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BEEF O’BRADY’S BOWL: Central Florida hammers high-scoring Ball State, 38-17

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Conference USA member Central Florida, one of Ohio State’s 2012 opponents, beat Ball State of the Mid-American Conference on Friday night in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, 38-17.

The game took place at St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball.

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles threw three touchdowns and ran for another in the contest.

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Bortles completed 22 of 33 passes without an interception.

Ball State, which finishes the season at 9-4, had high hopes of winning 10 games for only the third time in school history, but its usually high-scoring offense was held to a season-low point total by a swarming, speedy Knights defense. The Cardinals saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.

Bortles, who led the Knights to a 10-4 record, passed for 272 yards to become the first QB to throw for 3,000 yards since 2002. A solid runner, he also led the team on the ground, rushing nine times for a career-best 80 yards.

Cardinals quarterback Keith Wenning was 22 of 34 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

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Info compiled from Central Florida University, Ball State University & Beef O’Brady’s Bowl news

David Price dominates Indians again in 5-0 win


David Price (file photo)

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays can be beaten, as his record of 6-4 states. But the Cleveland Indians are not one of the teams who have beaten him.

Price beat the Indians on May 11, holding them to two runs on five hits in eight innings.

He beat them against 16 days later on Friday May 27, 5-0 in Tropicana Field. Price struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven innings. In two starts against the Tribe, he has 19 strikeouts in 15 innings and is 4-1 in his career against them.

The losing pitcher for Cleveland was Josh Tomlin (6-2) as he allowed two-run homers in the second inning to Casey Kotchman and Sam Fuld. He has allowed 10 homers this year, third most in the American League.


Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

Tampa Bay Rays’ Shields named American League Player of the Week

James Shields (file photo)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 24th.

The winner of the American League Player of the Week, James Shields, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

Shields pitched complete games in each of his two starts last week to compile a perfect 2-0 record with 16 strikeouts in a Major League-leading 18. innings pitched. The native of Newhall, California posted a 0.50 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .138 batting average while issuing just three walks.

Shields has now tossed at least 7.0 innings in four of his five starts this season. On April 19th, the right-hander recorded his sixth career complete game, his first since a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 9, 2008, be defeating the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Shields struck out nine and walked one, and became the first Rays pitcher to surpass the 1,000.0 career innings pitched. The win snapped a string of nine consecutive winless starts (0-5) dating back to August 29, 2010.

On Sunday, the 16th round pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft again went the distance, shutting out the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Shields held the power-laden Blue Jays hitless through four innings before Juan Rivera singled to open the fifth. The 29-year-old struck out seven and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to become the first Rays pitcher to win back-to-back complete games since Albie Lopez in 2000.

Already the Rays all-time leader in wins (58), games started (156) and innings pitched (1,016.0), Shields’ seven complete games moves him into the top spot on the Tampa Bay all-time list. In addition, he is currently ranked second in strikeouts with 829, just 45 behind Scott Kazmir. This is the second career A.L. Player of the Week award for Shields who previously was selected the week of 4/28/08.


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2010 BEEF ‘O’ BRADY BOWL: Louisville 31 Southern Mississippi 28

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Justin Burke threw two touchdown passes and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to give the Louisville Cardinals the 31-28 win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field.

Burke tossed scoring passes of to Cameron Graham and Josh Chichester.

Wright’s kickoff return made it 28-28 early in the fourth quarter, and Chris Philpott’s 36-yard field goal gave the Cardinals the lead with 6:30 remaining.

Louisville ups its record to 7-6 on the season.

Austin Davis threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns to become the career TD pass leader at Southern Mississippi with 53, moving ahead of Brett Favre and Lee Roberts.

The Eagles end the season at 8-5.


* This was the program’s ninth consecutive bowl appearance.

* Louisville is no stranger to Southern Miss. The two teams used to play every year when both were members of Conference USA. The teams kept playing even after the Cardinals left for the Big East in 2005. The Golden Eagles played at Louisville a year ago, losing in a thrilling contest, 25-23. The two teams will meet in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

* The Golden Eagles defensive front seven has been the team’s strength, they’re ranked 13th nationally against the run.

* Southern Miss’ run game with freshman Kendrick Hardy and an offensive unit that averages 203.4 rushing yards a game.

* The Golden Eagles lost three games in 2010 by a combined eight points.

* DE Cordarro Law is the defense’s top playmaker, leading the team in sacks with six and tackles for loss with 11 1/2. Law has four sacks in the last four games.


* The Cardinals were happy to be in a bowl game. No one expected them to do anything under first year coach Charlie Strong, the former defensive coordinator at Florida. The team was picked to finish last in the Big East after being 4-8 in 2009 and three bowl-less seasons under Steve Kragthorpe.

* The Cardinals opened the season at 3-3, a bowl wasn’t even in the future. But despite a tough schedule in the Big East, they endured. The Cardinals knocked off eventual league champion Connecticut and won at improving Syracuse and scored a win against Rutgers to end at a bowl-eligible 6-6.

* Louisville runs the football most of the time with running back Bilal Powell who averages 120.9 yards a game.

* The offensive line is one of the best in the Big East.

* Louisville lost five games by a total of a touchdown or less.

* WR Doug Beaumont led the team in receptions per game and is also a threat on punt returns, ranking ninth in the country with an average of 15.3 yards.

compiled from Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl, Louisville & Southern Mississippi athletics news

AL DIVISION SERIES: Cliff Lee leads Texas in ALCS against the Yankees

The most-popular pitcher in postseason play led another team to the Championship series.

Cliff Lee put the Texas Rangers on his back and pitched them in the AL title series against the well-rested New York Yankees.

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Lee pitched brilliantly as Texas won a playoff series for the first time, beating the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday night in Game 5 in Tropicana Field, 5-1 to win the divison series 3 games to 2.

Lee struck out 11 in a six-hitter for his second win over Tampa Bay ace David Price in the series. He retired the final nine batters he faced.

What was peculiar about this series is, that the road team won every game which is a record in major league history.

Lee improved to 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA and three complete games in seven career postseason starts, striking out 54 and walking six in 56 1/3 innings.

compiled from staff & MLB news

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