Elijah ‘Pumpsie’ Green, Red Sox first black player, died

I had the honor of meeting him at the Ports Game on the night I got to throw out one of the several first pitches. He was a Stockton Port before Boston called him up from Oakland.

Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player to play for the Boston Red Sox, died on Wednesday. He was 85.

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Rainiers Pitch Shutout; Outlook Becomes More Optimistic

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The Rainiers played an outstanding, clean game in a 2-0 win over Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon, and the recent string of events has led to some optimism regarding the team’s playoff chances.

Yes, Tacoma is still under .500, but the Rainiers are only three games behind first place Sacramento (who is coming to town for a three-game series this weekend). Fresno is still ahead of Tacoma, too, but they aren’t playing well at the moment and the Rainiers could catch them as soon as tonight.

Tacoma has gone 4-2 since the all-star break. The Rainiers have added youth to the starting rotation, with Darren McCaughan making his first start tonight.

Eric Young Jr. is healthy again, and his veteran baserunning trickery helped lead to the win yesterday (the plan is to talk to him about this play on the radio pregame show tonight).

Today we learned that Mac Williamson

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Rainiers Look To Bounce Back In Day Game

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

Early start today, with the 11:35 AM first pitch, so let’s get to the info “box.”

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma let one get away on Monday night, dropping a 5-4 decision to Las Vegas. Reliever Reggie McClain suffered a rare lapse in control, walking two batters with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to allow the tying and winning runs to score. Tim Lopes hit a three-run homer and added a single, scoring the Rainiers other run. Ryan Court had two hits but saw his streak of games with a home run end at five.

ROSTER MOVES: Following up on yesterday’s moves, the Rainiers released veteran pitchers Jon Niese and Tyler Cloyd, and added Nabil Crismatt from Double-A Arkansas and Parker Markel from Seattle. Today the team expects to add the recently optioned reliever David McKay to the active roster, and starter Darren McCaughan from Arkansas, while two…

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