AAA – Beresford Named ‘Player Of The Week’

His hot bat helps Wings in first week

Beresford_zucc8yar_02rcdkqiBy Rochester Red Wings

Rochester Red Wings infielder James Beresford has been named the Batavia Downs Gaming and Racetrack Player of the Week for the period of April 3-13.

Beresford is batting .438 (14-for-32) with three doubles, three walks and six RBI – giving him an on-base pct of .486 in the young season. Beresford has played in every game so far, and entered play Monday ranked third in the International League in batting.

Ryan Rowland-Smith Continues To Lower His ERA

RRS16Ryan Rowland-Smith has now appeared in 6 games this season for the ailing D’Backs [4-13] and his latest outing against the Mets was his longest in terms of innings pitched.

He pitched 2 innings and faced a total of 10 batters allowing 2H and 2R, although only 1 was an earned run, whilst striking out a season high 4 batters.   He lowered his ERA to 4.91 from a previous high of 6.23.   Whilst it was the first time he had thrown more than 1 inning it was not his longest outing in terms of pitches thrown as he threw 39 last week in his 1 inning against the Giants whilst he threw 35 against the Mets.

A – Adamson, Atherton gets 1st Win, Battaglia, George, Kandilas, Wade

A win for Tim Atherton

A win for Tim Atherton

Corey Adamson hit 3-13  in his last 4 games including a triple and scored 2 runs in what for him was a relatively quiet patch.  After 11 games he is hitting .275 for his Lake Elsinore Storm.

In his best outing so far this season Tim Atherton threw 6 innings, allowing runs in only the 2nd inning, to earn his first win of the season for Stockton Ports.  His line was 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1HR, 1BB, 5K.

Ryan Battaglia had his first game with his new club, the Caroline Mudcats, and struck out three times whilst going 0-4.

Darryl George has had only 1 outing this week so far but it was a productive one going 3-5 with 1 run.

Modesto Nuts’ David Kandilas went 2-11 in his last 4 games with 1RBI.  After 12 games he is hitting .229.

Logan Wade is 2-11 in his last 4 games, scoring 3 runs.  He is hitting .297 for the Cedar Rapids Kernels after 10 games.

Grant Balfour Comes To Baltimore For First Time Since Deal With Orioles Fell Through

balf13By Eduardo A. Encina/The Baltimore Sun

The last time Grant Balfour was in Baltimore, he thought he had landed in the place where he’d spend the next two years of his career.

In December, Balfour arrived at the Warehouse to take a club physical that he believed would be the last step in finalizing a two-year, $15 million deal to replace Jim Johnson as Orioles closer.

But instead of being introduced as the Orioles’ new closer as he had expected, Balfour left town frustrated after being told that team doctors found something in the physical that they did not like.

The deal with the Orioles fell through, and Balfour, 36, eventually signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays later in the offseason.
Monday was his first time back in the city since his physical.

“When I walked out of here last time, I [knew I] was not going to be an Oriole,” Balfour said before the Orioles’ series opener Monday against Tampa Bay.

“There was no meeting. It was basically my agent telling me they had failed you on the physical, and you will not be an Oriole.

“I was here. I had just gotten the physical done a couple hours earlier. I said, ‘All right, get me the next flight out of here because I want to go back home.

If they’re not signing me, then get me the [heck] out of here, because someone else is going to sign me.’”

Balfour, who entered the season having converted 62 of 67 save opportunities over the past two years with the Oakland Athletics, has successfully saved all four opportunities this season for Tampa Bay and has allowed just one hit over 4 2/3 scoreless innings entering the series.

Asked whether Balfour now has any added motivation while facing the Orioles — he has already pitched against the Orioles in spring training — he said he didn’t need any extra incentive.

“I’m not going to let them dictate what I do,” Balfour said. “Whatever they did is what they did, and they know what they did, and that’s all going to take care of itself. For me, it’s all about playing and winning for my team. I don’t need to do anything more than what I’m doing.

“I’ve told myself every year, I don’t have to go out and try to do any more. Keep doing what you’re doing and stay consistent and within yourself in what you do. I know what I can do and what I’m capable of.”

Balfour said he didn’t make contact with any Orioles players before the deal fell through.

“I never talked anyone on the other side to be totally honest with you,” he said. “I don’t have anyone’s number over there.”

And now Balfour said that he’s glad that he landed back with Tampa Bay, where he played for four seasons and has a home.

“To me, they’re no different than anyone else,” Balfour said. “That’s why it’s not a big deal to me. You guys want to talk to me about it. I don’t want to talk about it.

“I’ve really got nothing to say really other than that there’s 29 other teams out there, and they’re one of them, and I want to beat them because I’m here to win. That’s pretty much it.”

 

Fourth Person Charged Over Chris Lane Murder

Lane5A fourth person has been charged over the death of the Australian baseball player in southern Oklahoma.

Oddesse Barnes, of Duncan, has been charged with accessory after murder following the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane, of Melbourne, the Stephens County District Attorney’s Office said.

Lane was jogging in Duncan last August when he was shot and killed.

Two teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder.

Source: SMH

AA – Kennelly, Saupold, Searle, Welch

Stefan had an incredible 5RBI in 1 game this week

Stefan had an incredible 5RBI in 1 game this week

The Braves’ Matt Kennelly has played in 3 games so far this week and gone 3-12 with 1RBI.  After 5 games and 18ABs he is hitting .278.

