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Rainiers Open Season Tonight in Tucson

April 8, 2004 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Tacoma Rainiers News Release

It's time for minor league baseball! The Rainiers kick off the 2004 season with a 6:30 p.m. PST game tonight in Tucson. Left-handed pitcher Bobby Madritsch is scheduled to take the mound for the good guys. Tune in to Mike Curto’s play-by-play on Fox Sports 850 AM or follow the internet link on the front page of the website. The complete road trip consists of four games in Tucson followed by four in Las Vegas and every game is broadcast on the radio and internet.

The first game in Tacoma will be next FRIDAY, APRIL 16 at 7:05 p.m. Following the Opening Night game there will be a great fireworks show sponsored by Click! Network so please join us at Cheney Stadium for the festivities. Tickets are still available for that game as well as all other games in the 2004 season.

To introduce fans to the 2004 Rainiers, we will periodically give you brief profiles of the players. We’ll start off with tonight’s pitcher in Tucson, Bobby Madritsch.

Madritsch is a 28-year old left-handed pitcher from Illinois and was originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. Bobby put up great numbers in his first year in the minor leagues but a shoulder injury forced him to miss the entire 1999 season. After being released by the Reds just prior to the 2001 season, he then pitched for independent leagues in 2001-02. He was named Baseball America’s Independent League Player of the Year in 2002 after going 11-4 with a 2.30 ERA for Winnipeg in the Northern League. Following that season he became a free agent and signed with the Mariners organization in September of 2002. Last season he pitched for the Mariners Double-A team in San Antonio. He finished 2003 with 13 wins (second best in the league), 154 strikeouts (also second best in the league), and a 3.63 ERA (sixth best in the league). This season will make his first appearance in a Rainiers uniform.

For more information on the Rainiers or to order tickets for any game in the 2004 season, call our ticket office at 253-752-7700. Remember we have great seven game mini-plan packages and a fantastic Premier Flex Plan that GUARANTEE that you receive promotional items if you come to a game where we have a giveaway. It is never too late to lock in a ticket package that fits your needs!

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