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Dominican Republic: Leones del Escogida Advance to Caribbean Series

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Leones del Escogida advanced to the Caribbean Series with a 6-5 win over the Aguilas Cibaenas in Game 9 of the Dominican Winter League.

Aguilas jumped out to a 4-1 lead after 4 innings but couldn’t hold on late. The Aguilas pounded 3 home runs but were out hit 13-8. Hector Luna and Miguel Tejada hit solo shots in the 2nd inning, and Jesse Gutierrez added a solo shot in the 9th off of Fernando Rodney. Aguilas starter Raul Valdes pitched 6 strong innings allowing only 1 run but didn’t factor into the decision as the bullpen couldn’t hold on. Wilkins Arias and Miguel Batista (BS, 3)(L, 2-1) both allowed two runs late in the game as it slipped away from Aguilas.

Trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the 7th Escogida would tie it up and take the lead with a run in the 7th and 3 in the 8th. Mauro Gomez hit a solo shot in the 7th inning and Andy Dirks drove in 2 runs in the game including 1 in the 8th on a sac fly. Each hitter for Escogida had at least 1 hit in the game as they pounded out 13 total. Aneury Rodriguez and Nelson Figueroa combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. Fernando Rodney (BS, 2)(W, 2-1) blew the save in the top of the 9th giving up a home run that tied the game, but he picked up the win when Andy Dirks drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

Game 1: Aguilas 2, Escogido 5
Game 2: Escogido 4, Aguilas 1
Game 3: Aguilas 1, Escogido 3
Game 4: Escogido 0, Aguilas 1
Game 5: Aguilas 8, Escogido 5
Game 6: Escogido 1, Aguilas 2
Game 7: Aguilas 2, Escogido 5
Game 8: Escogido 2, Aguilas 9
Game 9: Aguilas, 5, Escogido 6
*Escogido wins the series 5-4

Escogido will face the defending Caribbean Series Champion Obregon Yaquis (Mexico) in their first match on Thursday.

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Australia: Round 2 of the Playoffs Set as Sydney Travels to Melbourne

AUSTRALIA – The first round of the Australian Baseball League playoffs is over and round two starts Wednesday. The top two seeds squared off in one match with the Perth Heat defeating the Melbourne Aces in 4 games. Perth advances to the championship round for the 2nd straight year. Melbourne now faces the #4 seed Sydney Blue Sox who defeated Adelaide Bite in 4 games as well.

Melbourne Aces 8, Perth Heat 7 (10)
Perth Heat 9, Melbourne Aces 5
Perth Heat 9, Melbourne Aces 4
Perth Heat 3, Melbourne Aces 1
*Perth wins series 3-1

The defending AFL champion Perth Heat advanced to the championship round once again defeating the Melbourne Aces in 4 games. Melbourne won game 1 of the series in 10 innings after blowing a 7-3 lead in the 9th inning. Travis Blackley, who pitched for the Kia Tigers last season in the KBO, started the game for Melbourne and went 5.2 innings allowing only 3 runs. Melbourne led 4-3 heading into the 9th before scoring 3 runs to take a 7-3 led going into the bottom of the 9th. Perth tied the game up in the 9th scoring 4 runs to send it into extra innings. However Benn Grice was unable to hold the Aces scoreless in the 10th as they got a run to take the lead and the win in Game 1.

Game 2 saw Perth jump out to a 5-run 1st inning. Mitchell Graham hit a 3-run home run in the 1st and that was followed by a 2-run shot by Allan de San Miguel. Aces starter Nic Ungs lasted only a single inning giving up the 5 runs. The Aces tried to battle back but it wasn’t enough. Warwick Saupold picked up the win going 5 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned).

Game 3 was more of the same from the last. This time Perth jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the 1st inning. Aces starter Jeff Jamnik got blasted lasting only 3 innings giving up 7 runs to take the loss. Left fielder Dylan Jones went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI to help Perth to the victory. Mychal Givens added 2 hits and 2 RBI. Virgil Vasquez picked up the win going 7.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits while striking out 5.

