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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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
JUNE 2015

To make things easier for our loyal subscribers we will adopt a new format of
providing news involving
AUSTRALIAN Players in yellow text, while 
news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

  29 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS STRONG IN LOSS TO RED SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS again did all you could ask of him with another effective 1.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.55 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays, even though they could not get the better of the Boston Red Sox in a 1-3 defeat this morning. In a rapid-fire 1-2-3 seventh inning, Liam got Sandy Leon to pop out to the third baseman, Jackie Bradley Junior to ground out to the second baseman and Mookie Betts to fly out to left field. He banked another pair of outs to begin the top of the eighth with Brock Holt grounding out to the short stop and the in-form Xander Bogaerts grounding out to the third baseman. In all he threw 16 of 21 pitches for strikes in his rather typical "strike throwing" style.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) also did his job with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (1.86 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who were toppled 4-6 by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brandon Maurer
  28 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS HELPS JAYS TO THUMP RANGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Brandon Barnes

Australia's strike throwing machine LIAM HENDRIKS was at his typically efficient best, well almost, allowing one hit while throwing 13 of 19 pitches for strikes as his Toronto Blue Jays romped to a relatively stress free 12-2 thumping of the Texas Rangers. Liam pitched a tidy 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.67 ERA) in support of starter Mark Buehrle who went seven smooth innings. He took over for the top of the eighth and he had to battle to finally get Shin-Soo Choo to ground out to the second baseman on a full count, ahead of striking out Ryan Rua for the second out. There was a brief threat when the ultra-dangerous Prince Fielder doubled to left field but he secured the scoreless inning when Hanser Alberto grounded out to the third baseman.

Recent ABL import outfielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) had an interesting game in the majors today when he didn't get much opportunity to hit with 0-1 (.299), yet he was issued three free passes and he scored a run for the Colorado Rockies who went down 5-7 to the San Francisco Giants. Barnes had more success batting in the #8 hole yesterday with 2-5 in the 'Rox' 8-6 win over the Giants.

After a really sluggish offensive start to the 2015 season short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) is showing signs of settling with the New York Yankees lately. Today he batted 2-5 (.236) to help them to overcome the Houston Astros 9-6.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-5 (.266) as the leadoff batter for the Tampa Bay Rays in their narrow 3-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox in ten innings yesterday.

Collecting his seventh hold of the season was BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who hurled another very neat 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.91 ERA) for the San Diego Padres to help them hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2.


Didi Gregorius

 

 


Brandon Maurer

  26 JUNE 2015 - MYCHAL GIVENS JOINS ABL IMPORTS TO REACH MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Mychal Givens

 


Brandon Barnes

Converted infielder MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) joined the ever expanding list of former ABL players who have made it to the major leagues. Givens made his debut as a right-handed relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles with a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00 ERA) at then end of their 1-5 defeat by the Boston Red Sox.

Making his usual start as the battery mate of Jon Lester, DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-2 (.188) for the Chicago Cubs who were shut out 0-4 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-4 (.297) for the Colorado Rockies to help them get the better of the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.

The successful sequence of good outings for BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) hit a speed bump today when he was hit hard for 0.2ip 4h 2er 0bb 0k (1.96 ERA) when the San Francisco Giants plundered a "wild" 13-8 win over his San Diego Padres.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-5 as the leadoff batter for the Tampa Bay Rays who lost a tight one 0-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays in twelve innings.

Helping the New York Yankees to romp to a 10-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies was short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who batted 2-4 (.236) plus a walk.

Kevin Kiermaier

 


Didi Gregorius

  25 JUNE 2015 - MAURER WINS 5TH - BARNES HOMERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brandon Barnes
Starting right fielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) cranked his first home run of the season while batting 2-4 (.309) with the RBI and two runs scored to help his Colorado Rockies to double their division rivals Arizona Diamondbacks 10-5.

Recent ABL pitcher BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) had another very positive day for the San Diego Padres when he helped them to edge the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on the road. Maurer collected his fifth win of the season by pitching a very effective 2.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k. It further improved his increasingly impressive record to 5-0, 1.50 ERA.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.231) for the New York Yankees who stumbled again 6-11 at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Brandon Maurer
  24 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS CLEAN IN HIGH-SCORING TEAM LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Although he walked a bit of a tight rope, Aussie right-hander LIAM HENDRIKS still managed to record his third hold of the 2015 season when he pitched 0.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 1 k (2.76 ERA) for his Toronto Blue Jays who again outslugged the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5. Liam's first task was to handle hot-hitting former ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) just after the Rays had narrowed Toronto's lead to 7-5 with a runner on second and two out in the bottom of the seventh. In an important moment Hendriks battled a full count before having Kiermaier struck out swinging to end the frame. Back for the bottom of the eighth he had a little misfortune when Joey Butler reached on an infield single and, when Evan Longoria singled into left field, Hendriks was relieved in what turned out to be a scoreless inning. Kiermaier did everything he could for Tampa by batting 3-6 with a RBI and two runs scored as the leadoff batter for the team. He also added another 2-4 (.264) in today's narrow 4-3 win over the Jays.
Kevin Kiermaier
  23 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS CLEAN IN HIGH-SCORING TEAM LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Brandon Barnes

Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS should be glad to have survived with a clean sheet after being one eight pitchers used by the Toronto Blue Jays who were overrun 13-9 by the Baltimore Orioles in a high scoring game. Even he was not at his efficient best with 0.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (2.78 ERA) after throwing 11 of 17 pitches for strikes. Liam was called to the bump with two out in the top of the fifth with his team clinging to a tenuous 9-8 lead and he saw J.J Hardy reach on an error before he got Ryan Flaherty to fly out to left field to end the inning. Hendriks returned for the top of the sixth to get David Lough to fly out to centre field before he issued a "careful" four pitch walk to Manny Machado. When Jimmy Peredes singled into right field he was lifted and he wouldn't complain after watching his replacement induce an inning ending double play to strand a couple of potential earned runs.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.282) for the New York Yankees who were shellacked by the Detroit Tigers 4-12.

Once again former ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) showed his defensive prowess at the end of his Tampa Bay Rays' dramatic 0-1 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Indians. With the 'Tribe' threatening in the bottom of the ninth IN a deadlocked 0-0 game, Cleveland's David Murphy lifted an intended sacrifice fly to Kiermaier at centre field. He charged the ball and launched a brilliant throw to home that easily beat the tagging runner but, unfortunately for them, the catcher fumbled the ball and did not make the tag, allowing the walkoff winner to score. Kiermaier also batted 1-4 (.253) in the losing cause.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-1 (.300) as a pinch hitter to help his Colorado Rockies to trump the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4.

Kevin Kiermaier

 

 


Didi Gregorius

  21 JUN 2015 - JAMES BERESFORD STREAKING AGAIN - BLACKLEY WINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford

 

 

 


David Ross

OK, we've said it plenty over this season and others before but, surely, there is nothing more that Australia's JAMES BERESFORD can do to become our long-awaited next major league player. In the midst of another of his prolific hot streaks with the bat, Beresford has pushed his average up to a remarkable .336 with over 200 at bats already logged. Over his past ten games with Minnesota's AAA' Rochester Red Wings he has pounded out 17-42 (.405) with three doubles and a triple included and, wait for it, only THREE STRIKE OUTS! In his past two games James has dined out with 5-10 against Cincinnati Reds affiliate Louisville Bats and prior to that he raked 11-29 again the New York Yankees' 'AAA' team Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Beresford may not deliver the raw power that Americans crave, yet the game can always accommodate a "plus defensive middle infielder" who can set the table at the top of a batting card. I'm sure that we join all Australian baseball fans in crossing our fingers that his opportunity will come!

