranIt’s the last time they’ll play in 2010, and hankies aren’t in evidence in either dugout. Both teams desperately need wins, as the Mudcats are eight games behind the first-place Tennessee Smokies and Chattanooga 9 ½ games back with 25 games to go. The heat’s still on as the game-time temperature is 93. Carolina’s ace lefty Tom Cochran (7-5) is on the...

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Charlotte Knights hold off Durham Bulls: Objectivism

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—Any Durham Bulls fan would probably tell you that the home team lost to Charlotte, 5-4, last night, in disappointing, choking, frustrating fashion, wasting golden opportunities in four of their nine at-bats. Twice they left the bases loaded without scoring a run—once after filling the sacks with no outs—and had the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth but failed to deliver the hit they needed. They had 17 baserunners overall and scored only four times; they left six runners in scoring position. They could have run the bases a bit better. Some of them...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chattanooga evens series with 12-10 win in just nine innings and 3:46

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 11:54 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 4 of the Carolina Mudcats’ latest five-game series with the Chattanooga Lookouts, and both teams are getting into must-win situations. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Devin MesoracoThe Mudcats are tied for third in the Southern League’s North Division, seven games behind the first-place Tennessee Smokies, while the Lookouts are in last place 9 ½ games out. The heat goes on, as it’s 93 degrees at game time and the crowd is going to be small. Scott Carroll (3-6) is on the hill for Carolina, while Chris Withrow (3-8) pitches for Chattanooga. It’s...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Chattanooga jumps on Mudcats early in 5-4 victory

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 3 of the Carolina Mudcats’ series with the familiar Chattanooga Lookouts, and so far this week the Mudcats have had their way. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt KlinkerThey’re currently sitting in third place in the Southern League’s North Division, six games behind first-place Tennessee, while Chattanooga is 9 ½ out. It’s 89 degrees at first pitch as Mudcats ace right-hander Matt Klinker (5-5) takes on the Lookouts’ Jesus Castillo (4-6). Mudcats outfielder Luis Terrero is serving Game 2 of his five-game suspension for charging the mound in Saturday night’s brawl, while...

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ruggiano, five Bulls pitchers shine in shutout win over Indianapolis

Posted By on Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 9:09 PM

DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls are taking on the Indianapolis Indians in the finale of their four-game set, and the last time the teams will meet this season unless they square off in the Governors’ Cup Playoffs. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoThe Bulls are in good position to be there, as they lead the International League’s South Division by 14 games over the Charlotte Knights with 31 games left in the season, while Indianapolis is nine back in the West and 5 ½ off the pace in the wild-card race. The heat is back, as it’s 90 degrees and...

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Costanzo's homer in 10th gives Mudcats second straight win

Posted By on Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Mike Costanzo ripped a two-run homer to right with nobody out in the 10th, giving the Carolina Mudcats an 8-6 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts at Five County Stadium. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Mike CostanzoIt was their second in as many games in the current five-game series. Jeremy Horst (3-2) was the winning pitcher while Cole St. Clair took the loss. Costanzo also doubled and singled and scored twice to lead Carolina’s 12-hit attack. Brandon Yarbrough doubled and singled with two RBI for Carolina while Kris Negron chipped in three hits. Kyle Russell homered and singled...

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The Young and the Restless - Carolina RailHawks defeat Montreal Impact, 2-0

Posted By on Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Carolina RailHawksCory Elenio puts away a goal late in 2-0 victory over MontrealWAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY - Previously on As the RailHawks Impact...the Montreal Impact came back from a 2-0 deficit to earn an unexpected 2-2 draw at WakeMed Soccer Park on June 26, a game that ended with a controversial handball call against Carolina and a post-match kerfuffle that prompted the U.S. Soccer Federation to hand down sanctions against manager Martin Rennie, assistant manager Paul Ritchey, and team president Brian Wellman. Then, just over two weeks later, Montreal ended Carolina’s unbeaten road streak by defeating the RailHawks 1-0,...

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being the Durham Bulls: Five-run, eighth-inning rally beats Indianapolis Indians

Posted By on Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsJ. J. Furmaniak was 3-4 with three RBI last nightDURHAM/ DBAP—They may not need no stinking Dan Johnson anymore, but the Durham Bulls are a decidedly different team without him—and if you can think way back to the misty yesteryear of May, in the innocent age before anyone had heard of WikiLeaks, you may recall that the pre-Memorial Day Bulls also had the sluggers Hank Blalock and Ryan Shealy, who between them boasted about ten nuclear tons of biceps. Chris Richard, the Bulls' career home run leader—and currently sporting a league-best .907 OPS, now that Johnson...

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mudcats fight off Chattanooga 7-2; five including four Lookouts ejected after melee

Posted By on Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 10:17 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are back in town for a five-game set against the Chattanooga Lookouts, beginning with tonight’s 22nd battle against the Dodgers’ affiliate this season. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltIt’s only 87 degrees at first pitch, which is practically indicating a cold snap. There’s a good crowd in the house, and the mascot “Reggy” is on hand to entertain. Both teams need victories, as there’s less than a month left in the season and the Mudcats are six games out of the lead in the Southern League’s North Division and the...

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Indianapolis Indians beat Durham Bulls, split doubleheader

Posted By on Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 6:00 AM

www.luckybreakwishbone.comDBAP/ DURHAM—"Usually, if you score ten runs in the first game, you're not gonna score ten again," offered the slightly beleaguered Bulls' manager Charlie Montoyo, after the Indianapolis Indians held Durham to just one run in game two of last night's doubleheader, earning a split with a 4-1 victory. These seven-inning doubleheader games are uncomfortable and even a little unpleasant, like watching a movie on fast-forward. You're at the ballpark for over four hours, but the games themselves whiz by in a dizzy blur. Whichever team has a multi-run lead by, say, the fourth inning, seems sure to win, and...

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Huntsville tops Mudcats in last at-bat again to win four of five in series

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Caleb Gindl’s two-run double with two out in the ninth gave the Huntsville Stars a 6-5 win over the visiting Carolina Mudcats and their fourth victory in the completed five-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltThe series was a tough one for the Mudcats, who are in third place in the Southern League’s North Division and were already behind second-place Huntsville when it started. Eddie Morlan (2-2) was the winning pitcher while Brad Boxberger (1-2) took the loss. Dave Sappelt homered and doubled for the Mudcats while Devin Mesoraco added a three-run homer. The Mudcats...

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Duke women to have three non-conference games on national TV

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Duke has released the non-conference portion of its women’s basketball schedule, featuring three nationally televised games against defending NCAA champion Connecticut, Texas A&M and Kentucky, the latter two of those at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach Joanne P. McCallieThat trio and five other opponents — including Xavier, which is expected to be in the preseason Top 10 and will visit Cameron on Dec. 21 — were in the NCAA Tournament last season. Joanne P. McCallie’s team will open with back-to-back home games against Brigham Young and Southern California on Nov. 13 and 15. Other home opponents include...

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Durham Bulls drub Indianapolis Indians in game one of doubleheader

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 8:18 PM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsRichard De Los Santos earned his 11th winDBAP/ DURHAM—Dan Johnson? We don't need no stinking Dan Johnson! The Bulls piled on highly regarded Pirates pitching prospect Brad Lincoln, scoring five runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth en route to a 10-1 win in game one of tonight's doubleheader. The Bulls showed no signs of rust after two days off, one scheduled and one the result of yesterday's rainout at the DBAP. Joe Dillon began the Bulls' first five-spot with an innocent Texas-league single into the no-man's land of shallow center field,...

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Extra-innings encore as Huntsville takes series from Mudcats

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Dayton Buller’s homer with one out in the 13th gave the Huntsville Stars a 5-3 decision over the Carolina Mudcats and their third win in the first four games of their five-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltThree of the four games have gone to extra innings. Chris Cody (6-7) was the winning pitcher while Lee Tabor (3-1) took the loss. Luis Terrero had a two-run homer in the ninth for Carolina while Dave Sappelt doubled and singled. Brett Lawrie tripled and doubled with an RBI for Huntsville. The Mudcats return home Saturday night against...

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Durham Bulls rained out; doubleheader tomorrow; plentiful roster notes

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 9:04 PM

photo: milb.comFormer Bull Chris Nowak has left the Rays organizationLook out the window tonight? So, the Durham Bulls' first game back after a 6-2 road trip to Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket—a trip that saw them extend their South Division lead to basically unreachable lengths—has been called off. The Bulls and the Indianapolis Indians will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at—set your watch!—6:05 p.m. The rainout gives the Bulls a second straight day off, and due to an oddity of the International League schedule they have another one coming up on Monday. I trust they're all already enjoying their cache...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mudcats score two in 10th to top host Huntsville

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Brandon Yarbrough singled home the go-ahead run and then scored the insurance run in the extra inning, helping the Carolina Mudcats break their two-game slide with a 10-9 road victory over the Huntsville Stars in 10 innings. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Brandon YarbroughEric Eymann led the Mudcats with a triple and two singles for four RBI, while Dave Sappelt added a double and a single and scored three runs. Brad Boxberger (1-1) was the winning pitcher while Federico Baez added his fourth save. Jim Henderson (4-4) took the loss. Taylor Green had a grand slam for...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nowak carries big bat as Huntsville tops Mudcats again

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM

The Carolina Mudcats’ road series with the Huntsville Stars is not off to a good start. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltChris Nowak homered and doubled for three RBI, helping the Stars to a 10-2 victory and two wins in as many games in the five-game series. Mark Rogers (5-7) was the winning pitcher while James Avery (0-1) took the loss. Dave Sappelt led the Mudcats with a triple and a single and knocked in both Carolina runs. The Mudcats’ next home game is Saturday night against the Chattanooga Lookouts....

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