Saturday, July 21, 2007

2007 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game Rosters

CAPE COD, Mass. -- Fans of the Cape Cod Baseball League will be able to watch 44 of the nation’s best collegiate baseball players compete against one another at Wareham’s Spillane Field in the 2007 Under Armour Cape League All-Star Game.

The 45th annual CCBL All-Star Game is presented by the leading banks of Cape Cod -- Bank of America, TD Banknorth, Eastern Bank, Cape Cod Cooperative Bank, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, and Citizens Bank -- for the fifth straight year and is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on July 28.

Prior to the game, there will be a number of fan-friendly activities starting at 1:45 p.m., with the East team taking batting practice while the West Division All-Stars sign autographs. At 2:30 the teams will swap positions, followed by infield practice for the East at 3:30 and the West at 3:45.

The Home Run Hitting Contest, won last year and defended this year by Bourne’s Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State), will be held prior to the game and is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. Players will be introduced at 5:15, followed by the presenting of the colors, the National Anthem, and finally the ceremonial first pitch at 5:50 p.m.

The game will be broadcast live on National Public Radio, and can be heard on local FM stations WCAI 90.1, WNAN 91.1, and WZAI 94.3. NESN will also be at the game and will air the tape on Monday night at 7 p.m., when the Boston Red Sox have an off night.

The last time that the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game was held in Wareham, in 1999, the West defeated the East 6-4 and current major league stars Mark Teixeira (Orleans) and Garrett Atkins (Cotuit) were the MVPs from the East and West, respectively.

The future major league stars who will play at Spillane Field in 2007 were announced this morning after being picked by the 10 field managers. Leading the way in each division are Falmouth and Yarmouth-Dennis, with seven selections apiece.

One of the easy picks for the coaches was surely Gordon Beckham (Georgia), who is currently batting at .311 with eight home runs and a league-leading 25 RBIs. His hot start at the plate has helped the Red Sox explode to a 20-9-1 record, best in the league. Earning the start for the East is another Red Sox standout, 6-foot-8 Eddie Burns (Georgia Tech), who is 4-0 on the season with a 2.25 ERA and 28 strikeouts.

Other starters for the East are Brewster’s first baseman Yonder Alonso (Miami) and left fielder Charlie Cutler (California); Harwich second baseman Cole Figueroa (Florida); Y-D catcher Jason Castro (Stanford) and center fielder Collin Cowgill (Kentucky); Chatham third baseman Jermaine Curtis (UCLA) and designated hitter Allan Dykstra (Wake Forest); and Orleans right fielder Dennis Raben (Miami).

Reserves for the East include Red Sox catcher Buster Posey (Florida State), first baseman Sean Ochinko (Louisiana State), and closer Nick Cassavechia (Baylor); Mariners outfielder Kyle Day (Michigan State) and pitchers Corey Young (Seton Hall), and Evan Crawford (Auburn); Whitecaps outfielder Blake Tekotte (Miami) and pitchers Mike Colla (Arizona) and Matt Couch (San Diego); and Cardinals pitchers Will Atwood (South Carolina), Brad Boxberger (Southern California) and Ryan Perry (Arizona).

The West starters are led by Bourne Braves second baseman Kevin Hoef (Iowa), who is currently hitting at .350 with eight stolen bases on the season, and Ben Guez (William and Mary), who has a division-best 23 RBIs. Right-handed pitcher Aaron Crow (Missouri) has earned the start for the West after posting a 3-1 record with a 0.64 ERA and 25 strikeouts.

Joining those three in the starting lineup will be Wareham catcher Josh Phegley (Indiana); Hyannis first baseman Shane Peterson (Long Beach State) and designated hitter Dan Brewer (Bradley); Falmouth third baseman Conor Gillaspie (Wichita State), left fielder Aja Barto (Tulane) and right fielder Matt Hague (Washington); and Cotuit shortstop Reese Havens (South Carolina).

