Spotlight: Rick Zagone
The lone returning T-Bones player from 2013 is left-handed pitcher Rick Zagone, who’s scheduled to start Saturday at Laredo. Zagone will be going into that game with a 4-0 record and 3.70 ERA in five starts. That’s markedly better from last season, when he went 1-4 with a 4.47 ERA in seven starts.
“When I got here last year, it was late in the season and my arm was a little tired and it didn’t feel good at all when I was on the mound,” Zagone said. “I changed my offseason routine and worked really hard to get ready for this season. Now my arm feels great and I have a lot more confidence when I’m out there.”
Zagone played at the University of Missouri before Baltimore selected him in the sixth round of the 2008 MLB Draft. He spent three years with the Orioles organization.
Regas earns closer job
The T-Bones have been using a “closer by committee” system, but Kris Regas has pitched so well out of the bullpen that he’s emerged as the team’s go-to pitcher in that role.
Regas picked up his sixth save of the season Wednesday night at Wichita, tying him for second in the American Association. In 18 2/3 innings, Regas has 21 strikeouts and seven walks.
March toward 3 million
The T-Bones are on pace in 2014 to welcome their 3 millionth fan to CommunityAmerica Ballpark since beginning play in Kansas City in 2003.
The club started this season with a total attendance of 2,823,734.
As they begin a six-game homestand Tuesday against Sioux City and Laredo, the T-Bones are 110,443 away from 3 million.
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