Archive | January, 2011

Caribbean Series Teams & Schedule Set

PUERTO RICO – The 2011 Caribbean Series is all set to take off tomorrow from Isidoro García Stadium in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The Series will be a 12 game, double round-robin, format. The champions of the Dominican Republic (Toros del Este), Mexico (Yaquis de Obregón),Puerto Rico (Criollos de Caguas) and Venezuela (Caribes de Anzoátegui) will play each other twice to determine the winner.

The games will be played from February 2-7.

Dominican Republic
The Toros del Este swept the Estrellas de Oriente 5-games-to-0 to advance to the Caribbean Series.

Puerto Rico
Criollos de Caguas won Games 6 & 7, including a late inning victory in Game 7, to pull out the win over Leones de Ponce.

Mexico
Yaquis de Obregon defeated Algodoneros de Guasave in Game 7 of the Mexican Pacific league to win their way into the Series.

Venezuela
The Caribes de Anzoategui held off a 9th inning rally from the Tigres de Aragua in Game 7 to pull out a 4-games-to-3 victory.

2011 Caribbean Series Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 2
    • Dominican Republic vs. Mexico
    • Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico
  • Thursday, February 3
    • Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
  • Friday, February 4
    • Mexico vs. Venezuela
    • Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
  • Saturday, February 5
    • Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
    • Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
  • Sunday, February 6
    • Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
    • Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
  • Monday, February 7
    • Venezuela vs. Mexico
    • Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

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Mexico: Yaquis To Open Caribbean Series Wednesday, Field Almost Set

By Bruce Baskin

After knocking off Guasave, 5-2, in Game Seven of their Mexican Pacific League title series Saturday night to win their fifth LMP pennant in team history, the Obregon Yaquis face a quick turnaround before opening play in the 2011 Caribbean Series in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico at 3PM Eastern Wednesday against the Este Toros, champions of the Dominican League.

The Toros, who play their home games in the town of La Romana, had an easier time of it in the LiDom finals against Oriente, sweeping the Estrellas in five games of their best-of-nine series. Under manager Dean Treanor, who will manage the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate in Indianapolis this year, Este had a 27-22 regular season record to tie with Escogido and Oriente for first place.

In Wednesday’s nightcap, the host Caguas Criollos will face either the Aragua Tigres or Anzoategui Caribes, who are tied at 3-3 in their best-of-7 Venezuelan League title series. Caguas beat Ponce, 7-5, on Friday to win the seventh and deciding game of the Puerto Rico League championship set.

After taking on Este, Obregon will play five more games over as many days in the double round-robin format. BBM will post “CS Scouting Reports” on all four teams Tuesday morning.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO

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Mexico: Quevedo Quietly Quells Guasave, 5-2, As Obregon Wins MEX PAC Pennant

By Bruce Baskin

A four-run fourth inning for Obregon was more than enough support for Yaquis starter Marco Quevedo (pictured), who outfoxed Guasave for seven innings of one-run, four-hit pitching while barely breaking a sweat as Obregon defeated the Algodoneros, 5-2, Saturday night to clinch the Mexican Pacific League pennant with a trip as Mexican champions to the Caribbean Series next week in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Iker Franco’s homer off Guasave starter Daniel Guerrero opened the bottom of the fourth to nudge Obregon ahead, 2-1. Barbaro Canizares later stroked an RBI single to chase Guerrero and make it a 3-1 game before Mario Valdez capped the Obregon fourth with a two-out, bases-loaded pinch single to give the Yaquis a 5-1 lead. Marshall McDougall hit his second homer of the night in the ninth, but it was in vain as the Yaquis clinched their fifth LMP pennant in the well-attended series. All seven games were sellouts with 76,000 fans clicking the turnstiles, 52,000 of them at four games in Obregon.

The Yaquis open the CS against the Dominican champion Este Toros Wednesday at 3PM Eastern. Puerto Rico’s Caguas Criollos will represent Puerto Rico against the Venezuelan champs in the nightcap.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO

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Panama to host 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup

Havana, Cuba - The Executive Committee of the IBAF today awarded the hosting rights of the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup to Panama. The event rights were also contested by baseball powerhouse Venezuela, however the executive committee gave Panama the opportunity after careful deliberation and finally a vote of the committee. Panama’s Ruben Cardenas, General Director of the Sports Ministry led the presentation to the IBAF Executive Committee.

The event is slated to include 16 competing teams and will be held in the last week of September and the first week of October.

Panama City will be the primary city for the event, and also the host of Pool A, while Aguadulce, Cocle; Santiago, Veragues; and Chitre, Herrera will play host to Pool B.

“Panama’s bid looks very promising for the event, and there is no doubt they will be an excellent host and provide a memorable experience for the 2011 edition of the IBAF Baseball World Cup,” stated IBAF President, Riccardo Fraccari from Havana.

A full review of the executive will be available on IBAF.org in the coming days.

