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Australia Releases Final Roster to Face Diamondbacks and Dodgers


Baseball Australia has announced the final roster for the team that will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 20 and March 21. The team, newly named Southern Thunder, is led by MLB pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith (Arizona Diamondbacks) and former MLB outfielder Trent Oeltjen (Sydney Blue Sox).

Joining Oeltjen in the lineup will be power hitting Stefan Welch (Boston Red Sox) and Mike Walker (Milwaukee Brewers). The team features several other players with MLB experience including Luke Hughes and Justin Huber.

The Southern Thunder will take on the Dodgers on Thursday March 20th before taking on the Diamondbacks on Friday March 21st.

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Baseball Australia Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees


There will be three new inductees into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Baseball Australia Hall of Fame started in 2005 and recognizes players and coaches who have had an impact on the game of baseball at the highest level. The inductees must be of good character and have never brought the game into disrepute.

The Hall has seven eras of classification starting with Pre 1900. It continues with 1900 to 1918, 1919 to 1946 (start of American influence and the Claxton Shield), 1947 to 1967 (post war), 1968 to 1988 (Asia influence), 1989 to 1999 (first ABL), and 2000 to the present.

2014 Baseball Australia Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Phil Alexander, South Australia.  Category:  Playing 1968 – 1988
  • Kaye Greenham, Western Australia.  Category:  Playing 1947 – 1967
  • Brendan Kingman, New South Wales.  Category: Playing 1989 – 1999 & 2000 onwards

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Australia: ABL to Hold First Supplemental Draft


The Australian Baseball League holds its first supplemental draft for the 2013/14 season on Thursday. The six clubs will have a pool of players from Australia, the US, and other places to choose from.

The new season begins on Thursday October 31st as the Canberra Cavalry start the defense of their title against the Melbourne Aces.

For more information visit TheABL.com where you can read Tyle Maun’s article detailing the draft.

2012/13 Australian Baseball League Standings:

1. *Canberra Cavalry 27-19
2. Sydney Blue Sox 26-19
3. Perth Heat 25-21
4. Brisbane Bandits 23-22
5. Adelaide Bite 21-25
6. Melbourne Aces 15-31

*Won ABL Title after defeating the Perth Heat in the championship

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Texas Rangers to Hold Fundraiser for Christopher Lane Memorial Fund


Nearly a month has passed since the tragic death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane was maliciously murdered by “bored” teens.

There have been numerous benefits set up to honor the teen who was playing college ball in Oklahoma. And now another is being set up by the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and the Wives Club are going to hold a special fundraiser during a game with the Angels on September 28th. Part of the proceeds will go toward the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund.

The fund was set up by friends and the Essendon Baseball Club of Australia to help pay for funeral and travel costs to repatriate Christopher. However, the fund raised over $150,000 and will now create an ongoing legacy using the raised funds.

During the Rangers fundraiser fans will be able to purchase grab bags for $50, $100, or $200 that will contain autographed items from Rangers players. In addition to the grab bags, a silent auction is being set up for autographed jerseys of Australian born players Travis Blackley and the A’s Grant Balfour.

For more information you can visit TexasRangers.com.

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Memorial Fund for Slain Australian Baseball Player Chris Lane Set Up


Recently we wrote about an Australian baseball player shot at random , Chris Lane, by three teens in a small town in Oklahoma.

Lane, a 22-year old student, was here in the USA to earn his college degree and play baseball. He was in Duncan, Oklahoma visiting his girlfriend and her family before returning to school to start the new semester when he was shot at random by three teenagers.

It was first reported that the three teenagers did it because they were bored. There is another story coming out speculating that it might have been a gang initiation for the three teens who will now be tried in an adult court. It is still not clear why they decided to shot Lee in the back while he was jogging.

A friend of the family set up a fund to help support the parents travel to the US to bring their son home. The goal of that fund already has been overwhelmingly surpassed. The fund now sits at $130,000 and had an original goal of just $15,000.

The story has obviously touched the heart of so many and the support has been great even though I’d love to see more in the media.

You can also donate to the cause. The money will go toward paying for funeral expenses with all leftover money put into a foundation that will make donations to organizations in need. You can find the donation page below. Every little bit helps and will go to those in need.

Chris Lane was only chasing his dream of playing baseball and getting his college degree. Now we can only hope that this story and the foundation that is created will help others make the correct decision and chase their dreams.

A reminder too that the Essendon Baseball Club is also holding a memorial game this Sunday. As well, Australian baseball player Glenn Williams and Baseball NSW have set up an online auction to raise funds as well to be donated to the Chris Lane memorial fund. Items include signed hats and baseballs and are being auctioned off on eBay (Australia) for the next 10 days. Links to the items are below.

Johan Santana Signed Hat

David Nilsson Signed Ball

Graeme Lloyd Signed Ball

Justin Huber Signed Ball

Glenn Williams Signed Ball

Glenn Williams Signed Helmet

Hideki Okajima Signed Glove

If you can, please donate to the Chris Lane Memorial Fund. All money will go toward paying for the funeral expenses and anything over those cost will be donated to charity in his name. Every little bit helps.

Chris Lane Memorial Fund Donation Page

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Australian Baseball Player Chris Lane Killed by “Bored” Teens


In what was a senseless and uncalled for incident, three young men shot and killed Australian baseball player Chris Lane. Lane was just 22.

Lane was in Duncan, Oklahoma last Friday afternoon visiting his girlfriend and her family. He was out for a run on the streets of Duncan when he passed a house with three boys sitting on the porch. The boys then decided Lane would be their target and followed him in a car in order to shot him.

Why did they do it? They said they were bored.

The kids, and I do mean kids as the oldest was only 17, were in what was called a “wanna be gang”. Earlier they had killed an animal and stepped up their murder to people when they saw Lane jogging by.

Lane, a student from Melbourne, was attending college in the US on a scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Lane was entering his senior year at the university where he started at catcher for 14 games last season.

Lane’s former club team in Australia is holding a memorial game this Sunday August 25th.

For more information on the Chris Lane Memorial Game or if you would like to donate to the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund, please visit the Essendon Baseball Club Website.

Photo: Essendon Baseball Club

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Melbourne Aces Second Baseman Goes Bowling with Baseballs; Picks Up 7-10 Split


Melbourne Aces second baseman Scott Wearne bowls with baseballs. He didn’t pick up a strike,but he did something even more impressive. He picked up a 7-10 split with two balls in one throw. Real or fake? Either way its a pretty impressive video.

I’ll let you be the judge and please comment below and let us know what you think.

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Australia: Brisbane Bandits Move to Holloway Field for Upcoming Season


The Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League are moving to a new home for the 2013/2014 season. They will now call Holloway Field home after spending the first three years at RNA Showgrounds.

Holloway Field offers many upgrades for Bandits fans. They will now be closer to the action, have better catering options, and the location might be the best part. Fans will now be able to easily access the stadium via car, train, bicycle, bus, or even on foot.

Plus Holloway Field is historic in Queensland, Australia. Over the years the field has seen Claxton Shield contests and gives the team a baseball only facility.

The field opened in 1964 and has long been the home to the Windsor Royals Sports Club. It was refurbished in 1982 and again in 1986.

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USA 18U to Play Exhibition Games Against Chinese Taipei and Australia before 18U Baseball World Cup


The XXVI 18U Baseball World Cup starts at the end of August in Taichung, Chinese Taipei. The defending champion USA announced they will play three exhibition games before the tournament starts.

Team USA will play twice against Chinese Taipei on August 26 and 27. In their final warm up game, they will face Australia on August 28. The 18U Baseball World Cup starts on August 30 and runs through September 8.

The USA will face off with South Korea, Colombia, Italy, Cuba, and Australia during the pool play in Round 1 of the Baseball World Cup. The teams participating in the other pool will be Japan, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Venezuela, and host Chinese Taipei.

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Major League Baseball Opens 2014 Season in Sydney, Australia


For the first time in MLB history, the season will open up in Australia come 2014 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks open the season in Sydney.

The two-game series will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22-23.

Both teams will open the doors to their training schedule as they will be in Australia for six days but play only two games.

This is a huge deal for Australia where baseball is slowly growing. There have been 31 Australian Major Leaguers over the years, and one currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Peter Moylan.

The Australian Baseball League was reborn during the 2010-2011 season. The league consists of six teams spread out around the country with one in Sydney.

The Major League games will take place after the 2013-2014 ABL season which runs from November to February. This will only hope to keep the baseball game growing both helping the ABL and the Australian National Team.

What it is guaranteed to help is the economy in Sydney. Bringing in money and improvements to the Sydney Cricket Ground which will be renovated to meed Major League standings prior to the opening series.

The games will also take place during the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants that took place at the same venue.

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Baseball and Softball South Australia Receives $2 Million Grant


Baseball and softball in South Australia secured a grant of $2 million to use toward facility development.

The grant will help with the expansion and refurbishment of the Softball SA West Beach facility. Baseball South Australia will work with the Australian Baseball League and the Adelaide Bite to help provide a facility that can meet the needs of using the facility for professional games.

Complete Press Release from the Australian Baseball Federation

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WBC: Netherlands Eliminate Australia Behind Strong Outing from Cordemans


Cordemans Helps Orange Eliminate Australia

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Robbie Cordemans hurled five shutout innings for the Netherlands and Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in a 4-1 victory over Australia. The Dutch team all but bought their ticket to second round action in Tokyo with the victory, while the Aussies were relegated to the qualifying rounds.

The Dutch offence would give Cordemans the early cushion and their starter would make it hold. Andrelton Simmons led off the first with a booming double into the left field corner and was bunted to third by Schoop. Roger Bernadina rapped a single up the middle to drive him in, and the Netherlands were up by one.

An inning later, Curt Smith started things going for the Netherlands with a safety to left centre. Dashenko Ricardo laid down a bunt to move him over, but beat it out, advancing to second on a wild throw by Australian starter Dushan Ruzic. Simmons would drive Smith home on a grounder, but the Dutch were not finished.

Schoop took a 2-0 pitch from Ruzic and deposited it over the left centre field fence for a 4-0 lead, which was more than Cordemans would need. The blast would force Ruzic from the game after he got Bernadina for the third out.

