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No.34 - ML Aust

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2 NOV 2016 - DAVID ROSS DEPARTS WITH A HOMER & A RING!
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David Ross
Apparently real life "fairytale stories" can produce fairytale endings, in this case for the 'Cinderella' Chicago Cubs and their popular veteran catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001). Down 1-3 in the World Series to the tenacious Cleveland Indians, the 'Cubbies' finally ended 108 years of futile derision, and sometimes ridicule, by battling back to win an epic Game 7 in Cleveland.

As it turned out, 'Grandpa Rossy" was to enter the game as the specialist catcher for Jon Lester when he was summoned from the bullpen in the bottom of the fifth inning. In keeping with the incredible drama of this World Series, Ross enjoyed one last slice of personal glory in his final major league game when he hammered a sixth inning homer off the Indians' nasty left hander Andrew Miller in a vital contribution to Chicago's amazing, drought-breaking, 8-7 win after ten innings!

26 OCT 2016 - DAVID ROSS CATCHES IN FAREWELL WORLD SERIES!
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David Ross
In what he has already announced to be his final season as a player, popular veteran DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) has the opportunity to put the icing on his remarkable career as a platoon catcher with several winning ballclubs by adding a fairytale World Series win for the storied Chicago Cubs who have waited over 100 years for one!

The guy that 'Cubbies' fans adoring call "Grandpa Rossy" was behind the dish as the "personal catcher" for ace lefty Jon Lester who was not at his sharpest in Game 1 when the Cubs were shut out 0-6 by the Indians in Cleveland.

Ross, who played in the long forgotten IBLA during his summer in Australia way back in 2001, has previously earned himself a World Series ring with the 2013 Boston Red Sox and another would be a great retirement gift for the resilient gloveman.

3 OCT 2016 - LIAM HENDRIKS FINISHES STRONG WITH 10th HOLD!
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Liam Hendriks

 
Didi Gregorius

Aussie right hander LIAM HENDRIKS finished his 2016 season on a most positive note by recording his tenth hold of the campaign as part of the Oakland Athletics tight 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners away at Safeco Field.
Hendriks struck out a pair to tuck away another convincing line of 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k while throwing eleven of fifteen pitches for strikes in the bottom of the seventh. In a crisp clinic of strike throwing, Liam got Dae-Ho Lee struck out swinging, Ben Gamel to foul out to the shortstop and experienced Chris Iannetta to strike out swinging.
The day prior, Hendriks pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings for the A's as an important contribution to their narrow and high-scoring 9-8 win over Seattle after ten innings. Liam came into this game with one out in the bottom of the fifth, immediately after Seattle superstar Robinson Cano had clocked a two-run homer to narrow Oakland's lead to 5-4 at the time. He secured a couple of tough outs to end the inning with dangerous Nelson Cruz grounding out to third and young stud Kyle Seager struck out swinging on just four pitches. As he can do so successfully as a former starter, Hendriks was up for the task of returning for another inning in the important bottom of the sixth that he tucked away decisively. He began by getting Adam Lind to ground out to the shortstop ahead of a four pitch walk issued to Leonys Martin. The walk did not haunt him when he fanned both Mike Zunino and Katel Marte to polish of his work in style.
His impressive line for this game was 1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k.
Hendriks' final ERA of 3.76 represents a terrific response after a somewhat difficult start that saw him spend some time on the disabled list this season. Let's hope that the upcoming arbitration process for him brings him what he deserves after years of diligent performance at the highest level. Good luck Liam!

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) ended a productive season with 2-4 (.276) and a run batted in for the New York Yankees who were topped 2-5 by the Baltimore Orioles who now have a post season Wild Card Game date.

2 OCT 2016 - JAMES BERESFORD HITS AGAIN v CHISOX!
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James Beresford
Australia's star infielder JAMES BERESFORD continues to prove himself well and truly worthy of his place at baseballs pinnacle with another base hit today while starting at first base for the Minnesota Twins in their 6-0 shutout win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Batting in the #9 hole, Beresford came to bat for the first time in the top of the third and he grounded out to the third baseman while facing 'Big Game James' Shields for the third out of the inning. Against Shields again in the top of the fifth, James battled him to a 2-2 count before grounding out to the short stop. In the top of the seventh he didn't waste any time to attack Shields early by clipping an infield single to the short stop from the first pitch he saw. Beresford was later to become Minnesota's final out for the game in the top of the ninth when he was called out on strikes while facing Michael Ynoa. It left him with a decent 1-4 day in a winning ballgame and he also added another double play to his defensive efforts.

The usually reliable MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched another effective 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k (3.13 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles in the midst of their 3-7 defeat by the New York Yankees.

Mychal Givens

28 SEP 2016 - JAMES BERESFORD & PETE MOYLAN FACE OFF!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!!

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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

 

  
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Liam Hendriks

No.31

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.31 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 September 2011 (AUS time), 22yo West Australian Right Hand Pitcher
LIAM HENDRIKS.
22yo Perth pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS today became the 31st Australian to play at the major league level when he made his debut as the starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins in their spanking new Target Field Stadium, Minneapolis. The young tyro that ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ nicknamed the “Wanneroo Wrecker” because of his amazing exploits as a teenager for WA in the Claxton Shield has had a dizzy climb in professional baseball this season. This time last season Liam was pitching at ‘Advanced A’ level for in the Twins organisation, but this year has seen him really take off. After starting the 2011 season in dominant fashion at ‘AA’ New Britain, Hendriks earned a promotion to ‘AAA’ Rochester where he pitched well enough to be selected for the World Team to contest the prestigious All-Star weekend Futures Game. Not long after he now finds himself achieving the dream of all aspiring baseballers by reaching the pinnacle of the sport.

Liam’s debut started in ideal fashion in front of 36,959 home fans versus the visiting Chicago White Sox with a neat, nine pitch, 1-2-3 first inning where he had Juan Pierre line out to left, Alexei Ramirez fly out to left and A.J Pierzynski struck out swinging. Due to the length of his start the rest of the inning-by-inning detail will remain on the individual report for 7 September 2011.

After throwing 99 pitches (65 for strikes) Hendriks was relieved before the beginning of the eighth inning with a quality start of 7.0ip 4h 3er 3bb 4k for his initial big league record of 0-1, 3.86ERA. Even though he was saddled with the loss because of his team mates being shut out in a 0-3 defeat by the ‘Chisox’ it was a most outstanding debut effort.

Welcome to the most exclusive Australian baseball fraternity LIAM HENDRIKS.


Shane Lindsay

No.30

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.30 player to reach the US major leagues on
3 September 2011 (AUS time), 26yo Victorian Right Hand Pitcher
SHANE LINDSAY.
26yo Victorian right hand pitcher SHANE LINDSAY today (3 September 2011 AUS time) became the 30th Australian to reach the US major league. Hard-throwing Lindsay may be an enigma in Australian baseball where he has rarely flourished, yet he has been an asset as a relief pitcher in the US professional scene. After having one of his best seasons with the Chicago White Sox this season, mainly in 'AAA', he certainly earned his call up to the extended September roster of the big league 'Chisox'.
Lindsay enjoyed a positive debut when he closed a wide 1-8 defeat by his former Detroit Tigers club in front of just over 42,000 away fans at Detroit's relatively new Comerica Park stadium with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (0.00ERA). As he often does in Australia, Shane struggled for control with only seven of 17 pitches thrown for strikes, yet 'Flintoff & Dunn' will not use this to sour a memorable major league debut.
Pitching the bottom of the eighth, Lindsay got Dayan Viciedo to ground out to the third baseman before issuing a four pitch walk to pinch hitter Brent Lillibridge. His next pitch saw Tyler Flowers foul out to right field and he finished his job by getting Brent Morel to ground out within range of the catcher.

Welcome to the very exclusive club SHANE LINDSAY... it is something that can never be taken away!


Josh Spence

No.29

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.29 player to reach the US major leagues on
25 June 2011 (AUS time), 23yo Victorian Left Hand Pitcher
JOSH SPENCE.
23yo Victorian lefty pitcher JOSH SPENCE today (25 June 2011 AUS time) became the 29th Australian to reach the US major league. After being called up to the San Diego Padres big league team last week, Josh did not get to make his major league debut in Boston's fabled Fenway Park, but it may have been even better for him to debut at the Padres home Petco Park in front of just over 27,000 Californian fans. He would have also enjoyed a relatively "stress free" outing by closing out San Diego's runaway 11-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves. In fact Josh was most efficient in his debut with a dominant 1-2-3 inning against the meat of the Atlanta Braves lineup. He started by striking out young star Jason Heyward on five pitches before getting future first ballot Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones to pop out to the second baseman. He then secured the last out of the game with All-Star MVP catcher Brian McCann grounding out to the second baseman. Like all major league debuts, this will be a moment in his life that he will never forget!
His pitching line after his first appearance is an impressive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA).