Courtesy IBAF.org

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Brazil: MLB to host Elite Camp

Major League Baseball in Brazil
January 26, 2011

It was confirmed in January that instructors from Major League Baseball International will be teaching practical and theoretical courses on February 21st through the 24th in Ibiúna, and on February 25 in Sao Paulo. There will be about 10 to 12 instructors and more MLBI Directors present for this great event. They will probably be accompanied by MLB scouts from various teams. MLBI calls the event “One Week Elite Camp in Brazil” and it has been planned for almost two years.

The CBBS is required to select 50 of the best athletes in Brazil between the ages 15 to 17 and potential, as this clinic will be of the highest technical  level. Two of the best athletes in this age group from Argentina, Peru and Ecuador will also be participating. On February 25, 2011, at the Municipal Stadium of Bom Retiro a “Media Showcase Day” will be held. Where MLBI intends to unveil to the Brazilian press and international baseball and thereby demonstrating the potential of Brazilian and other South American athletes. The purpose of these MLBI clinics is to develop and discover new talent for
the Big Leagues as they have athletes from all over the world.

Lists of Athletes and Coaches selected to participate in “One Week Elite Camp in Brazil”, sponsored by MLBI

• Elias Sosa – Pitching Coach
He played in MLB from 1972 to 1983 with San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego

• Barry Larkin – Infield Coach
He played in MLB from 1986 to 2004 with Cincinnati

• Bob Didier – Catchers Coach
He played in MLB from 1969 to 1974 with Atlanta, Detroit and Boston

• Bruce Hurst – Pitching Coach
He played in MLB from 1980 to 1994 with Boston and San Diego.

• Wally Joyner – Batting Coach
He played in MLB from 1986 to 2001 with California, Kansas City, San Diego and Atlanta.

Forty-nine athletes and ten coaches were selected who will have the opportunity to closely monitor the clinics taught by former athletes of MLB. There will be no cost for the selected participants, and all those listed will receive an MLBI uniform. We recommend that the athletes invited attend the Training Center before the event so they can get in shape. Athletes and coaches listed should confirm their attendance before January 31th (Monday), because the waiting list is too big. Those not confirmed until the said date shall be automatically replaced.

Athletes:
1- Vinicius Kondo
2- Felipe Dias
3- Rafael Moreno
4- Thiago Taira
5- José Luis Ribeiro
6- Leonardo Oliveira
7- Erick Yaginuma
8- Marcelo Matsumoto
9- Wesley Almeida
10- Daniel Missaki
11- Vitor Takakura
12- Guilherme Domingues
13- Anderson Osawa
14- Pedro Nakashima
15- Jardel Cordeiro
16- Lucas Tadokoro
17- Bruno Teramoto
18- Marcelo Koga
19- Julio Nakayama
20- Luiz Gohara
21- Lucas S. de Souza
22- Rodrigo Okamoto
23- Felipe Talos
24- Felipe Lot Martins
25- Felipe Niwa
26- Gabriel Ferrucci
27- Guilherme Takahashi
28- Welisson Kagueyama
29- Luciano Takayama
30- Gustavo Rodrigues
31- Lucas Rojo
32- Felipe Morishita
33- Renan Ishihara
34- Vinicius Sewaybricker
35- Luis Gustavo Paz
36- Rodrigo Takahashi
37- Mateus Vakuda
38- Lucas Miyazima
39- Vitor Gomes Martins
40- Vitor Ito
41- Felipe Mizukosi
42- Yugo Kawai
43- Yan Sanchez
44- Felipe Shidomi
45- Henrique Kuroki
46- Fernando Koga
47- Caic Nonoyama
48- Leonardo Munhoz
49- Willian Queiroz

Coaches:
1- Claudio Matumoto
2- Fumio Miyamoto
3- José Thiago Caldeira
4- Marcos Guimarães
5- Mario Kaneki
6- Mitsuyoshi Sato
7- Paulo Nakashima
8- Roberto Ono Nery
9- Satiro Watanabe
10- Silvio Domen

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Nicaragua: Bóer Champions 2010-11

Bóer are the Champions of the sixth edition of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League. Last night in Chinandega, they outscored the Tigers 12-9 in the fifth game of the Final Series, which resulted in a four games to one victory in favor of the capital city.

Bóer scored a cluster of six runs in the first inning, thanks to six walks, two hit batters and only one hit. It was too much for the Tigers to overcome, who managed to get the deficit reduced 6-5 in the third inning. They were productive against Diego Sandino’s pitching, but the tribe’s line-up was more effective against Chinandega’s battered bullpen. Reliever, Elvin Orozco responded to the aid of Sandino. The Tigers surprised everyone by handing the start to rookie Ricky Martinez. Three bases on balls and hit hurt Denis Martinez’s son, who left the bases loaded with two outs and one run allowed. Carlos Morla, who was considered the most viable starter, but was not the solution, he allowed another run with a walk to Romero, and then gave up a two-RBI single by Darrell Walters and after a walk to Oscar Mairena and hitting Jose Campusano he walked in Romero for another run.

