J.J. Cooper

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.

International | #2008#International Affairs#Olympics

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.

International | #2008#International Affairs#Olympics

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

Rangers Call Up Hunter

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At this time last year, Tommy Hunter was getting comfortable in the Northwest League. Now, he’s a big leaguer. The 2007 supplemental first-round pick will start for the Rangers on […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

A Rare Swap

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Usually when Southern Illinois (Frontier) manager Mike Pinto loses a player to affiliated ball, it's a case of good news and bad news. While he is helping a player fulfill his dream, which is one of his jobs, it usually leaves a gaping hole in Pinto's lineup. "If I do my job too well (of helping players move on to affiliated ball), I'll get fired," Pinto explained. But this year, Pinto managed to make a deal where it worked out well for everyone involved. He was able to sell one of his players to the Diamondbacks, but get a middle-of-the-order hitter in return.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit

Second Chance

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For a guy who was moved to the mound because he couldn't hit, Brandon Taylor sure is crushing the ball. Two years after the Cubs moved him to the mound to take advantage of his 92-94 mph fastball, Taylor ranked in the top five of the Golden League in most offensive categories. He was hitting .422/.472/.798 with 10 home runs, 11 doubles and only eight strikeouts in 109 at-bats. With numbers like that, and a rediscovered love of the game it's safe to say that Taylor's days as a pitcher are long gone.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit