Sportswatch for the week of Aug. 19-25

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

High school

Turnouts for football begin across the state of Washington on Wednesday, while the rest of the fall sports get underway Monday.

Contact respective schools for more information.


Seattle plays an 11:05 a.m. game in Texas on Wednesday before coming home to Safeco Field to face the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday is Robinson Cano bobblehead night.

The Oakland Athletics will follow the White Sox into town, playing 7:10 p.m. games Monday and Tuesday.

Mariners action can be seen on the ROOT Sports cable television network and heard on 710 AM.

Tacoma is in Colorado Springs for 5:35 p.m. action Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a 6:05 p.m. game Friday and a 5:05 p.m. contest Saturday.

The Rainiers then come home to Cheney Stadium to play the Memphis Redbirds at 5:05 p.m. Sunday and 7:05 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Tacoma games are carried on 850 AM and MiLB cable television.

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Local sports stars find their future

By Tim Clinton

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela is back with the Texas Rangers after a brief stint at AA Frisco.
Kela has picked up one win since his return, upping his record to 6-5 to go with a 3.06 ERA in 47 innings pitched over 52 games.

Kela has 50 strkeouts compared to only 14 walks and has one save in four opportunities.

Burg still with Frisco

Des Moines native Alex Burg remains with the AA Frisco team in the Texas Rangers' system.
The catcher is now hitting .288 (43-for-146) with 22 runs, 20 RBI, seven doubles and six home runs.

Brett now batting .226

Highline graduate Ryan Brett is now batting .226 (58-for-257) for the AAA Durham Bulls of the Tampa Bay Rays' minor league system.

Brett has scored 37 runs for the Bulls and driven in 25 to go with 14 doubles, one triple and four home runs.

Brett is a second baseman.

McClatcher at UW

Federal Way graduate Chico McClatcher has found a home as a true freshman with the University of Washington football team.

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Kela helps Rangers surge into lead

By Tim Clinton

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela continues to play a key role for the Texas Rangers, who surged into the lead for the second American League wild card spot with a sweep of the Detroit Tigers over the weekend.
The rookie right-handed reliever picked up his 14th hold of the season Sunday, throwing a scoreless eighth inning and striking out two.

Kela has lowered his earned run average to 2.84 over 50.2 innings pitched in 56 games.

He has a 6-5 record and one save with 55 strikeouts.

Mann playing independent ball

Mount Rainier graduate Brandon Mann is now pitching for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Mann was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2002 and the left-hander toiled as a farmhand for them until he spent two seasons with the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan (2011 and 2012).

Mann received an invitation to spring training with the Washington Nationals that and spent time in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization last year before being cut and going to the independent ranks.

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