Inside The RailCats
GARY | The RailCats open their season at home for the first time since 2010, and the last time it was this early in May was 2008.
The RailCats will be the first American home to right-handed pitcher Takahiro Matsuka, a reliever with Japanese Major League experience.
The RailCats will host their annual Open Player Tryout at U. S. Steel Yard on Thursday, May 2. The tryout costs $50, which must be paid in cash only on the day of the tryout. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. for position players and 11:30 a.m. for pitchers.
The RailCats return all-time home run leader Cristian Guerrero to the team with the signing announced Monday.
On Monday, the RailCats picked up the contract options on 18 players including eight pitchers, both catchers, three outfielders and five infielders.
The RailCats have declined the contract options on six players, including long-time infielders Mike Rohde and Chris Carrara.
GARY | The RailCats play their final game of the regular season -- which turns out to be the final game of 2012 thanks to missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year -- against Laredo on Monday.
GARY | If you're headed to U.S. Steel Yard already, or packing up the car to do so, be prepared to see a game.
GARY | Lake Central senior Brandon Egebrecht was welcomed to his first baseball game with a team jersey and the announcement that he'd be throwing out the first pitch.
GARY | The RailCats enter their final seven games of the season having moved a starting pitcher to the inactive list on Tuesday.
GARY | It's get-away day for both Winnipeg and the RailCats, so U.S. Steel Yard is entertaining a businessman's special game beginning at 12:10 p.m.
GARY | When Mike Coles was traded to the Winnipeg Goldeyes, it was in part because RailCats manager Greg Tagert said he wanted to move the Hammond High grad to a club in a playoff hunt.
GARY | The RailCats last series sweep was against Amarillo, Aug. 7-9 and could repeat the feat with a win over Sioux Falls on Sunday.
GARY | The RailCats are a win away from hitting two key milestones: capturing their fourth straight series for the first time this year and reaching .500 for the first time since June 13.
GARY | The RailCats didn't make any moves heading into Thursday's series finale against Amarillo.
GARY | The RailCats took only about 10 minutes of batting practice before being chased off the field by the tarp crew.
GARY | Krystle Golumbeck wanted to see the world, so she found a way for the government to pay for her trip.
GARY | The Amarillo Sox owned the RailCats during the Gary team's three-team trip to Texas.
GARY | The RailCats traded Hammond High grad Mike Coles to Winnipeg for in exchange for reliever Dexter Carter and a player to be named later.
GARY | The RailCats pulled the tarp on the field at 4:27 p.m. The front office crew is standing in the rain to hold down one side of the tarp, which needs to be anchored.
GARY | Johnny "Lefty" Washington doesn't get out much to play catch any more.
GARY | The RailCats return to U.S. Steel Yard with one win in their last three and a drop from third place in the American Association Central Division to fourth.
GARY | Tom Hadt has been to enough RailCats games and thrown out enough first pitches that he has his own jersey.
GARY | Twin sisters Barb Burke and Bev McClain see each other only a few times a year since Bev moved from the region to Texas 16 years ago.
GARY | Before taking the field for Saturday's second of three games against Fargo-Moorhead, the RailCats made a couple adjustments to the roster.
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