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July 07, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers signed their first-round pick on Friday.

Shortstop Brice Turang, a high schooler taken 21st by Milwaukee, agreed to a $3,411,100 signing bonus, $397,500 above his slot value.

The deadline for draft picks to sign, unless they have exhausted college eligibility, was 5 p.m.…

July 04, 2018

ZEBULON -- A few days ago, Mudcats manager Joe Ayrault got a call from someone that brightened up a regular Sunday.

It wasn’t from any of his handful of promoted players on their way up to Double-A after time spent in Zebulon, but from an admired name of the past: sixth-year minor leaguer…

July 02, 2018

ZEBULON — It seems like forever ago. Actually, it seems like about three months ago.

On opening day, April 3, here is the lineup that Mudcats manager Joe Ayrault trotted out:

Dallas Carroll

Keston Hiura

Tucker Neuhaus

Clint Coulter

Cooper Hummel

Weston Wilson

Luis Aviles Jr.

Max McDowell

Ryan…

June 21, 2018

ZEBULON — Catcher Max McDowell became a mini Twitter phenomenon this season as a member of the Carolina Mudcats. He gained recognition throughout the corner niches of minor league baseball as a defensive plus with an impressive pop time.

And yet, Carolina League base runners kept daring him.…

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June 21, 2018

ZEBULON — The Carolina League was idle for one final day on Wednesday before the league’s transition into the second half of the season today. And with Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Five County Stadium in the rearview, the Mudcats have shuffled their roster ahead of the final…

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June 20, 2018

ZEBULON — They sat at long, brown tables on the concourse at Five County Stadium. Nearly 50 Carolina League All-Stars in all, signed autographs and shared stories as fans gathered on Tuesday to interact with future stars.

And in a league where starting pitching has presided over the first…

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June 20, 2018

ZEBULON — It’s one of the few luxuries the preps-to-pro players in professional baseball may have over the more polished four-year college players: A few extra years to figure it all out.

After three solid but not remarkable seasons biding time in Rookie and Low-A ball, it has so far…

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June 20, 2018

The Carolina Hurricanes will open the 2018-19 NHL season at home at PNC Arena on Oct. 4, when they host the New York Islanders.

The game, which will be the first with new coach Rod Brind'Amour in charge, is scheduled for 7 p.m., and was announced by the NHL on Wednesday.

Game No. 2 will be a short…

June 18, 2018

From its first session in 2011 to its eighth annual rendition on Saturday, which had a registration large enough that the camp was chopped into two age-specific weekend sessions, the free Moe Deloach Summer Basketball Camp, hosted by Rocky Mount native Moe Deloach, always preaches the fundamentals…

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June 18, 2018

Francisco Lindor’s stay was short, but ask those who spent any time at Five County Stadium in the second half of the 2013 season and fond memories of the young shortstop begin to flow.

Lindor, now playing for the Cleveland Indians as one of the top shortstops in Major League Baseball, was…

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