On the bench to start the game for the West will be Cotuit catcher Robert Stock (Southern California) and pitcher Josh Lindblom (Purdue); Hyannis infielder James Darnell (South Carolina) and closer Tyler Stohr (North Florida); Bourne outfielder Josh Satin (California) and pitchers Jordan Flasher (George Mason) and T.J. Hose (East Carolina); Falmouth pitchers Kyle Gibson (Missouri) and Christian Friedrich (Eastern Kentucky); and Wareham pitchers Wade Miley (SE Louisiana) and Chris Hicks (Georgia Tech).

The East team will be managed by Y-D’s Scott Pickler, who will be assisted by Bob Macaluso, John Schiffner, Steve Englert and Kelly Nicholson. The West coaching staff will be headed up by Wareham’s Cooper Farris, who will be assisted by Mike Roberts, Harvey Shapiro, Jeff Trundy, and Greg King.

Enjoying its 123rd season in 2007, the 10-team Cape League originated in 1885 with individual town teams, was reorganized into the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1923 with teams in Chatham, Falmouth, Hyannis and Osterville and is now the premier collegiate baseball summer league in the country.

A total of 198 former Cape Leaguers currently perform in the major leagues, including former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Wareham '97-'98), former MVP Frank Thomas (Orleans '88), former AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans '93), and current Boston Red Sox captain Jason Varitek (Hyannis '91 & '93).

Cape League alumni of yesteryear include Baseball Hall of Famer Harold "Pie" Traynor (Falmouth '19), former New York Yankee greats Red Rolfe (Orleans '30) and Thurman Munson (Chatham '67), Cy Young Award winner Mike Flanagan (Falmouth '72), Rolaids Fireman-of-the-Year Jeff Reardon (Cotuit '74-76), former AL MVP Mo Vaughn (Wareham '87-88), long-time major league scout Lennie Merullo (Barnstable '35) and major league Manager of the Year Nat "Buck" Showalter (Hyannis '76).

Friday, July 20, 2007

Article about Daniel Moskos has released a great article about Daniel Moskos. He was the number 4 overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Clemson University. He made the mid-season switch to the starting rotation from the closer's role. The article also discusses how influential Moskos' family was during his development by moving the family all over the country. The article is available here.

Adiel Palma leads Cuba to the Gold

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--- Cuba’s Adiel Palma struck out 19 over two starts at the Pan American Games, including nine Americans on Friday morning, to lead Cuba (4-1 Pan Am) to a 3-1 win and gold medal over Team USA (15-6, 4-1 Pan Am).

Palma gave up just four hits over eight and two-thirds, as Cuba won its 12th gold medal since the start of the games in 1951, while Team USA won their ninth silver medal. Palma retired the final eight batters he faced, facing just three over the minimum.

“It was a tough loss, but I thought we played well,” said Manager Mike Weathers, who has won three silver medals against Cuba, as a player (1970), assistant (2003) and manager (2007). “ We couldn’t solve their pitching. Both teams played very well. We should be very proud to win a silver medal. We overcame a lot and accomplished many things. These guys will take home a lot of memories.”

Closer Pedro Lazo struck out three in a row, before Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) came through with a two-out base hit in the ninth. Justin Smoak (South Carolina) then flew out to center to end the contest.

Jordan Danks (Texas) broke up Palma’s perfect game to lead off the fourth inning after the U.S. trailed 3-0. Danks scored on a two-out single by Smoak to cut the lead to 3-1.

A two-out double by Alex Mayeta in the third gave the Cubans an early 2-0 lead. A two-out infield single in the fourth plated another run to give Cuba a 3-0 advantage.

American starter Jacob Thompson (1-2, Virginia) last just the first four innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, surrendering his first earned runs of the summer. Four U.S. pitchers did not allow a run the rest of the way.

