Sparta Boss, Bent Street reach quarterfinals

first_imgDefending champion Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Gold is Money, Future Stars and Tiger Bay secured their quarterfinal berths, when the GT Beer ‘Keep Ya Five Alive’ Futsal Championship continued on Saturday.  Hosted at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, Sparta Boss downed Melanie-B 2-0. Deon Alfred tallied two goals in the first and 20th minute. Meanwhile Bent Street crushed Avocado Ballers 4-0. Colin Nelson recorded a brace in the 16th and 18th minute while William Europe and Adrian Aaron scored in the fifth and 15th minute each. Similarly Tiger Bay brushed aside Stabroek Ballers 3-0. James Meredith bagged a double in the fifth and 16th minute. Adding a goal in the 19th minute was Shamar Barker.  Also, Gold is Money defeated Spot-7 by a 3-1 scoreline. Keifer Brandt tallied two conversions in the sixth and ninth minute. Adding a goal in the seventh minute was Randolph Wagner. For the loser, Ronnie Mendonca scored in the 18th minute. On the other hand, Future Stars overcame Back Circle 5-3.  Jamal Cozier registered a helmet trick in the eighth, 19th, 20th and 21st minute, with Kevin Cummings adding a goal in the 23rd minute. For Back Circle, Jermin Beckles amassed a hat trick in the third, fifth and 18th minute.  In other results, Sophia-A edged Showstoppers 4-3, whilst LA Ballers downed BV 4-2 and North East La Penitence squeaked past Alexander Village 2-1. Winner of the event will pocket $550,000, with the second, third and fourth placed sides collecting $250,000, $125,000 and $75,000 respectively. Up to press time the quarterfinal round was underway. Sparta Boss was slated to battle North East La Penitence, while Bent Street was scheduled to oppose Tiger Bay.   Similarly, LA Ballers was penciled to tackle Gold is Money and Sophia was programmed to engage Future Stars. Below features the results of the round of 16 section.last_img read more

Hope hundred inspires Windies whitewash

first_imgLUCKNOW, India,  CMC – Elegant stroke-maker Shai Hope carved out a seventh one-day hundred as West Indies completed a rare series whitewash with a five-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the third One-Day International here yesterday. In pursuit of 250 for victory at the  Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium, West Indies recovered from a nightmare position of four for two in the third over to reach their target with eight balls to spare.At the heart of the effort was Hope’s enterprise, the 26-year-old striking a Man-of-the-Match unbeaten 109 off 145 deliveries to control the run chase. The knock saw him end the series with 229 runs at the same average, and move his career average to 50.Roston Chase, adjudged Man-of-the-Series for his tour average of 72 and six wickets, finished on 42 not out off 32 deliveries while Brandon King hit 39 from 56 balls and captain Kieron Pollard, a quick-fire 26-ball 32. The result was still somewhat in the balance at 182 for five in the 38th over but Hope and Chase put all doubts to rest in a 71-run, unbroken sixth wicket stand.Afghanistan had earlier managed their best total of the series when they rallied to 249 for seven off their 50 overs, behind Asghar Afghan’s top score of 86 and an unbeaten 50 from Mohammad Nabi.Opener Hazratullah Zazai belted a lively 50 off 59 balls while Najibullah Zadran chipped in with a busy 30 off 32 balls down the order. The hosts were languishing at 118 for five in the 29th over after seamer Keemo Paul ((3-44) hurt the innings with an incisive burst but Asghar and Nabi put on 127 for the sixth wicket, giving West Indies their first real challenge of the series.Opting to bowl first, the Windies were rewarded in the third over when debutant Ibrahim Zadran missed a flick at a full length delivery from pacer Alzarri Joseph (2-59) and was lbw for two at 15 for one.Zazai, who struck seven fours and two sixes in a polished knock, then inspired a 30-run second wicket stand with Rahmat Shah (10). They were beginning to stabilise the innings when Rahmat lifted Paul to Nicholas Pooran at deep square in the 10th over. When Paul removed Ikram Alikhil’s off stump for nine in the 18th over and then had Zazai holing out to deep mid-wicket at 74 for four in the 20th over, Afghanistan were beginning to wobble.However, Asghar started the turnaround first by anchoring a 44-run fifth wicket stand with Najibullah, before finding a firm ally in Nabi to complete the rescue mission.All told, Asghar struck three fours and half-dozen sixes while Najibullah counted four fours in a partnership which pushed their side beyond the 100-run mark. Chase eventually claimed Najibullah to a catch at slip by King in the 29th over as the left-hander defended but Nabi joined Asghar to strike three fours and a six off 66 balls, and frustrate West Indies at the back end.Asghar finally perished in the penultimate over, slicing Joseph to Romario Shepherd at short third man.Off-spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman then gave Afghanistan a sensational start, trapping both Evin Lewis (1) and Shimron Hetmyer (0) lbw in the space of four balls in the third over of the innings.Hope remained solid, however, posted a critical 64 with King for the third wicket before adding a further 51 for the fourth with left-hander Nicholas Pooran who made 21. Circumspect early in his innings, Hope reached his fifty off 76 balls in the 27th over by punching seamer Yamin Ahmadzai to the cover boundary and completed three figures off 133 deliveries in the 44th over, with the Windies all but assured of victory.Overall, he struck eight fours and three sixes – two of these straight hits coming in the 23rd over from off-spinner Nabi as he raised the tempo of the innings.When Pooran holed out to long off in the 29th over, West Indies were facing a required run rate of nearly six an over but Pollard entered to crunch a four and a pair of sixes in a 63-run, fifth wicket partnership with Hope, which put the visitors in command. Against the run of play, Pollard clipped Nabi to Najibullah at short mid-wicket in the 38th over but Chase and Hope quickly settled the issue.last_img read more

