Wildcats face Rockies in exhibition match

By Craig Degel

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Like it or not, the baseball season is set to begin Sunday with many players who haven't played Major League Baseball in a few years, and with some who have never played it at all.

Tucson's last glimpse of the Colorado Rockies before they leave for their home stadium Coors Field in Denver will be tonight when the Rockies take on the Arizona baseball team at 7 at Hi Corbett Field.

Colorado will be playing with a split squad. The other half of the team will travel to Chandler to play the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Rockies are, of course, fielding a team of replacement players substituting for the striking major leaguers.

Will this cause a dip in excitement? Freshman centerfielder Russ Brown hinted that the game would be much more exciting if regular Rockies first baseman Andres Galarraga were playing.

Another everyday Colorado player missing from tonight's game will be former Wildcat Jason Bates. Bates is a member of the striking 40-man roster.

The Rockies will host the New York Yankees in their final exhibition games Friday and Saturday.

This weekend, the Wildcats will host Stanford in a three-game series that will start 7 p.m. Friday at Frank Sancet Field.

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