Team USA won their only gold medal in 1967 in Canada and have medaled in 16 of 18 games... Team USA came into the final game batting .303 as a team in Brazil, managing just five hits in the final game.

The Americans return to the U.S. later today as they begin a five-game series with China starting on July 22 and 24 in Mobile, AL... Team USA will then head North to Birmingham, Rome, GA and Ft. Mill, SC before finishing off the nine-game American trip with the Netherlands and Russia in North Carolina... the team closes out their schedule at the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands starting on August 2... Mexico and Nicaragua were awarded dual bronze medals, not playing the consolation game.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

USA to forfeit Gold Medal to Cuba?

The AP is reporting that the United States might have to forfeit their Gold Medal Game against Cuba that is supposed to be played Friday morning due to the fact that the USA team has to leave Rio de Janeiro Friday evening to get back to the States to take on China. It is possible that Friday's game could be pushed back till Saturday or Sunday because the field is in horrible condition and is not usually used for baseball as Brazil is still an up and coming country in baseball.

AP Article

Samford gets MSU Transfer

The Samford Bulldogs have picked up a transfer from Mississippi State in Michael Rutledge. He played in 69 games last season for the Bulldogs while advancing to the College World Series. Rutledge should provide leadership for the Samford program hopefully leading them to a Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2008.

Team USA-Cuba Game Moved to Friday

The Gold Medal Game between Team USA and Cuba has been moved to Friday. The game is tentatively scheduled to start at 9am on Friday but it is a game-time decision as the field is in some poor shape. Stay tuned to The College Baseball Blog for the most up to date information on Team USA.

Team USA Release

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Team USA to take on Cuba for Gold Medal

Press Release

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--- Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) saved both ends of Team USA’s (15-5, 4-0 Pan Am Games) doubleheader at the Pan American Games, defeating Brazil 7-5 in the play-in game and then moving onto the Gold Medal Game following a 2-1 victory over Mexico. The Americans, who have won one gold medal (1967) and eight silver medals since 1951 at these Games, will face Cuba, who won their pool following a 4-0 victory over Nicaragua.

“Our goal for the summer was to play for a goal medal, and that’s where we are at,” said Manager Mike Weathers. “To win a double header in international play, is very difficult, and I’m proud of our guys today and the obstacles they had to face. We will be ready to go tomorrow.”

Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) had two multi-hit games today, giving him four for the Games, as he went 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI against Mexico, after going 2-for-3 with a key two-run single against Brazil.

“I felt good today. Playing for a gold medal means a lot,” said Satterwhite. “Good hitting got us into the finals, and we continue to play well.”

Brian Matusz (1-0, San Diego) threw six and one third innings in the semifinal win, giving it over to the bullpen with a 2-1 lead after giving just three hits and five strikeouts. Francisco Campos countered with two runs on seven hits, pitching into the seventh, taking the loss for Mexico.

“It was exciting to pitch in a semifinal game, maybe outside the gold medal, our most important game,” said Matusz. “I didn’t know a lot about Mexico, but I knew they had some power by the way they swung the bat. My off speed pitch was not great, but I was spotting my fastball and my changeup was getting grounders and popups.”

USA reliever Brett Hunter retired six in a row and two and one-third overall, before Benjamin Gil hit a two-out double in the ninth. Satterwhite, after walking a batter, got a lineout of Ivan Terrazas to pick up his third save of the summer.

Team USA took a 2-1 lead on Mexico in the fifth with an RBI double by Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) and an RBI single from Forsythe.

The Americans guaranteed the No. 1 seed in Pool A earlier in the day, holding on for a 7-5 win over host Brazil, thanks to a five-run seventh inning.

Joe Kelly (1-0, UC Riverside) got the win in relief, as Satterwhite came on with the bases loaded and no outs with a three-run lead in the ninth and got the save.

Claudio Yamada, the third of four pitchers in the seventh, threw eight-straight balls to walk the go-ahead run in for the Americans to ignite the inning. A Forsythe two-run single followed, before a Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) double made it 7-2.

