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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baker's arm, Johnson's bat lead Bulls to second straight over Columbus

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

File Photo by Al DragoRuss Canzler had a homer for the second day in a row. DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls come into tonight’s game carrying some pretty good momentum, on the heels of a three-homer contest on Monday that was their first win over the Columbus Clippers this season. Columbus comes in with Triple-A Baseball’s best record at 35-16, while the Bulls hold a three-game lead over the Gwinnett Braves in the International League’s South Division. The Clippers come with one of the hottest pitchers in baseball in Zach McAllister (7-0, 2.29), while the Bulls answer with Brian Baker (3-3,...

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Durham Bulls open homestand, (finally) beat Columbus Clippers: Suddenly, This Summer

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Tennessee WilliamsDBAP/ DURHAM—The Durham Bulls fell behind the Columbus Clippers last night, 4-1, before clustering three run-scoring innings together from the 6th through the 8th and winning, 7-4. Russ Canzler's three-run homer off of Nick Hagadone in the seventh inning put the Bulls ahead to stay, and R. J. Swindle, Cory Wade and Jake McGee pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Alexander Torres. The Bulls, who were swept by the league-best Clippers in Columbus last week, opened their homestand with a win over the team that beat them in the Governor's Cup Championship Series last fall. When the...

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Hall and Oates, French toast and baseball: Interview with ex-major leaguer Doug Glanville

Posted By on Mon, May 30, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Doug Glanville was a major-league outfielder from 1996-2004 with the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. A first-round draft pick of the Cubs in 1991 out of the University of Pennsylvania, Glanville is one of very few African-American Ivy-Leaguers ever to play in the majors (former Durham Bull—and Columbia Lion—Fernando Perez is another). Glanville was a reporter's dream, always ready with a witty quote. Not surprisingly, after he retired he wrote baseball columns for The New York Times until leaving to take a job as an analyst with ESPN. Last year, he published his first book, The Game from...

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

RailHawks defeat Atlanta to earn club-best fifth straight win as Barbara scoring streak ends

Posted By on Sun, May 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Etienne Barbara's record-setting scoring streak ended at eight games Saturday, but his two assists earned the Carolina RailHawks a more important feat—the club has now won a franchise-high five games on the trot. Barbara's turn and delicate chip to the back post found strike partner Pablo Campos in the box in the 81st minute and the Brazilian's diving header ended the stalemate with the last place Atlanta Silverbacks, still winless in the league. The two, who mimicked a train, Campos blowing the horn and steering, Barbara riding as caboose, after the winning goal, have formed a partnership "like husband and...

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Five reasons to watch the Carolina RailHawks this weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Carolina RailHawksThis Memorial Day weekend provides a bounty for soccer-loving Triangle denizens. The U.S. Men’s National Team is in town, training for an exhibition against Spain next weekend and the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicking off the week after that. Manchester United and Barcelona square off in the UEFA Champions League final Saturday afternoon (EDT). Last but not least, the only live pro football area fans can see takes place Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. as the Carolina RailHawks host the Atlanta Silverbacks. There are several reasons to make a trip out to WakeMed Soccer Park a part of your holiday...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Durham Bulls Road Roundup, Vol. 4: Columbust!

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM

The power went out on my block while I was writing this, somewhere around 3:30 p.m., and as of 7:00 there's still a crew working on it. So this report comes to you from the friendly confines of Fullsteam Brewery, with a beer close at hand. Kind of appropriate to the current, uh, current of the Bulls, in a way, this power outage; but not for the reasons you might expect. The Bulls are in fact scoring at will lately, having put up an impressive 54 runs in their last eight games—the 6.75 runs-per-game average would be tops, by far,...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mudcats fall hard to Lookouts, try to win a series again Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are definitely having a tough first half this season. With a 13-30 record coming into tonight’s contest against the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Mudcats have the second worst record in Organized Baseball. Only the Clinton Lumber Kings of the Class A Midwest League have a worse record. But they have an opportunity tonight. Having won two of the first three games of the five-game series, David Bell’s club could win its first series since July of 2010 — that’s 17 straight — with a victory tonight. James Avery (3-5, 4.40) will take on Lookouts lefty...

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Extraordinary Etienne leads Carolina RailHawks past Islanders, 3-0

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM

David FellerathHead coach Martin Rennie wonders if this is "the stuff that dreams are made of"WAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY - The world did not come to an end Saturday, but it must have felt like doomsday to the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Carolina RailHawks (6-1-1) continued their supreme early season high, swamping the Islanders 3-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park to avenge an April 9 opening day home loss. The win also solidifies the RailHawks’ standing atop the NASL table, seven points clear of second-place NSC Minnesota. Carolina once again rode to victory behind the white hot foot of Etienne...

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Louisville Bats outslug Durham Bulls, split series: no refunds

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2011 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—On our way home from the DBAP last night, Heather and I were walking by a restaurant with an outdoor patio, where we happened upon a couple we know well. They had been to the Al Pacino show at the Durham Performing Arts Center and were poking at the remains of their dinners. They hadn't liked the show or the dinner. In fact, they walked out of the Pacino show before it was over, despite the cost of the tickets. And one of them had only eaten about half of what was on the plate. Wouldn't it be good...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Women of American soccer, present and future: Slideshow

Posted By and on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

On Wednesday, May 18, the Indy's D.L. Anderson attended a soccer match between the United States women's national team and Japan. It was a tuneup friendly in advance of next month's FIFA World Cup in Germany. The U.S. women defeated Japan 2-0 behind goals by Amy Rodriguez and Heather O'Reilly. Our report on the game is here....

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Now playing on a pitch near you...a pretty darn good soccer team

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Carolina RailHawksDevon McKenney battles for loose ball during April 9 match versus Puerto RicoThe Triangle’s reputation as a soccer hotbed was confirmed Wednesday night when 5,323 enthusiastic, paying fans filed into WakeMed Soccer Park to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team take on Japan in a nationally televised friendly ahead of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This Saturday, things return to normal as WakeMed Park’s regular tenant, the Carolina RailHawks, take on the Puerto Rico Islanders for the second time this year. The Islanders downed Carolina 2-1 back on April 9 to spoil the RailHawks home opener. Carolina has...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Anderson, Jennings spark Bulls' 16-hit barrage against Louisville

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Photo by Al DragoLeslie Anderson hits one of his two homers and also had six RBI. DBAP/DURHAM It’s yet another fine night for baseball in the Bull City, where Durham will take on the Louisville Bats in the third of their four-game series. It’s tied at a game apiece, and both teams have obviously brought their bats with them. Durham comes in with a two-game lead in the International League’s South Division, while Louisville would have the wild card if the season stopped today. Durham has eliminated Louisville from the Governors’ Cup Playoffs each of the past two seasons, and...

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Duke will host Purdue while Heels, 'Pack hit road in Women's Big Ten/ACC

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Duke will host Purdue as its part of the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge in December, the Blue Devils being the only local team to get a home game. The contest will be played on Dec. 1 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, one night after UNC plays at Penn State and N.C. State visits Northwestern. Other Nov. 30 contests will have Boston College at Wisconsin, Nebraska at Georgia Tech, Michigan at Maryland, Florida State at Ohio State and Virginia Tech at Iowa. Thursday’s other games will be Illinois at Clemson, Miami at Michigan State, Indiana at Virginia and Minnesota at Wake...

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Team USA's road show comes to Cary; UNC's Heather O'Reilly stars in 2-0 win over Japan

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Photo by D.L. AndersonThe next generation lines up for autographs.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK—The mighty United States women's national soccer team came to a stadium and a region that has been the site of so much history. Before a crowd of 5,323, the Americans put in a solid performance, winning 2-0 in an international friendly over a Japan side that—although technically skilled—was smaller and, on this night, more timid. Although this was a tuneup for next month's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, it was also a clash between two top contenders, the first-ranked Americans and the fourth-ranked Japanese. But if the...

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Durham Bulls beat Louisville Bats: the most dangerous game

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Joel McCrea!DBAP/ DURHAM—"Have you ever heard of a 7-5 nail-biter?" Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo asked, rather rhetorically, after his team beat the Louisville Bats on Wednesday afternoon. The final score was actually 7-4, not 7-5, but Montoyo's narrowing of the margin to more-or-less nail-biter width said everything you need to know about how much he fears Louisville and its merry band of pranksters, who can in fact cause serious damage to a pitching staff. The Bulls took a 4-1 lead on Jose Lobaton's second-inning grand slam; extended it to 5-1 in the sixth when Russ Canzler hit an opposite-field home...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Louisville Bats rally late, beat Durham Bulls in 10 innings: Wet!

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—Any Durham Bulls beat writer will, naturally, tend to look at the game from the Bulls' point of view. But instead of calling last night's 11-8 Louisville win, in 10 innings, ignominious, embarrassing, etc., perhaps the evenhanded viewer would prefer to appreciate what a superb job the Bats did in coming back from an 8-3, eighth-inning deficit, after a 1:40 rain delay that pushed the final pitch into early Wednesday morning. The visitors scored twice in the eighth and three times in the ninth to tie the score, and then tagged Dane De La Rosa for three more runs...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Durham Bulls Road Roundup, Vol. 3: Setting the Record Crooked

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Paulus Potter, The Bull, 1647Just a quick jump-in while the Durham Bulls and Syracuse Chiefs wait out more of what has apparently been 36 straight hours of rain in Syracuse. Sunday's game was washed out, and today's doubleheader, scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., still hasn't begun as of 12:10 p.m. If the rain cancels today's action, it won't be made up: these two teams, thanks to yet another quirk in the deeply quirky IL schedule, won't meet again this season, and by the league's policy, the games will just be eliminated—even if playing them could have an impact on...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Indianapolis Indians down Durham Bulls, let them up, down them again: Grad School

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—Basically, two separate games: the slated Indianapolis starter, Sean Gallagher, was scratched. The word was that he was originally going to be replaced by reliever Garrett Olson, who pitched three scoreless relief innings against Durham on Monday night—but instead, Justin Wilson wound up taking the hill. That created a rematch with the Bulls' Alexander Torres, who beat Wilson 6-1 in Indianapolis on May 1. Wilson is the No. 15 prospect in Baseball America's ranking of Pirates farmhands, but their endorsement doesn't exactly ring from the rooftops. It concludes with this dismissal: "The Pirates might send him back to [Class...

