Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

Gonsalves strong in 1st Kernels start

DAYTON, Ohio — Stephen Gonsalves threw six strong innings to make his Cedar Rapids Kernels debut a successful one in a 4-1 win Sunday afternoon over the Dayton Dragons in Midwest [...]

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Hu’s that ... and then some

DAYTON, Ohio — Chieh-Wei Hu threw six shutout innings, striking out 10, to help the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 4-0 shutout win Saturday night over the Dayton Dragons.

The right-hander from Taiwan allowed just two hits in his latest imp [...]

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Top prospects, Manny give I-Cubs huge boost

DES MOINES – Des Moines has turned into Little Chicago.

The attention the Iowa Cubs Triple-A baseball team has gotten this season from the Windy City — and elsewhere — has been enormous. And it has just ratcheted up even [...]

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Wiltgen too much for Lone Tree

DES MOINES — The Lone Tree Lions saw some good pitching this season. Just not this good.

Not this dominant.

“It’s tough being on a stage this big and not facing a pitcher as good as him all year,” said Erik [...]

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Garver hits three homers as Kernels roll past Fort Wayne

CEDAR RAPIDS – The new color will be ...

“I think I’m going to go with neon yellow,” Mitch Garver said Monday afternoon. &#x [...]

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Summers pitches Burlington past Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fear the beard.

Landon Summers isn’t sporting one anywhere close in length, fullness or outlandeshnesss to Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson. But the facial hair growth the Burlington senior does have app [...]

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Young skipper Collins returns to Cedar Rapids, beats Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS – The only way to distinguish Michael Collins from his players is the stop watch tucked in the back pocket of his uniform. He uses it to time pitchers' deliveries to the plate.

Otherwise you really couldn't tell him apar [...]

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Burdi blows it by them

CEDAR RAPIDS – Nick Burdi peaked. He admitted it.

Curiously it wasn’t after he threw a super-sized fastball in the ninth inning Saturday n [...]

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More than just baseball buddies

CEDAR RAPIDS – Tommy Watkins hates frogs. Can’t stand ‘em, doesn’t want to be anywhere near ‘em.

They’re green and slimy, make funny noises, and you never know where they’re going to hop. They [...]

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Gallant making most of what could be last chance

CEDAR RAPIDS – He’s realistic about his age, as it compares to everyone else on the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

“I’m the grandpa of the team,” said relief pitcher Dallas Gallant.

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Stewart learns lesson

CEDAR RAPIDS – A player got kicked out of the game Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Don’t worry, Minnesota Twins fans, because it wasn’t continue »

Kernels keep hot streak going

CEDAR RAPIDS – You’ve been waiting for a stretch of baseball like this. Heck, they’ve been waiting for it.

Now can the Cedar Rapids Kernels keep it going for awhile? You know, like the rest [...]

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Kernels lose at Clinton, 8-5

CLINTON — Mitch Garver’s two-run home run in the top of the first inning was the highlight of Monday night for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, whop dropped a 8-5 decision to the Clinton LumberKings at Ashford University Field.

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Kernels win 5th straight

CLINTON — The Cedar Rapids Kernels exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning for a 7-4 win over the Clinton LumberKings in a rain-shortened Mi [...]

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Hu’s on the mound

CEDAR RAPIDS – Hu’s on first? No, he’s actually on the mound

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have struggled to find consistent starting pitching this Midwest League< [...]

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