Ryan Berry (Rice) gave up four hits and two runs over five and one third innings, but walked five, as the Americans tied the game in the sixth and second innings.

The Americans have won a medal in 14 out of the previous 16 games since the games started in 1951. They won their only gold medal in 1967 in Canada, and finished a runner-up another eight times. In their last series in 2003, when Manager Mike Weathers and assistant Mark Scalf were assistants, Team USA finished with a silver medal to Cuba... Team USA’s pitching staff was called for 12 walks on Wednesday, after averaging just under three per game over the first 18 games.

With Mexico winning the continued game over Venezuela 3-2 in 10 innings, Cuba earned the No. 1 seed in Pool B and Mexico was the No. 2 seed.... Nicaragua defeated the Dominican Republic 2-0 in the other play-in game, giving Nicaragua and the Dominican 1-2 records in Pool B, and guaranteeing the Americans a medal game about 90 minutes prior to USA’s final pitch against Brazil.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Team USA Rescheduled

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL— Team USA’s scheduled Pan American baseball game with host Brazil was pushed back yet again. The Americans (13-5, 2-0 Pan Am Games) are now set to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Mexico-Venezuela 2-2 tie, which ended after nine innings on July 14. That game, part of pool B play, is set for Wednesday on Field One of the Cidade do Rock at 9 a.m. Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic were also delayed by a day, due to poor field conditions, as they will play on Field Two at 9 a.m.

The USA, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican were all slated to resume play on Tuesday at 10 a.m., but rain in the Rio de Janeiro area last night pushed the game back to 1 p.m. At around 2 p.m. the game was cancelled due to an accumulation of water. This is the second setback for the quartet, as Cidade do Rock’s lights were in antiquate for night games and pushed games in pool A back a day.

The semifinals between the top two teams in each pool, will begin at approximately 1 p.m. The gold medal game between the winners will be on Field One at 9 a.m. on Thursday, while the bronze medal game will be 30 minutes afterwards between the two losers.

A win for the U.S. guarantees a spot in the semifinals.

(home team last)
Mexico vs. Venezuela, continued at 9 a.m. (2-2 tie after 9 innings)
Brazil vs. USA (30 minutes afterwards)
Semifinal Game, approximately 1 p.m. (1 vs. 2, Pool TBA)

Dominican Republic vs. Nicaragua, 9 a.m.
Semifinal Game, approximately 1 p.m. (1 vs. 2, Pool TBA)

Gold Medal Game, 9 a.m.
Bronze Medal Game, 30 minutes afterwards

Perfect Game Names Top Summer League Teams

Perfect Game has released their weekly rankings of summer league teams which is led by the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League. They are joined by Bourne at number 6, Chatham at number 8, and Falmouth at 10. The only other league with more then one team in the top 16 is the Coastal Plain League which has two teams. The full listing is available here.

Valley League Players of the Week

The Valley League has released their players of the week for the week ending on July 16th. They named Bradley Ray and Brett Stewart as the Players of the Week while Daniel Malone and Russ Brewer picked up Pitchers of the Week. Bradley Ray (Auburn) batted .320 with 2 homers last weekend. Brett Stewart (Appalachian State) hit .375 for the week with four runs scored and four driven in. Daniel Malone (Northwest Missouri State) went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings last week. Russ Brewer (Vanderbilt) threw a complete game shutout last week on Thursday while only allowing three hits.

Players of the Week Release
Weekly Notes

Western Carolina hires Moranda

Western Carolina has officially announced that Bobby Moranda will be the new head coach of the baseball program. He comes to the school from Georgia Tech where he was the associate head and pitching coach to Danny Hall for six seasons. He also spent time at Wake Forest in a similar position while starting his coaching career as an assistant with Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.

