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Minor League Opening Day Thread

Lineups for the Cedar Rapids, Arkansas and Salt Lake openers...

A-Ball Kernels:

Mike Trout, CF

Matt Long, LF

Jean Segura, 2B

Carlos Ramirez, C

Luis Jimenez, 3B

Randal Grichuk, RF

Eric Oliver, DH

Casey Haether, 1B

Adam Younger, SS

Starter: Garrett Richards

You can follow the action here on MILB Gameday or here via internet radio.  

Richards has coasted through three so far with 4 K's. He may have missed his spots in one big league spring training outing, but that 93 MPH fastball and three solid offspeed pitches should play very well in the Midwest League.  He's primed for a big year. 

Trout and Ramirez both went down on strikes in their first AB's, but Grichuk recorded the Kernel's first hit of the year with a hard grounder through the legs of the Beloit shortstop... it is A-Ball.

***UPDATE*** Richards has recorded 6 groundouts and 7 K's, yielding only 2 hits through 5 innings. 

You can follow the AA Travs here.  Lineup is as follows:

Andrew Romine, SS

Ryan Mount, 2B

Jeremy Moore, LF

Paul McAnulty, DH

Julio Perez, RF

Efren Navarro, 1B

Jay Brossman, 3B

Alberto Rosario, C

Clay Fuller, CF

Tim Kiely, Pitcher

Mount lined a single to right for the Travs' first knock, and Kiely recorded three straight ground outs in his half of the inning. 

***UPDATE*** Mount tripled in the first run of the game, but Kiely got torched for 4 runs the following inning. 

The Bees lineup:

Peter Bourjos, CF

Freddy Sandoval, 3B

Hank Conger, DH

Corey Aldridge, RF

Mark Trumbo, 1B

Michael Ryan, LF

Gary Patchett, SS

Ryan Budde, C

Hainley Statia, 2B

Starting Pitcher: Trevor Reckling

You can follow the gameday action here.

And the Quakes' lineup...

Reggie Willits, CF

Alexia Amarista, 2B

Roberto Lopez, DH

Gabe Jacobo, 1B

Dillon Baird, 3B

Angel Castillo, RF

Beau Brooks, C

Darwin Perez, SS

Tyson Auer, LF

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Chatwood