Aussie left-hander TRAVIS BLACKLEY obviously hasn't given up on another rise back to the big leagues with a very impressive win for Miami Marlins 'AAA' affiliate the New Orleans Zephyrs. 'Trav' pitched a terrific start of 5.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k (5.26 ERA) to beat Milwaukee's 'AAA' team Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Journeyman backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) did his job offensively and defensively today with 2-4 (.188) for the Chicago Cubs who scored three runs in the top of the tenth to take a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-3 (.254), walked once and scored twice to do his job as a leadoff batter for the Tampa Bay Rays who beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 today.

New York Yankees short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) wasn't about to miss the feeding frenzy with 2-5 (.236) two runs scored and two RBIs as part of the 'Bronx Bombers', 18 hit, 14-3 blitkreig of the Detroit Tigers.


Travis Blackley

Kevin Kiermaier

Didi Gregorius
  19 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS HOLDS 2ND & STRONG v METS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Brandon Barnes

 

 


James Jones

Aussie flag bearer LIAM HENDRIKS did another clinical job for the Toronto Blue Jays today with 1.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (2.84 ERA) while closing out their comfortable 7-1 win over the New York Mets. Liam threw 15 of 20 pitches for strikes while once again pushing the radar guns up to 95-96mph on his increasingly impressive fastball. He entered the fray with one out in the top of the eighth, immediately after Lucas Duda had "gone yard" for the Mets only run. He polished off that inning by having veteran Michael Cuddyer struck out swinging and Travis d'Arnaud fly out to left field. Hendriks then rolled through the top of the last with Wilmer Flores fanned, John Mayberry Junior flying out to left and Ruben Tejada grounding out to the third baseman. This built upon his second hold of the season earned yesterday when he threw nine of 12 pitches for strikes while recording the line of 0.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k in Toronto's 8-0 demolition of the Mets. In this game Liam took over for the top of the eighth where he was greeted by Dilson Herrera who poked a 2-2 pitch into left field for a single. He then got the dangerous Curtis Granderson struck out swinging on four pitches and Juan Legares to fly out to centre field after Herrera had stolen second base. He was then lifted in favour of lefty Aaron Loup to create the lefty-lefty matchup with Lucas Duda.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) was on base after every plate appearance today, batting 1-1 (.301) with no fewer than three walks for the Colorado Rockies who were doubled 4-8 by the emerging Houston Astros.

Collecting his sixth hold of the season was BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (1.59 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who rolled the Oakland Athletics 3-1.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-5 (.231) for the New York Yankees to help them beat the Miami Marlins 9-4.

Leadoff batter and starting centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-5 (.252) for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals. Kiermaier also batted 1-5 in the Rays' 5-0 win over the 'Nats' yesterday.

DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-5 (.169) and he scored a run for the Chicago Cubs as a minor part of their massive 17-0 smashing of the home standing Cleveland Indians.

Making the most of his pinch hitter opportunity was TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who batted 1-1 (.275) scored a run and drove in another for the Detroit Tigers who came up short in a 4-8 defeat by the Cincinnati Reds.

JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) returned to the big leagues this week with the Seattle Mariners


Brandon Maurer


Kevin Kiermaier


David Ross


Tyler Collins
  16 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS STUNG BY METS WALKOFF WINNER!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


 


Brandon Barnes

Aussie star LIAM HENDRIKS can certainly attest to the highs and lows of life as a relief pitcher in the major leagues. After a terrific run of success lately, Liam found himself on the wrong end of a tough result today when his very first pitch saw New York Mets' batter Wilmer Flores single up the middle for a walk off winner in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Just before Hendriks was summoned from the bullpen the Mets had tied the game and they still had the winning run perched on second base with two outs in the bank. Unfortunately Liam was unable to repeat some of his recent heroics on this occasion with 0.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.07 ERA) as his Toronto Blue Jays had their winning streak snapped 4-5 - that's baseball I'm afraid!!

Today KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.257) and he scored twice for the Tampa Bay Rays who accounted for the Washington Nationals 6-1.

Making some contribution to the Detroit Tigers 8-1 drubbing of the rival Cleveland Indians was TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who didn't find a hit with 0-4 (.277) but he did score a run and he also drove one in via a fielder's choice.

Recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) attracted some media attention with his running diving catch while sliding into foul territory that earned him one of the Top5 ESPN "Web Gems" yesterday. On top of that Barnes batted a very handy 2-4 (.315) to help his Colorado Rockies to beat the Miami Marlins 4-1.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.229) and he scored a run to help his New York Yankees to overcome the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

As the "personal catcher" for pitching ace Jon Lester, DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) also made an important contribution offensively with 1-3 (.167) for the Chicago Cubs who enjoyed a walkoff 2-1 win over the unfortunate Cincinnati Reds in eleven innings.


Kevin Kiermaier
Didi Gregorius
David Ross
  14 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS STYMIES RED SOX!
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 may not have posted his third straight win today, but he certainly put himself in the vanguard to do so with two mighty valuable innings for the Toronto Blue Jays who prevailed 5-4 over the sputtering Boston Red Sox in an eleven inning epic at Fenway Park. Liam threw 23 of 32 pitches for strikes to record the line of 2.0ip 3h 0er 0bb 2k (3.07 ERA) as he continues his sustained run in the major leagues this season. Relieving knuckleballer R.A Dickey for the bottom of the seventh in a 4-4 deadlocked game, he got Sandy Leon to ground out to second ahead of one out singles to Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt and Hanley Ramirez that seriously threatened to break the tie. The Red Sox have bemoaned their lack of hitting with runners in scoring position this year and Hendriks made sure that this continued with 'Big Papi' David Ortiz struck out swinging and Xander Bogaerts doing likewise to end the inning.
With that uplifting effort behind him Liam returned for a much more comfortable bottom of the eighth with Jeff Bianchi grounding out to the second baseman, Alejandro De Aza grounding out to first and Rusney Castillo grounding out to the short stop. It was another terrific performance by the Aussie in a pressure situation and the Jays may not have won without him!

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) didn't waste his opportunity to pinch hit for the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday with a "perfect" 2-2 (.245) with a RBI that helped them to overcome the Chicago White Sox 7-5.

Kevin Kiermaier
  11 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS TAKES BACK-TO-BACK WINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Brandon Barnes
Winning is the nicest habit that you can develop in competitive sport and I'm sure that Australian major league star LIAM HENDRIKS would not trade his current surge of success! Of course the baseball statistic of "Wins" for a relief pitcher, or any pitcher for that matter, is sometimes a deceiving thing because it requires run support and pitching at the right time in the game. However, Liam has certainly earned his current sequence of back-to-back wins by pitching strongly when the game is on the line. His second successive win came by pitching a very tidy 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k in the last inning of his Toronto Blue Jays' 4-3 comeback win over the Miami Marlins. With his team trailing narrowly 2-3 in the top of the ninth, Hendriks had Adeiny Hechavarria struck out swinging on three pitches and veteran great Ichiro Suzuki fly out to left field before Dee Gordon's two out single up the middle. He then got another wily veteran, Martin Prado, to ground out to second to end the inning. It is not a stretch to suggest that his uplifting twelve pitch effort could have contributed to the Jays' two run comeback in the bottom of the ninth when Edwin Encarnacion blasted a two run homer for another walkoff victory. It helped Hendriks to further improve his solid record to 2-0, 3.29 ERA. WAY TO GO LIAM!

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-2 (.318) for the Colorado Rockies who couldn't find enough today in a 2-4 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals.

Once again proving his worth for the Detroit Tigers is TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who batted 2-4 (.325) as the designated hitter in their heavy 3-12 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Cubs.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) was back at the top of the lineup card for the Tampa Bay Rays, batting 1-4 (.242) with a vital RBI in their 4-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Angels.


Tyler Collins

 

 


Kevin Kiermaier

  10 JUNE 2015 - PETER MOYLAN ON COMEBACK TRAIL WITH ATLANTA!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
A great story looms on the horizon with Australia's former major league star PETER MOYLAN embarking on what is currently a successful comeback with the Atlanta Braves organisation. Pete has already thrown 2.2 scoreless innings with just one hit against his ledger for their 'AAA' Gwinnett Braves. Pete has also struck out three of his Norfolk Tides and Durham Bulls opponents.

Really enjoying a purple patch lately is recent ABL import BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who enjoyed his third win of the season with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k from eight pitches for the San Diego Padres who finally prevailed over the Atlanta Braves 5-3 after eleven innings. Maurer's impressive record improved again to 3-0, 1.86 ERA.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 2-4 with a double and a RBI as the starting left fielder for the Colorado Rockies who romped 11-3 over the St. Louis Cardinals.


Brandon Maurer

 

  8 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS TAKES A WIN BY CLOSING OUT ASTROS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
To be honest, Aussie major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS hasn't faced too many "high leverage" situations so far this season, but he would have gone a long way to earning additional trust from Toronto Blue Jays' manager John Gibbons with a sterling effort in the Jays' tight 7-6 win over the tough Houston Astros.
Pitching with the game very much on the line at the pointy end of the contest Liam delivered a strong 2.0ip 2h 0er 1bb 1k as the closer to take a mighty valuable win that improved his record to 1-0, 3.52 ERA.
With his team trailing 4-6 in the top of the eighth, Hendriks faced a bit of stress after getting Jonathan Villar to ground out to the short stop from his first pitch. Hank Conger singled into right from the next pitch and Jake Marisnick followed with another single to right on a 2-2 count. He hung tough to get strike out George Springer and then ended the inning by getting Jose Altuve to ground out on a fielder's choice to the third baseman. Hendriks returned for the top of the ninth to get Evan Gattis to foul out to the catcher and Colby Rasmus to fly out to centre field before Chris Carter milked a full count walk. Carter stole second base, but he went no further when Luis Valbuena lined out to the third baseman. Most importantly his Toronto team mates made full value of his efforts by scoring three in the bottom of the ninth to win the game on a walkoff. It was a nice day at the diamond for our man!

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.238) with a run batted in to help the surging New York Yankees to roll on 6-2 over the home standing Los Angeles Angels.

Continuing to earn his spot in a strong Detroit Tigers lineup is TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who batted 3-3 (.306) with a RBI in their 6-4 victory over the division rival Chicago White Sox.

Tyler Collins

 


Didi Gregorius

  6 JUNE 2015 - GREGORIUS, BARNES & MAURER ALL GOOD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Brandon Maurer
After a somewhat underwhelming start to his 2015 major league season BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) has been terrific as a middle reliever for the San Diego Padres recently. He collected his second win of the season with an efficient ten pitch effort that produced a line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.93 ERA). Mauer also pitched a solid 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k to help the Padres to overcome the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 yesterday.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) contributed another solid 2-4 (.236) as he continues to inch his lowly batting average upwards for the New York Yankees who rolled over the travelling Los Angeles Angels comfortably 8-2. The previous day he batted 0-2 in a tighter 8-7 win over the 'Halos', but he did draw walk and he drove in a run via a scarifice fly.

Starting left fielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) maintained his lofty batting average with another 2-4 (.360) for the Colorado Rockies who went down 2-6 to the Miami Marlins.

Didi Gregorius
  5 JUN 2015 - BERESFORD & KENNELLY BATTING ALONG!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford
With now over 150 at bats compiled already this season Australia's 'AAA' star JAMES BERESFORD continues to forge ahead with a tremendously consistent .335 batting average with another five hits flowing from his past three games for Minnesota's Rochester Red Wings. James has just batted 2-3 against Boston's Pawtucket Red Sox, while prior to that he batted 2-4 and 1-3 against Philadelphia's Lehigh Valley IronPigs. There's not much doubt at 'Flintoff & Dunn' that Beresford could cut the mustard in the majors and we are more than hopeful that he could be Australia's 32nd major leaguer. His problem remains lack of opportunity and, to be fair, Minnesota's major league team is playing well at present and there is no great need for them to call him upů of course that can change any minute!