Kohli masterclass silences Windies

first_imgHYDERABAD, India CMC – A breathtaking Virat Kohli masterclass dashed West Indies hopes of victory in the opening Twenty20 International here yesterday, as India trounced them by six wickets with eight balls to spare, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Set an imposing 208 for victory at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, India found themselves off the pace somewhat on 96 for one at the end of the 11th over, with the required run rate climbing to nearly 12-½ per over.However, Kohli came to his side’s rescue with a sparkling career-best unbeaten 94 off 50 balls, which saw India plunder the last 112 runs needed for victory off just 46 deliveries.Virat KohliOpener KL Rahul provided the early impetus, smashing 62 from 40 balls to help lay the foundation for India’s highest-ever successful run chase in T20 Internationals. West Indies were in the contest thanks to Shimron Hetmyer’s maiden T20 International half-century, as they piled up 207 for five off their 20 overs – their fifth highest total in the format and highest in nearly three-and-a-half years.The left-hander blasted 56 from 41 deliveries, opener Evin Lewis stroked 40, captain Kieron Pollard struck 37 and Brandon King, 31.They were in danger of stalling and falling short of the 200-run mark before Jason Holder lashed a nine-ball 24 not out to help the Caribbean side gather 63 runs from the last five overs. For West Indies, the defeat was the 18th in their last 22 T20 Internationals inside the last two years, and their seventh straight loss to India.Sent in, they lost Lendl Simmons for two in the second over, nicking a Deepak Chahar out-swinger to slip but a series of strong partnerships stabilised the innings and put them in command.Lewis, who punched three fours and four sixes in a 17-ball cameo, put on 51 off 26 balls for the second wicket with King, who in turn added a further 37 for the third wicket with Hetmyer. When King missed a charge at left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and was stumped off the first ball of the 11th over after counting three fours and a six, Hetmyer and Pollard combined in a 71-run, fourth wicket partnership to dominate India’s bowling.Capitalising on unusually poor fielding, Hetmyer belted two fours and four sixes in a 41-ball knock while Pollard – twice let off by Rohit Sharma in the 17th over – clobbered a four and four sixes off just 19 deliveries.Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal broke the stand when Hetmyer holed out to deep square in the 18th over and Pollard followed two balls later, bowled leg stump by a googly. Holder ended the innings with a flourish, however, smashing a four and a couple of sixes in an unbroken 34-run, sixth wicket partnership with Denesh Ramdin (11 not out).India then enjoyed a breezy start to their reply with Rahul posting 30 off 20 balls for the first wicket with Rohit (8).When left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (2-44) got Rohit to hole out to Hetmyer at deep mid-wicket in the fourth over, West Indies were fancying their chances of making further inroads but Kohli arrived to turn the tide.He smashed half-dozen fours and sixes, posting exactly 100 for the second wicket with Rahul before adding 48 for the third wicket with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (18), as India reclaimed the momentum. Kohli struggled initially at the start of his innings, scraping 20 from his first 20 balls before exploding to reach his half-century off 35 balls with an audacious punch over the ropes at long off off the expensive Holder.Rahul carved out five fours and four sixes before finding Pollard in the deep off Pierre in the 14th over and Pant bludgeoned two sixes before picking out Holder at long off with left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell.By the time Shreyas Iyer (4) drove a return catch to Pollard at the end of the 18th over, India required just 15 from the last 12 balls, and Kohli tore into seamer Kesrick Williams in the penultimate over with a couple of sixes as India won emphatically.last_img read more

