Look for Tacoma’s Stefen Romero and Blake Parker in the Triple-A All-Star Game today at 4:00.
The game is televised nationally on the MLB Network, and there is a national radio broadcast which we will be airing on 850 AM (and it will stream live as well – try our usual link from a previous post, or if that doesn’t work head to the MiLB.com main page and start looking around).
Romero is in the starting lineup, so he’ll probably play the first five innings. As a reliever, Parker could come in at any time – although I suspect PCL manager Wally Backman will save him for the eighth inning, and Fresno’s James Hoyt for the ninth.
The game is being played at the new ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve heard that it is an outstanding facility and I look forward to seeing it on TV.
Keep in mind, we are having this game in Tacoma next year. Consider tonight’s broadcast a sneak preview.
- Here’s the Rainiers game story from Sunday’s win at Sacramento in which Tacoma had 17 hits. Tacoma reached the break with a 2.5-game lead over Fresno and a 3.5-game lead over Reno.
- The News Tribune ran a nice feature on Rainiers all-star reliever Blake Parker.
- Larry Stone has the report from Felix Hernandez‘s rehabilitation game in Everett on Sunday. It’s looking very likely that Felix starts Friday for Tacoma.
- Here are the final rosters for today’s Triple-A All-Star Game.
- Fresno sent three players to the Triple-A All-Star Game – here’s a rundown on all of them.
- Unlike last year, Las Vegas outfielder Travis Taijeron is enjoying the all-star experience this year. He didn’t fare very well in the Home Run Derby. There is a photo gallery from the Derby.
- Nashville’s lone all-star is infielder Chad Pinder.
- For three all-stars, the game in Charlotte is a homecoming.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook from Monday has a detailed look at Ketel Marte‘s first-half performance.
- Ryan Divish was in San Diego covering the Major League all-star festivities, and he filed this report on Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill at the Futures Game. He also has an all-star notebook.
- Divish also filed a gamer on the MLB All-Star Game, which was won by the American League, 4-2. The Mariners have home field advantage in the World Series! (Hey, some year it’s actually going to happen, so we might as well celebrate all of the AL all-star victories).
The Rainiers return to action tomorrow!