T-Bones wrap up preseason with loss to Goldeyes

The scoring came early and often for the Winnipeg Goldeyes as they downed the Kansas City T-Bones 10-1 on Tuesday night in an exhibition game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Winnipeg led the game off with a Tyler Kuhn double. He would come around to score on a two-run home run by former T-Bones outfielder Ray Sadler. That’s all the Goldeyes needed, although they scored six more runs during the first two innings off Kansas City starting pitcher Kyle DeVore.

The T-Bones got singles in the first inning by David Espinosa and Bryan Sabatella, but couldn’t push either across the plate. Their lone run came in the eighth inning when Nick Giarraputo roped an RBI double that scored Danny Richar.

With the loss, the T-Bones wrap up the exhibition season with a 2-4 record. They kick off the regular season with a four-game homestand against Lincoln beginning Thursday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

T-Bones hold upbeat media day; Thursday is season opener

The Kansas City T-Bones held their annual Media Day Monday at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.  The T-Bones have a new manager and 22 new players this year.

Reviewing the off-season changes, Chris Browne, Vice-President and General Manager of the club said the biggest change was hiring manager John Massarelli. “The ownership group and I sat down and wanted to find a coach with a history of winning, so we were excited to bring John on board.”

Massarelli is also pleased to be managing the T-Bones. “Chris Browne found me in Ohio and I knew Kansas City was a quality organization so I’m excited to be here…. I’ve had 27 years of professional experience and have managed 13 different teams.”

“We have a better roster with better athletes. … “Danny Richar and Vladimir Frias will be keys defensively. Their defense up the middle will really help our pitchers.”

“I don’t think we have a power guy that will lead the league in home runs, but I think we could have five or six guys in the top ten in home runs.”

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far.” Massarelli continued, “ It’s been great since I arrived in Kansas City about 10 days ago. Our guys are very athletic and versatile. We’ve got some good characters on and off the field. The early report is good on this team.”

According to Browne, “Kansas City can look forward to some more fun well done. There will be the nightly promotions and giveaways that fans have come to expect, as well as some new giveaways, too.

Mountain Man from Duck Dynasty will appear at the Park June 5, and Jose Canseco will be here August 3 for a home-run contest.

After home exhibition games Monday and Tuesday night, the T-Bones open the 2014 regular season on Thursday, May 15, against Lincoln at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are available by calling 913-328-5618 or at tbonesbaseball.com.

T-Bones sign veteran pitcher

The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have signed left-handed pitcher Kris Regas to a contract for the 2014 season.

Regas, 34 (11-15-79), a native of Bourbonnais, Ill., who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, spent the majority of the past three seasons with Lancaster and York of the independent Atlantic League. In 2013, splitting time between York and Lancaster, he went 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA in 23 appearances. In 354 career appearances during an 11-year career, Regas is 28-28 with 54 saves and a 3.80 ERA. He’s struck out 507 and walked 163.

“Regas is a veteran lefty strike-thrower, who’ll anchor the back of our bullpen,” said manager John Massarelli.

After playing his first two professional seasons, 2002-03, in the independent Frontier League, the New York Mets signed Regas as an undrafted free agent. He pitched part of the 2004 season with New York’s single-A team in Brooklyn. Regas then played for independent teams during 2005-08, before signing with Detroit in 2009. He reached triple-A Toledo that season, where he went 0-1 in seven appearances (8.0 innings), with eight strikeouts and one walk.

The T-Bones open the 2014 regular season at home in Kansas City, Kan., on May 15 against Lincoln.