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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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.

ARCHIVE
APRIL 2015

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providing news involving
AUSTRALIAN Players in yellow text, while 
news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

  29 APRIL 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS GETS AN OUT AT FENWAY!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

Australian LIAM HENDRIKS continues to adjust to his current role as a set-up reliever and he collected his first hold with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.70 ERA) that helped his Toronto Blue Jays to prevail in a slugfest 11-8 over the Boston Red Sox at fabled Fenway Park. Boston's Hanley Ramirez had homered with two out in the bottom of the eighth to close the score gap to 8-10 and Pablo Sandoval followed with a base hit to bring the tying run to the plate. Enter Hendriks to face dangerous pinch hitter Allen Craig who he got to ground back to the mound on his very first pitch for his own assist - the rally was snuffed just like that!

In the New York Yankees 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays two former ABL imports were in opposition. Short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.224) for the Yankees while KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.293) as starting centre fielder for the Rays.

The previous day BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched 1.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k (3.86 ERA) for the Seattle Mariners during their 4-9 defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros. He was taken deep for a solo homer by Astro's catcher Jason Castro.

Kevin Kiermaier

 

  24 APRIL 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS STRUGGLES v ORIOLES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Aussie ace LIAM HENDRIKS ran into a buzz-saw today when he was collared for 0.1ip 3h 3er 0bb 1k (4.91 ERA) by the Baltimore Orioles who were still edged by his Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 at the Rogers Centre. In his customary manner Liam was intent on pounding the strike zone with seven of ten pitches thrown for strikes but, on this occasion, the hitters enjoyed the ball being over the plate. Facing the heart of the O's lineup for the top of the ninth with his team leading handily 7-2, Hendrix was greeted with an Adam Jones single into right field before he struck out powerhouse Chris Davis who was caught looking at a 1-2 pitch. Veteran Delmon Young followed with a soft liner into centre field, enabling a RBI opportunity for Travis Snyder who drove in Jones with a single back up the middle. With Hendriks replaced on the mound he had to watch on as next batter Manny Machado launched a home run over left field to plate two more earned runs against his ledger. It wasn't a particularly pleasant day for our guy, but at least his team had enough breathing space to hang on for the win.

Former Adelaide import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) was also in action again today with a solid 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (3.86 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who were toppled 1-2 by the Colorado Rockies.

Brandon Maurer
  22 APRIL 2015 - HENDRIKS OK; MAURER GETS WIN!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Not that he would have been looking forward to "breaking his duck", but Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS finally allowed his first earned run of the season when he pitched 1.0ip 2h 1er 1bb 0k (1.29 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays in their high scoring 13-6 win over the highly fancied Baltimore Orioles. It may not be a legitimate excuse, yet relief pitchers have long found it hard to focus when pitching with a big lead and this is what Liam had with the Blue Jays leading handsomely 11-3 when he took over the mound for the top of the seventh. The table was set for the O's when Ryan Flaherty milked a full count walk and Everth Cabrera poked a single into left field. Hendriks got the dangerous Steve Pearce to pop out to the second baseman before he was then victimised when a potential double play was botched by a throwing error that allowed an unearned run to score on a harmless Chris Davis ground ball. There was some justice for him when Baltimore's No.1 star Adam Jones lined into a double play to the left fielder who doubled off the runner at second to end the inning. Hendriks returned for the top of the eighth, but he was lifted when veteran Delmon Young led off the inning with a single to right. Unfortunately Liam was saddled with the earned run when Young scored later in the inning.

Recent ABL import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) collected his first win with the San Diego Padres when he pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (5.40 ERA) in middle relief during their comeback 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Brandon Maurer
  20 APRIL 2015 - MAURER HOLDS; GREGORIUS BATS 2-4!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brandon Maurer
Former Adelaide Bite right-hander BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) collected his first hold of the season for the San Diego Padres with a breezy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (6.75 ERA) in their 5-2 victory over the hosting Chicago Cubs. Maurer threw five of just nine pitches for strikes in his 1-2-3 frame.

