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Friday, June 29, 2012

Big ninth inning from hot Syracuse Chiefs beats Bulls 11-7

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s the finale of the Bulls’ homestand as well as their four-game set with the Syracuse Chiefs, who came in as the hottest team in the International League. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Tim BeckhamBoth teams have been hot lately, and it’s not just because of the 102-degree temperature at first pitch.Syracuse has won 10 of its last 11 games, while the Bulls have won six of their last eight. The Bulls will be looking for a split on the heels of a 14-3 debacle on Thursday night. Matt Buschmann (0-0, 3.38) will make his first...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pendleton's arm, Thompson's bat help Bulls end Chiefs' streak

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls have been on a hot streak lately, and right now they’re taking on an opponent that has been even hotter. The Syracuse Chiefs bring a nine-game win streak into tonight’s contest with the Bulls, following a 3-2, 12-inning victory here in Tuesday night’s series opener. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls starter Dane De La RosaDurham had won five straight heading into that contest. The Bulls will try to get it back tonight, as Alex Torres (2-3, 6.59) takes the hill against Tanner Roark (4-9, 5.37). The visitors take an early lead before the Bulls...

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Durham Bulls Fall to Syracuse Chiefs in 12 Innings: Something Had to Give

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Kyle Farnsworth delivers to Chris Gimenez in pre-game warmups at the DBAP DURHAM/DBAP—The Durham Bulls entered last night’s series opener with the Syracuse Chiefs having won five games in a row. After losing 13 consecutive games in April, Charlie Montoyo’s club had clawed its way to within five games of a .500 record, within sight (at least with binoculars) of playoff contention with almost half a season remaining, a semi-remarkable achievement, especially considering the weekly/daily roster turnover due to injuries and other problems with Tampa Bay and in Durham. Meanwhile, the Chiefs entered the game having won eight games in...

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Carolina RailHawks throw the book(ings) at FC Edmonton 2-0 for fourth straight league win

Posted By on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Chris BairdBreiner Ortiz fires away his first goal this season during the Carolina RailHawks 2-0 win over FC Edmonton in CaryWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Seven weeks ago, the Carolina RailHawks made an odyssey to the Pacific Northwest only to suffer a 3-0 embarrassment from FC Edmonton, the most lopsided defeat endured by the RailHawks this season. It was Carolina’s seventh consecutive game this year without a win, and coming against the equally floundering Eddies, it represented—as stated in the headline of my game recap—”rock bottom” for the team from Cary. Carolina would not notch its first league win for another four...

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Durham Bulls cruise past Buffalo 11-5: Pretty in Pink

Posted By on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo, coaching third base; Bisons manager Wally Backman in the dugout Durham/DBAP — I grew up in “little” Washington, North Carolina, a town of around 10,000 people in the Coastal Plains. In 1979 we scored cable television and suddenly we had 162 New York Mets games per year on WOR. For a period spanning roughly the 1980s I was an addicted Mets fan, aided by a couple of family trips to see the team play in Shea Stadium. In 1988 my obsession reached fever level. I had quit playing organized baseball earlier that year, the first time...

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Canes acquire Jordan Staal on draft day

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Cue up Sly and the Family Stone, Canes marketers. It's a Staal family affair in Raleigh. In the league's biggest deal on the first day of the draft in Pittsburgh, Carolina acquired center Jordan Staal from the Penguins for center Brandon Sutter, minor league defenseman Brian Dumolin, and the eighth overall pick. First and foremost, Carolina makes one of its franchise cornerstones happy. Jordan is the third Staal in the organization now. Younger brother Jared plays for the Canes' American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte. Given how dreary a year captain Eric had this past season, when the locker room...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Will Staal have a stall next to Staal?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Even though the Triangle is finally getting its full summer swelter on, and the only ice on your mind has beer bottles nestled down into it, it's time to talk hockey. As the National Hockey League entry draft begins on Friday night in Pittsburgh, trade rumors are flying and the Carolina Hurricanes are right in the thick of them. Scorers are in play and deals seem imminent. Caniacs, keep your sports radio on at the pool or beach this weekend. Wikimedia CommonsCould Jordan Staal become a Carolina Hurricane today? Maybe. Definitely maybe.First, to backtrack for a moment, general manager Jim...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Carolina Leaguers drub Cal League to end skein, even A-ball All-Star series