With the Orange offence in charge, Cordemans kept the pressing Australian hitters off-balance for five complete innings. Using a deceptive changeup, the right-hander allowed only one baserunner to make it to third and gave up two hits while sending three down swinging. He struck out two of the last three hitters he faced, using only 67 pitches.

After Ruzic exited, Australian manager Jon Deeble inserted game one starter Chis Oxspring in relief of Ruzic. Oxspring was just what the Baseballroos needed to keep the win within sight. The southpaw battled through his first two innings before settling down, showing his veteran experience in the third and fourth.

With the Dutch eager to blow open the game, they loaded the bases with one out in Oxspring’s first frame, starting with a double by Wladimir Balentien. After struggling with his control to the first four batters, the Aussie pitcher induced a double play grounder to third to end the frame.

In the fourth, Oxspring had difficulty finding the strike zone to the leadoff hitter Randolph Oduber, losing him on a walk and bobbling a sacrifice bunt by Simmons to put runners on first and second with no outs. But first baseman Mike Walker made a good play on another Schoop bunt and got the lead runner at third. Oxspring then took over, striking out Bernadina looking and getting Balentien, the cleanup hitter, on a foul pop fly to get out of the jam.

Oxspring pitched five frames out of the ‘pen, retiring seven in-a-row at one point, starting the run with another double play. He walked four, but only surrendered a single hit, leaving after the seventh inning.

The green-and-yellow had their best chance to draw the game even in the seventh. David Bergman, like Cordemans an ace in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse (the top league in the Netherlands), gave up a leadoff double to Welch, who blasted the seventh pitch of the at bat into the right field corner. Bergman got the next two outs before giving way to Jonathan Balentina, who hit pinch hitter Corey Adamson with his only pitch.

Top Orange reliever Leon Boyd game in to get the Netherlands out of the predicament, but gave up a RBI single to Brad Harman. It was the Aussie second baseman’s first hit of the tournament. Boyd got out of the inning by striking out former major leaguer Chris Snelling.

Xander Bogaerts had his first-ever international hit, a double, to lead off the eighth. Andrew Russell, who came in for Oxspring, stranded him on three straight ground balls, and Australia had one final chance.

Dutch closer Loek Van Mil came in to finish off things, but gave up back-to-back one out hits to Walker and Adamson. Harman almost stole player-of-the-game honours from Cordemans with a blast off the 7-foot-1 hurler, but the long fly ball landed in the glove of Oduber in left field.

A palpable sigh of relief settled across the diamond, and Van Mil struck out the final hitter of the inning to earn the save and all but assure that the Netherlands will be joining Japan and Cuba in the second round of the Classic.

Cordemans ran his WBC shutout streak to 11 2/3 innings and earned his first-ever victory in the tourney. Bergman got five outs, giving up a run on two hits with no strikeouts and Boyd tossed 1 1/3, allowing two safeties and a base on balls. Van Mil closed things out with the scoreless ninth. Ruzic took the loss for the green-and-yellow.

Eight different players had a single hit for the Netherlands, which collected four extra base hits. The Orange struck out only once against Aussie pitching. Simmons had his third double and scored a run and Andruw Jones raised his average to .429, reaching base twice.

Walker was the only batter with two hits for Australia. He batted .455 in the tournament, one of few bright spots for a listless Aussie offence. For the third-straight game, the Australians could not get anything going from their bats, stranding eight batters in scoring position. The team was 1-for-8 with runners on second or third.

China fails to advance to the second round, but will avoid the WBC qualifying rounds. Australia will have a long road back to the Classic as it will enter the qualifiers for the first time. Stay tuned for more previews, recaps, and analysis of the 2013 Classic and the round to the 2017 WBC.

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WBC: Australia vs the Netherlands Pitching Match Up


This is the last game for both teams and a huge one for the Netherlands. If they lose, they could be out of the second round. However, with a win they might advance depending on the other game of the day.

So let’s take a look at who each team will send to the hill to start.

Australia

Dushan Ruzic will get the start today for Team Australia. The right-hander was originally signed by the Florida Marlins in 2005. He got as high as Double-A with the Cincinnati Reds organization before moving on to pitch in Europe.

Ruzic has some experience with the Netherlands having pitched in the Dutch Major League from 2008-2010. He has also pitched internationally in Italy and this past off season in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite where he went 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 73.2 innings.

He pitched in relief in Game 1 coming in to pitch 1.1 innings against Chinese Taipei. He allowed just one hit and one walk during that time.

Netherlands

Rob Cordemans will get the start for the Dutch. The right-handed starter has been one of the top pitchers in the Dutch Major League for years. He has been named the top pitcher of the league seven times.

In 2012, he pitched for the Amsterdam Pirates and was named MVP after posting a 10-1 record with an ERA of just 0.22 over 80.2 innings of work.

Cordemans has extensive international experience having participated in four Olympics, seven World Cups, and the past two World Baseball Classics. He has pitched 9.1 innings over four games (one start) at the WBC and allowed just two runs on six hits.

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WBC: Korea Shuts Out Australia to Keep Hopes Alive for Second Round


Song Delivers as Korea Shuts Out Australia

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Korea scored three runs in the first inning against Australia and Seung Song made the advantage stand up in a 6-0 victory over punchless Australia. The Blue Bogy was much more effective on defence and received the timely hits they were missing against the Netherlands two days prior.

