Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
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It is intended that this page will maintain a historical record of previous news published on this site. From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages. It may interest some people to read the developments in chronological order right here.

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APRIL 2013

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news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

 

  30 APR 2013 - DONALD LUTZ DEBUTS FOR CINCINNATI!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 


Travis Blackley

Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR was called upon for extended duty but it was not hard to explain why when he was part of an epic 19 inning game in which his Oakland Athletics eventually prevailed 10-8 over the Los Angeles Angels. 'Balf' came into the game for the top of the tenth where he quickly had Mark Trumbo struck out swinging and Howie Kendrick fly out to right. Brendan Harris singled into right with two out before the inning concluded with Chris Ianetta lining out to the second baseman. Taking care of the eleventh inning Grant saw Andrew Romine single into left for a leadoff base runner, causing Peter Bourjos to drop down a predictable sacrifice bunt. After striking out young prodigy Mike Trout on three pitches he was told to walk renowned slugger Albert Pujols intentionally. The strategy proved sound when Josh Hamilton flied out to centre field. Our man kept the score tied with an important 2.0ip 2h 0er 1bb 2k (2.45ERA).

Aussie left-hander TRAVIS BLACKLEY was one of the Houston Astros' team that came alive along with his struggling team mates in their amazingly dominant upset 9-1 win over the New York Yankees at New Yankee Stadium. 'Trav' pitched an impressive scoreless 1.2ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k (4.70ERA) in middle relief to make sure that there were no late game heroics for his opponents. With two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh Blackley worked some magic to get Brett Gardner to ground into a double play to end the threat. Back to face the meat of the Bronx Bombers' lineup in the bottom of the eighth he got superstar Robinson Cano to pop out to third before he lost a full count battle with old-time ABL import Vernon Wells who walked. Travis Hafner flied out to centre field for two out, but Wells found his way to third base via fielder's indifference and a wild pitch as Brandon Boesch walked for two aboard. He once again prevented a score by getting Jayson Nix to fly out to centre field. Recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) Barnes batted a terrific 3-5 (.405) including two doubles and three RBIs as the 'Stros hammered the Yanks' ace veteran starter Any Pettitte. VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) also did his job for the Yankees with 2-3 (.307) and a run batted in.

DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011) became the third import from the modern ABL era to reach the US major leagues when he pinch hit for the Cincinnati Reds during their 2-1 win over the St.Louis Cardinals. Lutz batted 0-1 (.000) on his big league debut.

NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) was again valuable for the Miami Marlins as the starting short stop when he batted 2-4 (.318) with two RBIs to help them squeak past the New York Mets 4-3.


Donald Lutz

 


Brandon Barnes

 


Nick Green

  29 APR 2013 - GRANT BALFOUR HELPS A's TO BEAT BALTIMORE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Aussie flame thrower GRANT BALFOUR was in action at the pointy end of his Oakland Athletics' exciting 9-8 win over the Baltimore Orioles after 10 innings. As usual Grant was called upon to pitch the vital ninth inning, but he was unable to prevent the Orioles from adding a run to their 7-6 lead at the time. In the top of the ninth he got Nolan Reimold to line out to right for the first out, however, back-to-back doubles from Nate McLouth and Manny Machado produced the insurance run for the O's. Balfour then had Nick Markakis ground out to second before striking out Adam Jones to end the inning with Machado threatening on third base. It was a good thing that he prevented any further runs because it allowed team mate Yeonis Cespedes to tie the game in with his booming two run bomb in the bottom of the ninth. His line for the game was 1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 1k (3.00ERA).

Never noted to be a power hitter, utility infielder NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) ripped his first home run of the season while helping his latest team Miami Marlins to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4. Green batted 1-3 (.278) with the big RBI after starting at short stop for 'The Fish'.


Nick Green
  28 APR 2013 - TRAVIS BLACKLEY GOOD AGAIN v RED SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley
Australia's seasoned major league pitcher TRAVIS BLACKLEY was again the first reliever called upon by the Houston Astros today during their away defeat at the hands of the streaking Boston Red Sox. As often 'Trav' was called upon to stop the bleeding for the Astros in the fourth inning after their starter had already coughed up a losing position in the game. With a runner on third and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Blackley wasn't quite able to prevent powerhouse David 'Big Papi' Ortiz from lifting a sacrifice fly to left for another run, yet he did stop him from plonking it out of the yard and he did record the out. He then saw the almost as powerful Mike Napoli single to left before he polished off the inning by striking out Mike Carp.
In the bottom of the fifth Travis struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia ahead of Will Middlebrooks' single up the middle. He kept his earned run sheet clean by getting Stephen Drew to ground out to first and Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out back to the mound for his own assist. It was another solid effort for Blackley with 1.2ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k (6.00ERA). In the same game there was some disagreement as to whether recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) should have been substituted out of the game after batting 1-2 (.375) plus a walk before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth.

VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) batted 1-3 (.309) with a stolen base and a RBI to help his New York Yankees to scrape past the Toronto Blue Jays5-4 today.

  27 APR 2013 - ROSS (TWICE) AND WELLS BOTH GO DEEP!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

David Ross
We have noted often on this web site over the years what a dangerous hitter and terrific backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) has been. The one thing that has often staggered us is why he has been able to move from club to club without someone giving him a long-term deal. In his second tour of duty with the Boston Red Sox he has proved his worth once again. Today Ross clocked two home runs over the "Green Monster" at Fenway Park, batting 4-4 (.241) with the two RBIs to help the Sox to beat the visiting Houston Astros 7-3. Maybe Boston will hang on to him this time?

Yesterday VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) pounded his sixth "big fly" of the season while batting 1-4 (.293) to help the New York Yankees to top the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3.

Vernon Wells
  26 APR 2013 - TRAVIS BLACKLEY SOLID IN BOSTON!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley


Grant Balfour


Didi Gregorius

In today's game Australia's TRAVIS BLACKLEY put together back-to-back positive performances as a middle reliever for the Houston Astros with 1.1ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k (8.31ERA) during their 2-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Travis came into this game with a runner in scoring position at second base with two out in the bottom of the fifth. He quickly ended that inning by getting Stephen Drew to ground out to the first baseman on a 1-2 count. Returning to pitch the bottom of the sixth Blackley took good care of the top of the 'Bosox' lineup with both Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava struck out swinging. He then lost an eight pitch battle with Dustin Pedroia who walked, yet he moved no further when David 'Big Papi' Ortiz grounded out to the short stop. Blackley looks to be back on track after a somewhat concerning start to the 2013 season.

... and in the past couple of days of major league action:

Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR kept his team in the game with 1.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 2k (2.25ERA) for a scoreless ninth inning, but his Oakland Athletics could not find another run in their 5-6 defeat by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Grant started strong by striking out both Stephen Drew and David Ross before Jacoby Ellsbury milked a five pitch walk and Mike Carp followed with a full count walk. Any threat was quickly averted when 'Balf' got Dustin Pedroia to ground out to the short stop.

Aussie left-hander TRAVIS BLACKLEY earned his first hold of the season when he pitched a solid 2.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 1k to help the battling Houston Astros to squeeze past the Seattle Mariners 3-2 for a much needed morale booster. 'Trav' was the first reliever used by the 'Stros when he took over for the top of the sixth for a neat three up and three down frame. He got Raul Ibanez to ground out to first, Jesus Montero to fly out to right and Dustin Ackley to ground out to second. Back for the top of the seventh he faced the minimum again with Robert Andino struck out looking, Endy Chavez grounding out to second and Kyle Seager lining out to right field. Knowing Blackley I doubt he would have minded pitching into his third inning in the top of the eighth, yet it somewhat spoiled a great performance when Kendrys Morales led off the inning with a monster home run over left centre for the only run he allowed and this saw him lifted from the game. His Houston team mate BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) took over at centre field as a defensive replacement and he also contributed offensively with 1-2. More recently Barnes batted 2-4 (.367) as the starting right fielder for the Astros in their 10-3 win over the Mariners.

Recent ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) continues to consolidate his place as short stop for the Arizona Diamondbacks with 1-5. to help his team to topple the San Francisco Giants 6-4. Yesterday he went even better with 2-5 (.400) as a major contribution to the 'Snakes' 3-2 win over the Giants.

  22 APR 2013 - DIDI GREGORIUS HOMERS AGAIN FOR SNAKES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Didi Gregorius
Never really considered a power threat, recent ABL short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) nailed his second home run in recent days since being called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gregorius batted 2-3 (.545) for the 'Snakes' to help them to prevail 5-4 over the Colorado Rockies.

