Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE
SEPTEMBER 2016

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ARCHIVE
SEPTEMBER 2016

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.

 

  28 SEP 2016 - JAMES BERESFORD & PETE MOYLAN FACE OFF!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford

 


Didi Gregorius

Australia's latest new major leaguer JAMES BERESFORD found himself in opposition to his more seasoned Aussie National team mate PETER MOYLAN in today's 3-4 loss for his Minnesota Twins against Pete's' Kansas City Royals. Beresford had a very busy day as the starting first baseman and #9 hole hitter for the Twins, while Moylan did his job with a couple of outs as a reliever for KC.
Facing Ian Kennedy in the top of the second inning Beresford fouled out to the third baseman for the third out. Up next in the top of the fifth Kennedy made him the second out of the frame when he grounded out to the first baseman. With the game tied at 3-3 in the top of the sixth, James battled his fellow Victorian Moylan to a 2-2 count before grounding out to third to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, with the game still deadlocked at 3-3 James did what he so typically does by leading off the inning with a hustled infield single while facing Royals' ace reliever Wade Davis… unfortunately it did not bring his team a go-ahead run.
As mentioned Peter Moylan came into the game during the top of the sixth with runners camped on second and third with just the one out and he did his job splendidly by striking out Byron Buxton and then getting the ground ball from Beresford. James featured in four double plays for the game while batting 1-4 (.222) while Pete enjoyed a pitching line of 0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (3.45 ERA).

New York Yankees shortstop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) was again a key contributor offensively with 3-4 (.279) plus a RBI and a run scored to help them win a fluctuating home game 6-4 over their fierce rival Boston Red Sox.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) pinch hit today with some effect with a big RBI triple and a run scored while batting 1-1 (.235) for the Detroit Tigers during their 12-0 shutout victory over their chief rival the Cleveland Indians.

Peter Moylan

 


Tyler Collins

  27 SEP 2016 - PETE MOYLAN COMES UP BIG WITH JUST ONE PITCH!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 


Didi Gregorius

Australia's PETER MOYLAN has had some brief outings this season and throughout his career, but none of those could possibly be shorter that the one solitary pitch he was asked to throw yesterday. Pete came to the hill with the bases juiced and two out in the bottom of the third and it took him just the one pitch to defuse the situation when Andrew Romine attempted a surprise bunt that Pete fielded himself to make the force out at home. The 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.50 ERA) was certainly brief, but also important in helping his Kansas City Royals to win a high-scoring 12-9 slugfest over the Detroit Tigers.

It was an emotional day for the man that Chicago Cubs fans have affectionately come to call "Grandpa Rossy" over the last couple of years, DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001), on the occasion of his last regular season appearance at Wrigley Field. Having received standing ovations for each at bat, the humble backup catcher made the fairytale farewell come true when he clocked his tenth home run of the season while batting a solid 1-2 (.233) plus walk to help the 'Cubbies' to win a tight 3-1 game over their National League rival St. Louis Cardinals. Ross received another emotional ovation when he was taken out of the game deliberately to enable the final fan tribute. Of course, we figure to see a fair bit more of at Wrigley this season with the Cubs being one of the fancied teams heading into the post season.

New York Yankees' shortstop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) went deep for the 19th time this season while batting 1-4 (.276) during their 3-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) really earned his salt with his 13th hold of the season certainly helping the Baltimore Orioles to squeeze past the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1. The former ABL infielder pitched a really decisive 2.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 4k (3.21 ERA) as a middle reliver.


David Ross

 



Mychal Givens

  25 SEP 2016 - MOYLAN & HENDRIKS BOTH RELIEVE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Experienced Aussie PETER MOYLAN pitched a tidy inning of set-up relief for the Kansas City Royals who trumped the Detroit Tigers 7-4 at Comerica Park today. Pete was called to arms early when KC starter Yordano Ventura was tugged early after allowing a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth with the Tigers already ahead 3-1. Pete steadied the ship by getting James McCann called out on strikes, Andrew Romine to line out to left and Jose Iglesias to ground out back to Moylan himself. His stout effort of 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (3.53 ERA) definitely played a part in helping the Royals to mount a comeback win.

