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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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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mudcats score five runs in eighth to win 7-2, take Wilmington series

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Checking in on the Carolina Mudcats, who are in last place and seven games out of first in the Southern Division of an unbalanced Carolina League. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Mike RaylIt’s the finale of a four-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, who have an identical 24-27 record with the Mudcats but are in second place and 4½ games out in the North. Both teams have 19 games left in the first half. Carolina will go for the series win tonight, sending southpaw Mike Rayl (3-5, 4.07) against Wilmington’s Sugar Ray Marimon (3-0, 2.13). The...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mudcats' comeback falls just short in loss to visiting Salem

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Checking in on the Carolina Mudcats, who are in the thick of the Carolina League’s Southern Division race. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jesus AguilarWith just over a month left in the first half, the Mudcats come into tonight’s game against the Salem Red Sox 2½ games behind the first-place Winston-Salem Dash and one behind Salem. The teams are coming off a doubleheader split from Tuesday night on a cloudy evening, and Will Roberts (1-1, 4.50) will take the hill for the Mudcats against Ryan Pressly (2-1, 7.13). The Mudcats nearly come back from the dead in...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lowery, Mudcats rally in eighth to compete winning homestand

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON First chance to catch up with the Carolina Mudcats, in their inaugural season in the Class A Carolina League after this franchise played as the Kinston Indians for the previous 25 seasons. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Jake LoweryAs per usual the Tribe’s A club looks pretty solid, and is in first place in the Southern Division with a 3-2 record going into the finale of the opening homestand. Tonight’s opponent, the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks, is the affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Former Durham Bull Damon Hollins is the Wilmington hitting coach. Opening Night starter...

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

A new beginning for Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon Friday night

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON A whole new era officially begins for the Carolina Mudcats Friday night. At 7:15 p.m. at Five County Stadium, the Mudcats – who had been members of the Double-A Southern League since arriving in Wake County in 1991 – will make their debut in the Class A-Advanced Carolina League against the Winston-Salem Dash. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager Edwin RodriguezIt will be the first CL game in the Triangle since 1997, the Durham Bulls’ final season in the league before moving up to Triple-A. The Raleigh Caps were charter members of the league in 1945, and Raleigh...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Carolina Mudcats to host Cleveland Indians in April 3 exhibition

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

The Cleveland Indians are coming to Wake county. Not permanently of course, but for an exhibition game against their new Carolina League affiliates, the Carolina Mudcats. The game will be on April 3 at 2 p.m. at Five County Stadium, with all ticket packages including an additional ticketPhoto courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats owner Steve Bryant announces the exhibition game at the same pricing level for the Mudcats’ first Carolina League game April 6 against the Winston-Salem Dash. In addition, the Indians and Mudcats agreed to an extension of the Player Development Contract that will keep the affiliation through the 2014 season....

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Former hitting coach Rodriguez is Mudcats' new skipper

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Edwin Rodriguez is coming back to Zebulon. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager Edwin RodriguezThe Carolina Mudcats announced Monday that the former Florida Marlins skipper, who was hitting coach for the Southern League Mudcats in 2004, will manage the club’s first Carolina League team in 2012. Rodriguez, 51, was 78-85 over parts of two seasons with the Marlins from June 23, 2010 to June 18, 2011. Before becoming the first Puerto Rican-born manager in Major League history, he was with the Mudcats club in 2004 that finished 73-66, later managing the rookie Gulf Coast League Marlins (2005-2006), Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers...

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mudcats almost pull off a miracle in their penultimate Southern League game

Posted By on Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 10:17 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are playing their penultimate game in the Southern League tonight. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellThe guests are the Mississippi Braves, the most far-flung team in the league, a club that flew into RDU for the four-game series. The SL’s mandate that the Mudcats go airborne for trips to Alabama and Mississippi was among the reasons Steve Bryant sold his Double-A franchise to an outfit that’s going to make them the Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos next season. So next season the Mudcats will be in the Carolina League, as the old Kinston Indians...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Mudcats fall 8-4 to Jacksonville, see time running out

