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Departing from Mariners camp in Peoria for a day, it’s time to check out what’s going on with our old pals with the Texas Rangers.
One of the big Spring storylines not only in Surprise, AZ but across baseball is whether or not defending AL Rookie of the Year and former LumberKings right-hander Neftali Feliz (’08) will transition from closer to starting pitcher. Feliz made his first Cactus League start yesterday in split-squad against the Cleveland Indians, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings but looking less-than-sharp as he allowed two hits, walked a batter and hit another. I don’t think Nolan Ryan and company are too worried at this point.
Right-hander Eric Hurley (’05) came on and retired six-straight hitters on all of 21 pitches over 2.0 innings in his first action. Things looked good for Texas, who held an 8-2 advantage heading into the seventh, until the Indians struck for seven runs against a pair of former Kings. Mark Hamburger (’08) served up a one-out grand slam to Matt LaPorta and left-hander Zach Phillips (’06-’07) allowed all three of his inherited runners to score in a blown save. Fortunately, Chris Davis saved the day with a walk-off, two-run homer to give the Rangers an 11-9 win.
Ian Kinsler (’04) continued his hot start in his newfound home atop the order, lifting a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first (his third already this Spring) and finishing 2-for-2 to raise his average to .556. Davis Stoneburner (’08) and Jose Felix (’08) also chipped in…Stoneburner went 1-for-2 with an RBI and is hitting .333…Felix went 2-for-2 as the starting catcher, keeping his average at 1.000.
The other half of the split squad defeated the Chicago Cubs, 8-7. Left-hander Derek Holland (’08), eyeing a return to the starting rotation, yielded a run on three hits and struck out two over 2.0 innings in his first outing. Cody Eppley (’08) fired a scoreless inning in relief to get the win. World Series hero Mitch Moreland (’08) went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and three total RBI, and David Paisano (’07-’08) lined a two-run triple off fellow former LumberKing Thomas Diamond (’04) to lead the offense. Diamond took the loss for the Cubs with those two runs over 1.0 relief inning.
In a game chock-full of former LumberKings, the Mariners held on to defeat the Texas Rangers, 5-4 at Peoria Stadium yesterday. Milton Bradley was the offensive headliner with a 3-for-3, two RBI performance, but a former (and potentially future) King also had a big day. Catcher Steven Baron plated the eventual difference-making run in his only at-bat in the eighth, launching a solo homer off Neil Ramirez.
That’s right, the 19-year-old who hit sub-.200 in Clinton last year and had only four extra-base hits started his spring with a home run in his first at-bat. Should we read too far into his 1.000 average? Probably not, but it is an exciting first glimpse at a more mature Baron.
The game featured 12 former Clinton players including Baron, Blake Beavan (2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) and Josh Lueke (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, got the win) for the Mariners, plus Engel Beltre (0-for-3), Davis Stoneburner (0-for-1), Mitch Moreland (0-for-2), Jose Felix (1-for-1, double, run, RBI), David Paisano (0-for-1), Chad Tracy (0-for-1), Cody Eppley (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, took the loss), Zach Phillips (1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) and Mark Hamburger (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K) for the Rangers.
The Mariners (2-0-1 in Cactus League play) return to action today in Scottsdale as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Right-hander Michael Pineda will make his spring debut. Check out the details over at Mariners.com.
Folks from miles around flock to Alliant Energy Field once a year for this day. In the past, the likes of Dave Stewart, Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser, Jason Bay, Grady Sizemore and Ian Kinsler have been immortalized with their Clinton likeness in bobble form. Danks takes his turn tonight.
Danks pitched with the LumberKings in 2004 a year after being drafted in the first round by the Texas Rangers. That season, he went 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 14 games, eight starts.
Since then, he’s passed through the upper levels of the Rangers’ system before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2006 in a deal that brought Brandon McCarthy and former LumberKing David Paisano to Texas. Since his 2007 debut with the Sox, Danks is 42-40 with a 3.89 ERA, including 11-7 with a 3.23 mark in 20 starts this season.
The giveaway bobbleheads aren’t expected to last long tonight, but we will have some available to sell through the Souvenir Store. You can obtain one in the near future by calling the Kings at 563-242-0727.
As for tonight’s game, the LumberKings try to break free from a 1-8 skid that has dropped them from third place to seventh place in the West. The playoff hopes are still very much alive with 38 games remaining, but a winning streak needs to start soon.
Tonight’s Game Notes:
Left-hander Nick Czyz (2-2, 4.34) will be on the hill this evening facing the Cedar Rapids Kernels, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM. Listen to the game on 1390kcln.com.
They just keep coming, and they’re all awesome. Scott Lucas of the Newberg Report posted more photos today of Texas Rangers camp in Surprise, AZ. Former LumberKings amidst this set include Blake Beavan (’08), Kennil Gomez (’08), Derek Holland (’08), Michael Kirkman (’06-’08), Marcus Lemon (’07), Michael Main (’08), David Paisano (’07-’08), Zach Phillips (’06-’07), Evan Reed (’07-’08) and Ryan Tatusko (’08).
View them here: http://rangers.scottlucas.com/site/TX100317/TX100317day.htm
Also, yesterday’s elusive Kasey Kiker (’07) footage is now available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbim2PVU34c
My baseball journey continues to Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, home of the Reds. It’s hard to visit a Major League park and not run into a former LumberKing, and that’s certainly the case with the 2009 Reds club. The team leader in relief appearances his none other than right-hander Nick Masset, who suited up in the black and green for the entire 2003 season.
Masset on the mound at Great American Ballpark in 2009. Photo courtesy of the Reds Media Relations Department.
Masset went 7-7 in 30 games 20 starts with the ’03 Kings, breaking through to the Texas Rangers in 2006. He’s been traded twice already in his brief career, from the Rangers to the Chicago White Sox (in a deal that included 2004 LumberKing John Danks and brought in ’07-’08 outfielder David Paisano) and from the White Sox to the Reds for his boyhood idol, Ken Griffey, Jr.
By his own admission, Masset is settling in to the up-and-coming Reds and is getting more comfortable against National League opponents. So far this year, that comfort level has shown. He’s 5-1 with a stellar 2.47 ERA over a team-high 71 appearances as the prime setup man for closer Francisco Cordero.
In our interview, Masset reflects on this season with the Reds, his excitement over the young core in Cincinnati (including another former LumberKing, 2004 hurler Edinson Volquez, former Dayton Dragons Jay Bruce and Joey Votto), the influence of former pitching coach Andy Hawkins on his career, keeping up with old teammates Kameron Loe and Josh Rupe and more.
Nick Masset Interview 9.30.09.mp3
EDIT: Masset ended up pitching in tonight’s game, replacing starter Bronson Arroyo with two outs in the ninth of a 6-1 Reds lead (much to the displeasure of the home crowd who wanted to see an Arroyo complete game). He worked around a single by Albert Pujols and a walk to former Quad Cities Swing Colby Rasmus, striking out Ryan Ludwick to end the game.
Masset works to Pujols in the ninth.
I’ve got a ton of pictures from my trip to Great American Ballpark, including my visit to the Reds Hall of Fame. Look for those coming up in a future post.