We've said it before, and it's not really an excuse, but relief pitchers very often don't thrive in "non-pressure" situations at the end of games that appear already decided and so it was for Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS today. Liam, as the game situation demanded, pounded the strike zone with 15 of 19 offerings thrown for strikes, but it came at the expense of a couple of hits and a run scored against him. Liam took over to tuck away the last rites of shutout loss in the ninth inning for his Oakland Athletics who were blanked 0-5 by the league leading Texas Rangers. His first pitch provided a ringing double to Jared Hoying as a rough beginning ahead of Elvis Andrus flying out to right field for the first out. Robinson Chirinos lashed a RBI double to right to score the run before Liam parked the bus with Hanser Alberto grounding out to second and Delino DeShields struck out swinging on four pitches. The run and the hits would irk him but, in context, his line of 1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k (3.79 ERA) wasn't an issue for his team.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) bated 2-4 (.249) and he scored a run as the #2 slot hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays who were overrun 4-6 by the red-hot Boston Red Sox this morning.


Liam Hendriks
 



Kevin Kiermaier
 

  23 SEP 2016 - JAMES BERESFORD TAKES HIS WALK!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford


Mychal Givens

Aussie star JAMES BERESFORD earned another start for the Minnesota Twins today when he began at third base before being shuffled across the diamond to third base later during their 2-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a double header day. Up to bat with one out in the bottom of the third, James saw seven pitches while battling former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander before eventually being called out on strikes. Facing Verlander again in the bottom of the fifth he grounded out to the second baseman for the first out in a tied 2-2 ballgame. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Beresford fouled off three pitches from Detroit reliever Justin Wilson before outlasting him for a walk. He was then shifted to third base for the start of the next inning while his batting line remained at 0-2 (.214) for the game. In this game TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) fanned three time while batting 0-4 (.230) for the Tigers.

Platinum Glove winning centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted a productive 3-4 (.249) to certainly help his Tampa Bay Rays to get the better of the New York Yankees in a 2-0 shutout this morning.

MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (3.34 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who fell 3-5 to the visiting Boston Red Sox in the fourth loss of a disastrous four-game home series sweep.

 


Kevin Kiermaier
  21 SEP 2016 - LIAM HENDRIKS VERY STRONG FOR OAKLAND!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


Brandon Maurer
 


Didi Gregorius

Australia's 31st major leaguer LIAM HENDRIKS continues to attract some very positive attention as a reliable middle or set-up reliever for the Oakland Athletics who were narrowly edged 1-2 by the Houston Astros.
Liam threw 13 of 19 pitches for strikes while navigating an important 2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (3.71 ERA) to keep his team in the tight contest. In a maximum leverage situation, Hendriks was entrusted with the eighth and ninth innings and he rewarded the faith of his manager in grand style with two scoreless and trouble free frames in the cauldron of a 1-1 deadlock. In the top of the eighth he got Yulieski Gurriel to pop out on the infield before All Star Jose Altuve poked a single into left. He still faced the minimum three hitters when Carlos Correa was called out on strikes and Altuve was caught stealing on the same play to end the inning with a twin killing. Back for the ninth, Liam got Evan Gattis to fly out to right, Marwin Gonzalez to ground out to second and Danny Valencia struck out swinging on a full count. It was an impressive effort for our man as he heads to a strong finish this season.

Australia's 33rd major league player JAMES BERESFORD was inserted as a pinch hitter for the Minnesota Twins near the end of a heavy 1-8 defeat at the hands of the high-scoring Detroit Tigers. James was asked to lead of the bottom of the ninth at Target Field with his team in a deep hole and he grounded out to the second baseman while facing Mark Lowe. It left him with 0-1 (.250).

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) gratefully pocketed his 12th save of the season when he closed out the San Diego Padres 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 with a very neat 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.66 ERA).

Old "grey beard" DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) chimed in with 1-4 (.230) and he scored a run for the Chicago Cubs who kept rolling with a 6-1 romp over the Cincinnati Reds.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.278) to help the New York Yankees to push past the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3, while Ray's centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) struck out three times while batting 0-4 (.243) on a dirty day for him.

Pinch hitting successfully for the Los Angeles Angels was JI-MAN CHOI (Adelaide Bite 2013) who batted 1-1 (.170) before taking over at first base during their shattering 4-5 loss to the in-form Texas Rangers.


