T-Bones sign former Orioles pitcher

The Kansas City T-Bones announced that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino for the 2018 season.

The 25-year-old Aquino was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He signed with the Colorado Rockies as an international free agent on July 2, 2009.

In 2010, at 17 years old, he began his professional career with the Dominican Summer League Rockies, going 4-3 in 12 starts, with a 1.02 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 612⁄3 innings. He also played the 2011 season with the DSL Rockies, and pitched to an 8–2 record and 1.30 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 892⁄3 innings. In 2012, Aquino pitched for both the DSL Rockies and the Rookie Grand Junction Rockies with a combined record of 10–1, a 1.66 ERA, and 110 strikeouts in 1081⁄3 innings.

In 2013, Aquino was promoted to the Short-Season A Tri-City Dust Devils and later the Class-A Asheville Tourists. He went 0–10 in 87 innings over 14 starts, with a 4.34 ERA with 73 strikeouts. He was added to the Rockies’ 40-man roster on Nov. 20, 2013. In 2014, Aquino played with the Advanced-A Modesto Nuts and the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, posting a combined 5–10 record, a 5.13 ERA, and 83 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched.

He was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Jan. 30, 2015, and traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Feb. 4, 2015. The Blue Jays optioned Aquino to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on March 8, 2015. On May 10, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who traded him to the Cleveland Indians on July 29, 2015.

Aquino was claimed off waivers from the Indians by the St. Louis Cardinals on Dec. 9, 2015.He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on April 7, 2016, where pitched for the Bowie Baysox of the Class-AA Eastern League and was an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Starbefore he was promoted to the major leagues on July 4, 2016. He made his debut that day, pitching two-thirds of an inning unscathed against the Los Angeles Dodgers, retiring both batters he faced: Chase Utley and Corey Seager.

Aquino made his first career start in the majors on April 22, 2017, for the Baltimore Orioles against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He went six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two batters. Aquino earned the victory in a 4-2 Orioles win, the first of his Major League career.

In the majors, he pitched in a total of seven games, with a 1-2 record with 16 strikeouts over 152⁄3 innings. He elected free agency on Nov. 6, 2017, and signed a new minor league contract with Baltimore on Dec. 22. In 2018, he pitched in 572⁄3 innings over 12 games, with a 4-6 record, 40 strikeouts and a 5.15 ERA. Aquino was released on June 19, 2018.

The T-Bones will return home to Kansas City, Kansas, for a three-game series against Texas Friday night. The first game of the series is on Friday night and first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The T-Bones’ games are airing on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

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Kansas Democrats face primary dilemma in governor’s race

by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service

The Kansas Democratic party hasn’t had a gubernatorial primary since 1998. The unfamiliar competition this year is forcing Democrats across the state to wrestle with their identity ahead of the Aug. 7 election.

Should their nominee be a candidate who aligns strictly with the progressive ideals of the party platform, or someone with broader appeal? Do they go with experience and name recognition, or youthful exuberance?

Is that former big city mayor Carl Brewer of Wichita? Statehouse veteran Sen. Laura Kelly? Or a fresh face like former Kansas Agriculture Secretary and one-time legislator Josh Svaty?

At the Hutchinson Airport Steakhouse where they meet every month, the Reno County Democratic Women, a group of mostly older women, were still undecided about which way to go with just weeks until the primary.

“I honestly have not made up my mind,” Sandra Gustafson said. “It’s a huge conflict.”

Gustafson is a self-proclaimed women’s rights activist.

“At this point I’m really drawn between voting long-term convictions as a woman for right to choose and the woman candidate,” she said. “And I’m also very much concerned about the lack of new blood in the party and I’m very much attracted to Josh Svaty for that reason.”

Stretching the party platform

At a debate in Wichita in early June, Kelly, the only woman in the race, one-upped the 38-year-old Svaty, who’s 30 years her junior.

“I would veto any new restrictions on women’s reproductive rights,” Svaty said to light applause.

Then Kelly, responding directly to him got a bigger cheer, “Kansas has almost nowhere else to go to restrict women’s access,” she said. “So to just say, I will veto any more, is not enough.”

Another split is gun control.