Song utilised a filthy splitter to keep the Baseballroos swinging on pitches out of the zone, striking out five and scattering four baserunners in four innings. He retired six in-a-row late in his outing.

The Korean lineup gave him a 3-0 advantage before he ever took the mound as the first seven batters of the inning reached base. Seung-Yeop Lee ripped a double in the inning and Hyun-Soo Kim had a two-run single against Ryan Searle, who walked two and hit one in the frame.

Korea was back at it again in the second. Yong-Kyu Lee started things off with a single to left and came around on another two-bagger by Lee. Searle got out of the inning, but the four-run advantage was too much for an Australian offence that failed to put a rally in motion throughout the game.

Searle struggled through three innings before giving way to Steven Kent, who pitched two strong innings. The left-hander gave up only one hit to Dae-Ho Lee, erasing the slugger on a double play. He struck out one.

Australia had its best chance in the fifth inning. Tim Kennelly worked a seven-pitch at bat for a double, but Allan de San Miguel struck out after working a 3-0 count. James Beresford then blooped a hit to left centre, but Kennelly could not advance and reliever Hee-Soo Park got Mitch Dening to fly out to right and then struck out No. 3 hitter Luke Hughes.

Clayton Tanner put the blue-and-white away in the sixth, but Kyung-Eun Noh struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the bottom of the frame to prevent Australia from lessening the deficit.

Korea added another run in the seventh. Yong-Kyu Lee had his second hit to start things off, with Keun-Woo Jeong replacing him on a fielder’s choice. Dae-Ho Lee singled the run home and the Blue Bogy grabbed a 5-0 lead.

Australia’s struggles continued against Korea’s reliever in the seventh, despite a Kennelly leadoff hit. Noh and Tae-Hyon Chong teamed up to retire the final three batters.

Korea loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth, and Jeong crushed a pitch to left field, but the wind blew it down and Australia escaped with no further damage.

The Aussies had their only other real opportunity in the bottom of the inning after Stefan Welch blooped a ball that landed in shallow left centre. Yong-Kyu Lee made a last-second attempt after Hi-Hyon Son pulled away at the last minute. Welch advanced to third on a ground ball, but Seung Lak-Son would retire Mike Walker, who had two hits on the day, to end the threat. It was the only time Australia had a runner reach third.

Korea struck a final time in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith, who spent several years in the Seattle Mariners’ rotation. Seung-Yeop Lee led off with a safety and advanced to second on a single by Dae-Ho Lee, later scoring on a grounder by Jeong Choi. James Beresford made a nice play for the out, backing up a diving Welch at third and catching the ball after it tipped of Welch’s glove and nailing Choi by a step.

Son finished off the shutout by striking out two batters in the ninth. Park got four outs, two by strikeout and Noh struck out two-of-five batters in relief. Chong and Son finished off the game. Korean hurlers whiffed 12 batters and were backed up flawlessly by a defence which had committed four errors against the Netherlands.

Korea was 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position after going hitless against the Netherlands in the same situation. Australia was 1-for-11 in their attempts to drive men home from second or third.

Seung-Yeop Lee and Dae-Ho Lee both had three hits and a RBI. Yong-Kyu Lee reached base four times, twice on hits. Ah-Seop Son reached base in all four plate appearances.

Seven hurlers toed the rubber for Australia. Searle gave up four runs on four hits and two walks, striking out two. Kent was easily the most effective reliever, though Tanner (1 IP), Brad Thomas (1/3 IP), and Matthew Williams (2/3 IP) did not allow a run. Kennelly reached base in all three plate appearances and joined Walker with a brace of hits.

Barring a surprising turn of events, Australia will be eliminated from the Classic and will have to win their final match to avoid relegation to the qualifiers. The Aussies will take on the Netherlands in their final contest on only 18 hours rest. First pitch is at 4:30 a.m. GMT on Mar. 5. Korea will face Chinese Taipei, who is undefeated in Pool B action. The showdown between the Asian arch-rivals is set for 11:30 a.m. on Mar. 5.

Stay tuned for more news, reviews, and analysis.

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WBC: Australia vs Korea Pitching Match Up


With both Korea and Australia losing their opening games, this match proves to be very important for both teams if they want to keep their chances alive of advancing to the next round. So with a short time to go before first pitch, let’s take a look at the starters.

Korea

Seung-Jun Song will get the nod for Korea. He pitched for eight years in the US minor leagues after being signed initially by the Boston Red Sox. He advanced as far as Triple-A in both the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants organizations before returning to pitch in Korea.

In 2012, he pitched for the Lotte Giants posting a 7-11 record with an ERA of 3.31 in 28 games. It was his first year in the KBO to not win 10 or more games after doing so from 2008-2011.

His international experience consists of being apart of the 2008 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Beijing.

Australia

Going tonight for Australia will be Ryan Searle. Signed by the Chicago Cubs, Searle has pitched in their minor league organization since 2008.

Searle spent most of the 2012 season with Single-A Daytona, but did make appearances in Double-A and Triple-A during 2012. He pitched in a 42 games across the different leagues in 2012 going a combined 8-5 with a 3.87 ERA.