Morla left the game with the Tigers down 5-0. Reliever, Oswaldo Mairena walks for Mario Holmann and Walters scored the sixth run of the inning. The lefty, Mairena then settled down and the Tigers responded with two runs in the first with a pair of RBI singles by Esteban Ramírez and René Oriental, and in the third got the best of Sandino with three-run RBI double by Wilson Batista, which put the Tigers within a run of tying. The Tiger’s comeback awoke the Tribe’s artillery, which scored twice in the fourth to stay ahead on the scoreboard.

René Oriental hit a homerun in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap at 8-6, while reliever Julio Raudez did a good job of containment for the Tigers. Raudez, who worked on Wednesday, did not stay long and proved devastating to Chinandega, because Bóer resumed its offensive attack against Armando Hernandez. The Tribe scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth, including a mammoth homerun by Manuel Mejía with runner on. The Tigers rebounded in the bottom of the eighth with a double by Jimmy Gonzalez, rocketing RBI hit by Shawn Bowman and Caleb Stewart homerun to put Chinandega three runs away from Bóer.

Batista opened the bottom of the ninth with single off of Berman Espinoza, prompting the entry of Christopher Cooper, who allowed a single by Adolfo Matamoros as he made two outs, so with two runners on and Jimmy Gonzalez at the plate, Chinandega’s were still alive. However, the Tiger’s best hitter was the last out of the series on a grounder to the shortstop.

Jilton Calderon, who did not attend yesterday’s game due to the death of his grandmother, was declared the Most Valuable Player for his great contribution in the first four games. Calderon batted .474 (9 for 19) with two homeruns and eight RBI. Bóer became the first three time winner of the LNBP, previous titles were in 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Fans traveled from Managua and Ciudad Sandino Nagarote to join the caravan that came from Chinandega and conclude with a party at the Victory Plaza.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
Game 3 – Chinandega, 1, Bóer 12
Game 4 – Chinandega 2, Bóer 3
Game 5 – Chinandega 9, Bóer 12
(Bóer wins series 4-1)

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Australia: Melbourne Eliminated; Adelaide and Perth Move On

AUSTRALIA – In front of just over 3,100 fans, the Adelaide Bite took 11 innings before eliminating the Melbourne Aces from the Australian Baseball League playoffs. In the other playoff series, Perth defeated Sydney.

Adelaide Bite 4, Melbourne Aces 3

Adelaide used a hit by pitch, a single, and an error to score the winning run in the top of the 11th inning eliminating the Melbourne Aces from the playoffs. Brandon Bantz started off the inning by being hit by a pitch. He advanced to 2nd on Tom Brice‘s single to left. After 2 strikeouts, Josh Cakebread reached on an error by Aces pitcher Jeff Jamnik scoring Bantz from second base. Adrian Burnside, who went 5 scoreless innings, finished off the Aces in the bottom of the 11th to pick up the victory.

Bite starter Brandon Maurer went 6 strong innings giving up 3 runs on 9 hits while striking out 8. Stefan Welch doubled driving in 2 runs, and Brice led the way with 2 hits on the day.

James Beresford went 3-for-6 for the Aces, while Grant Karlsen had 2 hits and an RBI.

The win eliminates Melbourne and puts the Bite up against the Sydney BlueSox with the winner getting a trip to the finals.

Perth Heat 6, Sydney BlueSox 0

Luke Hughes drove in 2 runs with a double in the 3rd inning leading the Heat to a 6-0 victory over Sydney. Trevor Caughey went 6 innings allowing only 5 hits while striking out 5 to pick up the victory for Perth.

Wayne Lundgren pitched well for Sydney going 7 innings and allowing only 3 runs on 5 hits but took the loss. Mitch Dening and David Kandilas both had 2 hits for Sydney leading the way offensively, but the team was 0-3 with runners in scoring position.

Perth moves onto the finals, and Sydney will now play Adelaide with the winner going onto face Perth in the finals.

Australian Baseball League Playoffs Round 2 Schedule:
Friday February 4th – Adelaide vs Sydney
Saturday February 5th – Sydney vs Adelaide
*Sunday February 6th – Adelaide vs Sydney
*if necessary

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Italy: Signings From Around the League

ITALY – T&A San Marino has signed former Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Renee Cortez for the upcoming 2011 season. The Italian Baseball League (IBL) club finished in second-place during the regular season last year with a 28-14 record.

The Venezuelan right-hander went 26-27 with a 3.89 ERA in 200 appearances over seven seasons. The 28-year-old reached as high as Triple-A and racked up 410 strikeouts and 155 walks in 446-plus innings.

Cortez, who is also a member of the Venezuelan National Team, is currently pitching for the Margarita Bravos in the Venezuelan Winter League.

GROSSETO INKS NEW OUTFIELDER
Montepaschi Grosseto has signed former Danesi Nettuno outfielder Luis Perez. The 27-year-old Venezuelan, who has also suited up for the Spanish League club Tenerife Marlins, batted .329 with six extra-base hits and 14 RBIs in 23 games last year.