Perhaps the most famous import slugger from the original ABL competition VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) continues to haunt his first major league team Toronto Blue Jays, even though the Jays enjoyed a 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees in the series finale. Wells batted 2-5 to push his season average with the Yanks to .317.

NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) batted 1-3 (.364) as the starting short stop for the Miami Marlins in their 6-10 defeat by the Cincinnati Reds.


Vernon Wells
  21 APR 2013 - TRAVIS BLACKLEY BACK IN BLOWOUT LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Travis Blackley
Australia's popular lefty TRAVIS BLACKLEY was back in the big leagues and it is hard to be too critical of his modest 1.0ip 3h 3er 2bb 0k (27.00ERA) effort in the midst of a blowout game. The visiting Cleveland Indians already had 15 runs on the board after just three innings and his new team Houston Astros were virtually drowned in a flood of offence as they were swept away with a "NFL score" 6-19 thumping. The three runs allowed by Travis came in a hurry when Mike Aviles milked a full count walk to lead off the inning, Nick Swisher doubled and veteran slugger Jason Giambi cashed in all three with his booming homer over right field. Blackley got Carlos Santana to ground out but then he issued a five pitch walk to Mark Reynolds. The second out came when Lonnie Chisenhall flied out to centre field on a nine pitch full count. It looked like more trouble was brewing when Drew Stubbs reached on a fortunate infield single and runners landed on second and third after a throwing error on the play. The inning ended when Michael Brantley grounded out to short. It was certainly "hard graft" for our man with a tough 39 pitch inning.
His new team mate and recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) launched his first home run of the season yet, to be fair, his two RBI shot didn't make much noise in the context of this game. Barnes batted 1-4 (.333) with the two RBIs as the starting right fielder.

To pinch a phrase from Hollywood film history - "Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water" - That's just about what it must feel like for pitchers facing former All-Star slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999)  this season. After seeing his output in steady decline during his time with the LA Angels, Wells seems to have found the elixir of youth since joining the New York Yankees. His red-hot streak continued with yet another home run, his fifth of the season, among a mighty 3-5 (.310) effort. He was obviously a key to the Yankees hanging about to finally outlast the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 after eleven innings.

Brandon Barnes

 

 

 


Vernon Wells

  18 APR 2013 - GREEN & GREGORIUS BACK IN MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Nick Green
Revitalised veteran VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) continues to rake since joining the fabled New York Yankees this season. His 2-5 (.283) with his fourth home run of the season and two RBIs certainly helped the 'Evil Empire' to roll past the Toronto Blue Jays quite comfortably 9-4.

Former IBLA import and major league journeyman NICK GREEN (IBLA Internationals 2001) seems intent on making the most of his latest opportunity. Green was recently promoted from 'AAA' by the Miami Marlins to replace an injured team mate and he did a decisive job as their starting short stop in their narrow 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Green batted 3-4 (.750) to keep the bases busy for 'The Fish' who have been struggling this season.

An import from the new ABL era, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011), recently returned to the big leagues as the starting short stop for his new team the Arizona Diamondbacks. In their 1-3 defeat by the Colorado Rockies, Gregorius did pretty much all that he could with 2-3 (.500).

Didi Gregorius
  18 APR 2013 - GRANT BALFOUR SAVES No.3 v ASTROS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
It wasn't exactly a cruise on this occasion, but Australia's GRANT BALFOUR wouldn't grumble about collecting his third save of the season when he closed the Oakland Athletics' 7-5 win over the floundering Houston Astros. The first batter he faced in the top of the ninth was pinch hitting former major league pitcher Rick Ankiel who caught lightning in a bottle with a home run over right centre to lead off the inning. With the lead trimmed to just two runs the tying run came to the plate after Matt Dominguez poked a single into left field on a 2-2 count. Balfour held firm when Marvin Gonzalez grounded a full count pitch into a fielder's choice to the first baseman. It all ended quickly after that when Jose Altuve grounded his second pitch into a double play initiated by the second baseman. Grant's line for the game was 1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 0k (2.57ERA). In the same game Houston's BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 0-2 (.294) as the starting right fielder.

Backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) did his usual effective job with 1-3 (.200) for the Boston Red Sox who continued to roll 7-2 over the Cleveland Indians.

David Ross
  17 APR 2013 - GRANT BALFOUR SAVES No.2 v HOUSTON!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
My sincere thanks to fellow Aussie GRANT BALFOUR for once again making good my reports that closers are at their sharpest when the game is most delicately balanced.