His international experience includes a win over Canada at the 2011 World Cup where he pitched 7.1 shutout innings.

Tonight is a must win for both clubs, so don’t be surprised if a lot of pitchers are used.

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WBC: Chinese Taipei Opens Tournament with Win Over Australia


Chinese Taipei Cruises to Opening Round Victory in WBC

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Chinese Taipei continued where it left off in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round, combining a persistent offence with stellar pitching to beat 10th-ranked Australia 4-1. Former New York Yankees’ superstar Chien-Ming Wang was dominant in the 2013 WBC opener, tossing six shutout innings for the victory in Taichung.

Chinese Taipei, rated fifth in the world, opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Dai-Kang Yang, added to the roster before the tournament’s main draw, stroked a single to left to lead things off for Chinese Taipei. After a brilliant sacrifice bunt by Che-Hsuan Lin, Cheng-Min Peng stroked a single to right to plate the first run of the game.

Australia’s Chris Oxspring would settle down after Peng’s hit, catching Chih-Sheng Lin looking on strikes and inducing a grounder to get out of the frame.

Neither side would score in the second, but Chinese Taipei would strike for two more in the third. Che-Hsuan singled to start the rally, and Peng walked to put two runners on base. Chih-Sheng Lin followed by blasting a double down the left field line that bounced out for a ground rule double and score Lin. Szu-Chi Chou knocked in Chinese Taipei’s third run with a grounder to first.

Oxspring lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, whiffing one.

Chinese Taipei made the score 4-0 in the fifth, as Peng led off with a line drive home run just inside the right field foul pole.

Wang, meanwhile, needed only 61 pitches to retire Australia through six innings. The veteran right-hander allowed only four hits, using his trademark sinker to erase three on double plays. He walked none and struck out two. He left just before hitting the 65-pitch limit imposed on the first round of play.

Stefan Welch put Australia on the board in the seventh with a home run off the top of the fence in right center field off reliever Yao-Hsun Yang. The dinger ended a streak of 30 2/3 scoreless innings by Chinese Taipei pitchers in WBC play.

Both team’s bullpens took over in the late innings, with a leadoff double by Che-Hsuan Lin in the seventh the closest either could come to a rally.

Hung-Chih Kuo and Hung-Wen Chen finished the game off for Chinese Taipei, which was backed by a raucous crowd in Taichung’s Intercontinental Stadium. Chen looked particularly filthy, locating a mid-90s fastball and vicious curve to earn the save. He struck out one in the final frame.

Australian manager Jon Deeble used seven pitchers in the loss, all of whom will be available again in the opening round. Brendan Wise was the most effective, striking out one and allowing a pair of safeties in two innings.

Lin and Peng were the hit leaders with two, and Peng reached base in 3-of-4 plate appearances. Neither team committed an error.

The victory was Chinese Taipei’s second in six attempts in the Classic, while the Basebalroos dropped to 1-6. The hosts will take on the Netherlands on Mar. 3 at 6:30 a.m. GMT, while Australia next takes the field against Korea on Mar. 4 at 10:30 a.m. GMT.

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WBC: Australia vs Chinese Taipei Pitching Match Up


The first game of the 2013 World Baseball Classic is just moments away. The initial game pits Australia against host Chinese Taipei. So we thought we would look at the starting pitchers for each team quickly before the game begins.

Australia

Chris Oxspring will get the nod for Team Australia on the mound today. He is the oldest player on the Australian roster and has had a lot of international experience. He won a silver medal with in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. This is his second WBC, but he did not appear in a game in 2009.

Oxspring has some MLB experience as well, although not a lot. He was signed in 2001 by the San Diego Padres and made his Major League debut with them in September 2005. He appeared in five games, all in relief, pitching a total of 12 innings at the MLB level.

He is well traveled on the minor league circuit, and has pitched for the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League as well over the past few years having success everywhere he has pitched.

He is a veteran pitcher who will not be intimidated by any opponent in any park.

Chinese Taipei

Chinese Taipei will start their most experienced pitcher in Chien-Ming Wang. The right-handed sinker ball pitcher has had two seasons of 19 wins at the MLB level and has won 61 total MLB games.

He not only has the most Major League experience, but he has a lot of international experience as well pitching in the 2004 Olympics, 2003 Asian Baseball Championship, 2002 Asian Games, and the 1999 World Port Tournament.

He was signed out of college by the New York Yankees in 2000 and made his MLB debut in 2005. In 2012, Wang pitched with the Washington Nationals.

The two teams last faced each other in international competition in the 2009 World Cup in Italy splitting a pair of games.

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Australia: Canberra Wins ABL Championship on Late Home Run


CANBERRA, Australia – The Canberra Cavalry took advantage of two Perth Heat errors and a late inning home run to win the 2013 Australian Baseball League Championship.

The Cavalry got down early as Perth jumped out in the top of the first with a pair of runs. In its half of the inning, Kody Hightower (1-for-5) cut the lead to one with a lead off solo home run.

