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River City Rascals Opening Weekend May 15-17

The River City Rascals will begin the 2015 season with Opening Weekend celebrations, Friday May 15, through Sunday May 17. Rascals Opening Weekend is presented by Mercy. All three games will place the defending Frontier Leagu eWestern Division champion Rascals against divisional foes, the Normal Cornbelters. Fans are invited out to the ballpark to experience the start of the Rascals journey for the Frontier League Championship during Openeing Weekend 2015. Friday May 15, all gates open at 5:35 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a Rascals magnet schedule. A Budwesier Clydesdale will be on site for ...

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Former River City Rascal Brandon Cunniff joins Atlanta Braves active roster

Former River City Rascals right handed pitcher Brandon Cunniff was added to the Atlanta Braves roster last Sunday (April 5). Cunniff will fill the void left on the roster from Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, Jr. being traded to the San Diego Padres. The reliever spent parts of two seasons with River City and portions of three seasons in the Frontier League. Cunniff is the fourth former Rascal to reach the Big Leagues. The Miami Marlins picked Cunniff in the 27th round of the 2010 draft from the University of Cailfornia San Bernardino. He pitched for GCL Marlins and Class ...

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Perkins brothers power Francis Howell past Summit for 10-5 win

Francis Howell’s dynamic duo of Justin and Ryan Perkins continue to make life a bear for opposing teams with their big-time bats. On Tuesday, Justin Perkins cracked a two-run homer and Ryan Perkins broke loose for four hits to power Howell to a 10-5 victory over Summit in a Midwest Classic Tournament Pool A game at Francis Howell. “I think we played great except for letting them come back a little at the end but Mason (King) wanted to finish the game and they (Summit) came back a little bit on us then,” Francis Howell coach Tony Perkins said. Howell ...

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When baseball became Whiteyball

The way Whitey Herzog remembers it, predictions had him being the first manager to be fired in 1985. “All the writers were saying that,” Herzog recalled recently. The reason had to do with Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter leaving St. Louis. Sutter was the game’s top relief pitcher. He was wooed away from St. Louis by Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner in December 1984. Losing his relief ace, Herzog said: “I just got 45 games dumber.” But it didn’t turn out that way. The Cardinals won 101 games and lost just 61 during the season. They finished in first place ...

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