James Beresford

 


David Ross


Ji-Man Choi

  19 SEP 2016 - BERESFORD HITS ; HENDRIKS HOLDS 9th!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford

 


Peter Moylan 

Australia's latest major league player JAMES BERESFORD earned another start at third base for the Minnesota Twins today and he didn't fail to deliver another hit during a narrow 2-3 loss to the New York Mets in an interleague clash at Citi Field, New York. Beresford's first at bat yielded a nice, one out single that loaded the bases for the Twins when facing Mets' starter Gabriel Ynoa. His effort enabled the Twins to get on the board with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning. Up again against Ynoa in the fourth James was the third out when he was called out on strikes. In the top of the sixth he was struck out swinging by New York reliever Eric Goeddel. James then came out of the game in the top of the eighth when the Twins unsuccessfully opted to pinch hit for him. His major league batting average stands at a most respectable .273 after adding his 1-3 this morning.

Experienced Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN allowed a couple of hits today, but he still breezed through his scoreless inning of work with nine of twelve pitches thrown for strikes. Pete pitched 1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.70 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who romped to a 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. With a comfortable lead in the top of the last, Moylan got Jason Coats to ground out to the third baseman before allowing back-to-back singles to Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson to have runners perched on the corners. Three pitches later Moylan and the Royals were celebrating the win when Pete got Kevan Smith to ground into an inning ending double play that he started himself on a grounder back to the mound.

Fellow Australian right hander LIAM HENDRIKS wasn't exactly clean either, yet he still enjoyed pocketing his ninth hold of the season while assisting his Oakland Athletics to get the better of the Texas Rangers 5-2 this morning. Liam pitched 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 1k (3.84 ERA) after entering the game with one out in the top of the sixth. He began by getting Elvis Andrus to fly out to right field, but things became a bit untidy when Mitch Moreland singled to right followed by back-to-back walks issued to Jurickson Profar and Robinson Chirinos that juiced the bags. Although there were some close pitches involved in those walks, Liam again proved his composure by zeroing in to strike out Nomar Mazara to end the inning unscathed. His efforts preserved Oakland's miniscule 3-2 lead at the important time in the contest.

Liam Hendriks
  18 SEP 2016 - LIAM HENDRIKS & PETE MOYLAN OK IN TOUGH LOSSES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
 



Keon Broxton


 


Didi Gregorius

It may not have been his cleanest outing recently, but Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS nonetheless posted another scoreless inning to record his eighth hold of the season during his Oakland Athletics narrow 6-7 loss to the tough Texas Rangers in Arlington. Liam threw ten of fifteen pitches for strikes while pitching the line of 1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k (3.88 ERA). While putting up a most important "goose egg" and tucking away the bottom of the eighth he kept the A's in pole position to win the game by preserving their 6-5 lead at the pointy end of the contest. His first pitch to Rougned Odor resulted in a leadoff single up the middle ahead of Jonathan Lucroy's fly out to centre field and the swinging strike out of Mitch Moreland. A stolen base and a subsequent walk issued to Jurickson Profar ramped up some pressure on Hendriks and this was soon magnified when Elvis Andrus reached safely via an error to load the bases. The Aussie ace held his nerve to induce a first pitch ground ball to the second baseman from Carlos Gomez. Unfortunately for Oakland, the Rangers rallied again in the bottom of the ninth to overturn the result.

Aussie evergreen PETE MOYLAN was also in action at the end of a losing cause, pitching 1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k (3.79 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who fell 4-7 to the unpredictable Chicago White Sox.
Moylan inherited a 4-6 deficit when he took over for the top of the ninth that began well with Tyler Saladino grounding out to short and Jose Abreu struck out swinging. However, another run was added when Melky Cabrera crushed the first pitch he saw for a big homer over right centre. He concluded the inning by getting Todd Frazier to ground out to the second baseman.

KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) batted 1-1 (.242) plus a walk before he was replaced at centre field during the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-5 loss to the high rolling Chicago Cubs who have already clinched their division pennant.

Not able to do quite enough for the Tampa Bay Rays was KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) who batted 1-4 (.250) with a run scored in their 4-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.274) for the New York Yankees who lost 4-7 to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Today Gregorius batted an even better 2-3 (.276) with a walk and a run scored, but again his Yankees fell short 5-6 to the 'Bosox'.

Taking a rather nasty blown save and his fifth loss of the season was BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who pitched 0.2ip 5h 3er 0bb 0k at the end of his San Diego Padres heartbreaking 7-8 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. His season record now slumps to 0-5, 4.80 ERA.

Peter Moylan
 



Kevin Kiermaier
 



Brandon Maurer
 

  16 SEP 2016 - PETE MOYLAN & LIAM HENDRIKS BOTH VERY EFFICIENT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Keon Broxton



Brandon Maurer


Tyler Goeddel  
Seasoned Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN was a model of efficiency today with a bit of extended work for the Kansas City Royals who were swamped 5-14 in a heavy defeat by the Oakland Athletics. Pete required only 14 pitches to put away his 1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (3.66 ERA) effort at Kauffman Stadium.
When KC starter Edison Volquez was knocked out early, Pete inherited a horrible 0-9 hole in the top of the fourth with runners on second and third bases and with just one out. In the thankless situation Pete did a splendid job to strike out Yoner Alonso and then to get Ryon Healy to ground out to third without further damage in the inning. Clearly he was so effective that he was sent back out for the top of the fifth that he put away neatly with Marcus Semien lining out to right, Matt Olson flying out to right and Jake Smolinski grounding out to second for a breezy six-pitch frame.

Also highly efficient in yesterday's action was Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS who struck out two of the three batters he faced to record a strong 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (3.96 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics to help them to blank the World Champion Kansas City Royals 8-0. Hendriks made short work of the bottom of the seventh by getting Alex Gordon to fly out to left field before he fanned both Paulo Orlando and Alcides Escobar who both hit nothing by air.

Really bringing the power stroke lately is centre fielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who clocked home run number nine this morning while batting 1-4 (.238) for the Milwaukee Brewers to help them to topple the Chicago Cubs 5-4.

Another star centre fielder to go deep yesterday was Tampa Bay Rays' KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) who launched No.12 while batting 2-4 (.250) with two RBIs in their 8-1 romp over the Toronto Blue Jays.

On hot hitting day for former imports, "Old Father Time" DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) slugged his ninth homer of the season in a 1-4 (.231) effort with two RBIs for the Chicago Cubs to help them to trounce the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) pounced for his tenth save with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.43 ERA) at the end of the San Diego Padres 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Returning to big league action was TYLER GOEDDEL (Brisbane Bandits 2014) who batted 2-4 (.190) to assist the Philadelphia Phillies to roll the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2.

Recently promoted major leaguer BLAKE SMITH (Adelaide Bite 2014) who pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (3.00 ERA) for the Chicago White Sox during their 1-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians.


Liam Hendriks


Kevin Kiermaier


David Ross


B
lake Smith 
  14 SEP 2016 - LIAM HENDRIKS PUNCHES OUT THE ONLY BATTER HE FACED!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks



Keon Broxton

Aussie ace LIAM HENDRIKS wasn't asked to do a lot, but what he did was most effective with four of only six pitches thrown for strikes for the Oakland Athletics who topped the Kansas City Royals 5-4. Hendriks struck out the one batter he was asked to remove to record the pitching line of 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (4.02 ERA). With a runner in scoring position on second base and two out in the bottom of the sixth, Liam ensured that KC was unable to extend their 3-1 lead at the time by striking out Paulo Orlando to end the inning. Who knows, his important out may have been a decisive moment in the context of such a narrow comeback win?

Although he has been battling niggling injuries lately, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) still managed to come of the bench as a pinch hitter with some style when the first and only pitch he faced disappeared over the fence at New Yankee Stadium. Gregorius latched onto his 18th home run of the season to bat 1-1 (.274) for the New York Yankees who shut out the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0.

Also going deep was outfielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who hammered No.8 of the season while batting 1-4 (.244) for the Milwaukee Brewers who fell short 4-6 to the Cincinnati Reds.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.247) plus a walk to help the Tampa Bay Rays to get the better of the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 at the Rogers Centre.

Starting left fielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) also batted 1-3 (.238) plus a walk for the Detroit Tigers who fell badly 1-8 to the plucky Minnesota Twins.


Didi Gregorius



Kevin Kiermaier

  12 SEP 2016 - BERESFORD, HENDRIKS & MOYLAN ALL PLAY!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford

 


Peter Moylan

 

 


Brandon Maurer
 

Australia's brand new major leaguer JAMES BERESFORD was one of the few Minnesota Twins hitters who managed to solve 2014 Cy Young Award winner and All Star starting pitcher Cory Kluber who led his Cleveland Indians team to a comfortable 7-1 win. In the bottom of the second, James battled Kluber to a full count before being called out on strikes after seven pitches. He then saw another five pitches before being struck out swinging by Kluber in the bottom of the fourth. Perhaps the benefit of seeing him for those at bats enabled Beresford to make the adjustment by attacking him early and lashing his first pitch for a double to left field in the bottom of the sixth. His last plate appearance for the day saw him ground out to the second baseman when leading off the bottom of the ninth against Cleveland reliever Cody Anderson. Beresford, who started at first base this time and batted seventh, finished with a respectable 1-4 (.250) as a terrific effort against Kluber and Anderson who combined to strike out twelve Twins for the day.
In today's 2-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers, James did not start but he came into the game as a pinch runner in the top of the eighth before taking over at first base for the Twins for the end of the game.

Aussie right hander LIAM HENDRIKS put up another zero with a strong 1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (4.04 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who were edged out in a 2-3 loss to the competitive Seattle Mariners. Hendriks kept the game tied at 2-2 after the top of the eighth by sitting down the beef of the M's lineup. He got star hitter Robinson Cano to fly out to left ahead of battling Nelson Cruz who singled up the middle from a 1-2 count.
He moved no further than first base when young gun Kyle Seager flied out to left and Dae-Ho Lee flied out to centre field. More commonly a ground ball pitcher, Liam didn't mind turning to the air to do his job on this occasion.

Completing the Australian triumvirate of major league performers was evergreen PETER MOYLAN who was on hand to record his seventh hold with a conclusive 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.93 ERA) after throwing seven of nine pitches for strikes. He played his part in helping the Kansas City Royals to shut out the Chicago White Sox 2-0. Moylan preserved KC's 2-0 lead by rolling through the bottom of the seventh with Jose Abreu popping out to the shortstop, Justin Morneau grounding out to third and Todd Frazier lining out to centre field.

Baltimore Orioles middle reliever MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) nailed his twelfth hold of the season with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (3.49 ERA) as part of their 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Also pitching solidly in relief was BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who hurled 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (4.57 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who were just beaten 2-3 by the Colorado Rockies.

Platoon catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) delivered a sacrifice fly RBI while batting 0-3 (.230) as part of the Chicago Cubs 9-5 victory over the Houston Astros. The retiring veteran had a tough time behind the dish when Chicago starter Jake Arrietta lost his radar and he spent plenty of time chasing the baseball to the back stop.

Liam Hendriks

 


Mychal Givens

 

 


David Ross

  11 SEP 2016 - JAMES BERESFORD BECOMES AUSTRALIA'S 33RD MAJOR!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

James Beresford
No.33
'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES Australia's 33rd player to reach the US Major Leagues.
As Australian baseball devotees we are entitled to suggest that it is LONG overdue, however, today we will put that aside to simply delight in the fact that Australia's 27yo star JAMES BERESFORD has finally been rewarded with a richly deserved major league debut this morning 11 Sept 2016 (AUS time).

It has taken ten long years, or to be a tad dramatic nearly 3,500 calendar days, of toil in the minor leagues for Beresford to be given an opportunity that his consistent brilliance has very often deserved before now. To put this in greater perspective, James has played 1,070 minor league games since his debut in 2007 and the last 440 of those at 'AAA' level where he has consistently excelled both offensively and defensively. The career shortstop and junior starting pitcher has built his recent reputation as an elite middle infielder and high-average hitter, but this season he has been asked to become more of a utility infielder by adding the corner infield positions to his repertoire. This may be significant insofar as his major league debut comes as the starting third baseman and #8 slot hitter for the Minnesota Twins who faced the contending Cleveland Indians in front of 23,584 home fans at Target Field today.
His first action came when he initiated a very neat double play in the top of the second inning before getting his first plate appearance in the home half of the same frame. With one on and one out, he didn't fail to pull the trigger by slapping the first major league pitch he faced from Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger to the first baseman who forced out the runner at second base for a fielder's choice.
Beresford then led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield grounder that was snagged by relief pitcher Perci Garner for the force out at first.
A magic moment arrived for Beresford in the bottom of the seventh when he hit safely in his debut game by rifling a pitch from Shawn Armstrong back up the middle for a leadoff single that clearly energised the home fans. James was left stranded on second base as the game remained deadlocked at 1-1. Up again in the bottom of the ninth Beresford, quite typically, did his job by professionally executing a sacrifice bunt off Bryan Shaw after team mate Kurt Suzuki had walked to lead off the inning. Unfortunately it did not result in the winning run as the game ventured into extra innings.
After making another neat defensive play in the top of the twelfth, James led off the bottom of the same inning with a sharp line out to left field off Joe Colon.
Memorably for James Beresford, who is the ultimate competitor, the Twins did the right thing by celebrating a terrific debut game via winning in dramatic fashion with a tense walkoff 2-1 victory in the bottom of the twelfth!!!
For an Australian National team fixture and former junior prodigy, his destiny has now been achieved!!

