A four-game losing streak isn't unusual in minor league baseball. That is, unless you're with the 2013 Durham Bulls. Facing being swept in a four-game series for the first time this season, the Bulls put together an 11-hit performance highlighted by Leslie Anderson's three-run homer in the first inning of their 7-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night before a crowd of 10, 125 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The intensity meter was pinging more than it has been all summer at the S.J.G. Greater NC Pro-Am. The games at the summer league haven’t been as desirable as they have been in past seasons because current players from Duke and North Carolina haven’t played. It’s playoff time, though, which tends to attract bigger names at the pro-am, and former UNC forward John Henson lent his on Tuesday.
The Durham Bulls got a grand slam from a player who just came off the disabled list and Rochester's pitchers issued 10 walks including three in the ninth to load the bases. But instead of a walkoff victory by the Bulls, the Red Wings escaped with a 6-4 win to extend Durham's losing streak to three games Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball's most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal. Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Gerald Henderson decided to re-sign with the Bobcats because he had unfinished business to resolve in Charlotte. The 25-year-old Henderson has been through some incredibly trying times in four seasons — the Bobcats are 106-206 during that span, including an NBA record-worst 7-59 in 2011-12.
It wasn't a formula for winning, but the Durham Bulls' rally in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings on Monday night was a reason for optimism. After having just four base runners through eight innings, the Bulls finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth while sending eight batters to the plate.
Jeff Gordon had the inside line, a lead and his first win of the season in sight, usually a sure thing for Pocono's top winner.Kasey Kahne was about out of time to pass his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. "It was either to go for it and make it work," Kahne said. "Or not."
Stacy Lewis felt such a spiritual connection with St. Andrews that even when she was three behind with three to play, she never lost hope she could win the Women's British Open. No way could she have scripted a finish like this.
They say par is a good score in a major. If that's true next week at the PGA Championship, then Tiger Woods has already done his share of preparation.
For the third time in her career, former Duke All-American Brittany Lang was named one of 12 members of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team on Sunday after the Women’s British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The Durham Bulls were looking for their 10th win at home against the Gwinnett Braves on Sunday. Bulls pitcher Merrill Kelly, facing the Braves for the fourth time in six starts and aiming to keep his record perfect against Gwinnett, gave up just four hits while posting seven strikeouts. But it was Braves starter Yohan Flande who stole the show, scattering three hits while striking out eight through eight innings for a 4-1 win in International League action at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Through five innings of Friday night’s rain-plagued game at Fifth Third Park, the Durham Bulls and Toledo Mud Hens were tightly matched with a pair of runs and six hits each. But that’s where the similarity ended, as the Mud Hens pounded Bulls starter Jake Odorizzi (8-5) in the sixth inning on the way to an 8-2 victory to prevent a sweep of the four-game series.
Former N.C. Central defensive end Xavier Proctor has signed a contract with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, the team announced Thursday.
Former Southern High School center Julian Gamble, who played basketball for the University of Miami, departed for France on Wednesday to begin his professional basketball career.