After a sluggish offensive start to his 2015 season, ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) is finding it tough to fill the massive shoes of Derek Jeter, but he found some joy by batting 2-4 (.189) to help the New York Yankees to stump the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3.

Didi Gregorius
  19 APRIL 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS HOT - GRANT BALFOUR NOT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Grant Balfour

 

Make no mistake, Aussie pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS is a starting pitcher by trade and he probably still intends to be one, but the early indications are that he is also well suited to a middle relief role that he is currently enjoying with the Toronto Blue Jays. Today Liam threw eight of eleven pitches for strikes while striking out two of the three hitters he faced in a tight 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves. More significantly, Hendriks played a pivotal role in the game when he was called from the bullpen with runners on the corners and nobody out and with his team trailing 3-4 in the top of the eighth. Under the intense pressure to keep the game within reach he got Chris Johnson to line out to centre field, then he struck out veteran catcher A.J Pierzynski after a wild pitch had moved the first base runner to second. Impressively, he held his nerve to strike out experienced clutch hitter Jonny Gomes on four pitches to end the inning. In the wash-up his poised 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00 ERA) was a vital contribution to his team's victory. Yesterday Liam got just the one out in a game that Toronto lost 7-8 to the Braves. He got Chris Johnson to fly out to right to end the top of the eighth and that was his job done for the day.

Unlike Hendriks, his Australian compatriot GRANT BALFOUR had a tough day at the office as one of a few Tampa Bay Rays' pitchers to suffer at the hands of the highly experienced New York Yankees' lineup. Grant was roughed up to the tune of 0.2ip 1h 3er 3bb 0k (6.23 ERA) after entering the game with the 'Bronx Bombers' already on an offensive roll, en route to their 9-0 shutout win. Balfour came into the game in the top of the seventh with two on and one out, just after the Yanks had scored their fourth run of the game. His first misfire was to walk Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez on five pitches to load the bases, allowing Mark Teixeira to cash in a sacrifice fly for the second out. Then, after hitting Brain McCann with a pitch, the nightmare was complete when the "hit or miss" Chris Young didn't miss and he delivered a game-breaking GRAND SLAM home run over left field. To add insult to injury, Balfour then walked Chase Headley and Stephen Drew before finally ending a forgettable inning with Gregorio Petit fouling out to the catcher. Suffice to say that it wouldn't rate among his major league highlights.

Recent ABL import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) wasn't able to keep a clean sheet for the San Diego Padres when he pitched an untidy 1.0ip 2h 2er 1bb 0k (9.00 ERA) in their 6-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

  16 APRIL 2015 - GRANT BALFOUR MAINTAINS 0.00 ERA!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Aussie reliever GRANT BALFOUR pitched the final frame of a blowout 7-12 loss for his Tampa Bay Rays at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. Not to prolong the agony for his team 'Balf' sat the Blue Jays down in order with a swift bottom of the eighth. He got Danny Valencia to fly out to centre field, Edwin Encarnacion to ground out to short and Dioner Navarro to ground out to the second baseman. Our man maintained his 0.00 ERA with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) didn't manage hit on this occasion with 0-2, yet he still owns a very good .321 batting average so far this season.
Kevin Kiermaier
  15 APRIL 2015 - BALFOUR HOLDS; HENDRIKS STRONG!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
It just so happened that Australia's only two current major league players were pitted in opposition when GRANT BALFOUR helped his Tampa Bay Rays to edge LIAM HENDRIKS' Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 at the Rogers Centre. Both Aussies performed well personally with Balfour recording his first hold of the season via the line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA) and Hendriks pitching a strong 1.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 3k (0.00 ERA).
Liam was first to the hill to begin the top of the sixth and he immediately faced Rays' star Evan Longoria who milked an eight pitch walk. He made sure that the walk didn't haunt him by getting Desmond Jennings to ground into a fielder's choice to the third baseman and Logan Forsythe called out on strikes before Jennings was caught stealing to end the inning. Hendriks then returned for the top of the seventh to strike out both Rene Rivera looking and Tim Beckham swinging. He had done enough after Bobby Wilson singled and he did not get to face former ABL import outfielder Kevin Kiermaier.
Grant Balfour handled the bottom of the eighth for Tampa in smart fashion with Josh Donaldson flying out to left field, Dioner Navarro flying out to right field and Russell Martin flying out to left.
KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) pinch hit for the Rays with 1-2 (.346).