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

BB&T BALLPARK/WINSTON-SALEM It’s the 16th edition of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, so A-ball stars from both coasts are gathered for their annual battle. Of course it’s the Carolina Mudcats’ first season in the Carolina League and the Zebulon club – which finished in last place in the Southern Division in the first half despite the fifth best record in the league – is well represented by designated hitter Jeremie Tice and right-hander Shawn Armstrong, the home team’s setup man tonight. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Jeremie TiceOf note on the Cal League squad is High Desert infielder Brad Miller,...

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

The RailHawks went down to Georgia to defeat the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 for third straight league win

Posted By on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM

File photo by Chris BairdZack Schilawski of the Carolina RailHawks WEB/ NORCROSS—The Carolina RailHawks defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 Saturday evening in Norcross, Ga. A crowd of 6,000—including 17 members of the Triangle Soccer Fanatics supporters group who made the trip to Georgia—filled Atlanta Silverbacks Park to watch the RailHawks win their third consecutive league match and their first road victory this season. The result was strangely appropriate for a game in which the RailHawks, playing without injured leading scorer Brian Shriver, should have scored more and their sometimes unsteady defense appeared destined to surrender multiple goals. After Breiner Ortiz...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mud Hens get revenge, crack 15 hits to split series with Bulls

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s the finale of a four-game series between the Bulls and the Toledo Mud Hens, and Durham is looking to get a little momentum. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Shawn O'MalleyAfter losing the series opener the Bulls have won two straight as they go into a damp afternoon contest that will be shown live on MLB Network. Jim Paduch (2-4, 4.35) will take the hill for Durham against southpaw Andy Oliver (3-5, 3.93) as the Bulls go into an off-day Wednesday before heading out on an eight-game road trip to the North Division. Toledo bangs out...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Brignac, Bulls slam Toledo for second straight night

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls mixed in a win last time out, and following a long rain delay they’ll try for a second straight against another team going through a tough stretch. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls shortstop Reid BrignacFirst pitch will be 101 minutes late in the third game of their four-game home series with the Toledo Mud Hens. Neither game has been close so far, as the visitors won the opener 11-1 and then the Bulls took a 7-1 win behind a solid start from Matt Torra on Sunday. Tonight Lance Pendleton (2-2, 3.55) will take the...

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Torra, Bulls play at the top of their game, wallop Toledo

Posted By on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK Once again the Durham Bulls will try to break an extended losing streak as they play the second of a four-game set of another team that has been struggling. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Matt TorraDurham has dropped five straight while the Toledo Mud Hens, who finally won here last night in an 11-1 rout, have lost five of their last six. The heat is turned up a bit for the first time in a while, as temperatures are in the mid-80s for the first pitch of the late-afternoon contest. Matt Torra (4-6, 5.02), just off...

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Soccer by von Clausewitz: Carolina RailHawks romp Minnesota Stars 5-1

Posted By on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Chris BairdAusten King uses his head...to score a goal for the Carolina RailHawks in their 5-1 win over the Minnesota Stars Saturday night in Cary, N.C.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The adage “the best defense is a good offense” derives from the 1832 book On War by Prussian general and military theorist Carl von Clausewitz, who wrote, “The best form of defense is attack.” Over time, it’s an axiom that’s been appropriated to great degree by the world of athletics, from Jack Dempsey to Vince Lombardi. Locally, it’s become the mantra for the resurgent Carolina RailHawks, whose turnaround from winless cellar-dwellers to...

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Tough night for Bulls as Toledo breaks skein with 11-1 rout

Posted By on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 11:07 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls will be looking for a reset this weekend, in a series between two teams headed in the wrong direction. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Cole FigueroaTonight’s contest opens a four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens, arguably the other most famous of current Triple-A franchises ever since Jamie Farr’s Cpl. Max Klinger made the Mud Hens famous through the long-ago hit CBS series M*A*S*H. The Bulls come in having lost four games in a row, while Toledo’s current losing streak is six. Shane Dyer (1-1, 5.40) will take on Toledo’s Jacob Turner (0-1,...

