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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Soccer Insider

Ex-Terp Twellman is giving up comeback

New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman will announce Wednesday that he is ending his quest to return from concussion-related issues. He has scheduled a news conference at Gillette Stadium to discuss his future.

Twellman, 30, did not play this season and made just two appearances in 2009. He starred for two seasons at the University of Maryland before turning pro and signing with 1860 Munich, where he played for the reserves. In 2002, his first season in MLS, he had 23 goals in 28 league appearances. Over the next five seasons, he averaged 13.6 goals in league play.

At his peak, was there a truer pure scorer in MLS? Twellman's strike rate was unmatched: 101 goals in 174 regular season matches. He is sixth on the all-time scoring chart, and everyone ahead of him needed far more appearances to compile their totals.

- Steven Goff

Nationals Journal

Prospects picked for Rising Stars game

Outfielder Michael Burgess and reliever Cole Kimball - and not uber-prospect Bryce Harper - will represent the Nationals in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game on Saturday.

Burgess, 22, played most of last season with Class A Potomac before a promotion to Harrisburg. In 11 games in the Arizona Fall League, Burgess is 10 for 41 (.244) with three walks, two doubles and a triple. Burgess has 14 strikeouts, a symptom of a swing some scouts believe must be made more compact. He has played impressive defense, mostly as a right fielder.

Kimball, a 25-year-old right-hander, has stood out thanks to a high-90s fastball. Kimball has allowed one run in seven innings on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. This season, Kimball struck out 117 batters in 78 2/3 innings for Potomac and Harrisburg. He could compete for a bullpen spot with the Nationals this season.

- Adam Kilgore

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