Brewer has challenged both Kelly and Svaty for having sided with the NRA in the Legislature, and he clipped their tit for tat on the subject from that June debate and other forums into a campaign ad.

“The NRA is not going to support me today and they’re not going to support me any other day because of my position on guns,” the former mayor said in June.

The candidates all agree on pushing for greater access to healthcare and increased education spending — pillars of the party platform the women gathered in Hutchinson subscribe to.

At the airport steakhouse, Bev Ooley described herself as a staunch Democrat, but, said she’s one who’d accept a Democrat with some conservative ideas, if it’s someone who can get people out to vote and win back the governor’s office. For her, that’s Svaty.

“I just like that he was young and exciting and knowledgeable,” she said. “He was just what I would think of a good candidate.”

A moderate in November

In Kansas, where voter registrations tilt heavily toward the Republican party, the Democrat has often played the moderate in gubernatorial elections.

“Democrats in Kansas are relatively in the middle just by definition,” said Kathleen Sebelius, the last Democrat to be elected governor.

Given that political dynamic, Sebelius predicts it won’t be a “wild-eyed liberal” who emerges from the primary this year.

And, she said, as the GOP veers right, a coalition builder will have the best chance in November.

“Then you would attract 100 percent of the Democrats, a chunk of the independents and a slice of moderate Republicans. That’s the formula that elects a Democrat statewide,” said Sebelius, who was herself elected statewide four times as insurance commissioner and governor.

In 2018, Sebelius is supporting Senator Kelly.

Svaty has his own establishment backing from John Carlin, who was governor from 1979 to 1987.

New energy

It was also Svaty who generated the most of the excitement at the Kansas Young Democrats annual convention in early July. Several of the dozens in attendance said they were even volunteering for his campaign.

“He has the energy that we need to defeat someone, God forbid we face someone like Kris Kobach, he has the energy to take him on,” Nick Hinman of Olathe said.

The few remaining undecideds at the convention in Lawrence said the intra-party disagreements would ultimately be good for the party.

“It’s giving people a chance to dream a little bigger than just having a Democrat,” said Elizabeth Fehr of Chanute. “We can talk more about the direction we’re going.”

Carving up the state

Shawnee County Democratic Party Chairwoman Ethel Edwards thinks most primary voters know the candidates not for their ideology, but because of geography.

“For Sedgwick County folks they’d say Carl Brewer. For Shawnee County folks they’ll say Laura Kelly, for western Kansas the Svaty folks will say Josh Svaty,” she said.

While the candidates are leaning into that — Svaty has been playing up his rural roots, Brewer his two-terms as mayor of the state’s largest city, and Kelly her tenure in Topeka — the contested primary has also forced them outside of their usual stomping grounds.

Zach Worf, Democratic Party chairman in Finney County, says western Kansas usually feels forgotten by politicians. He’s been happy to see that each one of the candidates running this year has come out to Garden City at least three or four times already.

“I will support whichever candidate has the best policies closest to lining up with me,” he said. “But understanding what that four- or five-hour drive feels like and knowing that there’s a whole ‘nother side of the state that they have to be aware of is super important.”

But appealing to western Kansans might not matter as much until the general election. More than half of registered Democrats live in either Johnson, Shawnee, Sedgwick, or Wyandotte county.

That math likely favors Kelly.

Brian Grimmett, based at KMUW in Wichita, is a reporter focusing on the environment and energy for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @briangrimmett.
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Today’s forecast: Sunny, temperatures in low 90s

National Weather Service graphic

Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service is sunny with a high near 92 and a north wind of 3 to 5 mph.

Storms are not in the forecast for the weekend here. Severe weather is not expected next week.

Tonight, the low will be around 69 with a north wind of 5 mph becoming calm in the evening, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be sunny with a high near 90 and a light west northwest wind becoming north northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be clear with a low of 67 and a north wind of 5 to 9 mph, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be sunny with a high near 90 and a north wind of 5 to 7 mph, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 69, according to the weather service.

Monday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high of 88, the weather service said.

Monday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 70, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high of 90, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 69, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 91, the weather service said.

Wednesday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 69, according to the weather service.

Thursday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 87, the weather service said.