The final game was a lot closer than the previous 3. Melbourne scored a run on a Justin Huber RBI in the 3rd inning to take a 1-0 lead which they held until the 7th inning. Aces starter Nic Ungs bounced back from a horrible Game 2 start to go 6.1 innings allowing only 1 run on 3 hits. Mitchell Graham came up with the big hit in the bottom of the 8th to drive in 2 runs and give Perth a 3-1 lead. Heat starter Geoff Brown went 7 innings allowing only 1 run on 8 hits but didn’t factor into the decision. Cameron Lamb pitched 2 scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Sydney Blue Sox 5, Adelaide Bite 3
Adelaide Bite 8, Sydney Blue Sox 3
Sydney Blue Sox 5, Adelaide Bite 3
Sydney Blue Sox 5, Adelaide Bite 3
*Sydney wins series 3-1

Craig Anderson pitched 6.2 innings allowing 3 unearned runs giving up 4 hits and striking out 7 to pick up the win for Sydney. Dae-Sung Koo picked up the save striking out 2 in the 9th to preserve the win. On the offensive side, Sydney jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 4 innings. Three runs came on a David Kandilas 3-run home run in the 3rd inning. Adelaide got as close as 4-2, but could never take the lead in the game.

Adelaide bounced back in Game 2. Sydney jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 3 innings as David Kandilas drove in 2 more runs, but that is all Sydney would score. Adelaide tied it with 3 runs in the 4th and 2 more in the 5th on a Calvin Anderson 2-run home run. That put the Bite on top for good. Anderson finished the game with 3 hits, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Bite starter Paul Mildren pitched a complete game allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits.

Game 3 was pushed back a day due to rain which must have done a number on the Adelaide gloves because they would commit 5 errors in the game. Sydney would score 3 runs in 3 different innings. Twice they would hit 3-run home runs including one in the 7th by Boss Moanaroa and one in the 9th by Michael Lysaught. Aiden Francis started for Sydney and went 8 innings allowing only 3 runs (2 earned) to pick up the win. The lone bright spot for Adelaide was Denny Almonte‘s 2 solo home runs.

Game 4 was played the same day due to the rain and it was a great one. In a pitching duel, the lone run came on a ground out in the 4th inning. That was enough for the Sydney pitching staff as they tossed a shutout. Vaughan Harris, Matthew Williams, and Dae-Sung Koo combined to allow only 7 hits in the shutout. Reed Brown pitched well for Adelaide going 7 innings allowing only 1 run on 5 hits but took the loss. The win propelled Sydney into the 2nd round against Melbourne.

ABL 2nd Round Playoff Schedule

Wednesday, 1 February#4 Sydney at #2 Melbourne7.05pm
Thursday, 2 February#4 Sydney at #2 Melbourne7.05pm
Friday, 3 February#4 Sydney at #2 Melbourne7.05pm
Saturday, 4 FebruaryNO GAME
Sunday, 5 February#4 Sydney at #2 Melbourne
Games 4 and 5 (if necessary)3.05pm
30 min. after Gm. 4

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2012 Caribbean Series Begins Thursday

Three of the 4 teams headed to the Caribbean Series are set with only the winner of the Dominican Winter League yet to be determined.

Mexico

The Obregon Yaquis swept through the Pacific League finals defeating Guasave in 3 close games before demolishing them 19-0 in Game 4 to take their 2nd straight title. The Yaquis are looking for their 2nd straight Caribbean Series title after taking the crown in 2011.

The Yaquis have strengthened their roster with the addition of 8 players prior to their trip to the Dominican Republic. Added were pitchers Dan Serafini (Los Mochis), Miguel Gonzalez (Mazatlan) and Edgar Gonzalez (Hermosillo), catcher Humberto Cota (Hermosillo), infielders Oscar Robles (Mexicali), Jose Rodriguez and Jesus Lopez (both Guasave) plus outfielder Chris Roberson (Hermosillo).

They will kick off their title defense with a game on Thursday February 2nd against the winner of the Dominican League.

Venezuela

The Aragua Tigers defeated the La Guaira Sharks 4 games to 2 in the championship round of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League to earn a trip back to the Caribbean Series where they look to claim their 2nd title. They won their first in 2009.

La Guaira finished on top during the regular season with Aragua barely finishing over .500 with a record of 32-30.

