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14 September 2010

Rainiers Survive Cats

By Karen Westeen

Correspondent

 

When the Rainiers came “home” to Safeco Field on Sept. 10, they had a comfortable two games-to-none lead and had scored 18 runs in 10-8 and 8-5 wins.

But good pitching by the Sacramento River Cats held Tacoma to just three runs in games three and four.…

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24 August 2010

Q&A with Tacoma rainiers’ steven shell

Right-handed relief pitcher Steven Shell is now in his second season with the Rainiers. Drafted out of high school by the Angels in 2001, he averaged 7.8 strike outs per nine innings in his rookie year. Shell made his Major League debut in 2008 with the Washington Nationals. In addition to his pitching duties, he’s…

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9 August 2010

Trade Takes Sweeney Into Pennant Race

Mike Sweeney's final day with the Mariners organization on August 3 was spent helping the Rainiers beat Reno. Sweeney had been on a rehab assignment with Tacoma since July17, recovering from back spasms. He mostly DHed in the 12 games in which he appeared, but spent his final game at first base. In four plate appearances…

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20 July 2010

Big League Jump

Rainiers’ starting pitcher Chris Seddon wasn’t originally scheduled to go to this year’s Triple-A all-star game. In the end, although he was named as a replacement player on the team, he didn’t play. That’s because he was called up to the Mariners before the game.

So, like Bucky Jacobsen before him, he…

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13 July 2010

Q&A with Tacoma Rainiers Chris woodward

Since being drafted by Toronto in 1995, Rainiers’ veteran infielder Chris Woodward has spent nearly half of his 16-year baseball career with five Major League teams. He played 51 games with Tacoma in 2009, as well as the entire first half of 2010. His numbers have declined somewhat, but his passion for the game has…

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6 July 2010

Q and A with Tacoma Rainiers Daren Brown

Daren Brown is beginning his fourth season as manager of the Tacoma Rainiers. In 2009 the team was in first place or tied for the top spot for only 11 games the entire year before finishing with a rush. The Rainiers won the Pacific North Division on the final day of the season to secure their first playoff berth since 2005.…

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29 June 2010

Q and A with Tacoma Rainiers Matt Mangini

Rainiers’ 24-year-old third baseman Matt Mangini is one of those rare players who was drafted by the Mariners (52nd overall in 2007) and has come up through their systeam starting with Everett and High Desert. He was with the double A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx the past two years. Recently, Mangini sat down with Tacoma…

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22 June 2010

A Mariners Draft Primer

The other night, while flipping between baseball channels, I spotted a familiar face on the MLB Network. He had the look of a Mariners’ first round draft pick — you know that look. It features a player chosen by Seattle a few years ago, but now wearing a different uniform.

This one was Baltimore Orioles outfielder…

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15 June 2010

Q and A with Tacoma Rainiers Mike Koplove

Rainiers 33-year old relief pitcher Mike Koplove came to the team in August 2009 in a trade from Pittsburgh. The right-handed submarine-style pitcher has nearly four years of major-league experience (Arizona and Cleveland) plus time with 11 minor league teams, since he was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 1998. Along the…

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8 June 2010

TAC Salutes Top Athletes

On June 3 the Tacoma Athletic Commission honored the area’s best athletes past and present at its sixth annual Banquet of Champions at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Nearly 950 guests were inspired and entertained by the words of those being inducted along with student athletes in several categories.  

Lorenzo…

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25 May 2010

Q and A with Tacoma Rainiers Tommy Everidge

Tommy Everidge, 27, was drafted by Oakland in 2004. He played with the Oakland Athletics organization for six seasons (2004-2009). Last year he was ranked 10th nationwide in minor league batting average with .335. Everidge was claimed off waivers by the Mariners in January. He has spent the entire season with the Rainiers,…

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18 May 2010

Q&A with Tacoma Rainiers Greg Halman

Rainiers' 22-year-old outfielder Greg Halman has been in the Mariners' system since 2004, when he was signed as a 17-year-old non-drafted free agent right out of high school. His work at Double-A West Tennessee in 2009 earned him many plaudits, including being rated by Baseball America magazine as the Mariners organization's…

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11 May 2010

Rainiers Report

Imagine a hitter who could beat Ichiro two years out of three for the batting crown. Now there's a man who really knows how to hit. That man is Alonzo Powell, the Rainiers' former hitting coach.

Powell's brief career in the major leagues included just parts of three seasons with the Expos and Mariners, plus several…

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4 May 2010

Q&A with Tacoma Rainiers Jaime Navarro

This season the Rainiers have a lot of new pitchers on their roster. They also have a new pitching coach, Jaime Navarro, 42. Navarro has been coaching in the Mariners' minor league system for two years. He spent 2008 with single A Wisconsin and was with high-A High Desert (Calif.) in 2009. He pitched for 16 seasons with…

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13 April 2010

Chilly Ball

The roller coaster that was the Tacoma Rainiers' opening home series held just about everything - two wins, two losses, lots of cold, a generous helping of nostalgia and three fireworks shows. There was not a rain delay, or any rain at all, but plenty of nasty, frigid wind and the only real warmth came for the Sunday afternoon…

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6 April 2010

Ready to Roll

This week marks the beginning of the second 50 years of baseball at Cheney Stadium. As fans make their way to their seats this year, it would be a good idea to soak in the atmosphere and ambiance of the venue. Come next season that will have been replaced by a new stadium with its own ambiance. Drawings of the new Cheney…

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16 December 2009

Tony Anderson on sister cities, sports

Tony Anderson has been involved with Tacoma's Sister City programs since 1991 and with the Tacoma Athletic Commission (TAC) since 1993. Last summer, Anderson took a team of Tacoma high-school baseball players to Japan for the 50th celebration of the Sister City program. Anderson was interviewed for Tacoma Weekly by Karen…

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15 September 2009

Rainiers exit postseason after falling to Sacramento

The Rainiers had not made the postseason since 2005, when they lost the Pacific Coast League title to Nashville, three games to none. This year, Tacoma was near the bottom of the Pacific Coast League's Pacific North division most of the summer, then came roaring back to take the title from Colorado Springs on Labor Day.

This…

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8 September 2009

Fab Finish

With 17 games left to play, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox were 7 1/2 games ahead of Tacoma. Colorado Springs had been in first place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Northern Division virtually all season. Tacoma started out the season in first place for seven games before sliding past second and third place into the…

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1 September 2009

Q&A with Brandon Morrow

In his four seasons with the Mariners' organization he has done more relieving than starting, but the Mariners hope to turn him back into a permanent member of the starting rotation. Since coming back to Tacoma, Brandon Morrow has made nine starts, going 5-2 with an earned run average of 3.71. The 25-year-old right-hander…

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