I'm not sure if this qualifies under the definition of "six degrees of separation" but your writer has followed Josh Spence's career since his early days when his Geelong team were great rivals of my son's Waverley teams in the Victorian State League Junior competition. In fact, I was line umpiring in an U14 game at Geelong when big Josh, who was already a young star, drilled my diminutive (at the time) son in the middle of the back with an accidental pitch! I thought that my little lefty batter may have been dead at the time and I think that young Josh Spence was a bit concerned too? We're just really delighted that he made it from those memorable early days all the way to the pinnacle of world baseball!


Luke Hughes

No.28

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.28 player to reach the US major leagues on
29 April 2010 (AUS time), 25yo West Australian infielder
LUKE HUGHES.
25yo WA infielder
LUKE HUGHES today (29 April 2010 AUS time) became the 28th Australian to reach the US major league. Hughes made his debut starting at third base for the Minnesota Twins against the Detroit Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, in front of just under 20,000 fans. Batting in the #9 hole, Luke had an unusual first plate appearance with one on and two out in the top of the second inning when, after working a 3-1 count while facing starter Matt Scherzer, he saw team mate Delmon Young out caught stealing third base to end the inning. Still at bat to start the top of the third Luke slammed a 2-2 fastball from Scherzer over the right field fence for a leadoff home run... from his very first major league at bat! In the top of the fourth he flied out to the catcher in foul territory off Scherzer’s second pitch fastball. Then, in the sixth, he grounded out to the third baseman from the first pitch he saw from Aussie compatriot Brad Thomas. Hughes then made the third out in the top of the eighth when he was struck out swinging on a nasty third pitch curveball from Phil Coke. It ended Luke’s debut with the bat at 1-4 (.250) with the RBI coming from the home run that he won’t ever forget. It hardly mattered that his Twins were beaten 6-11 by the hosting Tigers. Welcome to a select and very elite club LUKE HUGHES.


Trent Oeltjen

No.27

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.27 player to reach the US major leagues on 7 August 2009 (AUS time), 26yo New South Wales outfielder TRENT OELTJEN. 26yo NSW outfielder TRENT OELTJEN today (7 August 2009 AUS time) became the 27th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Oeltjen made his big league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks and he was a major part of the 'D-Backs' comeback victory 11-6 over the Pittsburgh Pirates after 12 innings. In fact Trent could hardly have imagined a more exciting big league debut than he experienced in front of 17,311 fans at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Batting in the seven hole and starting at left field, he had a dream beginning when he reached on an infield single in the second inning, then promptly stole second base. In the fourth inning he flied out to right field, followed by a pop out to the second baseman in the sixth. All of those at bats were facing Pirates' starter Kevin Hart. Oeltjen's magic moment arrived when he led off the eighth inning facing Jesse Chavez and he made himself an immediate hero for the 'Snakes' with a towering home run to right field that tied the game and gave his team the opportunity to win in extra innings. Facing Matt Capps in the top of the tenth he bunted into a fielder's choice force out and, although he failed to advance the runner, he made up for this by stealing second base himself for his second theft of the game. Trent was asked to leadoff the 12th with another bunt but it was unsuccessful when he popped up to the catcher. It didn't stop him enjoying Arizona's dramatic win, or from enjoying a wonderful debut in the major leagues. You've made it Trent!


Brad Harman

No.26

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.26 player to reach the US major leagues on
23 April 2008 (AUS time), 22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN
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22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN today (23 April 2008 AUS time) became the 26th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Harman made his big league debut as a pinch hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies during their 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies in front of a 26,665 crowd at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado. In fact our Brad was to make the last out of the game for the Phillies when he replaced Ryan Madson as a pinch hitter with two out in the top of the ninth. Brad battled Rockies closer Manny Corpas until he popped out to short stop on his fifth pitch fastball. He was then lifted before the bottom of the ninth in a defensive adjustment when he was replaced by closing pitcher Brad Lidge. ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ CONGRATULATES Brad on making it all the way to the top and we hope that he gets plenty more opportunities to become a regular big league player.


Richard Thompson
No.25

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.25 player to reach the US major leagues on
1 September 2007 (US time), 23yo NSW RH pitcher RICHARD THOMPSON.
 