NETTUNO ADDS DOMINICAN SLUGGER
Danesi Nettuno continued its busy offseason with the signing of Dominican infielder Olmo Rosario. The 30-year-old, who batted .318 with 19 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs last year for the Catania Warriors, will join free agent signees Juan Camilo (Cariparma Parma) and Kelly Ramos (Montepaschi Grosseto) in a revamped offensive lineup.

PARMA INKS VENEZUELAN OUTFIELDER
Cariparma Parma has tabbed former Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Rodney Medina to replace Juan Camilo in the outfield. The 29-year-old hit .297 with 162 extra-base hits in 604 games.

KNIGHTS SIGN CORNER INFIELDER
The North East Knights have inked former Minnesota Twins prospect Rene Alexander Leveret. The 25-year-old first baseman batted .294 with 18 homers and 143 RBIs in 216 minor league games.

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Venezuela: Aragua Wins Big; Series Tied at 2

VENEZUELA – The Aragua Tigres have rallied to win 2 straight after trailing 2-game-to-0 against the Anzoategui Caribes in the finals of the Venezuela Baseball League.

Anzoategui Caribes 0, Aragua Tigres 16

The Aragua bats came alive pounding out 14 hits, and the Caribes gloves had some holes as they committed 5 errors as the Tigres won 16-0.

Aragua used 6 hits and 3 walks to jump out on top with 8 runs in the 2nd inning. Alex Romero (3-5) homered in the inning driving in 2 runs. Aragua would get 6 more runs in the 7th and 2 in the 8th as the Caribes never threatened.

Jose Martinez went deep, and Luis Maza went 3-for-5 driving in 2 and scoring 2 runs for Aragua.

Eduardo Figueroa took the loss for Anzoategui going only 1.1 innings giving up 6 runs. Rosman Garcia pitched well for Aragua going 6 innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4 to pick up the win.

The series continues Friday night with Game 5.

Venezuelan Winter League Championship Series Schedule:

  • Game 1: Aragua 5, Caribes 8
  • Game 2: Aragua 7, Caribes 8
  • Game 3: Caribes 4, Aragua 8
  • Game 4: Caribes 0, Aragua 16
  • Series tied 2-2
  • Game 5: 01/28 8:30 p.m.
  • Game 6: 01/29 8:30 p.m.
  • *Game 7: 01/30 8:30 p.m.

*if necessary

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Puerto Rico: Caguas Wins & Forces Game 7

PUERTO RICO – After dropping Game 5 to Ponce 4-2, Caguas bounced back in Game 6 to force a Game 7 in the Finals of the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Ponce 4, Caguas 2

Jorge Jimenez homered to help Ponce take a 3-2 games lead in the finals. Robinson Cancel went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored for Ponce. Willie Collazo went 5.2 innings giving up only 2 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. Juan Padilla picked up the save with two scoreless innings.

Pedro Valdes went 2-for-4 for Caguas to led the way offensively. Bartolo Colon, who recently signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees, took the loss for Caguas going 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 11 hits.

Caguas 7, Ponce 2

Caguas forced a Game 7 with a 7-2 victory over Ponce on Wednesday. Rey Navarro gave Caguas a lot of breathing room. In the top of the 9th leading 3-1, Navarro took R.J. Rodriguez deep with a grand slam putting Caguas up 7-1.

Ponce pitcher Tom Layne took the loss after going 3.2 innings giving up 3 runs. Caguas pitchers gave up hits, but got tough with runners in scoring position. Ponce had 10 hits on the game but went 1-13 with runners in scoring position. Starter Joey Newby went 4.1 innings giving up only 1 run. Nelvin Fuentes pitched 1.1 innings in relief of Newby to pick up the victory.

The win forces a Game 7 on Friday night

Puerto Rico Winter League Finals Schedule:

  • Game 1: Ponce 6, Caguas 7
  • Game 2: Caguas 0, Ponce 1
  • Game 3: Ponce 6, Caguas 7
  • Game 4: Caguas 1, Ponce 4
  • Game 5: Ponce 4, Caguas 2
  • Game 6: Caguas 7, Ponce 2
  • Series tied 3-3
  • Game 7: 01/28 7:15 p.m.

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Mexico: Yaquis Blank Guasave, 3-0; One Win Away From Flag

By Bruce Baskin

Luis Mendoza threw seven shutout innings while Barbaro Canizares had three hits (including a ninth-inning two-run homer) to lead Obregon to a 3-0 win in Guasave Wednesday night in the Mexican Pacific League championship series. With the victory, the Yaquis now lead the finals, 3 games to 2.

Mendoza and Guasave starter Francisco Cordoba swapped zeros on the scoreboard into the top of the seventh, when Cordoba plunked Victor Diaz with two out. At that point, Algodoneros manager Matias Carrillo replaced Cordoba with Adrian Ramirez, who allowed back-to-back singles by Canizarez and pinch-hitter Daniel Fornes to score Diaz, putting the Yaquis up 1-0. Nick Bierbrodt came in to retire leadoff hitter Everth Cabrera to end the inning.