Dey wants to make Guyana’s rugby the envy of the region

first_imgNewly elected President of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Ryan Dey has aspirations to once again make the discipline the envy of many across the 592 and the Region. He told Stabroek Sport yesterday that his victory on February 9 presents an opportunity for his administration to ensure Guyana’s rugby reassumes the level it deserves.Dey succeeded Peter Green as President after the latter did not seek re-election following two two-year terms.He was selected at the helm of the local governing body by 19 delegates at the GRFU’s AGM which was held at the National Resource Centre. He was opposed by Earl Edghill who had 12 votes. The 30 year-old former national player stated that he has witnessed the steady decline of the sport and during the next few days, he will engage his team to begin the journey of rebuilding the Regional powerhouse Team Guyana once was. “I am looking forward to drive the promotion and development of sport in Guyana through my presence at the helm” said the former Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of the union.Dey noted that the lack of funding was the main reason the sport has declined. He stated that there will be “several fund raising activities as well as vigorously  seeking the intervention of government and the private sector.” The Resource Planning Officer attached to the Guyana Forestry Commission pointed out that “there is a lot of work to be done” but his young executive body is prepared for the task.The new GRFU boss outlined that the union will be embarking on employing more Youth Development Officers (YDO) to aid in the development of the sport at the grass roots level and in schools.“There will be an active Youth Development Programme and we will be targeting more schools across the country to sensitise them about rugby. Once there are more people involved, the sport will develop.” He added “We will also have more domestic tournaments and also rugby would no longer be played in an ad hoc manner, we will have a season.”Dey concluded that once there is an all hands on deck approach, the vision of the union can be realised. (Emmerson Campbell)Below is the list of persons elected to serve the two-year term President – Ryan DeySenior Vice-President – Joshua GriffithJunior Vice-President – Kevon DavidPublic Relations Officer – Godfrey Broomes Secretary – Terrence GrantTreasurer – Quacy BremnerAssistant Secretary/Treasurer – Tiffany Spencer Michael Whitehead – Committee MemberNatasha Andrews – Committee MemberSherlock Sam – Committee Member Shane Grant-Stuart – Committee Memberlast_img read more

Organisers must be flexible if coronavirus vaccine not ready in time, experts say