After climbing to ‘AAA’ level and performing extremely well towards the end of the 2007 season, Australian RICHARD (the Americans like to call him RICH) THOMPSON took advantage of the expanded September rosters to become our 25th major league player. Thompson was immediately thrust into action to pitch the top of the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels during their 6-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, witnessed by 38,342 home fans at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim. He started superbly by having Jason Botts struck out swinging on his fourth pitch which was a canny off speed offering. He followed by having young star Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging on six pitches, whiffing at the last two 94mph heaters. He was then a touch unfortunate when Ian Kinsler sliced a tidy "low and away" full-count pitch for a soft floater to right field. Richard concluded his scoreless inning of work today by having Ramon Vasquez ground out to the second baseman. His debut day was done with a most satisfying and memorable
1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA), with 12 of his 19 pitches thrown for strikes… way to go RICH!


Ryan
Rowland-Smith

No.24

24yo NSW right-hander RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH became Australia's 24th player to reach baseball's pinnacle of the US major leagues when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners against the Cincinnati Reds on 23 June 2007 (AUS date) at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. A crowd of 46,340 were on hand to witness the latest Aussie big leaguer make his first out, and one that will be written into folklore, when he had future Hall-Of-Fame great Ken Griffey Junior struck out swinging to end the 6th inning. It could not take the gloss from Ryan's impressive big league debut that his team was already trailing by the ugly final score of 1-16 when he returned to polish off the top of the seventh inning. He had Jeff Conine ground out to the third baseman, before finding himself under a little pressure when Adam Dunn singled to left field and Edwin Encarnacion reached by the unusual route of catcher's interference. He escaped the jam by having Alex Gonzalez fly out to left field and then Josh Hamilton struck out swinging. In all Rowland-Smith threw a high-quality 15 of 20 pitches for strikes for a memorable debut of 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA).


Phil Stockman

Australia's
No.2
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'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.23 player to reach the US major leagues on
15 June 2006 (US time), 6'8", 26yo Queensland RH pitcher PHIL STOCKMAN 

Australia salutes its 23rd player to reach the pinnacle of world baseball in the US major leagues with the debut of Queensland's 6'8" pitching giant PHIL STOCKMAN for the famous Atlanta Braves. Stockman, who arrived at Atlanta from the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, has earned his call-up to the struggling Braves' big league roster after his outstanding form at 'AAA' Richmond and 'AA' Mississippi this season. Stockman made his debut pitching the bottom of the eighth inning for the Braves in their 2-3 loss to the Florida Marlins in front of a paltry 7,162 hard-core fans at Miami's Dolphins Stadium. 
'Big Phil' did not allow any further damage to the scoreboard, even after the first batter he faced, Jeremy Hermida slapped a double to right field on a full count. He then got an assist for fielding a sacrifice bunt from Alfredo Amezaga for his first major league out. Stockman tidied up the inning by leaving Hermida stranded on third when he induced Miguel Olivio to fly out on a 3-1 pitch and then pinch-hitter Joe Borchard lined out sharply to centrefield. In all Stockman threw 9 of his 17 pitches for strikes in a quite impressive debut performance of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA). Nice job "big fella"!


Peter Moylan

Australia's
No.2
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'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.22 player to reach the US major leagues on
13 April 2006 (US time), 27yo Victorian utility / RH pitcher PETER MOYLAN.
 
So, here's one for "Ripleys Believe it or Not?" Peter Moylan, as the commentators at the recent World Baseball Classic would constantly remind us, is the previously unknown pharmaceuticals salesman from Melbourne, Australia who somehow rose from obscurity to find a three-quarter arm fastball in the 95mph range that dazzled some of the major leagues best hitters. 'Big Pete' Moylan is not such a surprise to Australian baseball fans as a guy who has been at the forefront of Aussie baseball for some time. In fact, to explain his versatility, Peter Flintoff recently witnessed him playing at third base and smashing two monster home runs for his Victorian club team Blackburn against the powerhouse club Waverley... he also recently played at first base and pitched in relief for Victoria at the Claxton Shield... that is the type of player that Moylan is! In fact, it was the somewhat eye-catching and remarkable side-arm velocity of Moylan at Blacktown in 2006 that led legendary Australian scout and pitching great Phil Dale to sign Moylan on a minor league contract to join the famous Atlanta Braves. Fast forward to 13 April 2006 and there we find Peter Moylan summoned from the Braves bullpen at Turner Field, in front of 37,107 fans to pitch late relief against the Philadelphia Phillies who were already on their way to a 7-5 victory. Moylan pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k to become the 22nd Australian player to reach the US major leagues. Pete entered the game in the eighth inning to induce a fly out from Ryan Howard before David Bell drove a two-base hit. He then had catcher Mike Leiberthal pop out to first before halting the inning with David Delluci called out on strikes. In all he threw 16 pitches on debut and nine of them were for strikes. Way to go PETE!