In the ninth, Diaz led off with a single up the middle off Alan Guerrero. At that point, Carrillo took out Guerrero and brought in Antonio Garzon, who promptly dished up Canizares’ longball to straightaway center, effectively putting the game on ice for the Yaquis. Luis Ayala retired the side in the bottom of the frame to pick up his eighth playoff save. Ayala has yet to allow an earned run in the postseason.

The two teams will now move back to Obregon, where the Yaquis won the first two games of a series in which no road team has come away with a win. Game Six is set for Friday night while Game Seven (if needed) will take place Saturday at Estadio Tomas Oroz Gaytan.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website.

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Nicaragua: Bóer takes a 3 – 1 Series lead after a thirteen inning battle

By Jose Jerez

A non-threatening pop up by Manuel Mejia dropped in between the centerfielder, right fielder and second baseman for Chinandega drove in Reynaldo Rodriguez all the way from first base; ending a 13 inning battle with Bóer winning 3-2. The Tribe is only a victory away from claiming the Championship of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League’s sixth edition.

With two outs and no one on base, the Colombian Rodriguez got a hit and then the confusion arose between CF, René Oriental and RF, Caleb Stewart. Rodriguez raced around the diamond during the Tigers’ defensive miscue bringing over ten thousand fans to their feet at the Estadio Nacional Denis Martínez. The series is set three games to one in favor of Bóer, who has the chance to be crowned on Friday in Chinandega. The Tigers wasted a formidable pitching performance by Jose David Rugama, who limited the Tribe to three hits and no runs after they had two games with 24 runs and 35 hits. Rugama left the Chinandega up 2-0. The Tigers took the lead in the second inning with a homerun by American, Caleb Stewart. Esteban Ramirez followed with a single, but the dominating left-hander Mario Peña responded by retiring 15 of the next 16 batters, including 11 consecutively to keep Bóer in the fight. The second run for Chinandega came at the beginning of the eighth, taking advantage of a fielding error by Holmann on a Jimmy Gonzalez pop fly at second base allowing Wilson Batista to score from first base.

Bóer’s comeback started when Rugama left the game. Reliever Boanerges Espinoza started the eighth with two outs, but Jose Campusano sparked the comeback with an infield hit to the shortstop, the stealing of second base and scoring on a Jilton Calderón single. In the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez led off with a hit to left fielder Ramirez who let it go between his legs and the Colombian advanced to third base. Manuel Mejia made an out and Wilton Veras was intentionally walked, and Emilio Villegas tied the game with a single. Gustavo Martinez was the winning pitcher with four innings of perfect relief. Of the 12 batters he retired from the tenth inning through the thirteenth; five were strikeouts. Losing pitcher, July Raudez threw 2.2 innings and will probably not start on Friday; getting the Tigers into further trouble. Emilio Villegas pinch ran for Lenin Aragon in the seventh inning and hit 2 for 2, including the hit that tied the game in the ninth. Bóer connected ten hits and Chinandega had six hits of which the second through fifth batters went 0 for 20.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
Game 3 – Chinandega, 2, Bóer 3
(Bóer leads series 2-1)

Game 4 – Wednesday January 26 5:55pm Managua
Game 5 – Friday January 28 5:55pm Chinandega
*Game 6 – Saturday January 29 2pm Managua
*Game 7 – Sunday January 30 11am Chinandega
*if necessary

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Australia: Adelaide and Perth Win Game 1 of Playoffs

AUSTRALIA – The Adelaide Bite pounded out 19 hits to take came one of the Australian Baseball League playoffs against the Melbourne Aces. In the other playoff match up, the Perth Heat defeated the Sydney BlueSox 4-2 in a battle of the top two seeds. Game 2 of the best-of-3 series will take place Friday night.

Adelaide Bite 14, Melbourne Aces 2

Mark Brackman went 7 solid innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 4 to pick up the victory for Adelaide in Game 1 of the playoffs. Tetsu Nishikawa didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning giving up 4 runs to take the loss for Melbourne.

The top 6 hitters in the Adelaide lineup all had 2 or more hits on the night. Stefan Welch went 4-for-6 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI including a home run. Quincy Latimore had 3 hits, including 2 home runs, and 6 RBI on the day. Jeremy Cresswell also went deep going 3-for-3.

Josh Davies was the only Aces hitter with more than 1 hit on the night (2-4), and Andrew Russell hit a home run for Melbourne.

The Game 2 pitching match up will have the Aces’ Adam Blackley (3-3, 5.31) facing off with the Bite’s Brandon Maurer (5-1, 3.00)

Sydney BlueSox 2, Perth Heat 4

Sydney tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the 7th inning on a Brenden Kingdom home run to left field. But Sydney could not mount another rally to take the lead and Perth got 2 runs in the top of the 9th off of Chris Oxspring.

With 1 out in the top of the 9th inning, Mathew Kennelly hit a game winning 2-run home run to left field. Mitch Dening chipped in 2 doubles for the Heat in the victory.