first_imgTOKYO, (Reuters) – The Tokyo Olympics next July will be a “uniquely risky” event, demanding flexibility from organisers amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly if a vaccine has not been rolled out by then, medical experts say. Japan and the International Olympic Committee made the unprecedented decision last month to delay the Games for a year, as the world battles the virus that has infected 2.3 million people and killed more than 150,000 globally.But questions persist whether the Games can go ahead 15 months from now, as a vaccine could still be at least a year away, according to the most optimistic estimates.“When we talk about bringing sports back with packed stadiums, I really think that is something we are going to have to wait for a vaccine to be able to do,” said Zach Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory University in the United States. Tokyo 2020 is set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8 next year, but organisers expect few changes to the original plan, including attendance by enthusiastic supporters.But that might be over optimistic, Binney, a specialist in aspects of athlete health, told Reuters.“Every person that you add to a gathering adds risk,” said Binney, who expects vaccine development would take 1-1/2 years from the start of the outbreak, or until late 2021, at the earliest. “So once you get up to 50,000, 70,000, 100,000 (fans)… that is an enormous amount of risk to be taking on without a vaccine.”The Olympics was “a uniquely risky event”, he added, because of the threats represented by visitors streaming in from areas with a lot of infections, and the reverse flow when they return afterwards, perhaps carrying home infections.Although more hopeful for a vaccine to be found within a year, Jason Kindrachuk, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Manitoba in Canada, flagged a risk of further delay to the Games, as vaccinating people would take time. “It is going to push the limits right up to the border of when the Olympics should be starting,” said Kindrachuk, who has worked on outbreaks of Ebola and SARS.“You want to get people vaccinated not right at the point of the Olympics, but a little bit beforehand, so they build up that protective immunity.”Dr Kentaro Iwata, who drew international attention for his criticism of the Japanese government after a visit in February to the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined with thousands of passengers, expressed pessimism over the new date. “I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year, if held at any time,” the virologist told the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in a teleconference.“Japan might be able to control this disease by next summer, and I wish we could, but I don’t think that would happen everywhere on earth,” the Kobe University professor added.FOCUS ON DELIVERINGIn response, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said it was focusing purely on delivering the Games next year. “The mission is to prepare the stage for next summer; we do not feel it is appropriate to respond to speculative questions,” spokesman Masa Takaya said in an email to Reuters on Monday.Even if a vaccine were not ready, the organisers might still be able to hold the Games, as long as they were flexible and well prepared, Kindrachuk added.“It is going to take some creative thinking, and hopefully some willingness from the public, to at least still partake in watching… understanding that it is just simply not going to look like what we have seen before.” Binney said the safest option would be for athletes to arrive in Tokyo four to six weeks in advance and follow rigorous isolation measures for two weeks before moving into the Olympic village to train for the remaining period.“My goal would be to have the Olympic Village as a virus-free quarantine zone,” he added.last_img read more

Intralot Group and Gamenet merger

first_img Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Share Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 Guglielmo Angelozzi, GamenetIt has been announced that Intralot Group and Trilantic Capital Partners Europe, the controlling shareholder of Gamenet, have signed a deal which will see the group’s Italian activities merge with Gamenet.Intralot will reportedly control 20% of the combined operations which will see the group become one of the largest operators in the Italian gaming market once the deal is completed. This is expected in June this year, subject to approval.Antonios Kerastaris,Group CEO of Intralot, commented on the deal: “Since acquiring a betting operator license in Italy in 2007 and at a later stage VLT and AWP licences, Intralot has established a strong presence in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the world.”He continued: “We are thrilled about the great prospects of a partnership with Gamenet that will enhance our product offering and presence in the country, in line with our strategy to seek synergies with strong local partners in promising gaming markets around the Globe.”Gamenet CEO, Guglielmo Angelozzi, said of the agreement: “This is a strategic step for us, as we were seeking size and diversification to complement our vertical integration programmes. We look forward to capture all the synergies from this combination and seize all the opportunities available in the market in the next years, also leveraging on the partnership with a global betting provider as the Intralot Group.”last_img read more

Did Barton break betting rules with Betfair?

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is reportedly being investigated for alleged betting on a Celtic match with Betfair, that is said to have been placed on his personal account. The Scottish Football Association does not allow players, coaches, club officials and referees to bet on any football globally.Barton is already in hot water with his club after picking up a three week ban for a recent training ground bust up.The row is said to have been with manager Mark Warburton after Rangers, who are sponsored by 32Red, suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat in the Old Firm derby. The bet in question was allegedly placed by Barton on Celtic to lose by at least three goals in their following match to Barcelona; a bet he’d have won if so as the Bhoys went on to be hammered 7-0.The Gambling Commission are now believed to be investigating the matter, and that both Rangers and Barton have been notified that the probe has been launched.The Commission will present its case to the SFA. The report will then be presented to compliance officer Tony McGlennan, and it’ll be McGlennan that will decide on the outcome for Barton.last_img read more

