Tacoma Rainiers / PCL HEADLINES
Dark clouds not blue skies welcomed the new and returning members of the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday.
As recently as last spring, it was intriguing to envision a pair of former first-round draft picks forming the Seattle Mariners double-play combination for, oh, the next decade or so.
It was a three-hour drive down winding U.S. Route 101 for Roy Howells family. They were coming from his hometown of Lompoc, Calif., and heading to Anaheim where Howell would make his big league debut Sept. 9, 1974.
A position-by-position breakdown of the Tacoma Rainiers opening day 2014 roster.
Thursday is opening day for the Tacoma Rainiers, who kick off the season with a four-game set against the Simpsons-inspired Albuquerque Isotopes. The News Tribune recently chatted with team President Aaron Artman about the upcoming season and what fans can expect when they visit Cheney Stadium this year.
The Mariners dipped into their farm system Wednesday to find a new manager for Triple-A Tacoma by promoting Roy Howell to fill the vacancy created when Rich Donnelly joined the big-league staff.
The close-knit family of people behind minor league baseball in Tacoma gathered at Cheney Stadium on Saturday to say farewell to one of their own.
A memorial service will be held this weekend for Ronald Zollo, the longest-tenured employee in the history of Tacoma minor-league baseball, who died Dec. 31.
The Mariners went outside their organization Wednesday in selecting a baseball lifer in Rich Donnelly to serve as the new manager for the Rainiers.
The Tacoma Rainiers are now officially playing out the string. Andy Marte homered, and Tommy Field added a solo shot of his own to lift Salt Lake to an 8-4 Pacific Coast League victory over the Rainiers on Thursday at Cheney Stadium.
The Tacoma Rainiers still have a chance of making the playoffs. Its just an exceptionally improbable one. Thats because the Rainiers 8-6 loss in a 13-inning bout against Pacific Coast League northern division-leader Salt Lake on Wednesday puts Tacoma four games back of the Bees with five games left.
Mike Wilson went 4-for-5 with five runs batted in for Tucson on Friday, leading the Padres to a 13-6 win over the Tacoma Rainiers.
The Rainiers blew a five-run lead Thursday, when the Tucson Padres rallied to score eight runs in the fifth inning and hold on to beat Tacoma, 9-6.
A miracle comeback in the ninth inning would have been a pretty neat birthday gift for Tacoma Rainiers manager John Stearns and he nearly got it Wednesday night in Tucson.
Scott Savastanos sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning Friday night lifted the Tacoma Rainiers to a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in a Pacific Coast League game at Cheney Stadium.
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