Chris Oxspring
Australia's
No.2
1

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.21 player to reach the US major leagues on
2 September 2005 (US time), 28yo Queensland born RH pitcher CHRIS OXSPRING.
 
Australia's 2004 Olympic silver medal star CHRIS OXSPRING has had to be patient before becoming the 21st Aussie to reach the US major leagues. In his fifth season with the San Diego Padres organisation, Chris has steadily worked his way through the minor leagues and has been a steady performer at 'AAA' level for the past two seasons. He finally received the ultimate reward with his call-up to the Padres big league roster this week and with his major league debut today.
Chris was immediately handed a daunting task, coming in after just 1.2 innings to relieve the Padres ailing starter Brian Lawrence who had already allowed five runs. However, while he was touched for a couple of home runs, he also struck out seven in what was a promising debut in the context of a game that was already out of hand for his team. Whatever, he will never forget his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers in front of 18,000 fans at Miller Park. Well done Chris, you have deserved it!
He pitched 5.1ip 6h 5er 3bb 7k (8.44ERA) in the Padres 12-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.


Justin Huber
Australia's
No.20

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.20 player to reach the US major leagues on
21 June 2005 (US time), 23yo VICT infielder JUSTIN HUBER.
 
Originally a highly regarded prospect as a catcher in the New York Mets organisation, the strapping Melbourne raised Huber has also had to endure an injury hindered apprenticeship as a baseball professional. But, having been traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2004, the opportunity to make a rapid rise to the big leagues opened up for Justin after the Royals converted him to a first baseman.
Finally, in front of 28,206 opposition fans at the Chicago White Sox home park US Cellular Field, Huber was summoned from the bench in the 9th inning of a 5-1 loss to pinch hit in place of regular first baseman Matt Stairs. He was caught on a solidly hit fly ball to centre field off Sox reliever Damasco Marte to start his career with 0-1, but simply making his debut will be more than enough excitement for Justin Huber on this day! We hope he has many, many more big days in the US major leagues! Good Luck Justin!


Glenn Williams
Australia's
No.19

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.19 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 June 2005 (US time), 27yo NSW infielder GLENN WILLIAMS.
 
Having been signed as a "golden boy" of Australian baseball, Sydney's Glenn Williams has been made to endure a tough apprenticeship, working his way up through the ranks with the Toronto Blue Jays and having established himself as a quality performer at 'AAA' level over the past few years. Maybe his career break arrived when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for season 2005, culminating in his major league debut.
Williams made a dream start to his 'big league' career for the Minnesota Twins in their away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark. Glenn delivered a two-out, pinch hit single to second base off the experienced Shawn Estes in the sixth inning to advance a couple of team mates on the bases. He can always say that he made his major league debut with a hit in his first at bat... Way to go Glenn!


Travis Blackley
Australia's
No.18

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.18 player to reach the US major leagues on 1 July 2004 (US time), 21yo Victorian left-hand pitching star TRAVIS BLACKLEY. 
After earning his promotion via outstanding performances in the minor leagues over the past couple of years, Blackley took the mound for the Seattle Mariners in his major league debut in front of 35,966 fans at SAFECO Field. Not only did young Travis make his 'big league' debut, but he also performed superbly to pick up the WIN as the Mariners topped the visiting Texas Rangers 8-4. Blackley, signed as a free agent in 2000, worked the first 5.2 innings, departing to a standing ovation after surrendering a three-run home run to Kevin Mench that chopped a six-run Seattle lead in half. This aside, he shackled the very dangerous Rangers lineup with a magnificent start of 5.2ip 6h 4er 3bb 4k.


Travis Blackley


No.17 - ML Aust
Micheal Nakamura

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2003.
On Saturday, 7th June 2003 (US time) Melbourne pitcher MICHEAL NAKAMURA  became the 17th Australian player to play in the US major leagues. Nakamura made his stunning debut in front of nearly 32,000 fans at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Nakamura could hardly have been more impressive coming in with two runners on board in the top of the 8th innings, getting a HUGE strikeout to end the innings, then completing the save with a blank in the ninth innings... he pitched 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k... WAY TO GO!!

 


Chris Snelling
Australia's
No.15 in MLB

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2002 CHRIS SNELLING who made his big league debut with.the  Seattle Mariners on 26 May 2002 against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. Snelling became our 15th Australian major leaguer!

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's latest major league baseball "ambassador" JOHN STEPHENS who made his big league debut with the  Baltimore Orioles on 30 July 2002 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field, in Tampa. Stephens becomes our 16th Australian major leaguer!


John Stephens
Australia's
No.16 in MLB