An inning later, Canberra would take the lead with a four run second. The big play came with one out and a runner at first. Antonio Callaway (0-for-4/2 runs) reached on a fielding error by Perth second baseman Luke Hughes who mishandled a throw on a force play. That error opened the door for Canberra, and they walked right through. After a passed ball that allowed the runners to move up, Ryan Stovall (2-for-4/3 RBI) came up with a big single to drive in a pair of runs. His at bat was followed up by a walk and two more singles and before Perth could get out of the inning it had given up four unearned runs and the lead.

An inning later, Canberra would get a fifth unearned run after a throwing error by Heat third baseman Carter Bell allowed the inning to continue. Once again it was Stovall who came through with the hit after the error driving in another run.

Down 6-2 heading into the fifth inning, Perth battled back to tie it. With one out, Heat designated hitter Aaron Bonomi (1-for-4) got the rally going with a single. The next hitter, Ryan Khoury (1-for-3) followed suit with a single of his won. After a ground out put runners at the corners, Tim Kennelly (2-for-3) singled to cut the lead to three.

The next hitter atoned for his earlier error as Luke Hughes (1-for-4) tripled driving in a pair of runs. Allan de San Miguel (1-for-4) singled to knock in Hughes and the game was once again tied.

Canberra took the lead for good on a seventh inning solo home run by Michael Wells (1-for-4).

Perth would just manage one more hit over the game as the Cavalry bullpen shut them down. Brodie Downs (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching 1.1 innings of relief, and Sean Toler (S, 2) got the save pitching the ninth.

Neither starter fared too well. Perth starter Warwick Saupold lasted just three innings giving up nine hits and six runs (one earned). Canberra starter John Holdzkom lasted a little longer but didn’t do much better. He pitched 4.2 innings giving up seven hits allowing six runs.

Jack Murphy (3-for-4 / 1 RBI) and Aaron Sloan (3-for-4) led the Cavalry offense with three hits apiece.

Michael Ohlman (2-for-3) drove in a pair of runs in the loss for Perth.

The win is Canberra’s first ever ABL Championship and ends Perth’s two year run as champion.

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Australia: Canberra Wins Game One; Goes for Championship Title Saturday


CANBERRA, Australia – The Canberra Cavalry won the first game of the Australian Baseball League Championship Series on Friday against the Perth Heat 6-4. The win puts Canberra just a win away from their first ABL title.

Canberra starter Brian Grening (W, 1-0) pitched well to earn the victory tossing 7.2 innings allowing just two runs on six hits. He kept the Heat off the scoreboard until the eighth inning. Sean Toler (S, 1) tossed 1.1 innings of relief to earn the save, but gave up two home runs in the process.

The Cavalry got off to a quick start scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Jack Murphy (1-for-3) singled up the middle to drive in the first run of the game.

Canberra would pick up three more runs in the second inning. Michael Wells (1-for-3) and Aaron Sloan (2-for-4) started off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice moved runners to second and third, Kody Hightower (3-for-5) singled up the middle scoring Wells and Sloan. The single went right through the legs of center fielder Corey Adamson for a three base error that allowed Hightower to come all the way around to score making it 4-0 Canberra.

Two innings later Canberra showed their power with a pair of home runs. Sloan led off the inning with a home run to center field. Three batters later Ryan Stovall (2-for-4) followed up with another long ball to make the score 6-0.

Perth battled back late in the game picking up a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings but fell just short. Tim Kennelly (1-for-4) and Luke Hughes (1-for-4) hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to close the gap to two. And that is where it would end.

Heat starter Anthony Claggett (L, 1-1) didn’t pitch great going six innings allowing six runs (five earned) giving up 12 hits including two home runs.

Game 2 is Saturday at 7:00 pm local time as Canberra looks to win its first championship and Perth looks to rebound and force a final winner-take-all game on Sunday.

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Australia: ABL Championship Preview


CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian Baseball League Championship Series kicks off this weekend as the Canberra Cavalry host the two-time defending champion Perth Heat.

Canberra finished first in the standings with a record of 27-19. This is the first time they are making the playoffs. Heading into the finals after having last week off, the Cavalry are riding a three-game winning streak. They owned the season series against Perth going 6-2 on the year. However, the two teams haven’t played since early January.

Canberra has the best offense in the league. They led the league in home runs (56), batting average (.295), slugging percentage (.465), doubles (94), and total bases (759 – more than 150 more than 2nd place).

Adam Buschini won the league’s triple crown leading the league in hitting (.363), home runs (15), and RBI (50). Also with big seasons were third baseman Jeremy Barnes (.343/7/32), shortstop Kody Hightower (.325/2/22), and Ryan Stovall (.320/7/24).

Canberra ranked in the middle of the pack in pitching. The pitching staff posted an ERA of 4.04, finished second in saves with 12, but ranked second in the league in strikeouts.

Leading the pitching staff is Brian Grening (4-2) who finished 8th in the league in ERA at 2.87. Sean Toler (2-0/2.84) led the team in saves with 11

Perth finished the season in third place, but they are riding a six-game winning streak after sweeping Sydney in the first round of the playoffs.

Perth finished second in the league in batting average behind Canberra at .267. They led the league in triples (11) and finished in the middle of the field in home runs (31).