David Welch pitched well for Sydney going 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6. Chris Oxspring, moved to the bullpen after signing with the Detroit Tigers, took the loss.

Daniel Schmidt went 7 strong innings for Perth giving up 2 runs on 3 hits but didn’t factor into the decision. Benn Grice picked up the win going 1 scoreless inning, and Brendan Wise picked up the save.

The Game 2 pitchers will be Trevor Caughey (1-0, 1.29) for Perth against Wayne Lundgren (4-4, 5.30) for Sydney.

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Hong Kong: Japan Wins 2011 Phoenix Cup

HONG KONG – The Far East Bloomers from Japan took home the title from the 2011 Phoenix Cup after defeating the Hong Kong Allies 12-1 in the final.  The Bloomers went undefeated in the tournament after finishing 2nd at the Women’s World Cup last year.

The Bloomers dominated the tournament allowing only 2 runs in the 4 games they played while scoring 57 runs of their own.

The International Earth Stars finished in 3rd after losing to the Allies in the semi-finals 12-4.

Taipei Vanguard defeated NineVics from Korea for 4th place.

The Far East Bloomers dominated the individual awards as well. Manager Manabu Suzuki was named the top manager. The bloomers ace pitcher Kazuho Nimi was named the top pitcher, while Yea Lim Son from NineVics got the most hits in the tournament.

Most Valuable Players
Reyzelyn Villanueva, iTeam
Boyoung Nam, DDDBall
Yea Lim Son, NineVics
Ling-Hui Kuan, Taipei Vanguard
Tessa Heeres, Int’l Earth Stars
Yik Shan Hung, Allies
Namie Nakagome, Farf East Bloomers

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Far East Bloomers (Japan)
2. Allies (Hong Kong)
3. Int’l Earth Stars (Planet Earth)
4. Taipei Vanguard (Taiwan)
5. NineVics (South Korea)
6. DDDBall (South Korea)
7. iTeam (Hong Kong)

Photo courtesy Chao Kwok Kwong/Hong Kong Sports Photography Association (HKSPA)

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Japan: Byung Hyun Kim Signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

JAPAN – Korean right-handed pitcher, and former major leaguer, Byung Hyun Kim signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball League. Kim will earn $400k.

Kim pitched last season with the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden League. He went 3-1 in 10 games (9 starts) and posted an ERA of 2.56 in 45 innings.

Kim last pitched in the majors in 2007 with Florida. He has a career MLB record of 54-60 with a 4.42 ERA.

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Mexico: Mora, Guerrero Mound Work Gives Guasave Win; Finals Tied

By Bruce Baskin

After allowing 15 runs over two series-opening losses, the Guasave Algodoneros have let in just three Obregon scores the last two nights to even their Mexican Pacific League championship series with the Yaquis at two games apiece. Sergio Mora (pictured)and Alan Guerrero both sparkled on the mound Tuesday night as the Cottoneers bested Obregon, 2-1, in Guasave.

Mora struck out six Yaquis batsmen and gave up only a first-inning single to Agustin Murillo while retiring 18 of the 20 Obregon hitters he faced. Yaquis starter Francisley Bueno was almost as good in six frames of work, but he coughed up a leadoff homer by Eduardo Arredondo in the top of the sixth to break a scoreless tie. The score held until the bottom of the seventh, when Guasave’s Jesus Lopez handcuffed shortstop Everth Cabrera for a bases-loaded infield single to make it a 2-0 Algodoneros lead.

Pinch-hitter Albino Contreras’ RBI single in the eighth gave Obregon their first run, but reliever Alan Guerrero came in to dominate both Elian Herrera and former MexPac MVP Murillo on swinging strikeouts with bases loaded to end the threat. Guerrero then struck out both Victor Diaz and Doug Clark swinging before inducing Iker Franco into a tapper to third for the game’s final out in the ninth.

The two teams meet again Wednesday night in Guasave.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website.

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Venezuela: Anzoategui Caribes Take Game 2 of Finals

VENEZUELA – Luis Jiminez had 2 hits and drove in 4 runs as Anzoategui defeated the Aragua Tigres again in Game 2 of the Venezuela Winter Baseball League Championship Series.

Anzoategui 8, Aragua 7

After dropping Game 1, Aragua jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the top half of the first inning, but they couldn’t hold it very long. Bouncing back quickly in the bottom of the inning, the Caribes scored 3 runs to take the lead. Cesar Suarez (1-3) started the scoring for the Caribes with a 2-run double.

The back and forth of the game continued as Aragua scored 4 more runs over the next two innings. But once again the Tigres could not hold the lead. Trailing 5-3, the Caribes came back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to take the lead once again.

The Tigres tried to make a comeback with single runs in the 7th and 8th innings, but fell 1 run short in the end. Luis Maza and Alex Nunez both hit solo home runs for the Tigres. Josh Kroeger added the insurance run that was needed for the Caribes with a solo home run in the 8th inning.