B
lake Smith 
It would be pretty much paled into insignificance that another former ABL import also made his major league debut today when BLAKE SMITH (Adelaide Bite 2014) finished a loss for the Chicago White Sox who went down 5-6 to the Kansas City Royals with an uneventful 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA).

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) came off the bench with some effect by batting 1-1 (.242) and driving in a run after taking over at left field for the Detroit Tigers during their 3-11 drubbing at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.

Really finding some strong batting form lately is KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who slugged his seventh long ball of the season today while batting a "lone handed" 2-3 (.247) with a walk and the only RBI for the Milwaukee Brewers who were topped 1-5 by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Keon Broxton
  9 SEP 2016 - KEVIN KIERMAIER HOMERS TWICE IN LOSS TO YANKS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Kevin Kiermaier
Recent ABL import outfielder and Major League Platinum Glove winner KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) must be wondering what more he might need to do after his offensive outbreak today was not enough to help the Tampa Bay Rays from falling to a tough 4-5 loss to the resurgent New York Yankees. Kiermaier batted a gaudy 4-5 (.249) with a pair of RBIs that came from home runs he launched in the first and third innings off ageing Yankees' veteran C.C Sabbathia. On the winning side of the ledger was New York shortstop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who also did his job with 1-4 (.279) that included a vital RBI.

Another recent ABL import to enjoy a strong offensive game today was centre fielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who batted 2-3 (.242) with two walks and two runs scored for the Milwaukee Brewers who are having a good run of form lately with a 12-5 win over the home-standing St. Louis Cardinals.

Keon Broxton
  7 SEP 2016 - DIDI GREGORIUS HELPS YANKEES TO BEAT BLUE JAYS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Didi Gregorius
Starting shortstop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.279) with a huge RBI triple and a run scored as a vital contributor to the New York Yankees narrow 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Helping the Baltimore Orioles to roll over the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 was reliable reliever MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) who pitched a customarily tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (3.52 ERA) in middle relief. Doing his best to lift the Rays was centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) who batted 1-2 (.233) plus two walks for three times on base without being driven home.


Kevin Kiermaier
  6 SEP 2016 - PETER MOYLAN HOLDS 8th ; LIAM HENDRICKS UNLUCKY!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

 

 

 

 


Brandon Maurer
 

Seasoned Aussie side-armer PETER MOYLAN threw just four pitches again in his latest outing to collect his fifth hold with another brief 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (3.53 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who overpowered the Minnesota Twins 11-5. Pete was called to arms in the bottom of the sixth with runners perched on the corners and only one out to handle the dangerous power bat of All Star Brian Dozier. As we mentioned, Moylan required just four pitches to have 'Bull' Dozier struck out swinging for the second out in what proved to be an important scoreless inning.

Unlike Pete's rapid outing, fellow Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS was asked to do the extended duty of pitching the final two innings for the Oakland Athletics at the end of their 7-10 defeat by the Los Angeles Angels.
Liam took over the hill for the top of the eighth with his team already trailing 7-8 and he did a terrific job to contain a couple of the toughest hitters in the game, probably ever! He had superstar Mike Trout struck out swinging and legend Albert Pujols fly out to centre field before ending that frame with C.J Cron grounding out to the third baseman. Hendriks was then "snake bitten" when returning for the top of the ninth after getting Cliff Pennington to pop out on the infield when Andrelton Simmons reached safely on a defensive error.
Rafael Ortega singled to left field as the next batter up, but there was more ill-fortune for Liam when a run scored on another defensive error in the outfield. Jeff Bandy singled up the middle to plate another unearned run before Hendriks re-grouped to limit any further damage. He got Kaleb Coward to foul out to the third baseman and then had a runner thrown out at home plate while trying to score on Cole Calhoun's double to deep centre.