Warwick Saupold had his 2nd start this week for the Erie SeaWolves throwing 4.2 innings for 4H, 1R, 1BB, 5K.   It was another impressive outing but he fell 1 out short of completing 5 innings and so did not get awarded the win in the statistics but he would certainly have earned it in the minds of his Detroit coaches.

The Cubs Ryan Searle had his best outing so far in his 3rd game of the new season this week throwing 2 scoreless innings in which he allowed only 1 hit whilst striking out 3 and earned the win.  So after 3 outings and 6.1IP he has a 1.42ERA and a 1-0 record.

Stefan Welch is turning it on with the Portland Sea Dogs.   This week he has gone 6-14, including 2 doubles and 6RBI, 5 RBI in one game.  After 8 games and 25ABS he is hitting an impressive .360.   No doubt his Boston coaches would be well pleased.

John Hussey remains on the DL.

Rays’ 1-0 Win Over The Reds Gives Balfour His 4th Save

Save No. 4

Save No. 4

It was a repeat of yesterday - Grant Balfour coming on in the 9th to close out a 1 run ball game.

Whilst his control still seems a little off line it was a much smoother outing for him and whilst he did put the tying run on with a walk he was more around the plate, made greater use of his fastball and only faced 3 batters as he finished off the Reds for his 4th Save in as many opportunities and second in as many games.  A strike out, walk and a double play ground ball to 3rd were all that he needed as the Rays won the middle game against the Reds with a lone run coming via a 2nd inning 412ft home run from James Loney.

Tampa Bay is 3-2 on the current 9 game road trip and 7-5 on the season.

Australia Skipper’s Home Run

 

 

 

clarke12By Dave Middleton /cricket.com.au
Michael Clarke as you’ve never seen him before

Michael Clarke has broken new ground for skippers of Australia’s cricket team as he and wife Kyly were were involved in the ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game in St Louis.

Followers of the Clarkes on social media will know the pair are vacationing in the United States, including a stop at Disneyland earlier in the week where the skipper lamented mixing too many hot dogs with a turn on a rollercoaster.

In St Louis to develop a range of cricket-based mitts modeled on the traditional baseball glove, the Australia skipper was invited onto the field at Busch Stadium ahead of the match against the Chicago Cubs.

Clarke took up position at home plate as catcher, a spot perhaps more suited to Brad Haddin, while his wife threw from the mound to complete the pre-game tradition.

Before that, Clarke was involved in a photoshoot wearing Test whites but with a baseball mitt on his hand. Surely a look no other Australia skipper has fashioned.

Cricket’s links with baseball have grown closer than ever in recent times. The MLB held its season-opening series between the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks at the SCG last month, a move that cause controversy with cricket purists after it forced the NSW Blues to host the Bupa Sheffield Shield Final at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

At the same time, Clarke revealed he had signed a sponsorship deal with baseball mitt manufacturer Rawlings

Part of that deal was for Clarke to travel to Rawlings headquarters to help with the design of a specialised baseball mitt that could be used by cricket coaches for training purposes, as well as a version of the finger gloves the Australia skipper wears during catching practice.

“I’m honored to be able to partner with such an iconic American brand,” Clarke said in a statement released by Rawlings when the deal was announced. “I’m excited about this partnership with Rawlings, my visit to the United States next month, and developing the Michael Clarke line of Rawlings fielders’ gloves.”

The Australia cricket team has had a long relationship with American fielding specialist Mike Young, and he was the first to introduce the use of baseball mitts to cricket coaching.

Clarke is being accompanied on his St Louis stopover by Dan Migala, the US marketing guru who has helped Cricket Australia turn the KFC T20 Big Bash League into a success.Further_Reading_Header-1024x185

 

 

 

AAA – Hendriks Leads Bisons To A 3-2 Win

Hendriksbj24By Amy Moritz/buffalonews.com

A solid outing from Liam Hendriks gave the Buffalo Bisons a 3-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in front of 5,692 at Coca-Cola Field Saturday afternoon.

Hendriks threw 5 2/3 shutout innings giving up just one hit with four strikeouts. Though he issued no walks, it took the lefty some time to warm into the game. He had a 23-pitch first inning. But things got progressively better. He threw 18 in the second then needed just seven pitches in the third and fourth innings to retire the side.

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In 3 games so far for the Bisons with 9.2IP Liam is 2-0 with a 0.00ERA

A – Adamson, Atherton, George, Kandilas, Wade

Logan Wade has hit in his last 4 games including 2 triples

Logan Wade has hit 2 triples this week

Corey Adamson has appeared in 3 games this week [since our last report] and went a combined 2-12 including his first home run of the season and his 2nd RBI.   Good to see him connecting for the long ball in the first week of the season.

Tim Atherton didn’t have as much success in his 2nd outing on Wednesday as he did in his opener.   He started again and threw 5 innings for 7H, 6R, 4ER, 1HR, 3BB 2K.

Tampa’s Daryyl George hit 2-8 in his 2 games this week for 1R, including a double.

In his 4 games so far this week the Rockies’ David Kandilas went 3-14 with 2R, 1RBI including a double.

Logan Wade has appeared in 4 games this week and continues to hit well going 5-20, 2R, 2RBI and hitting 2 triples.  He hit his first HR in his 3rd game of the season.   Not a bad start in his first year of full season baseball.

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