Alex Herrera pitched 4 innings in relief giving up only 1 run and picking up the win. Jose Cabrera pitched 1.1 innings to pick up his 3rd save. Carlos Vasquez didn’t get an out in the 5th inning giving up 1 run to take the loss.

(Anzoategui Caribes lead the series 2-0)

Venezuelan Winter League Championship Series Schedule:

  • Game 3: 01/26 8:30 p.m.
  • Game 4: 01/27 8:30 p.m.
  • *Game 5: 01/28 8:30 p.m.
  • *Game 6: 01/29 8:30 p.m.
  • *Game 7: 01/30 8:30 p.m.

*if necessary

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Nicaragua: Tribe’s Power Surge Continues in Game 3

Bóer took the lead two games to one in the LNBP Final Series with a 12-1 rout over the Tigers on Tuesday night to full house in Chinandega. The Tribe connected 17 hits providing American left-hander Christopher Cooper with more than enough run support to earn a victory with six innings of work on four hits, no runs, one base on balls and four strikeouts. Bóer exploded in the third when they had a five runs rally that placed them on the road to victory.

Lenin Aragon went 4 for 5 with a double and three RBIs, while Calderon went 3 for 5 with his second homerun of the series and drove in three runs. Mejia went 2 for 5 with a homerun and three RBI, as did Jose Campusano going 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, while Wilton Veras went 2 for 4 with a double, and two RBI and Oscar Mairena also added two hits .

The fourth game of the series is tomorrow Wednesday at the Estadio Nacional Denis Martínez, in Managua. Mario Peña is announced to open for Bóer, José David Rugama for Chinandega. Bóer has moved within two victories to win their third crown in six editions of the LNBP.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
Game 3 – Chinandega 1, Bóer 12
(Bóer lead the series 2-1)

Game 4 – Wednesday January 26 5:55pm Managua
Game 5 – Friday January 28 5:55pm Chinandega
*Game 6 – Saturday January 29 2pm Managua
*Game 7 – Sunday January 30 11am Chinandega
*if necessary

Jose Jerez is a Baseball de World correspondent.

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Book Giveaway Winner Announced

On January 10th, we announced a contest to win one of the hottest books of 2010 – Fifty-Nine in ‘84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had.

We gave our readers 3 ways to enter to win, and we were glad to see the turnout. Most of our entries were new subscribers to our new newsletter, which is very exciting.

Today we are here to announce the winner. So Congratulations – Nick Scott.

You will be contacted via email. We hope you enjoy your new book, and hope you will come by and tell us what you thought after reading it.

We would like to thank everyone that entered, and we look forward to offering more free giveaways in the future.

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Germany: Mainz Athletics Name Ulli Wermuth New Head Coach

GERMANY – The Mainz Athletics have named former player Ulli Wermuth the new head coach of the German League team. The A’s finished a disappointing seventh (9-19) last year in the rugged South Division.

Wermuth will replace Cae Santos, who opted to coach back home in the U.S. this upcoming season. Santos arrived as a player/coach in 2005 and led Mainz to the first Bundesliga title in club history just two years later.

The 30-year-old new skipper served as the general manager last season, and has been with the German club for 16 years. The former outfielder has also coached at the youth level.

The A’s have also agreed to terms with right-hander Niklas Bottger, a 17-year-old prospect who is expected to bolster the junior team. Bottger pitched last year for the Hunstetten Storm.

MARIC RETURNS TO BAD HOMBURG
Haar Disciples outfielder Dominic Maric has signed with the Bad Homburg Hornets. The 28-year-old, who hit .245 in 21 games last season, previously played for the Hornets from 2007-2009.

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France: Oakland A’s Sign Toulouse Catcher Andy Paz-Garriga

FRANCE – The Oakland A’s Coordinator of International Operations Dan Kantrovitz has announced that the American League West club has agreed to terms with French catcher Andy Paz-Garriga.

The 18-year-old, who resides in Toulouse, is originally from Cuba and immigrated to France in 2007 with his father. He is the first amateur free agent the A’s have signed from Europe.

Paz-Garriga is six-feet and 170 pounds and is a right-handed hitter. He has most recently played for STB Toulouse in the French League and has been a member of the French junior national baseball team.

According to the STB Toulouse website,  Paz-Garriga went six-for-12 with a walk and no strikeouts in four games last year. He also threw out all four runners who attempted to steal off of him. In 2009, he attended the MLB Baseball Camp in Tirrenia, Italy.

Paz-Garriga was considered the top amateur talent in Europe this signing period. He has been scouted by the A’s European scout Tom Gillespie since he arrived in France three years ago.

The A’s were connected with Paz-Garriga at the start of the July 2nd signing period for amateur free agents, but did not come to terms with him until this week. He is expected to participate in the Dominican Summer League for the 2011 season.

ROUEN ADDS PITCHERS
The French club Rouen Huskies have announced that University of Vermont reliever Owen Ozanich will join the team this summer. The Huskies have won six consecutive French League titles.

The 21-year-old right-hander will bolster a pitching staff that includes standouts Keino Perez and Anthony Piquet. Ozanich, who was born in France, worked 48 innings out of the bullpen for the Catamounts before the baseball program was dropped after the 2009 season.

