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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

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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.

Plouffe went 3-for-6, extending his hitting streak to eight games.

Team USA will close out second-round play against Australia on Monday at 11 a.m. (EDT) in Bologna. Cory Luebke (1-0) is the scheduled starter.

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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

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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 on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Turin. Kasey Kiker is the scheduled starter for the Red, White and Blue.

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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

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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 and three runs scored.

The USA's next game is against Australia today at 2 p.m. (EDT) in Piacenza, Italy, with Trevor Reckling (1-0) the scheduled starter.

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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

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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 World Cup. Tino Martinez hit half a dozen in 1988.

Team USA's next game is against Chinese Taipei on Thursday at 2 p.m. (EDT) in Turin. Todd Redmond (1-0) is the scheduled starter.

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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

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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 struck out seven batters in four innings for Team USA, while Lucas Harrell came on to strike out two batters over the last three innings for the win.

Weber and May each went 3-for-4 in the win.

The USA's next game is against Japan today at 2 p.m. (EDT) in Macerata, Italy. Brad Lincoln is the Americans' scheduled starter.

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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

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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) against the Netherlands Antilles in Verona, Italy.

Kasey Kiker is the probable starter for the Red, White and Blue.

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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

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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 three-run shot in the eighth.

Reckling combined with Ehren Wasserman, former Durham Bull Cedrick Bowers (pictured) and B.J. Rosenberg for a USA team-record 16-strikeout performance.

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Redmond, USA Baseball rip Germans to even record

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

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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 homer in the sixth, Justin Smoak another in the seventh and Trevor Plouffe yet another in the eighth.

Redmond got through eight innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven. Former Durham Bull Jason Childers gave up the only German run in the ninth.

Team USA will face China (0-2) today in its final game of pool play. The next round begins Sunday in Italy and The Netherlands.

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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

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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 game in the 10th to force another extra inning.

Tug Hulett also homered for the USA, while Buck Coats tripled and doubled.

Starter Brad Lincoln gave up just one run in five innings, but it was a rough night for former Durham Bulls reliever Jason Childers who gave up five runs.

The Americans' next game is on Friday at 1 p.m. against the host Germans (1-0) in a contest which has long been sold out. Todd Redmond is scheduled to start for the Red, White and Blue.

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