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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stroman gets the save again as USA clinches series with Japanese

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Duke's Marcus Stroman shut the door for Team USA once again, picking up his second save in three games in a 4-3 win over Japan on Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The victory was the USA’s third in as many games and the clincher in the 38th annual best-of-5 Collegiate Friendship Series, setting off a lengthy celebration between the players and the full house on hand to see the city’s rain-postponed Independence Day fireworks show. The teams had been scheduled to play Monday night, but when that game was postponed by heavy rains a day-night doubleheader was...

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Duke's Stroman saves the day as USA gets 7-6 comeback win over Japanese

Posted By on Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Photo by Al DragoMarcus Stroman pitched five straight outs to end the game. DBAP/DURHAM It’s Game 1 of the annual Collegiate Friendship Series between Team USA and Japan. This will be the 38th rendition of the annual five-game set, which is played to a fifth game even if one team quickly wins three times. Japan has taken the series only once when it was held in the United States, that being in 2007 with the deciding game at DBAP. This time Games 1 and 2 will be played here, with Game 3 in Cary before the set finishes with single...

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Tar Heels outslug Blue Devils in ACC conference opener at DBAP

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:00 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM The ACC baseball conference season starts tonight, and they seem to make schedules a lot differently in this sport than in most others. Duke, which has moved 18 home games to the Durham Bulls' digs this season and is playing many of the rest at USA Baseball's Coleman Field in Cary, is hosting archrival UNC tonight in the opener of their three-game series. Yep, the weekend of the ACC Basketball Tournament. And the rains seem to be ending just in time for the first pitch. The Tar Heels, who are looking for their fifth straight...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

USA Baseball to host series with Korea, also announces changes

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 5:46 PM

The Koreans are coming to the Triangle. USA Baseball has announced that its Collegiate National Team will square off in a five-game friendly series with the Republic of Korea from July 14-18, with the first two of five games in Cary and the final two in Durham. Korea, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, will be the highest-ranked visiting team in the Triangle since USA Baseball's headquarters relocated here in 2003. The USA is ranked No. 2 and Cuba No. 1. Korea's last visit was in 2006, when the Americans won two out of three games at Durham Bulls...

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

USA Baseball rips Cubans again, repeats World Cup championship

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Maybe the Cuban baseball dynasty is beginning to crumble a little bit. Lucas May blasted a three-run, second-inning homer and Team USA poured on six more runs in the seventh, topping the Cubans 10-5 to win the IBAF World Cup in Nettuno, Italy. It was the 14th straight win for the Red, White and Blue, which had also beaten the Cubans on Thursday and lost just one of its 19 games after the group of top-level minor leaguers was assembled for the first time earlier this month. The USA was the defending champion of the tournament, also defeating the Cubans...

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

USA Baseball hopes 13-game winning streak brings good luck

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Team USA will go into the championship game of the IBAF World Cup on a 13-game winning streak. Kasey Kiker (pictured) allowed just one hit in six innings while Buck Coats had three hits for three RBI on Friday as the Red, White and Blue topped The Netherlands 8-2 in their final game of pool play. The defending champion Americans will play Cuba in the gold medal game on Sunday in Nettuno, Italy, with the game shown live on the MLB Network. Ike Davis had his fourth homer of the competition for Team USA, while former Durham Bull Jon Weber...

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Friday, September 25, 2009

USA Baseball tops Cubans, will face them again in Sunday's finale

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Team USA won the warmup game, and now the Americans just have to wait until Sunday to see if they can repeat it and win the IBAF World Cup championship game again. A two-run homer from Terry Tiffee (pictured) provided the biggest blow on Thursday in Nettuno, Italy, giving the Red, White and Blue a 5-3 victory over Cuba in pool play. Team USA, which has won 12 straight games since dropping its tournament opener to Venezuela in an extra-inning tiebreaker, will attempt to defend its title on Sunday. The USA is 1-6 against the Cubans in World Cup finals....

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Redmond, Weber, Childers spark USA Baseball into title game

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Todd Redmond pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings while three teammates including former Durham Bull Jon Weber (pictured) homered, leading defending champion Team USA to a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico in Florence, Italy and a berth in the title game of the IBAF World Cup. Ike Davis had a solo homer to right in the second inning, while Buck Coats soloed to right in the fifth and Weber added a blast to center in the eighth. Redmond (3-0) allowed just four hits and struck out four before former Bull Jason Childers came on to close and earn his first save...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Revenge win clinches medal-round spot for USA Baseball

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Team USA took advantage of a balanced offense, avenging its only loss of the IBAF World Cup with a 6-3 win over Venezuela in Florence, Italy. The result clinched for the Red, White and Blue a spot in the tournament's medal round this weekend. Pedro Alvarez (pictured) ripped his fourth homer of the tournament for the Americans, while Tug Hulett was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and veteran Terry Tiffee added two RBI. Trevor Plouffe extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the win. Brad Lincoln (2-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings in the victory while Team USA's fourth...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Plouffe walk-off gives USA Baseball No. 1 seed in group