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Mexico: McDougall, Guasave Mates Rough up Yaquis, 12-3

By Bruce Baskin

Import third baseman Marshall McDougall (pictured) battered Obregon pitchers for a homer and a double and scored three runs to lead the Guasave Algodoneros to a 12-3 trouncing of Obregon Monday night before a packed house of 8,000 fanaticos at Guasave’s Estadio Francisco Carranza Limon.

Guasave scored three runs in the second and were up 5-1 before adding six more runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Eduardo Arredondo and Yurendell de Caster combined for eight RBIs, including a three-run de Caster homer in the seventh off Obregon reliever Hugo Castellanos. In all, the Cottoneers pounded Yaquis starter Marco Quevedo, who’s arguably been the best pitcher in the MexPac playoffs, for five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Castellanos took a fearful beating from Guasave batters, allowing five runs in just two-thirds of a frame. Algodoneros starter Daniel Guerrero won his third playoff game in superb fashion with five shutout innings of one-hit ball before tiring and giving up a run in the sixth.

The Algodoneros win cuts Obregon’s series lead to 2 games to 1 in the Mexican Pacific League title set. Game Four is set for Tuesday night in Guasave with Obregon’s Francisley Bueno pitching against the Cottoneers’ Roberto Novoa.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website.

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Higuera, Three Others Named To Mexican Hall Of Fame

By Bruce Baskin

Former Milwaukee Brewers All-Star pitcher Teodoro “Teddy” Higuera was among four men elected Monday to Mexican baseball’s Hall of Fame, the Salon de la Fama in Monterrey. Also chosen were pitcher Mercedes Esquer, outfielder Jimmie Collins and team executive Dr. Arturo Leon Lerma.

Esquer, who was 212-141 in 26 Mexican League seasons between 1977 and 2005, received the most votes among the Players with 304; Higuera, who had 69 wins and 746 strikeouts for Milwaukee from 1985 through 1988, got in with 294. Catcher Alex Trevino, who hit .249 over a 13-year Major League career, was a distant third with 105 votes.

Collins, who batted .354 with 1,596 hits and 190 steals over 11 Liga campaigns, was the lone Veterans selection with 313 tallies while Lerma (a longtime president of the Hermosillo Naranjeros and Mexican Pacific League) had 309 votes in the Directors category.

The Salon de la Fama began in Mexico City with five inductees in 1939, but was dormant until moving to the Cuauhtemoc brewery grounds at Monterrey in 1964. The Salon has 187 members (including several North American legends like Josh Gibson and Roy Campanella) and is open six days per week.

www.salondelafama.com.mx

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Nicaragua: Bóer Ties Series with Game 2 Rout

By Jose Jerez

The Bóer Indians thrashed Chinandega 12 – 0 to level the LNBP Championship Series at a game apiece. Starting pitcher, Róger Marín gave Bóer seven scoreless innings and the line-up had 18 hits, including a homerun from Jilton Calderón at the Estadio Nacional Denis Martínez.

The Tigers blew a chance to strike first inning, when Esteban Ramirez grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the first inning. Then Bóer’s rout started with three runs in the second, one in the third, six in the fourth and two in the fifth. Reliever Ricky Martinez finally stopped the fury of the tribe, but it was too late. In the second inning, the Dominican Manuel Mejía hit a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly of his fellow countryman, Wilton VerasLenin Aragon walked and Mario Holmann doubled. Eduardo Romero drove in a run with sacrifice fly and the other scored on a Shawn Bowman error at first base after an Oscar Mairena groundball. The attack on starter, Carlos Morla, continued in the third with a triple by Reynaldo Rodriguez and an RBI single by Mejia, who went 3 for 3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and one RBI. The bulk of the tribe’s offensive was a cluster of six runs in the fourth inning. Holmann opened with a double, Romero Mairena sacrificed and drove him in with a single. Jose Campusano followed up with a hit and Calderón Jilton hit a three run homer over the right field fence.

When the rally was over Bóer was leading 10-0 in the fourth. The Boer capped its onslaught in the fifth with four hits and to additional runs. The Chinandega Tigers was limited to six hits, two of them from Wilson Batista and two from René Oriental. Marín, the winner, threw seven innings, six hits, three bases on balls and four strikeouts. Elvin Orozco and Mario Peña completed the game with a scoreless inning each.

The third game of the series will be next Tuesday at 5.55pm at the stadium Efraín Tijerino in Chinandega and the starters are Armando Hernandez for the Tigers and American, Christopher Cooper for the Indians.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
(Series tied at 1)

Game 3 – Tuesday January 25 5:55pm Chinandega
Game 4 – Wednesday January 26 5:55pm Managua
Game 5 – Friday January 28 5:55pm Chinandega
*Game 6 – Saturday January 29 2pm Managua
*Game 7 – Sunday January 30 11am Chinandega
*if necessary

Jose Jerez is a BaseballdeWorld correspondent

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