Bevos go into home opener with an experienced lineup
The Portland Beavers kick off their seventh home campaign since rejoining the Pacific Coast League at 7 Friday at PGE Park. The homestand has four games against Fresno and four against Sacramento.
Portland is 3-3 in home openers since 2001 and a 234-189 record at PGE Park in the past six seasons; not including a 2-6 home stint at Pasco, Wash., in 2001.
The team: The Bevos have been built on pitching and veterans - the opening-day lineup last week had an average age of 27 years old. … The two hot prospects for the parent San Diego Padres are middle infielder Luis Cruz, 23, and pitcher Cesar Carrillo, 22, who is scheduled to pitch tonight. … Outfielder Jack Cust and pitcher Tim Stauffer are the only two Bevos from last year's opening roster. Both got off to slow starts -Cust went 0 for 17 before getting a hit, and Stauffer allowed seven runs in two innings of relief. … Welcome manager Rick Renteria, whose approach can be described in one word: positive. … Top hitters have been Royce Huffman, Craig Stansberry, Oscar Robles, Luke Carlin and Brent Dowdy; Stansberry had a seven-game hitting streak to start the season. … The starting rotation will be Carrillo (tonight), Justin Germano (2 p.m. Saturday), Jack Cassel (2 p.m. Sunday), Ryan Ketchner (11 a.m. Monday).
Big screen: The Daktronics high-definition screen, 13 feet high by 26 feet wide, is mounted in right field. There will be player interviews, but no replays at the start.
- Jason Vondersmith