Former ABL import pitcher BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) did not pass up his opportunity to grab his eighth save of the current season with 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (4.72 ERA) when he locked down the San Diego Padres tight 2-1 win over the travelling Boston Red Sox.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.231) and he scored a run for the Tampa Bay Rays during their 3-7 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.


Liam Hendriks

 

 

 

 


Kevin Kiermaier

  5 SEP 2016 - PETER MOYLAN RELIEVES IN TOUGH LOSS TO TIGERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Australia's "minute man" PETER MOYLAN exchanged an out for a hit while pitching 0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.57 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who were nudged out 5-6 by the Detroit Tigers. Pete got the call to the bullpen with a runner on second and two out in the top of the seventh, immediately after the Tigers had stretched their lead by a run to 3-1. Unfortunately it rather quickly became 4-1 when the productive Ian Kinsler singled up the middle to drive in the extra run as the first batter Moylan faced. His work concluded when he got Jose Iglesias to ground into a fielder's choice to the second baseman to end the inning. Making a strong contribution for the Tigers in this game was centre fielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) who batted 2-4 (.240) including a double and a run scored.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.230) and he scored a run for the Tampa Bay Rays who couldn't quite handle the Toronto Blue Jays in a 3-5 defeat.

Playing as the leadoff batter for the Milwaukee Brewers was centre fielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who batted 2-5 (.240) as part of a strong offensive game that saw them rout the scuffling Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0.

Tyler Collins
  2 SEP 2016 - LIAM HENDRIKS TAKES TOUGH LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

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Didi Gregorius

Australian veteran PETER MOYLAN has had some brief relief outings lately, but none briefer than the three pitches he threw to record 0.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.48 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who were just outlasted 4-5 by the New York Yankees over 13 long innings. With two out in the top of the eighth, Pete was summoned to face Starlin Castro who reached safely after after an error from the third baseman. That proved to be all he was asked to do on this occasion. In this game DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-5 (.286) with a vital RBI and he crossed the plate to score what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the 13th.

Aussie compatriot LIAM HENDRIKS had a very tough day at the office while taking his third loss of the season and his first blown save when his Oakland Athletics were overrun 3-4 by the Houston Astros. Although it ended badly for him, we can say that it could have all been much different after he got Teoscar Hernandez to fly out to centre field and Tony Kemp struck out swinging to begin the bottom of the eighth. With those two outs in the bank, Hendriks could very easily have got out of the inning and preserved a 3-1 lead of his team if not for a fly to deep centre field that appeared to have been misread by the outfielder and, instead of being caught, it allowed George Springer to leg out a triple. It wasn't a simple catch by any means, but most big league centre fielders would expect to run it down. Another slice of bad luck followed when Liam then had Alex Bregman struck out, only to se him reach safely via a wild pitch that also allowed the run to score from third base. With the rally charge in full swing, All Star Jose Altuve followed with a RBI triple to deep centre that tied the game.
After issuing an intentional walk to Carlos Correa the go-ahead run came from a RBI single to left off the heavy bat of slugger Evan Gattis. The inning was finally concluded a tad too late when Yulieski Gurriel flied out to left field. His line of 1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 2k didn't make pleasant reading for our man but, as I said, it could have all been quite different. His season record slipped slightly to 0-3, 4.35 ERA.

Not even a very productive 3-5 (.228) and a run scored by centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) could help the Tampa Bay Rays who were out-gunned by the Boston Red Sox 6-8 at Fenway Park.

MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) struck out three, yet he could not escape unscathed with 1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 3k (3.63 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who were edged 3-5 by the division leading Toronto Blue Jays.

Getting a rare start lately for the Philadelphia Phillies was TYLER GOEDDEL (Brisbane Bandits 2014) who walked once from two plate appearances for 0-1 (.190) before being replaced at left field during their 1-2 loss to the tough Washington Nationals.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) also had a rough day in relief with 1.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 0k (4.88 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who were flogged 1-8 by the struggling Atlanta Braves.

Liam Hendriks

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin Kiermaier

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