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Zephyrs beef up infield, make other offseason moves

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Host Tim Grubbs, left, talks with newly signed Marlins infielder Reid Brignac during the "Evening with the Zephyrs" at The Cannery on Wednesday in New Orleans.

With the Miami Marlins having been in the hunt for a postseason berth during much of the 2014 season, General Manager Dan Jennings spent the offseason working to stabilize the team’s infield in an effort to continue improving. In doing so, the Marlins traded pitcher Andrew Heaney, the top left-handed minor-league prospect in baseball, to the Los… Continue reading →

Dodgers' dealing Wednesday includes seven-player deal with the Miami Marlins that involves former Zephyrs players

Photos provided by the New Orleans ZephyrsZephyrs pitcher Andrew Heaney

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Dodgers acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels and were working to obtain shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies in a remake of their middle infield. In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be… Continue reading →

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton cashes in with $325 million deal

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MIAMI — The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a 13-year, $325 million contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It’s the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season — or $154,321 per game.… Continue reading →

Zephyrs lose final game of season to Redbirds 7-6

Memphis had already clinched the American Southern Division title and had nothing to gain in the final game of the Pacific Coast League season Monday against the New Orleans Zephyrs. However, instead of taking first-pitch swings and just getting out of town, the Redbirds fought back from deficits in the fourth and seventh innings before snapping a… Continue reading →

Injuries, Marlins' moves zapped Zephyrs

The 2014 season for the New Orleans Zephyrs started amid much promise and hope. The team had been totally revamped from 2013, when the Zephyrs comprised veterans of Triple-A baseball who were more stop-gaps — an offensively challenged group who set a franchise record for strikeouts. This year’s team was full of prospects who appear to have a… Continue reading →

Zephyrs post two wins over Redbirds


Zephyrs 5-5, Redbirds 4-1 Zack Cox picked up where he left off in the first game Sunday, driving in two runs in the regularly scheduled game at Zephyr Field. Cox hit a home run to center field with two out in the eighth inning, giving New Orleans a 5-4 victory in the resumption… Continue reading →

Heavy rain causes Zephyrs game suspension


Zephyrs 2, Redbirds 2 Saturday’s third game of the Zephyrs’ series against Memphis was suspended in the bottom of the fifth inning and will resume at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The game went into a rain delay at 7:34. The rain stopped at 8, but umpires decided at 8:10 to suspend the game until… Continue reading →

Redbirds fly past Zephyrs 11-6


New Orleans’ chances of finishing the season with a .500 record ended Friday night at Zephyr Field. Memphis (78-62) pounded 15 hits in maintaining a three-game lead over Nashville with a 11-6 win over the Zephyrs. The Redbirds reduced their magic number to two for clinching the American Southern title.… Continue reading →

Zephyrs open series with 6-1 win


Right fielder Kyle Jensen singled in two runs in the first inning and touched off a four-run fourth with a solo home run, propelling New Orleans to a 6-1 win in the series opener against division-leader Memphis on Thursday night at Zephyr Field. The Zephyrs (68-72), who had lost their past two games, ended a four-game winning streak by… Continue reading →

Salt Lake City Bees edge Zephyrs 6-5

Salt Lake City Brennen Boesch drilled a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning to break a five all tie game to deliver the Salt Lake Bees a 6-5 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Smith’s Ballpark on Wednesday. The Z’s offense erupted early with four first inning runs.… Continue reading →

Zephyrs 11, Bees 2


S alt Lake City Grant Green and Brennen Boesch each picked up four hits to lead the Salt Lake Bees to an 11-2 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Smith’s Ballpark on Tuesday. Green drilled a first-inning, two-run home run to open the scoring. The Bees added a third run… Continue reading →

Brian Bogusevic finishing strong after injury-plagued season

The New Orleans Zephyrs would like to finish strongly in their season-ending home series against the Memphis Redbirds and cap the season on a high note. That goes double for outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who also would like to finish with a flourish in a disappointing season clouded by a 38-game stay on the disabled list. Bogusevic… Continue reading →

Zephyrs hold off Bees for 6-5 win


Salt Lake City, Utah — Kyle Jensen drove home his league-leading 87th RBI with a second-inning two-run double and the Zephyrs held on to defeat Salt Lake 6-5 on Monday. New Orleans scored three in the second inning, added two in the third inning and Derek Dietrich drilled a solo home run in the… Continue reading →

Sunday: Zephyrs 8, Bees 6

SALT LAKE CITY — The New Orleans Zephyrs stole a season-high five bases and scored four times in the eighth inning to defeat Salt Lake 8-6 at Smith’s Ballpark. The win snapped a three-game losing streak. The game was tied at four in the eighth inning with two outs when Josh Rodriguez got a… Continue reading →

Cory Vaughn’s ninth-inning home run lifts 51’s over Zephyrs


LAS VEGAS — Cory Vaughn drilled a pinch hit two-run, ninth-inning home run to give the Las Vegas 51’s a 10-8 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Saturday at Cashman Field. It was the third consecutive win for the 51’s. Kyle Jensen had a big night for the Zephyrs, getting two hits and four RBIs.… Continue reading →

