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California Wins 2009 Little League World Series

UNITED STATES – Bulla Graft delivered the go-ahead run in the fourth inning with a clutch single and Kiko Garcia pitched three-plus scoreless relief innings Sunday to lead Chula Vista (California) to a 6-3 triumph over Taoyuan (Taiwan) to capture the 2009 Little League World Series championship.

California, which claimed the LLWS title for the sixth time, extended the United States winning streak to five years (2005-09).

Taiwan bolted ahead 3-0 in the third on back-to-back home runs by Wen Hua Sung and Chin Ou. But the Americans got on the board in the bottom of the same inning, and took the lead for good an inning later.

Seth Godfrey’s RBI sacrifice fly made it a one-run game drove before Nick Conlin raced home on a wild pitch to knot the score. Taiwan’s decision to intentionally walk Andy Rios backfired when Graft drilled a run-scoring single to right field to give California a 4-3 lead.

The Taiwanese squad loaded the bases in the fifth off Garcia, but was left empty-handed when Ou grounded into an inning-ending double play. California finished off the title-clinching victory with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.

Taiwan, which entered the game 7-0 all-time against California in the LLWS championship game, lost in the title game for just the third time in 20 tries.

MEXICO 5 – TEXAS 4

Raymundo Berrones smacked a go-ahead two-run homer and Reynosa (Mexico) beat San Antonio (Texas) 5-4 Sunday in the Little League World Series consolation game.

Luis Perez reached on a single to start the sixth before Berrones hit a frozen rope that barely cleared the centerfield fence at Volunteer Stadium to overcome a 4-3 deficit.

Steven Cardone’s RBI double in the second gave Texas a 1-0 lead. However, Mexico rallied for three runs in the third on Raul Rojas’ RBI single and a two-run triple off the bat of Perez.

Texas pulled even in the same inning, then grabbed the lead an inning later on an RBI single by Nicholas Smisek.

Reliever Jorge Maldonado fanned four over the final two frames to earn the win.

Photo courtesy of Road to Williamsport

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CPBL: Uni-President Pounds Sinon Bulls

TAIWAN – Luther Hackman notched his first win since returning to the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) earlier this month, and the Uni-President Lions pounded the Sinon Bulls 11-3 Friday night at Hsinchu Municipal Baseball Stadium.

The reigning CPBL champion jumped all over Sinon starter Ricardo Rodriguez in the first inning. The Dominican hurler allowed the first seven batters to reach safely on a pair of walks, four singles, and an error before getting yanked without registering an out.

The Lions stretched its lead to 8-0 off reliever Shen Fu-ren with a walk and two-run double to put the game out of reach early.

Meanwhile, Hackman turned in an effective 98-pitch outing that featured three runs on six hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts.

Cheng Nai-wen went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead a Uni-President squad that scored 11 runs on as many hits to halt a two-game skid.

LA NEW BEARS 17 – BROTHER ELEPHANTS 0

Aaron Rakers tied Sinon’s Shoda Itsuki for most wins in the CPBL this season, and the La New Bears routed the Brother Elephants at Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang.

Former major leaguer Chen Chin-fong drove in four runs with a pair of hits, and Tsai Jien-wei finished off a six-run rally in the sixth with a two-run single. The Bears racked up 15 hits off four different pitchers, while profiting from 14 walks to capture the lopsided win.

Rakers worked seven often shaky innings to pick up his 11th win of the year.

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Korean League: SK Wyverns Tops Doosan

SOUTH KOREA – Park Jae-hong set the tone for the game with a leadoff home run in the opening frame and SK Wyverns beat the Doosan Bears 7-2 in action from the Korea Baseball Organization this past Thursday night.

SK chased Doosan starter Juan Cedeno (3-6) after two forgettable innings with four runs on six hits and three walks to cruise to the easy win.

Park turned in a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored, while SK shortstop Na Ji-hwan finished with two hits – a double and homer – and three RBIs.

Ken Kadokura (6-4) scattered a run and nine hits over six effective innings to notch the win.

SEOUL HEROES 7 – LG TWINS 5

Kang Jeong-ho smacked a clutch two-run homer in the top of the ninth with two outs to give the Seoul Heroes the win over the LG Twins.

In a contest that saw the Heroes hit four long balls, leftfielder Doug Clark homered, scored a pair of runs, and drove in a trio of runs with three hits.

Heroes reliever Kang Yoon-guh (2-1) worked 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to earn his second win of the year, while Lee Jae-yeong (5-3) was charged with the loss.

SAMSUNG LIONS 11 – LOTTE GIANTS 8

Chae Tae-in homered and drove in four runs, and the Samsung Lions outlasted the Lotte Giants in a marathon game that lasted more than four hours.

The Lions broke open a tight game with a pair of long balls off Lotte reliever Kim Il-yeob to clinch the not-so-easy victory.

Chae, who also reached on a walk and scored a run, went 3-for-4. Third baseman Park Seok-min cracked his 20th homer of the year while going 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.