The offense is led by outfielders David Amberson (.380/1/7), Corey Adamson (.321/1/18), first baseman Michael Ohlman (.317/6/27), and catcher Allan de San Miguel (.294/5/30).

Perth may be lacking in the big numbers of the Canberra hitters, but they have experience on their side.

On the hill, Perth is led by Anthony Claggett (4-5/3.31), Daniel Schmidt (7-3/3.72), and Warwick Saupold (1-1/2.79). Brendan Wise (2-1/2.14/3 saves) has done well closing out games.

Game 1 will feature Brian Grening against Anthony Claggett on Friday February 8. Game 2 is slated to feature John Holdzkom (4-3/4.10) against Warwick Saupold. If necessary, Game 3 will feature Chris Motta (3-3/5.93) against Daniel Schmidt.

Fans in the USA can watch the games on the MLB Network. Fox Sports 2 will be showing the games in Australia.

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Australia and Japan to Play Pre-WBC Series in Osaka


Team Australia will travel to Japan before the 2013 World Baseball Classic First Round to take on the Japan national team in a tw0-game set.

The series will take place in Osaka on February 23 and 24. The NPB and ABL have agreed to play in the Osaka Dome in preparation for the first round of the Classic.

Australia will use these games to finalize their starting lineup and as part of their final preparations before the start of the tournament. Australia opens their official camp on the 17th in Taichung, Taiwan.

Team Australia will play six games prior to the start of the tournament. In addition to the two games against Japan in Osaka, it will play four games in Taiwan with the teams to be announced at a later date.

Team Australia opens the WBC in Taichung against Taiwan on Saturday March 2.

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Australia: Perth Heat Advance to ABL Championship with Sweep of Sydney


The Perth Heat showed why they have won the first two ABL titles over the weekend with a two game sweep of the Sydney Blue Sox in the first round of the playoffs.

Game one saw a good pitching matchup between the two starters. Both went six innings allowing just a single run. However, it was the Heat bullpen that was up to the task. They allowed just three more hits over the final three innings and not another run. It wasn’t the same story for Sydney.

The Heat bats immediately took advantage when the leagues best pitcher, Craig Anderson, was lifted from the game. Anderson gave up just a single run in six innings. He was followed by Wayne Lundgren (L, 0-1) who quickly gave up three runs in an inning of work.

That’s all the Heat needed as Brendan Wise (S, 1) shut the Blue Sox down in the ninth inning to preserve the 4-1 victory for the Heat and Anthony Claggett (W, 1-0).

Michael Ohlman (1-for-3) drove in a pair of runs on a bases loaded single in the seventh inning. Tim Kennelly (1-for-5) drove in the first run of the seventh with a RBI single. Right fielder David Amberson (0-for-3) got the scoring started in the second inning with a sacrifice fly.

Game 2 was had a little more offense as Perth defeated Sydney 8-7 holding off a late inning rally to advance to the championship round.

Perth picked up 14 hits in the game scoring their runs in bunches. It started in the top of the first with a lead off double by Corey Adamson (2-for-6/2 doubles) who would later score on a sacrifice fly. The Heat loaded the bases scoring once on the sacrifice fly and once on a RBI single by Michael Ohlman (3-for-4).

After the Blue Sox tied the game in the bottom of the second, Perth came right back to take the lead again with four runs in the top of the third. Once again they loaded the bases, and with one out Carter Bell (2-for-5) drove in two runs with a single to left field. Then things got interesting. As David Amberson (0-for-2) was striking out, Ohlman and Bell perform a double steal with Ohlman stealing home for the Heat’s third run of the inning. Sam Kennelly (1-for-5) would cap of the four run inning with a single driving home Bell.

The Heat would add two more runs an inning later to make the score 8-2. Tim Kennelly (2-for-6/3 runs) and Allan de San Miguel (1-for-4/2 RBI) both homered giving the Heat a six run lead.

Sydney would fight back and make it interesting scoring a run in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth before being turned away. With the tying runner at third base and only one out, Brendan Wise (S, 2) gets James Robbins to ground into a game ending double play.

Sydney starter Brad Thomas (L, 0-1) took the loss pitching just 3.1 innings giving up eight runs on nine hits. Thomas had been pitching lights out of late, but the Perth bats got to him early and often. Perth starter Warwick Saupold (W, 1-0) picked up the win tossing six innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven.

The win puts Perth into the championship series with Canberra where they will try to win their third straight ABL title. The Cavalry will host the Heat at Narrabundah Ballpark February 8-10 in a best-of-three series.

ABL Scoreboard:

Perth Heat 4, Sydney Blue Sox 1
Perth Heat 8, Sydney Blue Sox 7
Perth wins series 2-0

ABL Championship Schedule:

Friday February 8th 7;00 pm – Perth Heat vs Canberra Cavalry
Saturday February 9th 7;00 pm – Perth Heat vs Canberra Cavalry
Sunady February 10th 7;00 pm – Perth Heat vs Canberra Cavalry

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Australia: ABL Playoffs Begin Friday with Perth Visiting Sydney


The Australian Baseball League Playoffs kick off on Friday with the first round series between the 2-time defending champion Perth Heat, who finished in 3rd place, and the 2nd place Sydney Blue Sox.