The Tigers are led by Hector Gimenez (.266/7/23), and Edgardo Alphonzo (.267/5/29). On the hill Sergio Perez (3-1/2.47) has pitched well along with relievers Yohan Pino (5-2/1.97/12 holds) and Francisco Butto (2-2/3.38/8 saves).

The Tigers will take on the Mayaguez Indians (Puerto Rico) in the opening game of the Series at 3pm on Thursday.

Puerto Rico

The Mayaguez Indians defeated the Caguas Creoles in 8 games to win the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League. The Indians are searching for their 3rd Caribbean Series title with their titles coming in 1978 and 1992.

The Indians are led by Sergio Miranda (.354 in the playoffs) and Jesus Feliciano (.300/2/7 in the playoffs). Bobby Livingston led the Indians starters on the mound with 2 wins in the playoffs. Ryan Kussmaul picked up 3 wins in the playoffs in 7 games out of the  bullpen.

The Indians will take on the Aragua Tigers (Venezuela) in the first game of the Series at 3pm on Thursday.

Dominican Republic

The Leones del Escogida and the Aguilas Cibaenas are tied 4-4 in the best-of-9 series with the winner advancing to the Caribbean Series.

The series has gone back and forth with Escogida winning the first 3 games, then falling to the Aguilas in the following 3. After splitting games 7 and 8, the series will come down to a winner take all Game 9 on Monday.

Escogida is led by several current and former MLB players like Julio Borbon, Julio Lugo, Jose Constanza and Fernando Tatis. They also have a lot of talent on the hill featuring the likes of Francisco Liriano, who has struggled this winter, and Fernando Rodney.

The Aguilas feature their own hoard of current and former MLB players including Miguel Tejada, Joaquin Arias, and the torrid hitting Brandon Moss. Their pitching staff isn’t as star studded but includes Miguel Batista.

Escogida is looking to return to the Series where they won in 2010, their 3rd title. The Aguilas has won 5 Caribbean Series titles with the last in 2007.

2012 Caribbean Series Schedule

THU, Feb. 2: Aragua Tigers @ Mayaguez Indians (3pm), Obregon @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

FRI
, Feb. 3: Mayaguez Indians @ Obregon (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Aragua Tigers (7pm)

SAT
, Feb. 4: Aragua Tigers @ Obregon (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Mayaguez Indians (7pm)

SUN
, Feb. 5: Mayaguez Indians @ Aragua Tigers (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Obregon (7pm)

MON
, Feb. 6: Obregon @ Mayaguez Indians (3pm), Aragua Tigers @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

TUE
, Feb. 7: Obregon @ Aragua Tigers (3pm), Mayaguez Indians @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

*ALL TIMES LOCAL, ALL GAMES AT ESTADIO QUISQUEYA, SANTO DOMINGO*

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MEXICO: OBREGON BLUDGEONS GUASAVE FOR FOR MEX PAC FLAG REPEAT

By Bruce Baskin

When the Obregon Yaquis dispatched the Guasave Algodoneros Wednesday night to wrap up the Mexican Pacific League finals in four straight games, they didn’t use a broom. A shop vacuum is more like it.

The Yaquis blasted the Cottoneers, 19-0, by pounding out 25 hits in front of a stunned crowd of 7,824 at Guasave’s Estadio Francisco Carranza Limon. Sergio Contreras had four hits and five RBIs for Obregon, Carlos Valencia’s four-hit night included a solo homer, Iker Franco and Alfredo Amezaga combined for six hits, two homers, five runs and five RBIs…you get the idea.

Obregon opened the contest with five first-inning runs off Algos starter Francisco Cordoba, including a solo homer by Amezaga and a three-run round-tripper from Franco, both to right field. The score remained at 5-0 until the Yaquis tacked on two more in the sixth on a Valencia homer and a Karim Garcia RBI single, but the real fireworks came one inning later.

In the seventh, Obregon sent 15 players to the plate and scored 11 runs as Valencia, Contreras and Amezaga each turned in two hits to bring the score to 18-0. It’s safe to say the only seventh-inning stretching last night was done by the Yaquis’ third base coach, who was probably waving more than the queen at a homecoming parade.