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:11 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Checking in on the Carolina Mudcats, who are trying desperately to stave off elimination from playoff contention in their final season in the Southern League. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Neftali SotoThe Mudcats come into tonight’s action on a warm and pleasant evening in third place in the North Division, nine games behind the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts. Carolina’s “tragic number” is six. Tonight’s opponents, the Jacksonville Suns, are in even worse shape, 11 ½ games behind the runaway leader Mobile Bay Bears in the South. N.C. State alumnus Andy Barkett is the Suns’ skipper. Josh Ravin (0-0,...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Campbell's early homer sparks Mudcats to series win over Montgomery

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:06 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are playing something close to sudden-death baseball as they play the finale of their five-game home series against the Montgomery Biscuits. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Justin FreemanThere’s great weather and a nice crowd of 7,164 on hand on a mild night as Curtis Partch (1-0, 6.35) takes the field against the Biscuits’ Nick Barnese (6-6, 3.34). The Mudcats, the worst team in the Southern League in the first half, trail the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts by 6 ½ games in the North Division. And tomorrow will present the proverbial golden opportunity, as the Mudcats...

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mudcats get one against Montgomery, still have a pulse in division race

Posted By on Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Time to check in again on the Carolina Mudcats, who are going to need a miracle to make the playoffs in their final season in the Southern League but are having a respectable second half. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Neftali SotoDavid Bell's club, which had the worst record in the league in the first half, is currently in fourth place in the North Division and 7½ games behind the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts. Montgomery, which has about half of its first-half team now playing with the Durham Bulls, is in second place in the South Division but...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mudcats' frantic comeback falls short in 10-7 loss to Jackson

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 11:42 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Checking in again on the Carolina Mudcats, who have had a huge improvement since finishing far and away in last place in the Southern League in the first half. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Felix PerezFortunately for Carolina, minor leagues below the Triple-A level get a reset after their all-star break. And the Mudcats are on a roll. They’ll come into their second game of the home series with the Jackson Generals — known last season as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx — on a five-game winning streak and in second place in the SL’s North Division....

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Klinker leads solid team effort as Mudcats take first place

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Sometimes one of the best things in life is a second chance, and the Carolina Mudcats get one starting tonight. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt KlinkerThe Mudcats ended the Southern League’s first half with a 23-47 record that was the worst in Minor League Baseball. But the second half begins tonight with the opener of a five-game home series with the Huntsville Stars. Huntsville was the Mudcats’ worst tormentor in the first half, winning all five games in the series in Alabama. Tonight will mark the Mudcats debut of catcher Yasmani Grandal, the first-round pick out...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tennessee ruins series opener for Mudcats, Chapman throws hard but a bit wild

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 11:19 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats mercifully come into their final home series of the first half, taking on the Tennessee Smokies who are the hottest team in the Southern League. Photo by Nikolaus © 2011 Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellWith 10 games left in the half Tennessee is the SL’s hottest team with a 37-23 record, while the Mudcats are 18-42 and eagerly anticipating their reset at their All-Star Break. The Mudcats have had several transactions today. Infielder Jose Castro is on the disabled list with a hyperextended left knee while Clayton Shunick — the right-hander out of N.C....

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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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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Moore, Biscuits' pitching staff keep Mudcats cool in 8-1 victory

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:22 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats may be in last place in the Southern League, but it’s possible they’re starting to right the ship. Photo by Nikolaus © 2011 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Daryl ThompsonCarolina will come into tonight’s cool meeting with the Montgomery Biscuits having won three of its last four games, including a 7-0 romp in Tuesday’s series opener. It’s back to the top of the rotation for the pitching staffs tonight. The Mudcats will send Daryl Thompson (0-2, 6.46) against southpaw Matt Moore (1-2, 5.18). Thompson is the only member of the Mudcats’ roster on the Cincinnati Reds’...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Klinker, Mudcats shut out Biscuits in series opener

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 11:07 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats come home to start their five-game series with the Montgomery Biscuits in serious need of some wins. Photo courtesy Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt KlinkerThe Mudcats, carrying the Southern League’s worst record at 7-18, have won only two of 10 games on the road and are a little better at home at 5-10. Montgomery is a little better at 7-14 as the Tampa Bay Rays farm club visits North Carolina for the first time this season. On the Biscuits’ roster and playing right field tonight is UNC alumnus Reid Fronk. The Mudcats will go with...