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Trevor Plouffe's walk-off homer made the difference as Team USA beat Australia 4-3 in the IBAF World Cup in Bologna, Italy, clinching the top seed in Group G for the Final Round. After the Aussies took a 1-0 lead, Justin Smoak extended his team record with his ninth homer of the tournament to tie the game in the sixth. Former Durham Bull Jon Weber gave the Red, White and Blue the lead with an RBI grounder later in the inning. Australia scored twice in the seventh, but Plouffe (pictured) tied the score again with an RBI grounder in the bottom...

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Smoak, Team USA blast host Italians at World Cup

Posted By on Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Justin Smoak's two homers set a Team USA tournament record while every player in the lineup hit safely in a 12-3 rout over host Italy in the IBAF World Cup in Turin. Smoak (pictured) had a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth for the defending champion Red, White and Blue, who have already qualified for the eight-team Final. Buck Coats and Trevor Plouffe also homered for the Americans. Lucas Harrell (2-0) got he victory in relief of Kasey Kiker, while former Durham Bull Cedrick Bowers and B.J. Rosenberg were also in hitless relief....

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Two homers, Tiffee spark USA past Mexicans and into Finals

Posted By on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Solo homers from Daniel Descalso and Buck Coats led the way as Team USA topped Mexico 7-3 in Vicenza, Italy, earning the defending champions a spot in the final round of the IBAF World Cup. Terry Tiffee (pictured) led the winners with a 4-for-5 day. The USA got a run in the third on Lucas May's double, and then made it 2-0 in the fourth when former Durham Bull Jon Weber reached on a fielder's choice. Descalso's homer came in the fifth inning and Coats' in the sixth. Trevor Reckling (2-0) was the winning pitcher. The USA will face Italy...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

USA-Australia baseball rained out

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

The IBAF World Cup baseball game scheduled between Team USA and Australia in Piacenza, Italy, on Friday was rained out. It will be made up a later date and time. The USA (6-1), which is atop its second-round group, is scheduled to take on Mexico (5-3) on Saturday in Vicenza, Italy. Trevor Reckling (1-0) is the scheduled starter for the Red, White and Blue....

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Alvarez, Weber lead USA's home-run barrage against Taipei

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Pedro Alvarez' team-record three home runs led the barrage as Team USA drubbed Chinese Taipei 14-3 in IBAF World Cup play Thursday in Turin, Italy. The Red, White and Blue scored seven runs in the first inning of the contest, which was stopped after seven innings because of a 10-run mercy rule. Former Durham Bull Jon Weber, Terry Tiffee and Lucas May each added home runs for the winners. Todd Redmond (2-0) was the winning pitcher, striking out six while allowing three runs in six innings. Alvarez (pictured) finished the game with six RBI. Weber went 3-for-4 with three RBI...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Smoak, Tiffee homers lead USA Baseball past Japanese

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Justin Smoak (pictured) and Terry Tiffee blasted back-to-back homers in the third inning, leading defending champion Team USA to a 4-2 win over Japan at the IBAF World Cup in Macerata, Italy. Brad Lincoln pitched 7 1/3 innings in the victory before a sellout crowd at Stadio Comunale, while Nate Field collected the save. The USA is 3-0 in the second round, while Japan is 1-1. Trevor Plouffe's seventh-inning double added an insurance run for the Red, White and Blue in the seventh. Smoak's homer was his sixth of the competition, tying the USA Baseball record for a single...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Smoak, Weber lead the way as USA blasts Netherlands Antilles 11-1

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Justin Smoak smacked a pair of homers, and Team USA had its best game so far in the IBAF World Cup in an 11-1 rout of the Netherlands Antilles in Verona, Italy. Lucas May homered in the third inning while former Durham Bull Jon Weber (pictured) and Smoak each homered in the fourth to give the defending champion USA a 5-0 lead. Smoak added a three-run homer in the seventh, sparking the Red, White and Blue to the 11-1 lead. The game was stopped at the end of the seventh inning because of the IBAF's 10-run rule. Starter Kasey Kiker...

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Luebke, Weber help lead Team USA to blanking of Canucks

Posted By on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Cory Luebke pitched a gem for Team USA, which ripped Canada 8-0 in its first game of Round 2 in baseball's World Cup in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Luebke allowed just one hit in 7 2/3 innings to lead his team to a fifth straight win over the Canadians. Former Durham Bull Jon Weber (pictured) had two RBI doubles and an RBI single, while Terry Tiffee also had three hits and two RBI. Pedro Alvarez added a home run for the Americans. Chris Robinson had the only hit for Canada. Team USA's next game is on Monday at 2 p.m. (EDT)...

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

USA Baseball blanks Chinese, faces Canada on Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Trevor Reckling struck out 11 batters - the most ever by a single American in the tournament - as Team USA demolished China 8-0 in its final Pool E game of baseball's World Cup in Regensburg, Germany. Terry Tiffee and Josh Kroeger each homered for the USA (2-1), which advanced to its first second-round game against Canada in Italy today at 1 p.m. (EDT). Team USA beat Canada in all four games of their exhibition series last week in Cary. The Chinese went 0-3 in the tournament. Tiffee had a two-run homer in the first inning while Kroeger added a...

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Redmond, USA Baseball rip Germans to even record

Posted By on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 12:16 AM

Team USA definitely showed how to bounce back on Friday in baseball's World Cup. Todd Redmond (pictured) started off with six perfect innings and got homers from four teammates as the Red, White and Blue walloped host Germany 9-1 in Regensburg. The win came a day after Venezuela had pulled off a 13-9 upset of the USA in 11 innings. Ike Davis' homer in the second jump-started the USA offense, which poured three more runs onto Tim Henkenjohann - who had defeated the college-level National Team at the World Baseball Challenge - in the third. Buck Coats added a two-run...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chavez' grand slam in 11th tops USA for Venezuelans

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Maybe it's not exactly the way the tiebreaker was supposed to work, but Venezuelan slugger Dirmo Chavez certainly made the best of his situation. The Venezuelans' leadoff hitter stroked a grand slam off Nate Field in the top of the 11th, giving his team a 13-9 win over the defending champion Team USA in their first game in pool play at the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Regensburg, Germany. Justin Smoak (pictured) led Team USA with a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a pair of homers, two doubles and five RBI. One of Smoak's doubles tied the...

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

USA Baseball completes sweep of Canucks, readies for European vacation

Posted By on Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 8:51 PM

COLEMAN FIELD/CARY It's the finale of the four-game Canada at USA exhibition series preparing for baseball's World Cup, and today the U.S. team will go for the sweep. Team USA is batting in the top of the inning each time. And the ninth inning is going to be different no matter what as it's going to be played under international tiebreaker rules. There's an active crowd on hand, as the National Training Complex is also the site this weekend of the Labor Day Cup involving 16 high level youth teams. Canada is wearing some very odd jerseys. The national red...

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USA, Childers hold on for third straight win over Canucks

Posted By on Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 3:16 AM

Todd Redmond pitched five perfect innings and his teammates held on as Team USA took a 6-5 exhibition victory over Canada on Saturday at Cary's Coleman Field. The teams are preparing for the World Cup, to be held in The Netherlands, Italy and Germany later this month. Terry Tiffee went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the U.S. offense. The Red, White and Blue took a 3-0 lead off Chris Begg in the first on RBI from Justin Smoak, Tiffee and Pedro Alvarez. Lucas May added a homer in the second for a 4-0 lead, which went to 6-0 on...

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Friday, September 4, 2009

USA Baseball holds on to top resurgent Canucks 7-4

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 9:48 PM

COLEMAN FIELD/CARY It's Game 2 of USA Baseball's friendly series against Canada, as both teams prepare to play in the World Cup in The Netherlands, Italy in Germany later this month. The clubs are made up entirely of minor-league pros, with the USA team completely of Triple-A and Double-A players while the Canadians are from every level including a couple of former pro pitchers who are currently without contracts. The series should be competitive, as Team USA won the opener 6-4 on Thursday night after the visitors had taken an early 3-0 lead. Two of the USA players were with...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

USA Baseball starts exhibitions with a win over Canucks

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:51 PM

USA Baseball's World Cup team got off to a good start, holding off Canada 6-4 in the first of a four-game exhibition series at Coleman Field in Cary. Jason Castro led the way with two hits and two runs scored for the Red, White and Blue. The hosts put up three runs in the second off Nick Bucci, as Tug Hulett smacked a two-run double and Buck Coats a sacrifice fly. Canada tied it in the third on an RBI infield hit from Rene Tosoni and a two-run double from Shawn Brown, then went up 4-3 on an Adam Loewen...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Weber, Childers hope to lead USA Baseball to repeat World Cup

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 9:55 PM

COLEMAN FIELD/CARY They're coming together from 16 different major-league organizations, mostly from the Triple-A level and a few from Double-A. But over the next few days, manager Eddie Rodriguez will have the job of molding them into a unit known as Team USA. Twenty-three players gathered in Cary for media day this afternoon, as they begin getting ready to defend baseball's World Cup in Germany, The Netherlands and Italy next month with a series of exhibition games against Canada from Thursday through Sunday. And there are a few familiar faces on the roster. Outfielder Jon Weber (pictured) and right-handed reliever...

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