Not that it was needed, but the Yaquis received a standout start from Marco Carrillo, who won his second playoff game by tossing six innings of three-hit shutout ball, striking out six Algodoneros and walking one. The only Yaqui who conceivably could have been disappointed was closer Luis Ayala, whose only chance of earning a fourth consecutive save in the LMP finals would have been to pitch batting practice to the Cottoneers.

With the Mex Pac competition vanquished for a second straight year, the next conquest for the Yaquis will be the Caribbean Series, which begins Thursday, February 2 in the Dominican Republic. Joining Obregon in Santo Domingo will be Puerto Rican champion Mayaguez after the Indios topped Caguas, 5 games to 3, in that league’s title series. The Venezuelan League championships between Aragua and LaGuaira are tied at a game apiece while the Escogido Leones lead Cibaenas in the Domincan Series, 3 games to 1.

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

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MEXICO: MURILLO BLASTS CLUTCH HOMER AS OBREGON TAKES 2-0 SERIES LEAD

By Bruce Baskin

One night after stroking a single to keep a game-winning rally going in Obregon’s 3-2 win over Guasave in Game One of the Mexican Pacific League championship series, Agustin Murillo swatted a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday night to lead the Yaquis past the Algodoneros in a 6-5 thriller Sunday before another sellout crowd of 13,984 at Obregon’s Estadio Tomas Oroz Gaytan.

The Algodoneros had built a 5-1 lead after Jose Rodriguez sliced a two-run single in the third and run-plating singles by Jesus Lopez and Jose Felix in the sixth. Obregon got two back in the sixth by scoring on a groundout by Doug Clark and a Carlos Valencia single, then came to within a run in the seventh on Barbaro Canizares’ RBI groundout.

Valencia was standing on first with two out when Murillo strode to the plate in the eighth and blasted a homer over the centerfield wall off Cottoneers closer Alan Guerrero to give the Yaquis their first lead since the top of the third. Luis Ayala then came out of the bullpen to replace Rafael Rodriguez on the mound in the top of the ninth and retired Guasave 1-2-3 on seven pitches for his sixth playoff save this winter (and second in both title series tilts).

Valencia went 3-for-4 for the Yaquis while Saturday hero Karim Garcia had two doubles as Obregon outhit the Algodoneros by an 8-to-4 margin. Yaquis starter Randy Keisler gave up just two hits in five innings, but struggled with five walks to the 22 batters he faced and ended up allowing four runs before Hugo Castellano replaced him in the sixth. Rodriguez benefitted from Murillo’s homer with the win despite only facing two batsmen. Guerrero took the loss with his second blown save of the postseason on a clear 75-degree Obregon night.

The two sides will travel to Guasave for Game Three on Tuesday night. Obregon now has a 2-0 series lead.

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

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Australia: ABL Playoffs Start Thursday

The Playoffs are set in the ABL (Australian Baseball League). The defending champion Perth Heat ran away with the regular season title going 34-11 finishing 13 games ahead of 2nd place Melbourne Aces who finished at 21-24. The rest of the league all finished the season at 20-25.

#1 Perth Heat vs #2 Melbourne Aces

The best-of-5 semifinal series will begin Thursday with the 2nd seed Melbourne Aces taking on the top seed Perth Heat. The Heat are 15-8 at home. The Heat are led by their league leading ERA of 3.07 which is over a full run better than the next best team. They are led by Warwick Saupold (5-3/1.41) and Geoff Brown (5-0/1.88).

Melbourne has struggled on the hill this season with a team ERA of 5.07. They are led by Nic Ungs (3-3/4.18) but their rotation gets a little thin after that.

On the offensive side of the ball, Melbourne has fared a little better. Perth led the league with a .380 OBP and an .867 OPS. Tim Kennelly led Perth in hitting at a .374 clip which put him 2nd in the league. He also ranked 4th in OBP at .438 and tied for the team league in home runs with 10.

Melbourne led the league in home runs with 68 (Perth was 2nd with 67) and they finished 3rd in the league in OBP at .346 and 2nd in OPS at .800. Brad Harman led the league in home runs with 15 just 2 ahead of teammate Elliot Biddle. Both hit over .300 as well.

