Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
JULY 2014

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 From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages.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

ARCHIVED NEWS FROM JULY 2014 BEGINS BELOW:

ARCHIVE
JULY 2014

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

  31 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR CLOSES OUT BREWERS!
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 back in harness as the ninth inning guy for the Tampa Bay Rays, but we cannot assume that he has been restored as their designated closer because he pitched in a non-save situation at the end of their comfortable 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. However, Grant was highly efficient none the less with ten of fifteen pitches thrown for strikes to own the line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (5.03 ERA). Hurling the top of the ninth 'Balf' struck out the first two batters - Carlos Gomez swinging and Jonathan Lucroy looking - before getting Ryan Braun to ground out to the short stop. His Rays' team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) had a rare quiet game with 0-2 (.308).

Starting left fielder DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.194) for the Cincinnati Reds to help them to shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0. The only multi-hitter for the 'Snakes' was his former ABL team mate and starting short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who batted 2-4 (.246).

Didi Gregorius
 

 

  30 JUL 2014 - PLENTY OF ABL IMPORTS IN MLB ACTION!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Didi Gregorius


 

Doing his bit to help the Arizona Diamondbacks to squeak past the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 after 15 epic innings was starting second baseman DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who batted 2-6 (.236) from the #7 hole. Pinch hitter DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 0-1 (.179) for the home-standing Reds.

Platoon catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 0-1 (.189) but he did walk and he scored the only run for the spiraling Boston Red Sox who were embarrassed 1-14 at Fenway Park by the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.311) as the starting right fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays who won a tight game 2-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Starting left fielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 (.244) plus a walk, but it was not enough for the Colorado Rockies who fell 1-4 to the Chicago Cubs.

Brandon Barnes

 

 

  27 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR COLLECTS A WIN v BOSTON!
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 "Johnny on the Spot" for the Tampa Bay Rays today, pitching at just the right time to collect the win when the Rays shut out the visiting Boston Red Sox 3-0 at Tropicana Field. Grant came into the game for middle relief duty with runners on the corners and just one out in the top of the sixth and he immediately ended that threat with Xander Bogaerts called out on strikes and Jackie Bradley Junior grounding out to the second baseman. He then made short work of the top of the seventh after Christian Vasquez had punched a leadoff single up the middle by getting Brock Holt to ground into a double play to the second baseman and Dustin Pedroia to fly out to centre field. It was efficient stuff from Balfour who left with the valuable line of 1.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k while improving his record to 1-3, 5.17 ERA. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) also contributed offensively with 2-4 (.310) and a run batted in.

Centre fielder JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 1-3 (.273) for the Seattle Mariners yesterday, but it was not enough to save them from a narrow 1-2 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. In that same game BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pitched a tidy inning of middle relief with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (5.13 ERA) for the defeated Mariners.

Kevin Kiermaier
 

 

  22 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR HOLDS SEVENTH FOR RAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour



David Ross

Aussie reliever GRANT BALFOUR wasn't nearly at his sharpest, yet he still managed to post his seventh hold of the season with a wobbly 0.1ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k (5.40 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who topped the Minnesota Twins 5-3. Given the opportunity to close out the save in the bottom of the ninth Grant began by getting Eduardo Escobar to line out to left field, but when he walked pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki on four pitches and then he walked Sam Fuld on a full count he was given a swift hook. Unfortunately it may not have helped his chances of reclaiming his station as the designated closer for the Rays? Team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-2 (.315) with two walks as the right fielder and #9 slot hitter.

Ever dangerous veteran plate minder DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) provided a reminder of the streaky thunder in his bat when he clocked his sixth home run of the season high over Boston's fabled "Green Monster". He batted 1-3 (.175) plus a walk with two RBIs coming from his rainbow shot that helped the rallying Boston Red Sox to sweep the Kansas City Royals with a 6-0 shutout win at home.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) made a spot start as the leadoff hitter and left fielder for the Colorado Rockies, but his 1-3 (.250) with a walk was not enough to help them in a 3-5 defeat by the feisty Pittsburgh Pirates.


