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  1. Kernels Report: Tanner Vavra and Zack Larson

    Heading in to the 2014 season, everyone pretty much had expectations in check with regard to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team's fortunes would likely turn on the performance of a staff of young, highly heralded pitching prospects. The offense, meanwhile, could very well struggle to score enough runs to keep the Minnesota Twins' Midwest League affiliate competitive.

    As they near the end of the first month of the season, however, the Kernels are two games above .500 with a 13-11 ...
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  2. Kernels Report: Meet Bryan Haar

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels sported a 9-7 record as they departed for Peoria Monday for the first of seven road games before returning to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, April 28. They enter the week just two games behind Kane County in the Midwest League’s Western Division standings.

    One reason for the success they’ve had thus far has been a power surge in the heart of their batting order.

    The Kernels lead the MWL in slugging percentage entering this ...

    Updated 04-22-2014 at 08:16 AM by SD Buhr

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  3. Kernels Report: Who Are These Guys?

    The people who pay attention to such things during professional baseball’s offseason were pretty much in agreement in their expectations for this team coming out of spring training in Fort Myers.

    The starting pitching should be quite improved, perhaps the best it has been in a few years. The bullpen should once again be sound. But when the topic turned to the offense, one question was nearly universal, “Where will the runs come from?”

    Now, roughly two weeks in to ...
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  4. Meet the Kernels Catchers

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels opened their 2014 season with a split of their four-game series with the Clinton Lumber Kings. The weather over the weekend was tolerable, with highs in the mid 50s to around 60 degrees, but Thursday’s Opening Night was far from delightful, with temperatures in the 30s and occasional rain. On Friday, the weather forced the season’s first postponement.

    On Monday, the team boarded their bus for their first road trip. They’ll play six games in Michigan before ...
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  5. Meeting the 2014 Cedar Rapids Kernels

    It was "Meet the Kernels Night" at Veterans Mermorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night, giving local fans and media a first look at the 2014 version of the Twins' Class A Midwest League affiliate and giving the Kernels players their first look at chilly Iowa April temperatures.

    After the media portion of the event, players and coaches mingled with fans on the concourse to chat and sign autographs. Then, they shed their parkas for a brief workout.

    The cold ...
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