#3 Adelaide Bite vs #4 Sydney BlueSox

The other series will feature the 3rd and 4th place teams Adelaide Bite and the Sydney Blue Sox. Adelaide had the worst pitching staff in the league with an ERA of 5.19 while Sydney ranked 3rd at 4.48.

Chris Oxspring (4-4/3.08) had a good year for Sydney. Craig Anderson wasn’t in 2011 form (3-2/2.23) but still went 2-4 with a 4.21 ERA for the Blue Sox.

Paul Mildren had a good season for Adelaide going 4-3 with a 3.94 ERA.

Adelaide out hit Sydney but so did the rest of the league. Sydney finished last or near the bottom of every offensive category.

Brandon Barnes had a good season for Sydney hitting .322 with 6 home runs.

James Jones hit well for Adelaide hitting 8 home runs and batting .307 on the year.

The ABL Playoff Schedule

Thursday, 26 January
#2 Melbourne at #1 Perth 2:00pm
#4 Sydney at #3 Adelaide 6:30pm

Friday, 27 January
#2 Melbourne at #1 Perth 7:20pm
#4 Sydney at #3 Adelaide 6:30pm

Saturday, 28 January
#2 Melbourne at #1 Perth
#4 Sydney at #3 Adelaide

Sunday, 29 January
#2 Melbourne at #1 Perth 3pm, 7:20pm
#4 Sydney at #3 Adelaide 2.30pm, 6.30pm

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Dominican Republic: Winter League Championship Series Update

Escogido took the first two games in the Dominican Winter League Championship Series. Game 3 of the best-of-9 series will be Monday night.

Aguilas 2, Escogido 5

Aneury Rodriguez picked up his 2nd win going 4 innings of relief allowing only 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks. Fernando Rodney picked up his 3rd save with a perfect 9th.

Brandon Moss homered for the Aguilas and Jesse Gutierrez added 3 hits for the Aguilas Cibaenas.

Julio Borbon, Fernando Tatis, and Pedro Florimon all added 2 hits to help the Leones del Escogido to a Game 1 victory.

Escogido 4, Aguilas 1

Julio Lugo drove in 2 runs going 3-for-4 including 2 doubles to lead Escogido to a Game 2 victory. Denis Phipps and Mauro Gomez chipped in with 2 hits apiece. Gomez added a solo home run in the 2nd inning.

Nelson Figueroa picked up his 2nd win allowing only 1 run in 6.1 innings. Fernando Rodney picked up his 4th save striking out 2 in a perfect 9th.

Dominican Winter League Championship Series Schedule
Game 1: Guasave 2, Obregon 3
Game 2: Guasave 5, Obregon 6

  • Yaquis de Obregon lead series 2-0

Game 3: 01/24 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: 01/25 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: 01/26 7:30 p.m.
Game 6: 01/28 6:00 p.m.
Game 7: 01/29 5:00 p.m.

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Venezuela: Round Robin Playoff Update

Magallanes 8, Aragua 5

Mario Lisson drove in four runs as he hit for the cycle to help lead Magallanes to an 8-5 victory over Aragua on Saturday night. Alberto Callaspo scored twice going 3-for-4 to help in the victory. Pedro Guerra picked up his 3rd win going 3 scoreless innings of relief.

Jose Martinez hit a 3-run home run for Aragua.

La Guaira 11, Zulia 4

La Guaira pounded out 14 hits including 2 home runs to power their way past last place Zulia. Gregor Blanco had 3 hits, including a solo home run, and scored 2 runs to lead the way for La Guaira. Alex Cabrera went 3-for-5 driving in 4 runs and scoring 2. Luis Antonio Jimenez added a 2-run home run to extend the lead in the 8th inning.

Brian Sweeney picked up his 3rd win for La Guaira throwing 6 innings allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Team Won Lost GB
Aragua 10 06  -
Magallanes 10 07 0.5
La Guaira 09 07 1.0
Caribes 09 08 1.5
Zulia 03 13 7.0

Playoff Schedule
Sunday January 22
Magallanes at La Guaira 4pm
TBD at Caribes 8pm

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MEXICO: YAQUIS OPEN MEX PAC FINALS WITH 3-2 WIN OVER GUASAVE

By Bruce Baskin

The defending Caribbean Series champion Obregon Yaquis continued their march toward a second straight CS crown with a 3-2 win over the Guasave Algodoneros in the opening game of the Mexican Pacific League title series Saturday night in front of 13,976 fans at a jam-packed Estadio Tomas Oroz Gaytan.

