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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Team USA Jacks Canadians 14-5

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Maybe it was the managerial skills of "Trader Jack" McKeon that inspired a Red, White and Blue comeback on Saturday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Canada burst out to a 5-0 lead after half an inning, but the USA National Team pounded out 14 hits to claim a 14-5 victory and win its third straight to start the five-game series. Florida State's Tyler Holt (pictured) reached safely six times with three hits including a pair of doubles with two RBI. It was also another big day at the 18U Tournament of Stars at the National Training Complex in Cary,...

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Hague, Cole lead another USA romp; bring on Trader Jack

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Rick Hague of Rice (pictured) had three hits including a pair of doubles with three RBI, leading a 19-hit attack as Team USA blasted Canada 8-1 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Friday night's win gave the USA victories in the first two games of the five-game set, which began with a 12-4 victory on Thursday night at the National Training Complex in Cary. The NTC was also the site Friday of the fourth day of the 18U Tournament of Stars, which will see crossover action today. Team USA will have a special guest manager for tonight's 7:05 p.m. National Team...

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Friday, June 26, 2009

USA opens internationals with easy win over Canadians

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Team veteran Christian Colon of Cal State-Fullerton led the way with a homer, a double, a single and four RBI as the USA National Team rocked Canada 13-4 in their series opener on Thursday night at the National Training Complex in Cary. It was a busy day at the NTC, as the 18U Tournament of Stars continued with three games. In the National Team's game against Canada, Andy Wilkins of Arkansas added a homer and a single for two RBI for the USA, while Rice's Rick Hague chipped in a double and a single with an RBI. Drew Pomeranz of...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Colon, 3 ACC reps lead National Team

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Shortstop Christian Colon of Cal State-Fullerton is the only returnee from last season's undefeated club, while three ACC players join him on the 22-man roster of USA Baseball's National Team announced Wednesday night. Clemson infielder Brad Miller (pictured), Florida State outfielder Tyler Holt and Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal also made the cut. The team will play its first game against outside opposition tonight at 7 at the National Training Complex in Cary, where the Red, White and Blue will open a five-game series against Canada that will be played in Cary and Durham. The main events on the team's schedule...

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Ex-Mudcats bomb the current crop

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:21 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Back for Game 3 of the Mudcats' first series of the second half, and it's already been a very crazy day. And that's just the baseball part. I had already planned out the trip from USA Baseball's National Training Complex to Zebulon, but in about the fourth inning of the game involving uberphenom Bryce Harper I get one of many, many unrelated cell phone calls during the game. It's Durham Bulls publicist Matt DeMargel, reminding me of a commitment to talk about my career with a group of students from a journalism class he teaches. At 4:30...

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Bonus babies, past and future

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 7:25 PM

NATIONAL TRAINING COMPLEX/CARY Today I'm at USA Baseball's "Tournament of Stars," an 18U event that matches all-star teams from most of the major national youth baseball organizations. It's certainly a showcase, but another key reason for it is to identify players for the 18U National Team, which will play in something called the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" (18U) Championships in late September in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. The most certain pick of all is Bryce Harper, who was MVP of the 16U National Team last year. Harper, who won't turn 17 until the day before I turn 54 in October (think...

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Colon, Grandal lift Blues on big day in Cary

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Cal State-Fullerton's Christian Colon (pictured)  had another big night, going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the Blues beat the Reds 6-1 in a USA Baseball National Team intrasquad Tuesday night at Cary's National Training Complex. The NTC was a busy place on Tuesday, as the 18U Tournament of Stars began with three games. There will be three more games today. Miami's Yasmani Grandal added an RBI double and Arizona State's Matt Newman an RBI single for the Blues in the National Team's intrasquad. Reds starter T.J. Walz of Kansas struck out seven and allowed two hits in...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

The winning Choice is Blue

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Michael Choice (pictured) of Texas-Arlington blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning, pacing the Blues to an 8-5 win over the Reds in a USA National Team intrasquad this afternoon at the National Training Complex in Cary. Arizona State's Matt Newman hit a three-run homer to lead the Reds. In other news about the team, Utah's Bill Kinneberg has been named head coach for 2010 while Cal State-Fullerton's Dave Serrano will be the pitching coach. Kolten Wong of Hawaii and Wright State's Casey McGrew had RBI singles for the Blues in today's contest. Tyler Holt of Florida State added...