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Durham Bulls blank Indianapolis Indians: an Early Wynn

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Hall of Fame pitcher Early WynnDBAP/DURHAM— "If we would have known that was the only run of the game," Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said, lamenting what might have been, after the Bulls edged Indianapolis 1-0 on Wednesday morning, thanks to a first-inning solo home run by Justin Ruggiano—"If would have known that it was going to end one-nothing, we could have said 'OK, let's go home. Have an early day.'" It was right around, let's say, 11:13 a.m. when Ruggiano, who just about 12 hours earlier had given the Bulls a walkoff 2-1 win in 11 innings over these...

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Maltese talisman Etienne Barbara dissatisfied despite goal and assist in RailHawks' 4-2 win

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 4:15 AM

File photo Carolina RailHawksWAKEMED SOCCER PARK—Etienne Barbara didn’t sound like a man just named NASL Player of the Month and on his best scoring run—seven goals in first six games of the season—of his career. Never mind that the RailHawks won 4-2 against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and that Barbara set up the first goal, lofting a cross to partner Pablo Campos, and earned and put away the penalty for the second. Forget that on the strength of Barbara’s play Carolina took just 19 minutes to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead the team never would relinquish. He...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Durham Bulls beat Indianapolis Indians in 11 innings: Justin! or Justice?

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 6:00 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsJustin Ruggiano keeps delivering wins for the Durham BullsDBAP/ DURHAM—BABIP! By my count, the Durham Bulls and Indianapolis Indians combined to hit 13 balls on Tuesday night that had every right to think of themselves as hits—10 of them were struck by the Indians—and all of them wound up as outs. The fellow most unjustly treated was Indy shortstop Pedro Ciriaco, who smoked not one, not two, but three line drives more or less right at his counterpart, Bulls shortstop Ray Olmedo, plus a fourth lineout to Desmond Jennings in center field. The irony there was...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Bulls' pen can't hold lead as Indianapolis wins at the DAP

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Photo by Al DragoTriple-A Rookie Jeremy Hall makes his third start for the Bulls.DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM It’s the annual “Back to the DAP” game for the Durham Bulls, who tonight will host the Indianapolis Indians at historic Durham Athletic Park in the opener of a four game set. It’s the second straight season the Bulls have played in the remodeled park, which was their home from 1938-1994 except in the years there was no pro ball at all in Durham. The Atlanta Braves’ Class A Carolina League played here for its final 15 seasons, and that’s the one all but...

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Durham Bulls shut out, sweep Syracuse Chiefs: Mothers Day

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 12:17 AM

photo courtesy of Durham BullsBrian Baker pitched six scoreless innings for the BullsDBAP/ DURHAM—After the Durham Bulls shut out the Syracuse Chiefs, 4-0, on Sunday, thanks to a two-hitter thrown by Brian Baker and Chris Bootcheck, it occurred to me that some of the wailing and flailing you hear and see from babies as they're born must owe to their first, terrifying exposure to light: they open their eyes, for the first time, to the world's blinding, pitiless glare, and the first thing they see is a menacing figure—a doc, a dad—who probably looks, to their virgin eyes, like a...

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Carolina RailHawks down FC Tampa Bay 3-1, moves atop NASL

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Carolina RailHawksEtienne BarbaraWEBCAST - The Carolina RailHawks continued their impressive early season form Saturday evening, defeating FC Tampa Bay 3-1 at Al Lang Stadium in Tampa, FL. The teams exchanged scores in the opening stanza. Etienne Barbara netted his fifth goal of the season with a left-footed breakaway in the 20th minute to give the RailHawks early 1-0 lead. A mere two minutes later, however, Tampa’s Pascal Millien leveled the score after his own foray through the RailHawks unsteady defensive line. Barbara assisted on a Brian Farber pointblank blast in 52nd minute as Carolina regained the lead. With RailHawks goalkeeper...

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Ruggiano comes up with the winner as Bulls rally for four in the 11th to beat Syracuse 6-5

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Photo by Al DragoDurham Bulls pitcher Alex Torres had six shutout innings and struck out eight. DBAP/DURHAM The Durham Bulls have been rolling in their series with the Syracuse Chiefs, winning the first two in the current four-game set with late-inning rallies. Today the Bulls will play their last Saturday afternoon home game of the season. Southpaw Alex Torres (2-2, 1.78) will go for the Bulls against Yunesky Maya on a mild and cloudy day. And Felipe Lopez, designated for assignment from Tampa Bay, is making his first start of the season for the Bulls at third base. What happens...

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