Monday, November 18, 2013
With the game tied at five in the top of the tenth inning and Jeremy Barnes on first, Jack Murphy hit a long fly ball over the fence in right field to give the semi-final win to the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, 9-5. The Cavalry beat the champions of the Korean Baseball Organisation, the Samsung Lions. The win catapults the Cavalry to the Grand Final of the 2013 Asia Series.
Posted: November 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM | 11 comment(s)
Monday, October 07, 2013
The Italian Baseball League’s Fortitudo Bologna will be Europe’s first-ever representative in the competitive Asia Series and will be pitted against other club champions from the professional leagues in Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea and Japan.
The Asia Series Executive Committee approved expanding the competition to include the winner of the annual European Cup, which was won in August by Bologna in a field that included league champions from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, San Marino, Spain and Switzerland.
With the new expanded format, winners of the Australian Baseball League, the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), the European Cup, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) will unite to determine the champion of champions at the 7th edition, which is being hosted by CPBL in Taichung, Chinese Taipei from 15-20 November 2013.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
As unveiled in June, the season opens with the historic March 22-23 Opening Series between the Dodgers and host D-backs in Sydney, Australia. MLB has opened seasons in Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo, Japan (2000, ‘04, ‘08, ‘12); and San Juan, Puerto Rico (‘01).
One week after the completion of that series, the 25th season of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” will begin the rest of the schedule on March 30. That Opening Night matchup will be announced later.
There are 14 Opening Day games on Monday, March 31. Fourteen of them are divisional matchups, including the traditional opener in Cincinnati, where the Reds start their 145th season with an immediate challenge from the National League Central-rival Cardinals.
The other four games that day include: an Interleague contest between the host Rangers and the Phillies; the Atlanta Braves visiting Milwaukee, the city where they were located from 1953-65, to play the Brewers; a matchup between 1993 expansion clubs Colorado and Miami, almost guaranteed to be Jose Fernandez’s next regular-season start after Wednesday; and a game in Oakland between the Indians and A’s, both of whom are battling for postseason berths now.
Nine games are scheduled for Tuesday, April 1, including the season debuts for the Astros and Yankees at Minute Maid Park. So begins a new post-Mariano Rivera era, meaning no player will wear No. 42 again starting with that game. The number was retired in 1997 throughout MLB to honor Jackie Robinson, and Rivera was wearing it before that declaration was made.
Posted: September 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
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