J.J. Cooper

Reds Land Guillon

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After making a big splash by signing outfielders Yorman Rodriguez and Juan Duran, the Reds have added an intriguing international arm by signing lefthander Ismael Guillon. Guillon was one of […]

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Independent Leagues Player Of The Year

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Two years ago, Patrick Breen thought he was just one good season away from the big leagues. A year later, he was released. But you won't find Breen moping or complaining about being cut loose. Breen may be the only independent leagues player who's actually happy he was in an independent league this year.<br/>

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit

Second Chance?

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Just 13 months after the Red Sox drafted Abe Alvarez in the second round in 2003 out of Long Beach State, he was pitching for Boston, making an emergency start. The lefthander allowed five runs and eight hits while walking five in five innings in an 8-3 loss to the Orioles, but at the time, it was thought to be only a minor setback in what had been a rapid rise.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit

Cuba Downs Team USA

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The U.S. and Cuba have had many thrilling games in international play, but they've never had one that ended like this. Using new international tiebreaker rules, Cuba beat Team USA 5-4, sending the Americans to a 1-2 record in the round robin. Cuba at 3-0 remains undefeated in these Olympics.

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Bad Start

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This is not a good start for Team USA. Four years after being left at home, out of the Olympics, the U.S. returned to Olympics action on Wednesday morning. It didn't go well. After trailing for most of the game, the U.S. scored three runs in the top of the ninth to stay alive, but South Korea rallied for two runs off of U.S. closer Jeff Stevens (Indians) in the bottom of the ninth to pull out an 8-7 win.

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Landing A Bargain?

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When the Giants drafted Jason Jarvis in the 23rd round of June's draft, it looked like the team was taking a flier on a talented arm, but one surrounded by plenty of question marks. Two months later, the Giants may have gotten a steal.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit