Wednesday Links: Rauch helps Twins win Central

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John Rauch; D'Backs photo

Jon Rauch; D'Backs photo

The ranks of BluGrass Baseball gained another playoff participant with the AL Central clinching victory Tuesday. Check out that story and more in today’s links:

  • Morehead alum Jon Rauch recorded two outs in the Twins’ epic 12-inning tie-breaking victory over the Tigers.
  • Tony Mullane, who pitched a no-hitter for the Louisville Eclipse of the American Association in 1882, was named to the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall-of-Fame.
  • UofL Sports reports former Cardinal Trystan Magnuson was named the top relief pitcher at the recently completed World Cup.
  • Ben Badler of Baseball America had this to say about NKU alum Nathan Jones in BA’s Carolina League chat: “White Sox reliever Nathan Jones was a last-minute cut, but he has outstanding arm strength. His fastball ranges from 94-98 mph, while some people have seen him sitting at 96-98. So that’s always going to give him a chance, but he’s more of a thrower than a pitcher right now. The command needs work, his breaking ball is a power pitch in the low- to mid-80s but still gets slurvy, and doesn’t have much deception, which is one reason why his strikeout rate isn’t as high as you might expect for a guy who can pump it into the high-90s.”
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Monday Links:

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Joe BlantonWe’re back in action on this Monday morning.  UK’s only alum with a world series victory was back on the mound as his team marched toward a defense of their title Sunday. Check out those stories and more:
  • UK alum Joe Blanton picked up his 12th win of the season for the Phillies.
  • UofL alum B. J. Rosenberg and Team USA beat Cuba 10-5 to win the 2009 World Cup.
  • Louisville native Paul Byrd was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox in the Yankees’ division-clinching victory Sunday.
  • John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer talks to Louisville manager Rick Sweet about the Reds’ top prospects.

Louisville Alumni Excelling In World Cup Action

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B. J. RosenbergTwo UofL alumni are pitching well for their respective countries in the 2009 World Cup currently taking place in Italy. B. J. Rosenberg, a Philadelphia Philles prospect, has a 1.93 ERA and 10 strikeout in 4.2 innings of work for Team USA, which clinched a spot in the finals with a victory over Puerto Rico Wednesday.  Trystan Magnuson, a Blue Jays’ prospect, is 2-0 without allowing a run in 5.2 innings of work for Team Canada. (Read more)

The United States plays Cuba today and the Netherlands Friday before defending its title in the finals Sunday. Canada has matchups with the Netherlands, today, and Cuba, tomorrow, left on its schedule. Canada will then play Saturday in the consolation games against the team that finished with the same rank in group 2.