Atlanta Braves' minor league catcher MATT KENNELLY has also found a bit of welcome hitting form with their 'AA' Mississippi Braves lately. Most recently he has batted 2-4 and 1-4 against Seattle's Jackson Generals.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) clocked his first major league home run of the 2015 season today, but it was not enough to help his Detroit Tigers who were bested 5-7 by the visiting Oakland Athletics. Collins batted 1-4 (.242) while driving in three of his team's runs via the long ball.

Matt Kennelly

Tyler Collins
  3 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS HELPS TO THROTTLE THE NATS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


David Ross

Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS continues to most often do exactly the job required of him as a middle reliever for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. He scooted through two strong scoreless innings while throwing 20 of 27 pitches for strikes to help his team roll to a 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals in the nightcap of a double header. He boasted the positive line of 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k to lower his ERA to 3.70. In the bottom of the seventh he got Yunel Escobar to ground out to the second baseman, Ian Desmond struck out swinging on three pitches and tyro Bryce Harper to fly out to left field. He was just as efficient in the bottom of the eighth with Tyler Moore grounding out to second, Clint Robinson lining out to centre field and Danny Espinosa fanning on only three pitches. In summary, Hendriks certainly helped to make certain that there was no late threat from the Nats in the nation's capital.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 plus a walk for the Colorado Rockies who doubled the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3. In the nightcap of the double header Barnes batted a terrific 3-4 (.372) with two RBIs in a tough 8-9 loss to the Dodgers.

In a similar effort TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 (.269) with a walk for the Detroit Tigers who slipped to a 3-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Veteran backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) also got among the hits with 1-3 (.190) for the Chicago Cubs who fell 2-5 to the Miami Marlins on the road.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) played his part in the New York Yankees 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in 11 innings by batting 2-3 (.224) after coming into the game as a pinch hitter.

Brandon Barnes

 

 


Didi Gregorius

  2 JUNE 2015 - RECENT ABL IMPORTS GOING STRONG IN MAJORS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Didi Gregorius
Kevin Kiermaier
New York Yankees short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) may be finally coming around offensively in pin stripes with his 2-3 (.221) contribution in their 0-3 defeat at the hands of the Oakland Athletics.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-4 (.261) with a lashed double down the right field line for the Detroit Tigers who were overrun by the Los Angeles Angels 4-2.

Collins' ABL team mate BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) also continues to re-establish himself back in the Colorado Rockies' major league outfield. He batted 2-4 (.333) in their latest 11-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) also had two hits with 2-3 (.233) and a run scored as leadoff hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 3-7 defeat by the Los Angeles Angels.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) continues to lower a very positive earned run average with his latest 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (2.16 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who were shut out 0-7 by the visiting New York Mets.

Brandon Barnes
Brandon Maurer
  1 JUNE 2015 - LIAM HENDRIKS STRONG IN NARROW LOSS TO TWINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Didi Gregorius

Australian ace LIAM HENDRIKS bounced back admirably from his last rough outing to enjoy a solid personal effort today, even though his Toronto Blue Jays were squeaked 5-6 in a narrow loss to his original club the Minnesota Twins. Liam was called upon to secure the vital last out in the bottom of the seventh which he did by striking out Trevor Plouffe on four pitches to strand a runner in scoring position. With the game well and truly still alive in the bottom of the eighth, Hendriks did a clinical job of getting Kurt Suzuki to ground out to third, striking out Eddie Rosario and then getting Eduardo Nunez to ground out to second to end the inning, 1-2-3. His positive line for the day was 1.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (4.03 ERA). Unfortunately his team could not find another run to extend the contest and possibly earn him a win.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted a useful 2-4 (.379) as the starting left fielder for the Colorado Rockies who topped the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.

Making the most of his one pinch hit opportunity was KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) who batted 1-1 (.226) for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 3-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-4 (.263) with a RBI for the Detroit Tigers who fell 6-8 to the Los Angeles Angels.

Doing a small bit to help the New York Yankees to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 was DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who batted 1-4 (.211) as the starting short stop. The day prior he batted 1-2 in the Yankees 2-6 loss to the A's.


Brandon Barnes

 

 


Tyler Collins

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