Lotte designated hitterHong Seong-heun, who is in the race for the batting title, helped his cuase with a 3-for-6 game that included a double and three RBIs.

Baek Jeong-hyeon (1-0) picked up the win for Samsung, and Bae Jang-ho (1-1) was pinned with the setback.

HANWHA EAGLES 7 – KIA TIGERS 1

Hanhwa starter Ahn Yeong-myeong tossed six scoreless innings and the Eagles beat the Tigers with ease Thursday night.

Lee Yeong-woo did the most damage going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs as Hanwha chased KIA starter Lee Dae-jin (2-5) after just 4 1/3 innings.

Ahn (9-7) allowed just four hits and five walks while racking up six strikeouts to claim the win.

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Greg Porter Named Player Of The Year

UNITED STATES – Wichita Wingnuts left fielder Greg Porter has been named the 2009 American Association Player of the Year.

Porter entered the final day of the regular season as the league’s leading hitter at .375. Porter’s 21 home runs tie him with teammate Kelly Hunt for the league lead, while his 86 RBIs rank second. Porter also leads the league in hits (140), on-base percentage (.456), slugging percentage (.622), and extra-base hits (48).

The West Point, TX native has been named the American Association Batter of the Week a remarkable four times this season and was also the league’s Batter of the Month for June.

Porter set a new Wingnuts’ record with a 19-game hitting streak from June 10th-June 30th in which he went 33 for 68 (.485). The streak surpassed Kevin Hooper’s club record of 13 set last year. Porter has collected 43 multi-hit games in 2009, which surpass Hooper’s mark of 41. Over his last 77 games, Porter is hitting .405.

The 29-year old has drawn 56 walks while striking out just 39 times. From June 1st-June 13th, Porter struck out just one time during a span of 47 at bats. On August 8th at Sioux City, Porter collected the 900th base hit of his career.

Porter is now in his ninth season of professional baseball and was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in 2001 after finishing up a two-sport career at Texas A&M which also saw him star for the Aggies’ football team. Porter spent the last two seasons in AAA before coming to the Wingnuts and currently has a career batting average of .302.

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USA Adds Brad Lincoln To World Cup Team

UNITED STATES – USA Baseball has added RHP Brad Lincoln of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) to the 2009 World Cup Team. Lincoln replaces Indianapolis teammate RHP Daniel McCutchen who has been called-up to the Pirates.

Earlier this week USA Baseball announced the 24 players who will represent the United States at the 2009 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup in Europe from Sept. 9-27. Players eligible for selection were those not currently on 25-man Major League Baseball rosters. The 2009 World Cup is the 38th installment of the IBAF’s biennial world championships.

At the Triple-A level, Lincoln has a 6-2 record with a 4.70 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched. In his last four starts he is 4-0, and he has not given up a run in his last two outings (span of 11 innings). Earlier this year in Double-A Altoona, Lincoln had compiled a 1-5 mark with a 2.28 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched. The strong first-half performance earned him a spot on the Team USA roster at the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis.

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Michael Phelps Participates in Subway Baseball Projects

UNITED STATES – Michael Phelps and other notable names are participating in the Subway Baseball Design Across America program which displays baseballs designed by Little Leaguers and autographed by celebrities and athletes.

The display has been traveling around the country and is currently in Williamsport, Penn., at the Little League World Series. The display baseballs are being auctioned via eBay’s charity site with all proceeds to benefit Little League.

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Taiwan, California Meet For 2009 LLWS Title

UNITED STATES – Andy Rios smacked a grand slam in a nine-run opening frame and Chula Vista (California) advanced to the Little League World Series championship game with a convincing 12-2 win against previously unbeaten San Antonio (Texas).

California, which will be looking to extend the United States’ four-year winning streak in the title game, will play Taiwan on Sunday in the final.

Bulla Graft added a pair of long balls, and Luke Ramirez also went deep for California’s miniature Murderer’s Row lineup.

Ramirez turned in another stellar outing on the mound with a one-hitter in a game that was shortened to 3½ innings because of the 10-run rule.

Chula Vista will be making the first appearance for a California team in the World Series final since 2004, when Curacao beat Thousand Oaks.

TAIWAN 9 – MEXICO 4

Wen Hua Sung tossed a six-hitter and Chin Ou drilled a key two-run double to lead Taoyuan (Taiwan) past Reynosa (Mexico) 9-4 Saturday to claim the international title at the Little League World Series.

Taiwan, which is back in the championship game for the first time since 1996, will meet Chula Vista (California) on Sunday for the 2009 title.

In a matchup stalled twice by rain showers, the Taiwanese squad capitalized on six defensive miscues to beat Mexico. The SE Asian team manufactured scores on a bunt single and a bases-loaded walk to compliment Sung’s impressive outing on the mound.

Ou, who scored on the bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning, stroked a two-run double in the sixth that gave Taiwan a four-run advantage.