Liam Hendriks
  12 APRIL 2015 - HENDRIKS & BALFOUR BOTH STRONG!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 


Grant Balfour

Having been assigned a bullpen role since rejoining the Toronto Blue Jays this season, Aussie right hander LIAM HENDRIKS is maintaining a clean sheet so far this season. In today's 1-7 loss to the Baltimore Orioles Liam took very good care of the final two frames by throwing 21 of 28 pitches for strikes and striking out four of the minimum six batters he faced. Taking over for the bottom of the seventh, he began by fanning Jonathan Schoop on a full count, Everth Cabrera then grounded out to the first baseman and Caleb Joseph was called out on strikes. In the bottom of the eighth he won a nine pitch battle to have Alejandro De Aza struck out swinging. Steve Pearce lofted his first pitch for a fly out to right field, then he worked back from a 2-0 count to have powerhouse Chris Davis struck out looking. His line for the day was 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 4k (0.00 ERA). In yesterday's 12-5 win over the Orioles Hendriks threw another sturdy 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k in his first outing for the new season. In this game Liam got Caleb Joseph to ground out to short ahead of Everth Cabrera's single up the middle. He was quickly erased on an inning ending double play when Steve Pearce grounded to the short stop.

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR also maintained his clean ERA yesterday when he pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who were "squeaked" 9-10 by the local rival Miami Marlins after ten innings. Pitching the bottom of the fifth Balfour was under immediate threat when Jarrod Saltalamacchia ripped a double to right, but he re-grouped to get Adeiny Hechavarria to ground out to short, pitcher Dan Haren to line out to right and Dee Gordon to ground out to short.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k (0.00 ERA) for his new club San Diego Padres who swamped the defending Champion San Francisco Giants 10-2 today.

New New York Yankees short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 0-2 (.133), but he did deliver a sacrifice fly RBI in today's loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. In yesterday's epic 19 inning game Gregorius pinch hit and took over at short with 1-6 in the near seven hour 5-6 loss to the 'Bosox'.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.353) as the leadoff batted for the Tampa Bay Rays who blanked the Miami Marlins 2-0 this morning.


Brandon Maurer


Didi Gregorius


Kevin Kiermaier

  8 APRIL 2015 - BALFOUR BATTLES; KIERMAIER HOMERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
On the second day of major league action for 2015, Australia's GRANT BALFOUR was again called upon for a brief middle relief outing when he pitched 0.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (0.00 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who were pipped 5-6 by the Baltimore Orioles. With one on and two out in the top of the sixth Grant secured the final out of the inning when he got Caleb Joseph to line out to the centre fielder. He began the top of the seventh unconvincingly when Everth Cabrera hit his second pitch for a single into left field and, when Alejandro De Aza worked a five pitch walk, our man was given the hook. Thankfully both of his base runners were stranded in the inning to maintain his clear ERA so far this season. One player who tried his best to rally for Tampa was his team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) who batted 2-4 (.429) with two RBIs coming via his first home run of the young season.
Kevin Kiermaier
  7 APRIL 2015 - GRANT BALFOUR STARTS WITH ONE OUT!
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 was on duty, albeit briefly, on opening day of the new MLB season when he secured the only out asked of him for the Tampa Bay Rays during their 2-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. With a runner in scoring position on second base and two out in the top of the eighth Balfour won a full count battle with the dangeroius Delmon Young who flew out to right field after seven pitches. He starts his season with 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA). His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.333) while starting at centre field in the opener.

Recent ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) didn't exactly endear himself to his new fans at Yankee Stadium as the "replacement" for retired legend Derek Jeter in the opening game of the new season. Gregorius batted 0-2 (.000) as the starting short stop for the New York Yankees who were rolled 1-6 by the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Worse still, he committed the baseball sin of making the third out at third base in a base running misadventure just when the Yankees were threatening to get back into the game.


Didi Gregorius

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