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Yankees, Warren beat Bulls, Archer in local stars' pitching duel

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls will take on the Empire State Yankees for the last time this regular season, and tonight there is a rarity in the pitching matchup. Photo courtesy Empire State YankeesYankees pitcher Adam WarrenBoth starters have ties with Triangle educational institutions. International League strikeout leader and Clayton High product Chris Archer (3-7, 5.09) will go for the Bulls against UNC alumnus Adam Warren (3-3, 4.33). The Bulls need a win to tie the season series with the Yankees, who are playing an entire season away from their permanent home in Moosic, Pa., while the ballpark...

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Durham Bulls fall to Yankees (again): Merry-go-round-of-food

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Durham/DBAP—I’m writing this game story from my place on Erwin Road not far from Weaver Dairy in Chapel Hill. It’s a spot equidistant from downtown Durham and Carrboro, the two locations that have overtaken downtown Franklin Street as the hip epicenters of the left edge of the Triangle over the last two decades. Increasingly, and rapidly, Durham surpasses Carrboro by several leagues of complexity and intrigue. Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo. Photo by McKenzie Floyd. This really has nothing to do with tonight’s 6-2 loss by the Durham Bulls to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the third straight loss by the Bulls to...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Empire State homers spark second straight win over Bulls

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls come into the second game of their current homestand probably looking for a normal contest after what happened Tuesday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls catcher Stephen VogtThe Empire State Yankees won that one 12-8, an interminably long contest that featured two three-run homers for each team. Durham is ahead in the season series with the Yankees, who are scheduled to land in Moosic, Pa., again next season but this year play half-time at a temporary home in Rochester and the rest of their home games seemingly all over the Northeast. Tonight Lance Pendleton...

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Star-crossed: Late PK gives Chivas USA 2-1 win over Carolina RailHawks in U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 8:30 AM

David FellerathJuan Pablo Ángel uncorks the game-winning PK during Chivas USA's 2-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Fans gathering in advance of the Carolina RailHawks’ match against Chivas USA in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup did so at the appointed hour when the transit of Venus was visible in the eastern United States. The RailHawks fortunes in the Open Cup, once considered the equivalent of a small dot against a celestial backdrop, changed a week ago when Carolina ousted—ironically—the Galaxy. However, it was a mythical stargazer that held more in...

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Durham Bulls outslugged by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Doc Watson R.I.P.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/Durham - During the seventh-inning stretch of last night’s 12-8 slugfest between the Durham Bulls and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at the DBAP (the Bulls scored eight to the winner’s twelve), a moving tranquility happened. There was a moment of silence for the immortal traditional musician from Deep Gap, N.C., Doc Watson, who died last week at age 89. In a game in which I was numbed by 25 hits and 11 bases on balls from the two teams, the paralyzing cacophony was stopped for a moment of tribute to Watson, one of the greatest guitar pickers in American history (whether...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

California Dreamin’: Carolina RailHawks prepare to host Juan Agudelo, Chivas USA

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Neil MorrisJuan Agudelo after Monday's Chivas USA training session for their U.S. Open Cup match against the Carolina RailHawksWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It was May 13, and Colin Clarke needed something to do. The day before, Clarke coached the Carolina RailHawks to a loss in Minnesota, and there were a couple of days to kill before traveling to Portland, Ore. to scout PSA Elite, the RailHawks’ eventual opponent in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. So, Clarke arranged a detour to the San Francisco area for a day of sand, sightseeing and golf. That night, he also...

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Code Red: Shorthanded Carolina RailHawks hobble Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1

Posted By on Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

David FellerathGoalkeeper Ray Burse exchanges salutations with his former teammates before halftime of the Carolina RailHawks' 2-1 win over the Puerto Rico IslandersWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Every sport houses its particular set of unwritten rules and unspoken consequences. In American football, you don’t run up the score on an overmatched opponent late in a game. In hockey, you don’t cross the red line during warm-ups. In basketball, you pull your starters if you have a significant lead late in the game, and you don’t cherry-pick for the sake of padding individual stats. And don’t even start with baseball, where the undocumented...

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