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Column: Cubs need a cup of Joe, but not Girardi

By: Nick Roark Ever had that 2:30 feeling? Chances are if you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, that fatigued, disheartening and overwhelming feeling came over you many times this season; 96 times to be exact. It is no secret that the Cubs need a jolt of energy. And while Chicago president Theo Epstein is looking for a […]

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Smokies’ season ends with 7-4 loss to Barons Monday night

By: Adam Kline / Matthew Shalbrack KODAK, Tenn. – The Tennessee Smokies were unable to overcome a four-run fourth inning and fell to the Birmingham Barons 7-4 on Monday night at Smokies Park. With the win, Birmingham wins the North Division Championship 3-games-to-2. The Smokies ended 2013 with a 76-62 regular season record, 3-2 in […]

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VIDEO: Javier Baez walk-off home run, August 16, 2013

Tied at 6-6 against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the bottom of the ninth inning, Javier Baez hit the go-ahead home run for the second night in a row. This time, it was a walk-off blast over the party deck in left field of Smokies Park. The two-run shot was Baez’s 31st home run of the […]

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Former Smokies’ skipper Ryne Sandberg named interim manager for Phillies

By: Nick Roark  Former Tennessee Smokies Ryne Sandberg was named interim manager for the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon after the NL East squad fired skipper Charlie Manuel following an eight year run that included a 2008 World Series championship over the Tampa Bay Rays.  Sandberg will follow the winningest manager in Philadelphia Phillies history, as […]

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Jonathan Mota proving valuable in versatile role for Smokies

By: Nick Roark Jonathan Mota has never walked into the Tennessee Smokies clubhouse with a tool belt around his waist and a hard hat on his head. But chances are the Smokies do-it-all player can fix any problem skipper Buddy Bailey might cross if filling out a lineup. Arismendy Alcantara needs a day off? Jonathan […]

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Jokisch’s no-no a night Rafael Lopez will remember

By: Matthew Osborne It’s not everyday a catcher calls and catches a no-hitter. Tuesday night, Wellington, Fla. native Rafael Lopez caught Eric Jokisch’s no-no in Jacksonville, a night that he will never forget. The former Florida State Seminole even went into detail about the last five batters Jokisch faced. Lopez said he realized that Jokisch had […]

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Brett Jackson “excited” to begin climb back towards Chicago

By: Nick Roark The tables have turned in just one calendar year for Chicago Cubs prospect Brett Jackson. This day last year, Jackson had just celebrated his 24th birthday and was two short days away from making his Major League debut, starting in center field for Chicago as the Cubs faced off against one of […]

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Smokies hitting coach Desi Wilson sees improvement in Javier Baez

By: Nick Roark It has been nearly three weeks since Chicago Cubs’ top prospect Javier Baez began his Tennessee Smokies career with a towering home run in his first Double-A at-bat over the center field wall at Smokies Park.  In 15 games since his Tennessee debut on July 6, all the 20-year-old has done is […]

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Justin Bour gained newfound love while injured

By: Nick Roark  For the better portion of two months, Tennessee Smokies first baseman Justin Bour found himself relegated to catching ceremonial first pitches and observing games from the dugout railing. A hairline fracture in Bour’s left wrist had the cleanup hitter sporting a cast for over a month and prevented him from being able […]

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