Mexico cut the lead to 9-3 on a groundout in the final frame, and an RBI infield hit by Marcelo Martinez made the score 9-4. But Sung fanned Allan Wilburn to give Taiwan the win.

The 12-year-old Sung racked up nine strikeouts to pick up his second win of the tournament.

Photo courtesy of Road to Williamsport

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DOOR Neptunus Wins 2009 Holland Series Title

THE NETHERLANDS – DOOR Neptunus rallied from a two-run deficit with three late runs to edge the Konica Minolta Pioniers 5-4 Saturday to capture their first Holland Series title in four years. With the win, the Rotterdam club claimed the best-of-five series three games to one.

Benjamin Dille (see picture below) and Raily Legito hit back-to-back singles with one out in the first to get Neptunus off to a good start. Sharnol Adriana followed with an RBI fielder’s choice to make the score 1-0.

The Pioniers pulled even in the third on a solo home by rightfielder Bart Sabel off Neptunus southpaw Diego Markwell, and took the lead an inning later on an RBI single off the bat of Norbert Lokhorst.

Dille tied the game in the fifth with a clutch run-scoring double with two outs. But, Konica Minolta sent eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the same to regain the lead.

Sabel reached on a walk to open the inning, and advanced to second on a single by Jefferson Muzo. Both runners moved into scoring position on Michael Duursma’s well-executed sacrifice bunt, and Mark Duursma plated both Sabel and Muzo with a two-run double.

Things looked bleak for the visitors until the eighth when Lennart Koster motored to second base on a two-base error by Sabel to open the frame. Dille collected his third hit of the game to put runners on the corners, and reliever Maarten Mulder plunked Legito to load the bases with no outs. Adriana followed with a game-tying two-run single, and Matt McGraw added an RBI sacrifice later in the inning that proved to be the game-winning score.

Dille, a Belgian national who batted .326 during the regular season,dille-1_opt1 went 3-for-4 and was named the Holland Series MVP after hitting .467 (7 for 15).

Jorian van Acker (1-0) relieved starter Diegomar Markwell (pictured at top) to start the sixth and tossed a pair of scoreless frames to earn the win. Closer Dushan Ruzic notched the final six outs to pick up the save.

Maarten Mulder (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering three runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work.

HOLLAND SERIES LEADERS

BATTING AVERAGE
.500 – Martijn Meeuwis, DOOR Neptunus
.467 – Benjamin Dille, DOOR Neptunus
.429 – Sharnol Adriana, DOOR Neptunus
.400 – Raily Legito, DOOR Neptunus
.357 – Mark Duursma, Konica Minolta

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
1.13 – Dushan Ruzic, DOOR Neptunus
1.50 – Kevin Heijstek, DOOR Neptunus
1.80 – Maarten Mulder, Konica Minolta
2.25 – Jorian van Acker, DOOR Neptunus
2.92 – Roger Kops, Konica Minolta

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Derrek Lee Earns Heart and Hustle Award

UNITED STATES – Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee has been named the recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award. Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore won the overall award in 2008.

Presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game – the award is voted on by players in the Major League Baseball Alumni Association.

Each team selects a recipient and the overall winner is honored at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York on November 6. David Eckstein won the first Heart and Hustle Award in 2005, and Craig Biggio won back to back years in 2006-07.

Lee (.293 with 25 homers and 86 RBIs), who has hit safely in 26 of his past 33 games, ranks second in the Major Leagues in RBIs since July 1 with 47.

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Mannheim Tornados Nears German Baseball Crown

GERMANY – Martin Dewald (pictured) captured his seventh win in this year’s post-season and the Mannheim Tornados beat the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 5-2 Saturday in Game 3 of the German League finals.

The Tornados, who lead the best-of-five series two games to one, can clinch the championship with a win in Game 4 (or Game 5, if necessary) on Sunday.

Coach Georg Bull’s squad tagged Heidenheim starter Markus Winkler for three second-inning runs.
Dominik Hoepfner led the uprising with an RBI double, while key offseason acquisition Sascha Lutz added an run-scoring sacrifice fly and an error by Heidekoepfe shortstop Ryan Lilly allowed another run to cross the plate.

Mannheim padded its cushion with a pair of runs in the fifth. Lutz scored on an error by Heidenheim catcher Hagen Raetz to stretch the lead to 4-0, and Marvin Appiah drove in Chris Falls with a three-base hit.

A defensive miscue by Mannheim first baseman Jens Heymer in the eighth allowed Johannes Schaeffler to cross the plate for Heidenheim, and an RBI double off the bat of Lilly scored Raetz to make the final tally, 5-2.

Dewald (2-0), who struck out seven, went the distance allowing a pair of unearned runs and six hits to move the Tornados within one win of the 12th German League title in club history.

Markus Winkler (0-2) also went the distance but was pinned with the loss after giving up eight hits and five runs.

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

Game 1: Mannheim Tornados 4 – Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 1
Game 2: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 5 – Mannheim Tornados 0
Game 3: Mannheim Tornados 5 – Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 2

Sunday, August 30 (DH)
Game 4: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe at Mannheim Tornados
Game 5: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe at Mannheim Tornados*

* If necessary

(Mannheim leads series 2-1)

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DOOR Neptunus Seeking Dutch League Crown

THE NETHERLANDS – The Konica Minolta Pioniers will be looking to extend its season when DOOR Neptunus travels to Hoofddorp Saturday for Game 4 of the 2009 Holland Series. Neptunus, which finished atop the Dutch Major League during the regular season, has a two games to one lead in the best-of-five championship series.

The home team has won all three games in the Dutch finals so far, and if necessary, Game 5 will be played at Famalie Stadion in Rotterdam.

Former Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Diego Markwell threw a four-hit shutout in the series opener as Neptunus rolled to a 16-0 win. The Rotterdam club sent 16 batters to the plate in a 12-run fifth to deal the Pioniers an ugly loss.

But Konica Minolta capitalized on a pair of bases-loaded walks to beat Neptunus 4-2 at home in Game 2 to even the series. Roger Kops (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings to notch the key win, and Maarten Mulder tossed the final 2 2/3 innings to earn the save.

Kevin Heijstek tossed six innings of five-hit ball in Game 3 and Neptunus moved within one win of capturing the 12th Dutch Major League title in club history with an 8-4 victory.

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

Game 1: DOOR Neptunus 16 – Konica Minolta Pioniers 0
Game 2: Konica Minolta Pioniers 4 – DOOR Neptunus 2
Game 3: DOOR Neptunus 8 – Konica Minolta Pioniers 4

Game 4: Saturday, August 29
DOOR Neptunus vs Konica Minolta Pioniers

Game 5: Sunday, August 30
Konica Minolta Pioniers vs DOOR Neptunus*

*if necessary

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MLB Network To Air Eddie Gaedel Story

UNITED STATES – MLB Network will air on Monday, August 31 MLB Network Remembers: The Eddie Gaedel Story, narrated by Bob Costas about 3’7” 65-lb Eddie Gaedel’s at-bat stunt between the Browns and Tigers for an MLB game in St. Louis in 1951. After Browns owner Bill Veeck concocted the idea to boost attendance, St. Louis manager Zach Taylor sent Gaedel, a stunt performer, to the plate to pinch hit for Frank Saucier. Veeck had instructed the diminutive Brownie to crouch low and to not swing his toy-like bat.

The piece includes original interviews with former St. Louis Browns outfielder Roy Sievers, former St. Louis Browns batboy Fred Buchholz, Gaedel’s nephew Bob Gaedel and St. Louis Browns Historian Bill Borst.

The piece will first air between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. ET and re-air throughout the night on MLB Tonight.

About MLB Network

MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 and is currently in 52 million homes. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to mlbnetwork.com.

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Mannheim Tornados Seeks Lead In German Finals

GERMANY – The Mannheim Tornados will host the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe in a pivotal Game 3 of the German League championship series today (Saturday) at Roberte Clemente Field in Mannheim. The best-of-five finals showdown is knotted at one game apiece.

Martin Dewald continued his impressive post-season unbeaten streak to help the Tornados beat the Heidekoepfe 4-1 in Game 1. Dewald, who went 1-0 with two saves and a 2.30 ERA during the regular season, notched his sixth consecutive win in this year’s playoffs to put Mannheim within two victories of claiming the 12th German Leafue crown in club history.

Former independent league pitcher Dusty Bergman (pictured) pitched a complete game three-hit shutout to get Heidenheim back into contention with a 5-0 win in Game last weekend. Bergman has tallied an impessive 11-1 record this season for the Heidekoepfe.

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

Game 1: Mannheim Tornados 4 – Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 1
Game 2: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 5 – Mannheim Tornados 0

Saturday, August 29
Game 3: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe at Mannheim Tornados

Sunday, August 30 (DH)
Game 4: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe at Mannheim Tornados
Game 5: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe at Mannheim Tornados*

(series tied at one game apiece)

*if necessary

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USA Adds Buck Coats To World Cup Team

UNITED STATES – USA Baseball has named OF Buck Coats of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (Toronto Blue Jays) as the 24th and final member of its 2009 World Cup Team.

USA Baseball announced the first 23 players who will represent the United States at the 2009 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup in Europe from Sept. 9-27 on Thursday. Players eligible for selection were those not currently on 25-man Major League Baseball rosters. The 2009 World Cup is the 38th installment of the IBAF’s biennial world championships.

Through Aug. 27, Coats was hitting .306 with six home runs, 56 RBI and 25 stolen bases, all with Las Vegas. Originally an 18th-round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2000, he was traded late in the 2007 season to the Cincinnati Reds and was then dealt to Toronto in December of that year. Coats has played in 46 major league games with the Cubs, Reds and Blue Jays over the last three seasons.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate); the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to top player in college baseball. For more information, please visit www.usabaseball.com and www.goldenspikesaward.com.

