Let’s Play Two!

As a result of last night’s rainout, the Rainiers will host the Salt Lake Bees in a doubleheader tonight at 6:00. Each game will be seven innings, and there will be a break of approximately 25 minutes between games. One ticket will get you into both games.

Why seven innings? It is a Minor League Baseball rule that all doubleheader games are seven inninga. This is a direct result of the “player development” side of minor league baseball – the major league teams do not want to over-work their minor league pitching prospects, and risk injury. The shorter games mean less wear-and-tear on the young arms.

The Rainiers will be starting David Pauley and Garrett Olson tonight. I was unable to get the updated Salt Lake starters, but I assume that last night’s scheduled starter Daniel Davidson will pitch one of the games.

Both games can be heard on 850 AM, and streaming via www.tacomarainiers.com.

Yesterday the Rainiers placed outfielder Greg Halman on the 7-day disabled list with a strained oblique. He suffered the injury in the batting cage – it’s mild, the Rainiers training staff think they caught it early and he won’t be out for too long. Brad Nelson was activated from the disabled list.

Some links for you:

  • I’m not one to press the panic button this early, but when Felix Hernandez is losing to Kyle Davies and the Kansas City Royals, you might want to look into improving your offense. It’s unfair to ask the kid to pitch a shutout every time he takes the mound.
  • There is growing opinion that Ken Griffey Jr’s days as a productive hitter are over. Larry LaRue says bench him, and I agree. It’s time.
  • Jason Churchill speculates about upcoming M’s roster moves. I think he is on the right track.
  • In the PCL, it’s looking more like Buster Posey’s days in Fresno are numbered. The Giants are threatening to do the right thing.
  • Half of the league was rained out last night: there were postponements in Omaha, Iowa, Portland, and Tacoma.
  • It (almost) never rains in Vegas, and last night Sacramento took a 6-5 decision as Chris Carter and Jack Cust homered. The Review-Journal wrote about top prospect Michael Taylor.
  • They also played in Reno, where Sky Sox first baseman Brad Eldred hit a first-inning grand slam to lead the Springs to victory. There is speculation about massive roster changes with the Rockies and Sky Sox.
  • It’s always good to see a fellow RG get some publicity. Tim’s take on reaching the majors is pretty much exactly the same as mine.

OK, let’s hope the rain stays away and we can play tonight!

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