Kevin Kiermaier
 


Brandon Barnes

  21 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR POSTS CLEAN INNING v TWINS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
 


Didi Gregorius

Over the weekend Australia's GRANT BALFOUR added another scoreless relief appearance for the season with a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (5.45 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays who rolled past the Minnesota Twins comfortably 6-2. Grant took good care of the bottom of the eighth by getting Osvaldo Arcia to pop out to the third baseman, Josh Willingham to strike out swinging and Kurt Suzuki to ground out to the first baseman. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 2-4 (.315) as another strong contribution to the Rays' offence.

Leadoff batter and starting centre fielder JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) bated 1-6 (.285) to help his Seattle Mariners to outlast the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in a twelve inning epic. In the same game BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) supplied a solid inning of relief with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (5.40 ERA). Jones also batted 2-6 in Seattle's 2-3 loss to the Dodgers the previous day.

DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-3 (.211) for the Cincinnati Reds in their 1-7 defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted a most positive 2-4 (.241) with two key RBIs as an important contribution to the Arizona Diamondbacks narrow 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.


Kevin Kiermaier
 


D
onald Lutz

  17 JUL 2014 - LIAM HENDRIKS HOT AS 'AAA' ALL STAR STARTER!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australia's 31st and still our most recent new major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS simply continues to astound us with his ability to dominate like few others ever have at the ultra-tough 'AAA' level in US professional baseball. Already boasting a brilliant 7-1, 2.19 ERA record for Toronto's 'AAA' Buffalo Bisons this season, Liam certainly deserved the honour of starting for the International League in today's prestigious 'AAA' All Star game.
Once again he demonstrated his dominance with a commanding performance that saw him record the line score of 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 4k - you've got it - he secured all six outs asked of him by striking out four across two shutout innings to set the ball rolling for the International League who romped to a 7-3 win over the Pacific Coast League.
 

 

  13 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR BATTERED FOR THIRD LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

 


Brandon Barnes

It was a rather painful and very unhappy return to ninth inning duty for experienced Aussie GRANT BALFOUR who took his third loss of the season when his Tampa Bay Rays were overrun 5-8 by the Toronto Blue Jays. He left with the most unflattering pitching line of 0.1ip 3h 3er 2bb 1k (5.60 ERA) after an uncharacteristic performance. Taking over to start the top of the ninth it began like a lot of bad innings do with a four pitch walk issued to Dan Johnson, even though he hit back to fan Juan Francisco on three pitches. Jose Reyes turned up the pressure with a double to deep right field, then Sean Tolleson drove in both base runners with his two RBI single into right. The melt-down continued when Melky Cabrera walked on four pitches and the dangerous Jose Bautista punched a RBI single through the right side. That was enough for Rays manager Joe Maddon who brought out the hook, perhaps a bit too late on this occasion? Team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 in this game, but he did even better today with 3-3 (.310) plus a walk and three RBIs that certainly helped to drive Tampa to a 10-3 win over Toronto.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) spanked his fourth home run of the season to bat 1-1 (.253) with the RBI that helped his Colorado Rockies to roll past the Minnesota Twins 6-2.

Apparently now an established major league player, JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 1-3 (.288) for the Seattle Mariners in their tight 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Recent ABL import DONALD LUTZ (Canberra Cavalry 2011) did his job as a pinch hitter with 1-1 (.214) to help the Cincinnati Reds to squeeze past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5.


Kevin Kiermaier

 

 


D
onald Lutz

  11 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR HOLDS SIXTH FOR RAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 


Brandon Maurer

Our GRANT BALFOUR needed to get just the one out to register his sixth hold of the season with 0.1ip 0b 0er 1bb 0k (4.89 ERA), but his Tampa Bay Rays ultimately went down 4-5 to the contending Kansas City Royals. Grant came into the game facing a tense situation with his team leading 4-2 in the top of the seventh, but with runners on the corners and the go-ahead run coming to the plate with two out. For the second successive day he pitched very carefully to Eric Hosmer before losing the battle with a full count walk that loaded the bags. He held his nerve by getting Salvador Perez to pop out to the second baseman to end the inning on the first pitch he faced. Recent ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) had a brilliant game to supply all of the scoring for the Rays with 4-4 (.297) and four big RBIs coming from a GRAND SLAM home run, his eighth long ball of the season.