Full Release

Monday, July 16, 2007

Cape Cod Baseball League Awards for Week 5

The Cape Cod League has announced their players of the week for the week ending on July 13th. Hyannis starting pitcher Bryce Stowell (Cal-Irvine) was named the Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week after pitching seven shutout innings against Chatham while only letting up three hits and one walk. Falmouth third baseman Conor Gillaspie (Wichita State) picked up the Player of the Week award after hitting 9-18 including some key extra base hits while slugging .833.

The Cape Cod League also announced that NESN will be broadcasting the Cape Cod League All-Star game on tape delay which will air July 30th at 7 pm with Bob Neumeier of NBC Sports doing play by play with Jim Beattie doing color who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and most recently was the Executive VP of the Baltimore Orioles.

The full Cape Cod League Weekly Recap is available by clicking here.

USA Baseball 8 Nicaragua 4

-Press Release-

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--- The top of the American order reached base safely a combined 11 times as Team USA (13-5, 2-0 Pan Am Games) remained perfect at the Pan American Games following an 8-4 victory over Nicaragua (0-2 Pan Am).

Number-three hitter Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) drove in five runs, going 3-for-4, while No. 2 hitter Logan Forsythe walked three times and added two hits. Leadoff hitter Jordan Danks (Texas) added a hit and two walks, as the trio were a combined 6-for-10 with five walks, five runs and three steals.

Danny Espinosa (Long Beach State), Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) and Brett Wallace (Arizona State) added two hit days as well, part of the 14-hit attack.

Lance Lynn (1-0, Ole Miss) fought through seven innings, after giving up two runs in the first. Lynn gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, walking two and striking out one for the win. Lynn had entered the Pan American Games as the team's strikeout leader.

The Americans scored three runs in the first to chase Nicaraguan starter and loser Luz Portobanco from the game. An RBI single by Alvarez, followed by a double steal gave the Americans a 2-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Brett Wallace then made it 3-0.

After the Nicaraguans scored two in the bottom of the first, Alvarez came right back with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. A two-run double by Alvarez in the fourth then made it 6-2. Alvarez's final RBI came in the eighth, thanks to a two-out RBI single.

A chance of rain threatened the game as a heavy fog blanketed the tops of the mountains... rain began sprinkling in the third inning and was off and on the rest of the game... Pedro Alvarez drove in a summer-best five and has seven RBIs over the last three games... the seventh inning stretch was actually provided by Dodgers Stadium's organist via computer... the Dominican Republic beat Brazil 14-2 in eight innings in the first game, as both the Dominicans and the Brazilians enter the final day of pool play with a record of 1-1... DR will play Nicaragua at 10 a.m. on the other field.... Panama finished their pool play on the B side 3-0 with a 9-0 win over Mexico.

The Americans continue pool play with host Brazil on Tuesday at 10 a.m. on field one. The games were pushed back a day for the Americans, due to lighting safety concerns for night games during the Pan American Games... Two more medal-round games follow on July 18 and 19.

Box Score

David Price wins Roger Clemens Award

Vanderbilt left-handed pitcher and MLB #1 overall draft pick David Price was named the winner of the 2007 Roger Clemens Award, beating out UVA's Jacob Thompson and Charlotte's Adam Mills.

Press release:

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Team USA knocks off DR

Team USA picked up a 5-1 victory over the Dominican Republic to open up pool play. Tyson Ross (Cal) started on the mound and kept the Dominican offense off balance with solid off-speed stuff and a good fastball. He lasted 6.2 innings while giving up four hits and one run while striking out seven batters. Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) went 3-4 with an RBI while Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) went 2-5 with an RBI to lead Team USA offense. The Dominican team consisted of former major league players in Jose Offerman, Raul Mondesi, Delvi Cruz, Enrique Wilson, and Luis Polonia.

Team USA will be back in action on Monday when they play Nicaragua and will play Brazil on Tuesday in the final game of group play.

Team USA Recap
Ryan Flaherty Diary Entry