Zephyrs 4, 51’s 0


L as Vegas The New Orleans Zephyrs pitching staff continued its dominance Wednesday night. The Z’s delivered their ninth shutout of the season and their second in the past four games. The Z’s defeated the 51’s 4-0 at Cashman Field. The Zephyrs have won four consecutive and in this… Continue reading →

Zephyrs 3, Aces 2


Left-hander Brian Flynn shut out Reno for 6.1 innings Tuesday night at Zephyr Field, and Mark Canha drove in three runs as New Orleans notched its third consecutive victory against the Aces, each by one run. The Zephyrs (64-67) won the series three games to one as they head on an eight-game road trip. New… Continue reading →

Brian Bogusevic’s homer lifts Zephyrs in 11th


Brian Bogusevic led off the 11th inning with a home run off the glove of left fielder Zack Borenstein, giving New Orleans the victory Monday at Zephyr Field. It gave the Zephyrs (63-67) their second consecutive victory, both by one run against Reno (70-60), and a two games to one lead in the series with the finale Tuesday. Bogusevic’s… Continue reading →

Heaney fires 1-hitter to spark Zephyrs


With the New Orleans Zephyrs spiraling downward in the final stretch of the season, a big performance was needed Sunday at Zephyr Field. Andrew Heaney delivered, pitching a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finishing with a one-hit shutout, as the Zephyrs beat the Reno Aces 1-0 and snapped a four-game losing… Continue reading →

Reno keeps Zephyrs on skids with 6-3 win


Aces 6, Zephyrs 3 New Orleans had the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh and eighth innings, but scored one run against Reno reliever Kevin Munson on Saturday night a Zephyr Field. The Zephyrs (61-67) lost their fourth in a row and seventh in eight games. With the Z’s trailing 6-2 in the seventh, Justin Bour… Continue reading →

Rainiers 6, Zephyrs 3


Right-hander Taijuan Walker held New Orleans to one run on three hits through six innings Friday night at Zephyr Field, and Tacoma won the series three games to one. The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Zephyrs (61-66), who continue to languish in the American Southern Division cellar. Walker (6-3),… Continue reading →

Rainiers 4, Zephyrs 2


Left-hander Roenis Elias no-hit New Orleans for five innings, and Tacoma tied the series at a game each Wednesday at Zephyr Field. Elias, on assignment from the Seattle Mariners, pitched five innings and walked one — Kike Hernandez in the fourth. Elias, a 25-year-old from Gantanamo, Cuba, got the 15 outs by striking out six, inducing six… Continue reading →

Back-to-back homers lift Zephyrs


Justin Bour and Mark Canha hit back-to-back two-out home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against reliever Blake Beavan, and New Orleans won the series opener 5-4 and ended a three-game losing streak Tuesday at Zephyr Field in Metairie. Tacoma (63-61) had tied the score at 3 in the top of the inning when Stefen Romero hit… Continue reading →

Redbirds take series with Zephyrs 4-1


Memphis, Tennessee — Ed Easley ripped a two-run, two-out single in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie game and the Memphis Redbirds went on to defeat the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs 6-3. The Birds won the series 4-1 and won seven-of-eight games this season in Memphis. Randal Grichuk drilled a first-inning home run to get Memphis started.… Continue reading →

Home runs power Memphis past Zephyrs

Memphis, Tennessee — The Memphis Redbirds scored 12 runs on 18 hits and blanked the New Orleans Zephyrs 12-0 at Autozone Park on Sunday. Memphis hs 11 shutouts this season which ties the Birds for tops in the Pacific Coast League. The Zephyrs were shutout for a league-leading 12th time.… Continue reading →

Redbirds’ 21-hit attack pounds Zephyrs 21-3

Memphis, Tennessee — The Memphis Redbirds pounded out 21 hits to score 21 runs and routed the New Orleans Zephyrs 21-3 Saturday night at Autozone Park. The Birds scored a pair of runs in the first inning on RBI signles from Scott Moore and Xavier Scruggs. The Z’s tied the game at… Continue reading →

Friday, August 8: Zephyrs 5, Memphis 4

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Zephyrs scored a pair of runs in the ninth to rally for a 5-4 win over Memphis on Friday. The ninth inning started with a Kyle Jensen single before Memphis closer Eric Fornataro retired the next two hitters. Pinch-hitter Kyle Skipworth drilled a pinch-hit single to right field to tie the… Continue reading →

Zephyrs open series with 4-3 loss


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis starter Tim Cooney pitched six innings and earned his league-leading 11th win as the Redbirds held off the New Orleans Zephyrs 4-3 in first game of a five-game series. The Z’s opened the game with a double from Austin Wates. He scored on the two-run home run from Mark… Continue reading →

Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney seeks strong finish


New Orleans Zephyrs pitcher Andrew Heaney has the opportunity to set the tone and perhaps begin a turnaround and end the season on a high note. His began his tenure with the Zephyrs on May 21 amid much hype, and he went 3-0 with a sterling 2.74 earned-run average in four games before being called up… Continue reading →