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Vice President Joe Biden To Attend LLWS

UNITED STATES – Vice President Joe Biden plans to attend the Little League World Series on Sunday, when he is enshrined into Little League’s Hall of Excellence.

The White House gave Little League the heads-up Friday night.

Little League announced before the series started that they were honoring Biden.

The vice president grew up in Scranton, where he played in the Green Ridge Little League, about 100 miles east of Little League’s South Williamsport headquarters.

New York Rangers center Chris Drury will also be enshrined into the Little League hall. Drury was the winning pitcher in the title game for the Trumbull, Conn., team that took the title 20 years ago.

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Around Europe: Bern Cardinals Eyeing European Cup

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Saltillo Nears Mexican League Title

MEXICO – Hernando Arredondo and Jonathan Aceves blasted grand slam homers two innings apart as the Saltillo Saraperos pounded the Quintana Roo Tigres 10-5 Thursday night at Estadio Beto Avila in Cancun.

The win put the Saraperos back in the lead of the Mexican League Championship Series, 3 games to 2.

Arredondo’s one-out bomb to left field came off Tigres starter Pablo Ortega in the second inning, giving Saltillo a 4-0 lead. After Kevin Flores ripped a line drive homer off Saraperos starter Mario Mendoza, Jr. in the bottom of the third, Ortega was victimized again in the top of the fourth as Aceves sent the gopher deep to left-center to make it an 8-1 game.

Tigres manager Matias Carrillo mercifully replaced Ortega with Eder Llamas at that point, but it was essentially the point of no return for Quintana Roo by then.

The Tigres did score three in the bottom of the fifth. Flavio Romero led off the inning with a double and scored one out later on Alex Sanchez’ single. Following a Carlos Gastelum groundout, Carlos Sievers belted a two-run homer to left off Mendoza to close the gap to 8-4.

Saltillo answered back in the seventh when Jose Munoz scored from second on a Nelson Teilonsingle, and Teilon came in on a Christian Presichi double as five pitchers took the mound for the Tigres in the frame.

Sanchez cranked a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh for Quintana Roo to bring the score to 10-5.

Mendoza went six innings for the win, letting in four runs on seven hits.

Ortega took the loss the for Tigres by allowing eight runs on 3.1 innings of work.

Sanchez turned in his second straight three-hit game for the Tigres to bring his playoff batting average up to .420.

Jesus Cota and Noe Munoz each singled twice for Saltillo. Cota’s postseason average is now .404.

The teams will take Friday off to travel back to Saltillo, where the Saraperos won the first two games of the series. Game 6 is slated for Saturday night at 7:30 Central.

If a Game 7 is needed, it will be played Sunday night at 7:30 in Parque Francisco I. Madero.

SOURCE: Baseball Mexico

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California, Taiwan Advance At 2009 LLWS

UNITED STATES — Nick Conlin raced home from third on a wild pitch by reliever Conner Smith to give California an 11-10 win against Warner Robins, Ga., on Thursday night to advance to the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series.

California will face Texas on Saturday with a berth in the World Series title game at stake.

There was much more drama Thursday night. California rallied from a five-run deficit to tie the game at 10 in the fifth on Andy Rios’ two-run homer.

California loaded the bases in the sixth off Smith on two singles and an error to bring up Markus Melin with nobody out. Smith’s 2-1 curve was in the dirt, allowing Conlin to score the winning run about eight minutes before Little League’s 11 p.m. curfew.

Lost in the late drama was Georgia’s comeback from an early four-run deficit, getting nine runs in the fourth to take a 10-5 lead. Smith had a two-run homer in the inning, and Georgia also scored on an unusual play at home in which two runs scored on a passed ball and an error.

Pitcher Isaiah Armenta hurt his right knee on the play and had to leave the game, though Castro said later the 12-year-old was feeling better. Rios entered in relief and didn’t allow a run over the final two-plus innings for the win.

Georgia was eliminated. It was the first loss all year for the all-star team that came from the same Warner Robins league that won the 2007 title.

TAIWAN 5, CURACAO 2

Taiwan stater Chin Ou felt tired during the game so his manager let him snack on M&M’s in the dugout. The sweet treats provided the 12-year old left-hander enough energy to limit Curacao’s potent bats and send his team to the international final with a 5-2 victory.

Ou struck out eight and didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning, while Tang Fu Cheng homered and scored twice to eliminated Curacao.

Taiwan will play Mexico on Saturday for the right to advance to the World Series title game. Curacao was eliminated.

Taiwan advanced to the tournament’s final weekend for the first time in 12 years.

Leading 3-0, Ou held Curacao hitless until one out in the fifth, when Jayson Libert singled. Ou got Sedwin Reigina to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Cheng hit a solo shot in a two-run sixth that gave Taiwan a five-run cushion, before Curacao finally broke through against Ou in the bottom of the inning. Shair Lacrus hit an RBI double to left-center and Claycandy Hariquez singled home Lacrus.

Ou was lifted with two outs, and reliever Wen Hua Sung ended the game with a strikeout.

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Jobs: Baseball Victoria Seeking CEO

AUSTRALIA – Baseball Victoria is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the governing body of baseball in Victoria which has a direct affiliation to the Australian Baseball Federation, and responsible for the achievement of sporting and commercial objectives at State level.

Baseball Victoria has also established itself as a leading organisation with continuing influence on the management and growth of the sport nationally.

This is an exciting and challenging time for baseball in Victoria. An enhanced national competition is being developed, governance for all baseball in Victoria has been consolidated under Baseball Victoria and a new summer competition structure has been introduced.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the management of staff and resources of Baseball Victoria, the implementation of the new four-year strategic plan and importantly the management of all stakeholder relationships, including Government, sponsors, association members and the Australian Baseball Federation.

Candidates applying for this position must display:

Successful administration experience preferably in sport management;
Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills;
Excellent negotiation skills;
Flexibility to work outside normal working hours when required; a
Knowledge of successful sporting structures and processes.

Salary package will be negotiated in accordance with the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Applications close September 11, 2009.

If you believe you have the right qualities for this position please forward your CV and covering letter to:

Rob Sadler
Vice President
Baseball Victoria
PO Box 57,
South Melbourne VIC 3205

SOURCE: Australian Baseball Federation

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LBM Finals: Quintana Roo Ties Series

MEXICO – Albino Contreras whacked a two-run homer and threw out a baserunner from left field to lead the Quintana Roo Tigres to a 6-1 win over the Saltillo Saraperos Wednesday night at Estadio Beto Avila. The win evened the Mexican League Championship Series at two games apiece.

Quintana Roo opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Alex Sanchez hit a leadoff double, stole third base and came in to score on Carlos Gastelum’s sacrifice fly to center field.

The Tigres put two more runs on the board in the second in a more direct fashion when Contreras poked a two-run homer to left after Carlos Sievers opened the inning with a walk.

Saltillo scored their first run when (who else?) Jesus Cota cracked a two-out homer off Tigres starter Jose Ramirez in the top of the fourth. Cota has now homered in all four LMB finals games.

The stocky (5’7” and 200 pounds) Ramirez left the game with two out in the fifth after a strong showing, giving up one run on four hits.

The Tigres padded their lead with three more runs in the seventh, two coming on a bases-loaded infield single by catcher Iker Franco that drew an errant throw by Saltillo shortstop Nelson Teilon.

Quintana’s Roo bullpen held the rest of the way as Felipe Arredondo picked up the win in relief as Ramirez didn’t qualify for the victory.

Sanchez had three hits and stole three bases for the Tigres, Contreras was as solid with his glove as his bat, throwing out Refugio Cervantes at second from left field as Cervantes tried stretching a single into a double. It was a critical play, as Cota homered two batters later.
Cervantes finished with two singles, but also committed two errors in the field.

The two teams will meet again in Game 5 Thursday night at 7:30 local time in Cancun. After a travel day Friday, the series will conclude this weekend in Saltillo.

SOURCE: Baseball Mexico

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Cuba Announces 2009 Baseball World Cup Team

CUBA – The Cuban Baseball Federation recently announced its 24-man roster for the 38th IBAF Baseball World Cup to be held in seven European countries from September 9-27.

La Habana manager Esteban Lombillo will make his debut as the manager for Cuba’s Big Red Machine.

Cuba will compete at the Italian Baseball Week (September 3-6) against Venezuela, Taiwan and Italy before heading to Barcelona, Spain for Pool B action at the World Cup. Other teams in the group includes Puerto Rico, South Africa, and host Spain.

2009 CUBAN BASEBALL WORLD CUP ROSTER:

CATCHERS:
Ariel Pestano, Eriel Sanchez and Yosvani Peraza.

INFIELDERS:
Ariel Borrero, Jose Dariel Abreu, Hector Olivera, Yulieski Gourriel, Michel Enríquez, Luis Miguel Navas and Yorbis Borroto.

OUTFIELDERS:
Frederich Cepeda, Alfredo Despaigne, Yoennis Céspedes, Giorvis Duvergel and Leonys Martín.

PITCHERS:
Pedro Luis Lazo, Norge Luis Vera, Maikel Folch, Vladimir García, Freddy Asiel Alvarez, Yadier Pedroso, Yulieski Gonzalez, Jonder Martínez and Miguel Alfredo González.

Photo courtesy of ourlatinamerica.blogspot.com

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USA Announce 2009 Baseball World Cup Team

UNITED STATES – USA Baseball announced Thursday 23 players who will represent the United States at the 2009 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup in Europe from Sept. 9-27. Players eligible for selection were those not currently on 25-man Major League Baseball (MLB) rosters. The 2009 World Cup is the 38th installment of the IBAF’s biennial world championships.

USA Baseball will name a 24th – and final – player for the roster prior to September 1. Team USA is the defending World Cup champion, having defeated Cuba, 6-3, in the 2007 final in Taiwan. It was the first World Cup title for the U.S. since 1974.

Six alumni of past USA Baseball teams are among the 23 players selected for the World Cup Team. These players include IF Pedro Alvarez (2006-07 Collegiate National Team), IF/OF Ike Davis (2003 16U and 2004 18U National Teams), LHP Kasey Kiker (2003 16U National Team), IF Trevor Plouffe (2002 16U National Team), IF Justin Smoak (2007 Collegiate National Team), and most recently, IF Terry Tiffee, a veteran of the bronze medal-winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team.

Also selected to the team were C Jason Castro and LHP Trevor Reckling who, along with Alvarez, represented Team USA in the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game. The Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte Knights led all minor league clubs with three players on the World Cup roster, including RHPs Lucas Harrell and Ehren Wasserman, and IF/OF Josh Kroeger.

“We have what we think is a solid mix of young players and veterans on this team,” said Bob Watson, USA Baseball General Manager of Professional Baseball Operations.

“For the first time in over 30 years we head into a World Cup as the defending champion, and we think this team is more than capable of returning to the medal stand.”

Twenty countries will begin IBAF World Cup competition in five groups of four teams, with the top two from each group advancing to the second round (the top-four third-place teams also advance). Once there, they will be joined by Italy and the Netherlands – the two hosts of Round 2 – to form a 16-team quarterfinal. The top-eight teams from the quarterfinals advance to the third round, which will be held exclusively in Italy, where they will be split into two pools and advance to the finals based on best pool-play record. The U.S. will kick off World Cup play on Sept. 10 in Regensburg, Germany in Pool E and will be joined by China, Germany and Venezuela. In addition to Regensburg, the World Cup will also feature first round pool play in Barcelona; Prague; Sundbyburg, Sweden; and Zagreb, Croatia.

The World Cup Team will first gather in Cary, N.C. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex where it will train from Sept. 2-6. It will work out on Sept. 2 and square-off against the Canadian World Cup Team Sept. 3-6.

Last week USA Baseball announced the coaching staff for the 2009 World Cup, with Eddie Rodriguez being named manager of the club. Joining Rodriguez are pitching coach Kirk Champion, hitting coach Ernie Young, 3rd base/bench coach Jamie Quirk, bullpen coach Rolando “Roly” de Armas, and auxiliary coach Jim Bowie. Rodriguez (2000 Olympic), Champion (2001 World Cup and 2006 Olympic Qualifier), Young (2000 Olympic and 2003 Olympic Qualifier – both as players), and de Armas (2006 Olympic Qualifier, 2007 World Cup and 2008 Olympic) are all veterans of past USA Baseball teams.

The gold-medal winning 2007 World Cup Team finished with a 9-1 record and was made up of some of the best minor league players in baseball who have since advanced to the big leagues, including Tampa Bay Rays All-Star 3B Evan Longoria; OF Colby Rasmus of the St. Louis Cardinals; 2007 World Cup MVP and Chicago White Sox 2B Jayson Nix; and IF/OF Brian Bixler, C Jason Jaramillo, RHP Jeff Karstens, 3B Andy LaRoche, IF/OF Steve Pearce, and IF/OF Delwyn Young, all of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Overall, the 2009 roster is made up of 15 Triple-A and eight Double-A players. Reckling is the youngest player on the roster at 20 years old and RHP Jason Childers is the oldest, at 34. The Philadelphia Phillies join the White Sox as the MLB organization with the most players on the team with three, and the Durham Bulls, Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers are each represented by two players.

The 23 players named to the 2009 USA Baseball World Cup Team are shown here.

Photo courtesy of doubletnation.com

SOURCE: USA Baseball

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Around Europe: San Marino Wins Italian Cup

ITALY – T&A San Marino scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to capture the Italian Cup championship with a 6-5 victory over Telemarket Rimini Wednesday.  San Marino, which lost to Fortitudo Bologna in the recently concluded Italian Series, blanked Rimini 9-0 a day earlier.

Former Dutch League standout Ivanon Coffie, who also had a stint on the U.S. Independent circuit with the Lancaster Barnstomers in 2008, put Rimini ahead 3-1 in the fourth with a three-run drive. Leo Serafin de Camargo also went deep for the Pirates who tied Bologna for the best regular season record in the Italian Baseball League this year.

Trailing 5-3 and down to their last three outs, Francesco Imperiali drew a bases-load walk to make it a one-run game. Ardley Jansen finished off the title-clinching rally in walk-off style with a two-run double off reliever Michele Quattrini.