Ravens only missing Lewis from Wednesday’s practice

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Practicing outside on a chilly, windy day in Owings Mills to prepare for December conditions in Cleveland, the Ravens saw all but one of 53 players on the active roster take part in the workout.But that one was linebacker Ray Lewis, who was absent from the portion of practice open to the media as he continues to recover from a turf toe injury that’s kept him sidelined the last two games. Coach John Harbaugh would not provide any update on Lewis’ status when asked on Wednesday afternoon.Cornerback Chris Carr (back), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), and defensive tackle Arthur Jones (concussion) returned to practice after missing the Ravens’ Thanksgiving game against the San Francisco 49ers. Jones has finally been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in Baltimore’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13.Linebacker Terrell Suggs had his wisdom teeth removed over the weekend and continues to deal with the effects of the procedure despite being present during the open portion of practice on Wednesday afternoon.Safety Emanuel Cook took part in his first practice with the Ravens after being claimed from the New York Jets on Tuesday afternoon. Harbaugh said Cook, a 2009 undrafted free agent from South Carolina, will contribute to the special teams units and will have the potential to work his way into the rotation at safety in the future.Harbaugh also expressed the organization’s condolences over the passing of former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chester McGlockton, who served as an intern coach for the Ravens two years ago. McGlockton played for four teams during his NFL career, including the Chiefs, Broncos, Raiders, and Jets.Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Terrell Suggs, Cory Redding, and Lee Evans right here.last_img read more

Smith’s status remains fluid as preparations begin for Cleveland

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after turning in a remarkable two-touchdown performance in the Ravens’ 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots, wide receiver Torrey Smith returned to Virginia to be with his family as they continue to mourn the loss of his 19-year-old brother Tevin Jones.Head coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens are working under the assumption that Smith will play against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, but the family must make funeral arrangements while dealing with the loss of a family member. The Ravens dedicated their victory to Smith’s late brother after the second-year wide receiver caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns.“Again, it will be up to him,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t want to speak for him on that, and he hasn’t made any definitive statement to me about it. He is with his family today, and he plans on being back here [Tuesday]. We’ll just play it by ear and see how he is doing.”Smith announced on his official Twitter page that the family has created a scholarship to honor the memory of his younger sibling.Teammates expressed support via social media and expressed how proud they were to have Smith as a teammate following the win on Sunday night.“He’s got two families, he knows that we have his back,” running back Ray Rice. “We’re facing a different fight with everything that’s been going on the past few weeks with Art Modell [passing away]. We’ve all been playing with a chip on our shoulder. Torrey Smith is one of the hardest working guys on the team, so he would have had to have been broken to not play.”Bulkier Ngata feeling stronger earlyDefensive tackle Haloti Ngata’s weight gain earned attention this offseason when he reported to June’s mandatory minicamp looking noticeably heavier than he was lat season.Ngata told reporters he weighed 342 pounds during the preseason and bulked up from his playing weight of 325 pounds last season. The three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman felt he wasn’t strong enough as the 2011 season progressed and was also dealing with a deep thigh bruise as the year went on.Three games into the new season, the 28-year-old is pleased with how he’s performed at the higher weight. His conditioning has not appeared to be an issue as some thought it might as Ngata took 77 of the Ravens’ 82 defensive snaps against New England.“I definitely feel the power,” said Ngata, who expressed a need for the front four to pressure the quarterback more consistently. “I’m pushing back the lineman a little bit more and able to get some knockbacks. That’s been good, so hopefully I can just continue that throughout the season.”Ngata has 16 tackles with 2 1/2 sacks and one pass breakup this season. He is tied with linebacker Dannell Ellerbe for the team lead in sacks.The defensive tackle has admitted to putting more pressure on himself to contribute in the pass rush as the Ravens play without Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs.“He’s playing really well,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a guy that we expect to play at the highest level; he’s a guy that we need to play at the highest level, and Haloti’s doing that.”One eye ahead, one eye backPlaying their next game roughly 96 hours after their prime-time contest against New England, the Ravens are a balancing act this week with only a limited amount of time until welcoming an AFC North rival to M&T Bank Stadium.However, the Ravens do benefit from playing at home and Harbaugh acknowledged that their past Thursday night game experiences aid greatly in striking the right balance between taking care of players from a physical standpoint and making sure they’re mentally sound to take on the Browns.“Two things are important: preparation and recovery,” Harbaugh said. “One can’t really take a backseat to the other; the recovery is going to be just as important as the preparation. Obviously, we have to be prepared.”Harbaugh regularly talks with veterans on the 53-man roster regarding the practice schedule and has shown flexibility when necessary.Always creatures of habit, players must accelerate their preparation, but the familiarity they have against Cleveland aids in the process.“Our coaches are doing a really good job as far as making sure we know what’s going on with the game plan,” safety Bernard Pollard said. “For us, we can’t study as long as we normally have, but that goes along with being a pro.”Injury reportWith the Ravens conducting a walk-through on Monday, the injury report was more of an approximation of what the participation level would have been like for a regular practice.BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (knee)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: T Jah Reid (calf)CLEVELANDDID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), TE Alex Smith (head)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DB Sheldon Brown (chest), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee), LB James-Michael Johnson (ribs/oblique), DB Ray Ventrone (hand)FULL PARTICIPATION: OL Jason Pinkston (ankle), DL Frostee Rucker (wrist), RB Trent Richardson (knee), LS Christian Yount (shoulder)last_img read more