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ninth-inning Mobile rally gets Mudcats' season started with a thud

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:13 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats open their final season in the Southern League before dropping down to the Class-A Carolina League next season, and there may never have been a better April night for baseball in North Carolina. Seventy-eight degrees and clear are the conditions as David Bell begins his third season as manager with an unlikely 20 returning players on the roster. With the weirdness of the unbalanced Southern League schedule, unless they return in the league championship series this will be the Diamondbacks affiliate Mobile BayBears’ last visit to Eastern Wake County. Daryl Thompson, the Mudcats’ one...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mudcats hope familiarity breeds success this season

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 8:49 PM

File photo by D.L. AndersonThe Mudcats are hoping experience pays off big in the Southern League pennant race.FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON When the Carolina Mudcats open their final Southern League season at home on Thursday night at 7:15 against the Mobile BayBears, the team will have a familiar look. Scratch that. An extremely familiar look. No fewer than 20 of the 24 active players for third-year manager David Bell’s club spent time in Zebulon last season. Only infielder Neftali Soto, pitcher Mark Serrano and catcher Kevin Coddington — all of whom were at lower levels in the Reds organization last season...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mudcats head for Class A Carolina League for 2012 season

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:12 PM

The Carolina Mudcats are going down, but not out. The Mudcats will field a team in the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in 2012, replacing the club that will play its final season in the Class AA Southern League in 2011. The club, which is going into its third season with the Cincinnati Reds, announced the big move on Wednesday in a press release. Steve Bryant, the club’s only owner in its previous 20 seasons in Zebulon, accomplished the move by selling the Double-A franchise to Florida businessman Quint Studer, who will move that team to Pensacola. In a three-way transaction...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Carolina Mudcats return Bell, entire staff for 2011 season

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

The Carolina Mudcats have announced a rarity in minor-league baseball. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellThe team will have absolutely no changes on the field staff for 2011, the Cincinnati Reds have announced. Back at the helm for a third season will be manager David Bell, joined also for a third season by both hitting coach Ryan Jackson and trainer Jimmy Mattocks. Pitching coach Tom Brown is back for a second season. Bell, 38, who played parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues with the Indians, Cardinals, Mariners, Giants, Phillies and Brewers, is 123-153 in...

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Mudcats open 2011 season at home on April 7

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

The Carolina Mudcats have announced their 2011 schedule, which will begin with a five-game homestand against the Mobile Bay Bears at Five County Stadium starting April 7. The Cincinnati Reds’ affiliate in the Double-A Southern League will host three weekday games including Education Day on April 11 at 11:00 a.m. against Mobile and “Businessperson Specials” on July 7 at noon against Jacksonville and Aug. 25 at 11:00 a.m. again against Jacksonville....

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Tennessee keeps up its momentum, tags Carolina with a 3-2 loss in Mudcats' finale

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 5:35 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the Carolina Mudcats’ swan song for 2010, and they’ll take on the Southern League’s best team, the Tennessee Smokies, with a chance to gain a split of the four-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats manager David BellFor the Chicago Cubs affiliate from East Tennessee, it’s the final warmup before their first-round playoff series against the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx beginning on Thursday night. The Mudcats will finish in last place in the North Division in the second half, and with the ninth best record in the 10-team league. Lefty Travis Webb (6-9) will...

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tennessee scores late to win a well-played 3-2 battle with Mudcats

Posted By on Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 10:13 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are playing their penultimate game of the season today in Game 3 of their four-game set against the Tennessee Smokies. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioThe Chicago Cubs affiliate has had its way with the Mudcats this season just as with the rest of the Southern League. The Smokies have the league’s best record and won both halves in the North Division, meaning they’ll have a potential four home games in their best-of-5 first-round playoff series with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. The Mudcats won’t finish with the league’s worst...

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Tennessee rallies late to double score on Mudcats

Posted By on Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 12:10 AM

The Tennessee Smokies scored seven runs over the final two innings, taking a 10-5 win over the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium to even their season-ending four-game series at one win apiece. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioRuss Canzler led the Smokies, who won both halves in the Southern League’s North Division, with five RBI on three hits including a pair of doubles. Brandon Guyer added three hits including a double with two RBI while Steve Clevenger homered. Kyle Smit (5-1) was the winning pitcher while Lee Tabor (3-3) took the loss. Jake Kahaulelio led...

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