Both teams have made the playoffs each year of the new ABL with Perth winning the first two titles and Sydney finishing 3rd each time.

Sydney has done it with pitching, and pitching they have.

Starter Craig Anderson, who will start Game 1 of the series, led the league in ERA (2.10) and wins (8). Anderson isn’t a strikeout pitcher, but he gets outs. In 81.1 innings, Anderson has given up 81 hits. But he doesn’t walk anyone, giving up only 5 on the year. With a WHIP of just 1.06, he makes you earn your bases which is why he has been so successful.

However, it doesn’t end with Anderson. Also in the rotation is Chris Oxspring who has gone 4-2 in 12 starts. With an ERA of 2.71, Oxspring ranked 5th in the league. Where he differs from Anderson is that he is a strikeout pitcher. He led the league with 86 strikeouts in 79.2 innings.

Also on the league leading staff is Tim Atherton (2-1 / 2.44) and Matthew Williams (2.14) who led the league in saves with 15.

Sydney might not have the top offense in the league, but they have some really good hitters. Mitch Dening is 2nd in the league in hitting at .347, hit 5 home runs, and drove in 32 runs.

Trent D’Antonio led the team in home runs with 6 and hit .304.

The Blue Sox are right in the middle of the pack in the league in most major hitting categories.

On the other side of the field stand the 2-time defending ABL Champion Perth Heat. The Heat take a four game winning streak into the playoffs after having stumbled down the stretch.

Game 1 starter Anthony Claggett was second in the league in strikeouts with 77 in 73.1 innings. In 12 starts he went 4-5 with a 3.31 ERA. Claggett has pitched well in his last three starts and will look to continue that on Friday night.

Starter Daniel Schmidt finished 2nd in the league with 7 wins posting a 3.72 ERA. Schmidt has struggled of late posting a good start after a not so good start. He will look to return to his early season form when he was posting solid start after solid start.

In the bullpen is Brendan Wise who is 2nd on the team in saves with 3 after posting an ERA of 2.14 in 21.0 innings.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Heat is lead by outfielders David Amberson (.380), Corey Adamson (.321/1/18), catcher Allan de San Miguel (2.94/5/30), and first baseman Michael Ohlman (.317/6/27).

The two teams split their 8 games this year, but haven’t played each other since mid-December.

The two teams play a best-of-three series in Sydney with the winner advancing to face Canberra in the championship.

You can watch Game 1 online through Blue Sox TV.

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Australia: Perth Wins and Advances to the ABL Playoffs; Canberra Claims First Place


The playoff picture is now set in the ABL. The top three teams in the league advance to the playoff round with the 1st place team advancing all the way to the championship. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will play a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the championship team.

The Canberra Cavalry clinched the Australian Baseball League regular season championship with an 11-6 win over Adelaide on Sunday afternoon. This is the first time Canberra has made the playoffs in the three year history of the reformation of the league.

The Cavalry pounded Bite pitching for 13 hits, including three home runs on Sunday to power their way to the title.

Adam Buschini (2-for-2) walked twice, scored twice, and drove in two with his league leading 15th home run of the season in the 3rd inning. Designated hitter Josh Matavesi (1-for-5) hit his first home run of the season in the 5th inning, a solo shot. And Jeremy Barnes (2-for-5) drove in four runs including two on his 7th home run of the season in the 6th inning.

Every Cavalry hitter, except for one, picked up a hit on the day. Five hitters picked up two hits as well including Ryan Stovall (2-for-5) with a pair of doubles.

Ji-Man Choi had a big day for Adelaide who are still on the outside of the playoffs looking in. Choi went 2-for-4 driving in two runs including one on his 8th home run of the year. Ben Lodge (3-for-5) scored a pair of runs and drove in another in the loss.\

Both starters lasted just 3.2 innings giving up 6 runs each. Neither factored into the decision. Steven Kent (W, 1-1) picked up the win in relief. Reed Brown (L, 0-2) took the loss.

The win gives Canberra the 1st place spot in the playoffs. They hold the tie breaker with Sydney, so they will host the championship series.

Melbourne Aces 1, Perth Heat 11

The Perth Heat advanced to the playoffs with an 11-1 victory over Melbourne on Sunday. Perth got a great start from Jack Frawley (W, 3-1) who tossed eight shutout innings allowing just three hits to earn the win. Tim Kennelly finished off the game for Perth in the 9th.

Blake Cunningham (L, 0-1) took the loss for Melbourne pitching three innings and giving up two runs.

Michael Ohlman (3-for-5), Luke Hughes (0-for-3), and Ryan Khoury (2-for-3) all drove in two runs.

Carlo Testa (3-for-4) collected three of the four Melbourne hits on the day.

Brisbane Bandits vs Sydney Blue Sox

The game in Sydney was postponed due to bad weather and will not be made up. The best Sydney could do is a tie for 1st place, but Canberra holds the tie breaker. Brisbane needed Perth to lose in order to have a shot at finishing 3rd place.

Final ABL Regular Season Standings:

1. Canberra Cavalry 27-19

2. Sydney Blue Sox 26-19

3. Perth Heat 25-21

4. Brisbane Bandits 23-22

5. Adelaide Bite 21-25

6. Melbourne Aces 15-31

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