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Spectacular catch lands Akron RubberDucks on 'SportsCenter'

By Dan Kadar Published: August 7, 2014

The Akron RubberDucks were on ESPN's SportsCenter, and it wasn't for Wednesday's walk-off win.

In the second inning against New Britain, outfielder Ollie Linton made a diving catch to get the Rock Cats' Tony Thomas out. SportsCenter had the play second on it's top 10 plays of the day for Wednesday.

The RubberDucks play the Rock Cats tonight at 7:05 at Canal Park.

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RubberDucks introduce "Return Of The King Burger" to its menu

By Ryan Lewis Published: July 19, 2014

The RubberDucks on Saturday introduced a new item to its "Extreme Foods" menu, the "Return Of the King Burger," in honor of LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Northeast Ohio. 

The burger has a four-ounce patty and is topped with Boursin cheese, a king crab meat blend and wine and gold slaw. 

"We're excited to have another great addition to our 'Extreme Foods' lineup," Akron RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander said. "Our food and beverage director Brian Manning spent a long time putting together the perfect ingredients to welcome the 'King' back to Akron."

The "Extreme Menu" item will sell for $8.50 and is available at Taters concession stand located behind home plate.

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RubberDucks announce game tonight with SeaWolves soldout

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 18, 2014

Here is part of news release from the RubberDucks about the sellout tonight at Canal Park.

The Akron RubberDucks announced this afternoon that tickets are no longer available for tonight’s game scheduled for 7:05 p.m. vs. Erie SeaWolves. They also said limited ticket are availability for Saturday’s doubleheader scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. at Canal Park.

Saturday's doubleheader is two seven-inning games against the SeaWolves. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with the Jake Taylor BobbleKnees giveaway handed out to the first 1,000 fans in attendance, sponsored by the Akron-Canton Airport. There will also be Indians silent auction featuring jerseys from 2014 MLB All-Star Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, and Corey Kluber. The first game is set to begin at 5:05 p.m. with the second beginning half an hour after the first game. A fireworks show will follow the second game set to music of Journey

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Limited number of tickets left for RubberDucks games Friday and Saturday

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 16, 2014

Here is a news release from the Akron RubberDucks concerning their home games this weekend at Canal Park.

The Akron RubberDucks announced today that there are limited tickets remaining for Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19.

Friday's 7:05 p.m. game against the Erie SeaWolves will include a world record attempt for the largest game of "Duck, Duck, Goose," as well as the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame Recognition and post-game fireworks set to some of Dave Matthews Band's iconic songs.

Saturday's game is a doubleheader against the Erie SeaWolves. Gates will open at 4:00pm, with the Jake Taylor BobbleKnees giveaway handed out to the first 1,000 fans in attendance, sponsored by the Akron-Canton Airport. The first game is set to begin at 5:05 p.m. with the second beginning half an hour after the conclusion of the first. A fireworks show will follow the game and will be set to music by Journey.

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Nationals' Harper powers Senators to 10-4 win with three home runs

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper stole the show Saturday at Canal Park, mesmerizing the home crowd with a power display that included three home runs.

Harper, who is with visiting Harrisburg on a rehab assignment for the left thumb he injured in April, was a combining 2-for-5 with three walks, two RBI and two stolen bases in his first two games against the Ducks in the series.

Saturday he flashed the one element of his game missing - his power - by going 4-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI as the Senators designated hitter. Harper went yard to each part of the field with a pair of solo shots in the third and fifth innings followed by a three-run blast in the eighth.

After Harper hit into a double play in his first plate appearance, he promptly made up for lost time by blasting a trio of home runs – one to each part of the field to help the  Senators (32-47) cruise to a 10-4 victory over the host RubberDucks (46-35).

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Injury bug hits Ducks hard this week, claiming three starters

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

It’s hard to imagine the term “dropping like flies” being more fitting for a baseball club than it’s been this week for the RubberDucks.

The team has lost three starters from the lineup to injury in as many days. Making matters worse is the fact that the trio also happens to be the club’s top three players.

Wednesday, the Ducks lost starting shortstop - and the parent-club Indians No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America - when Francisco Lindor suffered a broken nose while fielding a ball that took a bad hop.

During Thursday’s game, the injury bug took a bite out of second baseman Joey Wendle. The Tribe’s No. 17th prospect suffered a broken hamate bone in his right wrist on his own foul tip.

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Ducks lose game and CF Tyler Naquin in 4-3 loss to Senators

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 28, 2014

Major league rehabber Bryce Harper helped stake visiting Harrisburg to a 4-3 victory Friday with two RBI at the plate and then contributed a defensive play in the ninth inning to preserve the one-run victory that handed the Senators the win in the second game of a four-game series at Canal Park. 

After scoring a run on a Jake Lowery triple and Jordan Smith double in the third inning, the Ducks were shut out for the next five innings by Harrisburg starting pitcher John Simms.

But the host rallied in ninth inning against the Senators bullpen as reliever Tyler Herron struggled to slam the door shut. Herron dished up a leadoff home run to Kent State product Anthony Gallas, and then issued back-to-walks to Bryan LaHair and Tony Wolters with no outs.

But with the tying run at the plate, the Senators went back to the bullpen and brought on Robert Benincasa to finish the job. The right-hander did just that in retiring the first batter he faced before Ronny Rodriguez doubled to pull the Ducks to within a run before clinching the win.  

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Francisco Lindor diagnosed with non-displaced nasal fracture

By August Fagerstrom Published: June 26, 2014

Cleveland Indians top prospect and Akron RubberDucks shortstop Francisco Lindor has been diagnosed with a non-displaced nasal fracture. He is expected to miss 7-10 days and has passed all concussion tests.

Lindor left Wednesday's contest against Erie after a ground ball skipped off the infield dirt and hit him in the face while attempting to turn a double play. Lindor immediately fell face-down to the ground as team trainers rushed to his side. After a minute or two on the ground, Lindor walked off the field on his own power with a towel to his face to stop the flow of blood.

Lindor was ranked the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America's preseason top 100 list. He was batting .283 with a .362 on-base percentage with six home runs and 19 stolen bases in 72 games. The day before Lindor's injury, he was named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game roster.

August Fagerstrom can be reached at afagerstrom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow August on Twitter @AugustF_ABJ.

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Ducks split doubleheader with visiting Trenton, shut out 1-0 in Game Two

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 16, 2014

The Ducks took a 1-0 loss in Game Two of their doubleheader split with visiting Trenton, being shut out by Thunder starter Zach Nuding on a complete-game, two-hit shutout. 

The right-hander was in control from the start, walking just one batter while striking out five to improve to 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA on the young season. Nuding’s standout performance overshadowed another solid effort by Ducks pitcher Joe Colon

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