A couple of Adelaide imports fared quite well for the Seattle Mariners in their heavy 1-8 defeat by the Minnesota Twins. BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) closed out the end of a losing cause by pitching an effective 2.2ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (5.79 ERA). JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted 1-5 (.281) in the No.2 hole as the starting centre fielder.

Making a start at second base, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 2-4 (.237) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, helping them to snatch a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Kevin Kiermaier

 


Didi Gregorius

  9 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR COLLECTS HIS FIFTH HOLD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 


David Ross

Australia's GRANT BALFOUR continues to provide a setup relief role for the Tampa Bay Rays where he collected his fifth hold of the season with a mostly effective 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k (4.93 ERA). He helped them to outlast the Kansas City Royals 4-3. Taking over for the top of the seventh, 'Balf' started by getting veteran journeyman Raul Ibanez to fly out to left, followed by a strike out of Alcides Escobar. Lornezo Cain applied some pressure with a first pitch two out triple into right field, ensuring that Grant would pitch carefully to Eric Hosmer who took a five pitch walk. He ensured a scoreless inning by getting Salvador Perez to ground out back to the mound for his own assist.

Centre fielder JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) could not be blamed for his Seattle Mariners 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Twins after batting 2-4 (.283) from the #2 slot. Yesterday he batted 1-4 to help them to topple Twins by the same 2-0 margin. He also continues to impress with his speed that gives him tremendous range in the outfield with many highlight catches already this season.

Veteran catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-3 (.176) plus a walk for the Boston Red Sox who came up short in a 3-8 loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Making the most of a fairly rare start at short stop for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season was DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who ripped a RBI triple while batting 1-3 (.222) during their 9-1 win over the Miami Marlins.


James Jones

 


Didi Gregorius

  8 JUL 2014 - KIERMAIER TWO TRIPLES EQUALS RAYS' RECORD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

 

 


David Ross

Australian ace GRANT BALFOUR enjoyed a brief "air out" with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k (5.08 ERA) at the end of a comfortable 7-2 win for his Tampa Bay Rays over the Detroit Tigers. Grant may not have expected to pitch when Tampa starter Chris Archer took a potential complete game into the bottom of the ninth, but he ran out of gas with two runners aboard and one out when Balfour was called from the pen. He did his job in rather typical fashion with Andrew Romine struck out on a full count and Rajai Davis also struck out swinging. In the same game his team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) equalled a Tampa club record with two triples among his outstanding 3-4 (.295) game that also delivered three big RBIs. The recent ABL import is certainly making an impression with Rays' manager Joe Madden who recently praised Kiermairer for his passion while describing him as "playing like his hair is on fire".

Long forgotten former IBLA import DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) went deep for the fifth time this season as his only hit as the starting catcher for the scuffling Boston Red Sox who lost 6-7 to the visiting Baltimore Orioles after 12 innings. Ross batted 1-5 (.172) with the RBI.

As we mentioned previously, BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) seems to have settled better into a relief role lately with the Seattle Mariners pitching a tidy 2.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k (6.18 ERA) in their narrow 0-1 defeat by the Chicago White Sox.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-4 (.254) for the Colorado Rockies who squeezed past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on the weekend.


Kevin Kiermaier

 

 


Brandon Maurer

  1 JUL 2014 - GRANT BALFOUR HELPS RAYS TO WIN IN 12!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

James Jones
Aussie flame thrower GRANT BALFOUR pitched a clean tenth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays today with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (5.34 ERA) in their epic 4-3 victory after 12 long innings. After retiring legend Derek Jeter punched a trademark leadoff single into right field, Grant neatly kept the game tied with Jacoby Ellsbury flying out to left field, Mark Teixeira struck out swinging and Brian McCann also struck out swinging. His team mate KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) had a brilliant day for Tampa with 3-5 (.319) including a run batted in via his seventh home run of the season. Kiermaier also batted 2-5 yesterday in the Rays' 12-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Another modern era ABL import, BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012), batted 1-3 (.268) as the starting right fielder for the Colorado Rockies in their 3-7 defeat by the Washington Nationals. Barnes also batted 1-5 to help the 'Rox' to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 in yeesterday's game.

Impressive outfielder JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) batted a superb 4-5 (.289) and he scored twice to help them to rout the Houston Astros 10-4.

Kevin Kiermaier

 

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