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Friday, August 31, 2012

Ready or not, Triangle Division I college football starts tonight

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

The Triangle’s college football season will start with a bang this weekend, with one game tonight followed by a trio of home contests on Saturday. The one receiving the most national attention will be N.C. State’s appearance in a Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, with the Wolfpack taking on Tennessee at 7:30 tonight in the Georgia Dome. The Wolfpack finished 8-5 last season with a win in the Belk Bowl, while Tennessee is hoping to claw back from an awful 5-7 finish in 2011. Tennessee is listed as a three-point favorite. The Vols lead the series 2-1, but it was last contested...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Durham Bulls hold off Norfolk Tides to win season-high sixth straight: Professionals

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Dane De La Rosa wants to pitch in this jersey again.DBAP/ DURHAM—What to make of a team that has been bad pretty much all season long and is only now, at the end of days, playing like a winner? The Bulls beat Norfolk Sunday evening, building a 4-0 lead through five innings and then sweating out a tense ninth inning to win, 4-3. Cesar Ramos started and threw six excellent shutout innings, rebounding from his poor start against Charlotte on Monday night. He was backed by home runs from Tim Beckham and Sean Rodriguez, the latter just optioned down from...

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Niemann survives line drive off the hand, Bulls win fifth straight

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s a bit too late to do anything about the pennant race, but the Durham Bulls are very hot right now. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Jeff NiemannHeading into the fourth of a five-game home set with the Norfolk Tides, the Bulls have won four straight games. And they’ll have a solid arm on the mound on an unseasonably cool, as big Jeff Niemann (0-0, 8.31) will make his second rehab start. Zach Clark (4-1, 1.44) will go for Norfolk. The Bulls get the fourth save in five days from Dane De La Rosa, who gets...

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Durham Bulls take third straight from the Norfolk Tides: Looking up

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Will Leslie Anderson get to wear this uniform again?DBAP/ DURHAM—About 15 minutes before game time, the plane flew over the ballpark and what looked like four puffs of pink smoke popped out. It wasn't long before the parachutes deployed and the jumpers began their descent to Goodmon Field. They came down, one by one, via a pleasing route that wound them across the outfield, over the right-field stands, and then, banking sweetly, back into the outfield again, where they landed on the grass to rousing applause. It was a sort of pageant from above, and Mother Nature provided an encore...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jake Arrieta and Norfolk Tides throw 1-hitter, but Chris Archer and Durham Bulls beat them: Going mental

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Ed Grimley, going mentalDBAP/ DURHAM—The Durham Bulls shut out the Norfolk Tides last night, 2-0, despite getting only one hit, a two-out, first-inning single by Chris Gimenez. A wonderful pitching duel between the Bulls' Chris Archer and the Tides' Jake Arrieta was decided in the sixth inning, when Arrieta came unglued and walked four straight batters to force in one run and threw a wild pitch to score the other. The Bulls did not have another baserunner after that. They didn't need one. Archer had his best start of the season, according to Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo—a big-league start in...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pendleton stops the bleeding as Bulls top Charlotte 3-1

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls play the back half of their two-game set with the Charlotte Knights, who are closing in on the South Division title. File photo by Chris BairdBulls pitcher Lance PendletonThe Bulls, meanwhile, are nearly eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in six years. It’s the fourth game of the Bulls’ last extended homestand of the season, and Durham is on a five-game losing streak. Former Bulls Dan Johnson and Hector Gimenez are in the middle of the Knights’ lineup. Lance Pendleton (7-5, 4.76) will try to right the ship for the Bulls’...

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Charlotte Knights thump Durham Bulls: More Mr. Nice Guy

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Vincent Damon FurnierDBAP/ DURHAM—Three nights in a row, Durham pitching has gotten bombed, and three nights in a row they've lost (actually four if you count the last game of the Ohio road trip). Last night, it was Cesar Ramos' turn to get the Dresden treatment. He allowed three homers and nine runs in six innings, and although the Bulls hit four dingers of their own—including three in one inning—Charlotte won easily, 9-6. The Bulls have allowed 32 runs and 52 hits over the last 27 innings, lost four straight games and 10 of their last 13. Ramos said, in...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

"Actually, don't ask Neil": Gwinnett Braves rally, outscore Jeff Niemann and Durham Bulls in 11 innings

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—"Play the game the right way," goes the crusty old baseball saying, and so it ought to be written about the right way, too. On Sunday afternoon, the Durham Bulls tweeted a link to the video of the scintillating 3-6-1 double play turned on Saturday by Henry Wrigley, Tim Beckham and Jim Paduch. In my game story, I expressed doubt that Beckham actually had his foot on second base when he caught Wrigley's throw. Beckham was was several feet away from the bag when he made his relay throw to first base. But you know what? Watching the replay...

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Man of steal: Super sub Shipalane gives RailHawks 3-2 win over Edmonton

Posted By on Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Chris BairdNick Zimmerman slots home a first-half goal during the Carolina RailHawks' 3-2 win over FC Edmonton at WakeMed Soccer ParkWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The label “super sub” may sound like a term of endearment, but soccer players usually bristle at the brand. All team sports athletes want to be in the starting lineup and play the most possible minutes. Being a substitute, whether super or otherwise, is anathema to that aim. No player in American professional soccer this year has epitomized being a super sub more than Ty Shipalane of the Carolina RailHawks. Entering Saturday evening’s match against FC Edmonton...

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Gwinnett Braves make Durham Bulls disappear: Magic and Loss

Posted By on Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/ DURHAM—If it wasn't for bad Lueke, the Bulls would have no Lueke at all. Sorry about that. Couldn't help myself. In fact, Bulls reliever Josh Lueke had been on an oversized roll after an absolutely dreadful first three months of the season. Through all of July up until yesterday, Lueke had allowed just two runs over his last 23 innings, shaving more than two runs off of his bloated 6.57 ERA. "My hottest guy," Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said later of Lueke, and he wasn't talking about Lueke's looks. So last night, the Bulls were leading the Gwinnett...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Torra sizzles as Bulls hit four homers in rout of Columbus

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls come into the finale of their homestand looking for a split of their four-game set with the Columbus Clippers. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls catcher Chris GimenezAnd it would be helpful to get some offense. The Bulls are coming off back-to-back losses, having dropped a 3-0 decision on Wednesday night after falling 2-1 in 10 innings on Tuesday. Matt Torra (5-5, 4.97) will go against Clippers lefty David Huff (5-5, 4.97) in front of a big crowd on a warm evening. The bats are back, as Chris Gimenez homers twice with five RBI and...

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Durham Bulls Shut Out 3-0 by Columbus

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

DBAP/Durham-Tonight's first pitch was at 7:22pm, seventeen minutes late, for a game with the Columbus Clippers. A massive thunderstorm was making its way through north Durham and into Wake County. Radar cells were popping up everywhere. Nobody knew if tonight's game would happen. Bulls groundskeeper Scott Strickland, watching radar on his phone. But the game actually filled a full nine innings in an appropriate time frame, despite the delayed start....

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Carolina pays its Calder Kid

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Does Cheerwine come in champagne bottles? File photo by Peggy BooneJeff Skinner, seen exulting two seasons ago during a game against the New York IslandersThe Carolina Hurricanes locked up another component of the team’s core by inking 20-year-old forward Jeff Skinner to a six-year contract extension. The deal keeps the gifted scorer in the red and black for the next seven years since it begins after his current deal expires in spring of 2013. It also shows a hockey franchise making every effort to run with the big boys. The 2010-2011 Calder Trophy winner will pocket $4,350,000 in the 2013-14...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Archer is steady once again, but Bulls go down in 10 innings

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s Game 2 of the Durham Bulls’ four-game set with the Columbus Clippers, and the Bulls are looking to continue a solid homestand. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Chris ArcherSo far they have won four out of five, and are looking for their second straight win after that rain-shortened 4-1 win of Monday night. The Bulls remain in third place in the International League’s South Division, trailing the first-place Charlotte Knights by 10 games with 26 left in the season. There’s a local guy on the mound tonight, as Clayton High alum Chris Archer (6-8, 4.15)...

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Durham Bulls in Late Night Rain Delay

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Bulls-Clippers, the DBAP, around 8:15pm last night. Durham/DBAP - Last night’s game between the Durham Bulls and the Columbus Clippers was delayed by thirty-three minutes due to rain. First pitch ended up being at 7:38. Sprinkles of rain were on and off for the first three and a half innings. I’m no meteorologist, but the weather is changing this week: The expected high temperatures over the next five days are in the low eighties. Whatever dynamics are in play, the variety of clouds over the DBAP tonight, before darkness fell, was astonishing. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bulls can't complete sweep despite two hits from Longoria

Posted By on Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s the finale of the four-game series with the rival Gwinnett Braves, and the Bulls are going for a sweep. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Evan LongoriaThe Bulls are in third place in the International League’s South Division — 10 games behind the division-leading Charlotte Knights — but ahead of the last-place Braves and just three games behind second-place Norfolk. Today is “Negro League Night” (sic; there is actually a 5:05 start, making it a day game.) The teams will appear in classic replica uniforms of teams of the Negro American and Negro National League, giving...

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The most dangerous lead: Carolina RailHawks draw 3-3 with Tampa Bay Rowdies

Posted By on Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Chris BairdNick Zimmerman heads home his first of two goals during the Carolina RailHawks' 3-3 draw with the Tampa Bay RowdiesWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—When it comes to a draw in soccer, the difference between elation and deflation is strictly a matter of perspective. Tying a team of superior talent or standing is often cause for merriment (or despair for the lauded opposition). More often, however, the venue and manner in which the draw is reached are better harbingers of joy or joylessness. Coming into Saturday evening’s match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Carolina RailHawks had played to six draws...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Vogt's bat leads Bulls as Colome makes solid Triple-A debut

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It’s Game 2 of the Bulls’ four-game home series with the rival Gwinnett Braves, and Durham has a chance to escape the cellar-dwelling visitors. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Stephen VogtThe Bulls come into the contest 11 games behind the first-place Charlotte Knights in the International League’s South Division race with 31 games to play. Durham is two games ahead of Gwinnett and four back of second-place Norfolk. Evan Longoria will continue his rehab stint as the Bulls’ designated hitter. And the pitching staff will try to continue its recent successes, having tossed back-to-back shutouts for...

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Archer, Bulls nip Gwinnett for second straight 1-0 victory

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 10:57 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls return home to start their penultimate homestand of the season, taking on their old rival Gwinnett Braves. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Chris ArcherBoth are all but out of the race in the International League’s South Division, as the Bulls come into the night 11 games behind the first-place Charlotte Knights while the Braves are one more game back. Of particular interest is the continuing rehab stint of Evan Longoria, who is playing his first home game for the Bulls since Sept. 1, 2009. Longoria is 3-for-17 in six games for Durham this...

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