Looking at the Orioles’ non-roster invitees in Sarasota

first_imgThe Orioles officially began spring training with their first official workout on Friday as they look for a number of answers over the next six weeks leading up to Opening Day on March 31.After examining the players on the 40-man roster earlier in the week, it’s time to take a look at the 19 non-roster invitees who will join the club in Sarasota and try to leave the kind of impression with manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette that warrants a spot on the major league roster.Few likely have a real chance of migrating to Baltimore in late March, but many will be looking for a spot in the minor-league system in hopes of getting the call to join the Orioles at some point this season.PITCHERS (8)RHP Alfredo AcevesOpening Day age: 31 Musing: His experience pitching for both the Yankees and Red Sox over the last six years gives him a better chance than most non-roster arms to crack the Baltimore bullpen, but his personality clashes in Boston and a 1.73 WHIP last season are red flags that contrast his 3.69 career earned run average in the big leagues.LHP Nick AdditonOpening Day age: 26 Musing: The southpaw spent the last seven years as a starter in the St. Louis Cardinals organization but has never pitched in the majors and signed as a minor-league free agent after posting a 4.10 ERA in 131 2/3 innings in Triple-A Memphis last season.RHP Tim AldersonOpening Day age: 25 Musing: A former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2007, Alderson was acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for Russ Canzler last July and went 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 33 innings with Triple-A Norfolk to finish the 2013 season, primarily pitching in relief.RHP Fabio CastilloOpening Day age: 25 Musing: The Dominican minor-league free agent posted a 5.34 ERA in 89 1/3 innings starting and relieving for the Giants’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last season and will be entering his ninth season of professional baseball.RHP Eddie GamboaOpening Day age: 29 Musing: After five previous seasons pitching in the Orioles system, he became a knuckleball hurler last year and was re-signed to a minor-league contract after going 6-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 25 starts split between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk.RHP Brock HuntzingerOpening Day age: 25 Musing: A 2007 third-round pick of the Red Sox, Huntzinger spent the last seven seasons pitching in the Boston organization and went 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 49 relief appearances split between the Double-A and Triple-A levels last year before signing with Baltimore as a minor-league free agent.LHP Eduardo RodriguezOpening Day age: 20 Musing: The Venezuelan product is one of the top prospects in the Baltimore system and went an impressive 10-7 with a 3.41 ERA split between Single-A Frederick and Bowie last season, which has made him a target of other organizations in trade talks but a piece the Orioles don’t want to give up.RHP Mike WrightOpening Day age: 24 Musing: Named the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the year last season, the 2011 third-round pick went 11-3 with a 3.11 ERA primarily with Bowie before a late-season promotion to Norfolk and has a reasonable chance to arrive in Baltimore at some point before the 2014 season comes to an end.Continue to non-roster position players >>>>>last_img read more