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The very best are coming to Cary

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM

USA Baseball will be showcasing the best youth talent in the country this week, when the annual "Tournament of Stars" comes to the National Training Complex in Cary. The action begins on Tuesday. Among the standouts is 16-year-old Bryce Harper (pictured, photo courtesy USA Baseball) of Las Vegas, who will play for the American Legion team. There are also a couple of local boys involved. Drew Woodall, a rising senior catcher from Cary who attends Athens Drive High, will be on the same team with Harper. N.C. State-bound infielder and Apex High alum Chris Diaz will play for the PONY...

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Colon, Blues whitewash Reds

Posted By on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Christian Colon of Cal State-Fullerton had the only RBI hit as the Blues beat the Reds 2-0 in the USA Baseball National Team's seven-inning intrasquad game Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary. A two-out single to right from Colon (pictured) in the fifth inning easily plated Wright State's Casey McGrew from third. The Blues got their other run in the sixth on an error to Florida's Preston Tucker. Nick Pepitone of Tulane picked up the win, while Baylor's Logan Verrett recorded the save. The teams will play another intrasquad Monday at 3 p.m. at the NTC. The first...

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Floridians give Reds the Blues

Posted By on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Florida State’s Tyler Holt (pictured) had a pair of doubles and scored twice, helping the Blues to a 4-2 win over the Reds in a USA Baseball National Team intrasquad on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary. Florida’s Preston Tucker added a solo homer for the Blues, who also got a two-run single from Rice's Rick Hague in the seven-inning contest. Christian Colon of Cal State-Fullerton paced the Reds with two hits and an RBI. The team will have another intrasquad today at 4 at the NTC, with its first game against outside opposition at the NTC on...

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Grandal, McGrew double their fun

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Gerrit Cole of UCLA struck out eight while Miami's Yasmani Grandal (pictured) swung a big bat Friday night as the Blues defeated the Reds 5-2 in a USA Baseball National Team intrasquad. A two-run homer from Kansas' Tony Thompson provided the only scoring for the Reds, in a game played at the National Training Complex in Cary. The Blues responded with four runs in the sixth, with the key hits being RBI doubles from Grandal and Wright State's Casey McGrew and an RBI single from Rice's Rick Hague. The team has another intrasquad tonight at 7 at the NTC,...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Brentz' blasts bolster Blues

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 8:32 AM

USA Baseball's National Team played its second intrasquad game of the season Thursday night at the National Training Complex in Cary. Middle Tennessee's Bryce Brentz (pictured) was the hero for the Blues, with three hits including a solo homer, a double and a steal in a 3-1 win over the Reds. The two teams will square off again tonight at 6, and tickets are for sale. Here's the lowdown from the press release:...

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

USA Baseball starts intrasquads; tickets available for Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM

USA Baseball's National Team has started a series of intrasquad games at the National Training Complex in Cary, as the team played last night and will play again tonight at 6:30. Here's a report on the opener, compiled from the press release: Florida's Preston Tucker launched a sacrifice fly to right to score Rick Hague of Rice in the sixth as the Reds defeated the Blues 2-1. Blake Forsythe of Tennessee launched a two-out, full-count solo homer to left in the top of the first for the Blues.  But the Reds' Tyler Holt (pictured) of Florida State scored on a...

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Friday, June 12, 2009

USA Baseball announces trials list

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM

USA Baseball has announced its 41-man roster for the National Team trials beginning Sunday in Cary. Elon right-hander Tom Girdwood (pictured), a rising junior out of Charlotte's Myers Park High, is on the list. From the ACC are Virginia left-handed pitcher/first baseman Danny Hultzen and outfielder Jarrett Parker, Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and Clemson southpaw Casey Harman. The Virginia players won't report until the Cavaliers complete their play in the College World Series in Omaha. The original list will be chopped to 22 players on June 24....

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

USA Baseball arrives this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Just got back from Durham Bulls Athletic Park, where I interviewed USA Baseball's CEO Paul Seiler for a story in the Indy's print edition later this month. Training camp for the National Team, made up of collegians with eligibility remaining, starts on Sunday, while the U-18 Tournament of Stars runs from June 23-28, all at the National Training Complex in Cary. The Tournament of Stars matches eight national all-star teams from major youth baseball organizations, with Little League Baseball the best-known outfit electing not to participate. The tournament is expected to feature 16-year-old Bryce Harper of Las Vegas, who has...

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