ITALIAN CUP FINALS:

Tuesday, August 25
T&A San Marino 9 – Telemarket Rimini 0

Wednesday, August 26
T&A San Marino 6 – Telemarket Rimini 5

BELGIUM

The defending Belgian League champion Port of Antwerp Greys battled to a draw against the Namur Angels in the first round of the playoffs last weekend. The Hoboken Pioneers, who lost to the Greys in last year’s finals, beat the Brasschaat Braves 5-3 and 8-1.

The Greys won the opening game 7-6 Saturday in walk-off fashion in the tenth. After loading the bases with no outs, Greys’ leadoff hitter Sam D’Olivero drove in the winning run with a clutch single.

The Angels captured a 6-5 win on Sunday when Jason Holowaty scored all the way from first base in the eighth on a Todd Emr line drive just inside the right field foul line to break a 5-5 deadlock.

BELGIAN PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD:

Saturday, August 22
Hoboken Pioneers 5 – Brasschaat Braves 3
Port of Antwerp Greys 7 – Namur Angels 6 (10 innings)

Sunday, August 23
Hoboken Pioneers 8 – Brasschaat Braves 8
Namur Angels 6 – Port of Antwerp Greys 5

FRANCE

The French League playoffs will begin on September 5 with the Rouen Huskies favored to repeat as national champion. The Huskies (23-3), who will battle STB Toulouse in the final regular season twinbill on Sunday, are joined by the Montpellier Barracudas (21-5), Senart Templiers (15-11), and Savigny Lions (15-13) in post-season action.

2009 FRENCH LEAGUE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 5
Savigny Lions vs Rouen Huskies
Senart Templiers vs Montpellier Barracudas

Sunday, September 6
Savigny Lions vs Rouen Huskies (DH)
Senart Templiers vs Montpellier Barracudas (DH)

Saturday, September 12
Rouen Huskies vs Senart Templiers
Montpellier Barracudas vs Savigny Lions

Sunday, September 13
Rouen Huskies vs Senart Templiers (DH)
Montpellier Barracudas vs Savigny Lions (DH)

Saturday, September 19
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies
Savigny Lions vs Senart Templiers

Sunday, September 20
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies (DH)
Savigny Lions vs Senart Templiers (DH)

SWEDEN

The reigning Swedish champion Stockholm swept the Karlskoga Bats last weekend and will meet Tranås in the league championship series beginning on Saturday, August 29.

Stockholm, which beat Karlskoga 5-2 in the first game behind a complete game win by Joakim Claesson, broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run fourth en route to a 7-4 win in the second game to advance to their second consecutive finals appearance. Thomas Claesson earned the win with three scoreless relief innings.

Tranås regrouped to win two straight games after dropping a 4-3 stunner in the semifinal opener. Eimantes Zickus tossed no-hit ball over five frames to lead the regular season champion to a lopsided 11-3 victory in Game 2, and an RBI fielder’s choice by Zickus in the 14th inning plated Mikael Andersson with the winning score.

SWEDISH FINALS SCHEDULE:

Saturday, August 29
Tranås vs Stockholm (DH)

Sunday, August 30
Tranås vs Stockholm*

(* if necessary)

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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2009 LLWS: Mexico, Texas Advance

UNITED STATES – John Shull drove in a pair of runs, and San Antonio (Texas) turned three double plays with the bases load to beat Staten Island (New York) 4-1 Wednesday and advance to the Little League World Series U.S. final.

The squad from the Lone Star State will meet either Georgia or California on Saturday with a berth in Sunday’s 2009 LLWS championship game at stake.

Texas starter Steven Cardone escaped bases-loaded jams in the first, third and fifth innings allowing just one run with the help of a trio of twin-killing groundballs. New York’s Anthony Scotti, playing with an injured hamstring, grounded into a pair of rally-ending double plays.

MEXICO 6 – JAPAN 0

Reymundo Berrones and Raul Rojas combined on a one-hitter as Reynosa (Mexico) beat Chiba City (Japan) Wednesday to advance to the international finals.

The unbeaten Mexican squad will battle Curacao or Taiwan on Saturday with a berth in Sunday’s 2009 LLWS championship game at stake.

Rojas’ drew a favorable reaction from the crowd after connecting for a two-run homer in the opening frame. The bubbly 12-year-old slugger slowed as he approached home, then stomped on the plate which elicited a delightful roar from the Mexican fans.

Reymundo Berrones threw no-hit ball before reaching the 85 pitch limit after 4 1/3 innings. Rojas took over from there, striking out the side after Chiba City put the first two batters on in the sixth.

2009 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES:

Wednesday, August 26
Reynosa, Mexico 6 vs Chiba City, Japan 0
San Antonio, Texas 4 vs Staten Island, New York 1

Thursday, August 27
Curacao, Caribbean (3-0) vs Taoyuan, Taiwan (2-1)
Warner Robins, Georgia (3-0) vs Chula Vista, California (2-1)

Saturday, August 29
Mexico (4-0) vs Caribbean/Taiwan
Texas (4-0) vs Georgia/California

Sunday, August 30
Consolation Final
World Series Championship

Photo courtesy of Road to Williamsport

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