Karim Garcia (pictured) crashed a two-out solo homer to center field off Cottoneers starter James Avery in the bottom of the first to draw first blood in the series, and a leadoff solo blast by Sergio Contreras off Avery in the third gave the Yaquis a 2-0 lead. Guasave fought back in the top of the fourth when Daryle Ward singled up the middle off Obregon opener Luis Mendoza to bring in Leo Heras from third and make it a one-run contest. After two scoreless innings, Algodoneros slugger Japhet Amador bashed a Mendoza delivery for a solo bomb over the center field wall to knot the game up at 2-2.

The Yaquis got the one more run they’d eventually need for the win in the bottom of the seventh. Adrian C. Ramirez, who pitched for the Yaquis in the CS last year, came on in relief for Guasave and gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Valencia. After inducing Conteras to bunt a pop-up to Cottoneers catcher Jose Felix, Ramirez let up an Agustin Murillo single before giving way to Mauricio Lara. Lara got Corey Wimberley to fly out to right to make it two gone, but then he walked Alfredo Amezaga, bringing up Garcia with the bases loaded.

Karim, who’s only been hitting .182 in the postseason for the Yaquis, watched one strike and swung for another to dig himself an 0-2 hole in the count, but Lara then threw four straight balls to walk Valencia in from third for the game-winner.

Mendoza got the win for Obregon after tossing seven innings of two-run ball while Luis Ayala earned his fifth playoff save with 1.1 frames of scoreless pitching. Ramirez absorbed the loss for Guasave.

The two teams play again Sunday night before the series shifts to Guasave for Game Three Tuesday.

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

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World Baseball Update

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Taiwanese southpaw Wei-Yin Chen to a three-year contract. The former Chunichi Dragons hurler will join former Softbank Hawks ace Tsuyoshi Wada in the Orioles starting rotation in 2012.

Chen posted an 8-10 record in 24 starts last year, with a 2.68 ERA. The 26-year-old has a 36-30 record with a 2.59 lifetime ERA in five seasons with the Japanese League club.

Amazingly, he is the fourth member from the Kao-Yuan High School Class of 2003 to join a MLB organization. Ching-Lung Lo (Rockies), Chi-Hung Cheng (Blue Jays), and Kuo-Hui Lo (Mariners) are also pursuing big league dreams.

SWISS STANDOUT EARNS UNDER ARMOR INVITE
Oakland Christian School (Auburn Hills, MI) standout Rafael Eigenmann has been invited to participate in the 2012 Under Armor Pre-Season All-America Tournament. The event will be played from January 13-15 at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona.

The 17-year-old catcher and corner infielder, who is also a member of the Swiss U18 national team, has also competed in his native country with the Therwil Flyers Baseball and Softball Club.

PERTH OUTCLASSING ABL FOES
The Perth Heat continue to lord over the Australian Baseball League and has already wrapped up the top seed for the upcoming playoffs. The Heat, which has broken last year’s mark for most wins, leads the circuit in batting average, runs scored, home runs, and ERA.

The Melbourne Aces and the Canberra Cavalry are also eyeing a title run. Justin Huber leads the Aces with a .373 batting mark and six homers, while shortstop Kody Hightower has caught fire and is batting .383 with four dingers for the Cavalry.

ASIAN PROSPECTS FACE MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS
Taiwanese minor leaguers RHP Yao-Lin Wang (Cubs) and INF/OF Fu-Lin Kuo (Yankees) might have to serve in Taiwan’s military due to incorrect advice from their agents. Both prospects were instructed to drop out of college but without their student status, both will be required to serve in the military if summoned.

DUTCH BASEBALL UNIFORMS STOLEN
Car thieves in Holland stole a vehicle recently which also contained the official baseball uniforms of the Dutch National Team. The Netherlands, which won last year’s IBAF Baseball World Cup, opened their first training of the new year this past Wednesday.

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball and English at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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