No doubt Grant was as sharp as a razor, throwing nine of eleven pitches for strikes in a brilliantly efficient effort that closed down the Oakland Athletics narrow 4-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Pitching the top of the ninth he struck out Rick Ankiel, got Matt Dominguez to pop out to the second baseman and then finished with a flourish by striking out Marvin Gonzalez. It earned Balfour his second save of the young season with a crisp 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (1.50ERA).

  16 APR 2013 - GRANT BALFOUR WHIFFS BARNES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australia's GRANT BALFOUR enjoyed another "low pressure" outing when he closed the last inning for the Oakland Athletics who stomped upon the hapless Houston Astros 11-2 at Oakland Coliseum. Grant got the workout he probably wanted with twenty pitches for a line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (1.80ERA). He got Matt Dominguez to line out to left field and Ronny Cedeno to fly out to right, both with two strike counts before he fanned recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) on a seven pitch full count.

Veteran slugging outfielder VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) lashed his third home run of the young 2013 season while batting a solid 2-4 (.333) for the New York Yankees who fell 3-5 to the Baltimore Orioles. 45yo Wells seems to be enjoying a late career surge since donning the pin stripes.


Vernon Wells
  13 APR 2013 - BALFOUR SCORELESS IN EPIC WIN v TIGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Aussie closer GRANT BALFOUR pitched an important scoreless ninth inning for the Oakland Athletics who went on to outlast the fancied Detroit Tigers 4-3 in twelve innings. Grant threw twelve of 19 pitches for strikes to post a pitching line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.25ERA).

Hurling the top of the ninth at the Oakland Coliseum 'Balf' had to battle Victor Martinez for six pitches before having him fly out to right, then seven more pitches to get Alex Avila struck out swinging. The not misspelt Jhonny Peralta poked a two out single up the middle but it came to nothing when Don Kelly lined out to the second baseman to end the inning.

Always one of the more dangerous hitting catchers, journeyman DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) came to the fore once again today with his booming home run in the fifth inning that tied the game for the Boston Red Sox who went on to beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 in the tenth inning. Obviously his 1-3 (.167) game with the big RBI was a key contribution once again.


David Ross
  11 APR 2013 - HENDRIKS HITS BACK STRONG AT KANSAS CITY!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

After a comparatively rough first start for the 2013 season, Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS bounced back in terrific style even though he was once again unfortunate not to take a win.
Liam pitched 5.0ip 4h 1er 0bb 4k (4.66ERA) but it earned him a hard-luck loss when his Minnesota Twins were shut out 0-3 by the Kansas City Royals.
B1: The only run that Hendriks allowed came via a solo home run with two out off the powerful bat of Kansas City veteran Billy Butler.
B2: After Salvador Perez led off the inning with a single, Liam had to overcome an error that allowed Eric Hosmer aboard safely. He struck out Jeff Francouer before Lorenzo Cain singled to load the bags. It was a pivotal moment for the Aussie who "hung tough" to strike out Chris Getz and then he got Alex Gordon to fly out to extinguish the threat.
B3: Billy Butler was aboard again after being hit by a pitch - surely not deliberately thrown by the young Aussie after Butler's long ball previously? - He still faced the minimum when he induced a double play from Mike Moustakas.
B4: Salvador Perez doubled to lead off the fourth but Hendriks responded to strike out Hosmer and Francouer before getting Cain to ground out.
B5: A neat 1-2-3 innings to conclude his day after 94 pitches.
It takes a fair bit of self-belief and competitive edge to respond positively after a tough outing and Liam Hendriks certainly has no shortage of those attributes - not to mention talent!
  10 APR 2013 - BALFOUR SCORELESS v ANGELS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australia's hard throwing closer GRANT BALFOUR must have needed some work when he was summoned again in a non-save situation to hurl the last inning of the Oakland Athletics 9-5 victory over the home standing Los Angeles Angels.

Grant held pretty firm after powerful slugger Mark Trumbo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single into right field. He got Howie Kendrick to line out to right field and Alberto Callaspo grounded out to second base for a fielder's choice. There was a hint of a late revival for the 'Halos' when Trumbo went to third on a wild pitch before Chris Iannetta walked to position runners at the corners. It came to nothing when light hitting Peter Bourjos flied out to right field. It left Balfour with the line of 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (3.00ERA).

  7 APR 2013 - BALFOUR SAVES HIS FIRST FOR 2013 v ASTROS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
As we noted in a recent report, you tend to see a different GRANT BALFOUR, and many other closing pitchers, when the game is on the line. He made sure that his Oakland Athletics locked down a solid 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

Admittedly it wasn't the most nerve jangling save situation, but Balfour did his job efficiently, throwing seven of his ten pitches for strikes to finish with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.50ERA). Grant got Justin Maxwell flying out to right field, struck out home run man Jason Castro on three pitches and then got J.D Martinez to fly out to right.

  6 APR 2013 - HENDRIKS NO DECISION FOR STARTERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


Vernon Wells

Australia's one and only major league starting pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS was again a touch unfortunate that he could not lock down a win for himself or his team as his Minnesota Twins were overrun 9-5 by the Baltimore Orioles away at Camden Yards. Liam had his team in front 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth but the 'Orange Birds' rallied to tie the game before putting it away late with a five-run eighth inning.
B1: A two out single from Nick Markakis prevented a clean opening frame.
B2: Only nine pitches for Liam to roll two ground balls and then to get J.J Hardy lined out.
B3: A two out single to Nate McLouth and a stolen base from the same player set the table for Manny Machado to deliver a two out RBI single.
B4: After the Twins had hit back with a "four spot" in the top of the inning, Hendriks found himself in immediate trouble when Adam Jones singled, Chris Davis singled and Matt Wieters walked to load the bags with nobody out. He got J.J Hardy to ground into a fielder's choice as a run scored, but Liam once again showed his capacity to compete under pressure when he re-grouped to strike out Ryan Flaherty and then he induced two pop-ups to get out of the jam with minimal damage.
B5: A one out single by Nick Markakis was followed by a RBI double from Adam Jones, who subsequently reached third on an error. This allowed Chris Davis to drive him in for a game tying sacrifice fly. Hendriks was then lifted when Matt Wieters singled to finish his day.
Liam started his 2013 season with a no-decision after pitching 4.2ip 8h 4er 1bb 1k (7.71ERA).

Veteran slugger VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) may have found an Autumn glow for his career since joining the fabled New York Yankees for the 2013 season. The 45yo rolled back the clock by hitting
3-4 (.429), including a consolation three run homer in the Yanks 4-7 defeat by bitter rivals Boston Red Sox.

  4 APR 2013 - BALFOUR GREETED BY HOME RUN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Major league closers have long been known to struggle if they are asked to pitch when the game is not on the line. This might somewhat excuse a battling effort from Aussie GRANT BALFOUR when he pitched 1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 0k (9.00ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who were already well on the way to a heavy 1-7 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.
Balfour's season opener began with a rude welcome when Michael Morse led off the top of the ninth with a solo homer and Franklin Gutierrez followed with a double to deep centre field. He re-grouped to make sure that Gutierrez was left on the bases when he got Justin Smoak to ground out to short, Jesus Montero to pop out to second and Dustin Ackley to ground out to first. As I said, we should not take too much notice of closers pitching in non-save situations.
  3 APR 2013 - 45YO VERNON WELLS DEBUTS WITH YANKEES!
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Vernon Wells
It's a very long time ago now that VERNON WELLS (Sydney Storm 1999) was a boom No.1 overall draft selection and the same year he played with Sydney in the original ABL he made his major league debut in 1999 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Now 45yo, the slugging outfielder has moved on from the LA Angels to the New York Yankees with whom he played on opening day 2013. Wells batted 0-3 (.000), but he walked and scored one of the Yanks two runs in their 2-8 defeat by the visiting Boston Red Sox at New Yankee Stadium.

  2 APR 2013 - BRANDON BARNES PART OF HOUSTON HISTORY!
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Brandon Barnes
Recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) was a part of Houston Astros history when he started at right field in the 2013 MLB season opener.

It was an historic day that saw the Astros become part of the league realignment as they shifted from the National League to become part of the American League West.

To cap their historic home game the Astros stunned the visiting local rivals Texas Rangers 8-2 in a major upset at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Barnes didn't manage a hit in the opener, but he walked and scored a key run in the fifth inning.

If anyone takes the trouble to contact us with any reasonably substantiated news of interest to AMLB supporters, we will publish this news on this site!