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Notebook: A rare doubleheader coming to Safeco

Seattle Times staff reporter

For those baseball fans born in a previous generation, they can likely remember when doubleheaders were scheduled events and part of the city's fabric.

Those days are gone, primarily because each game generates too much revenue. Owners avoid any 2-for-1 deals, preferring split (day-night) doubleheaders, if necessary, so that they can sell tickets for each game.

But Saturday will be a return to the past when the Mariners and Royals undertake a rare 2-for-1 doubleheader. The first game begins at 1:05 p.m. with the second one 30 minutes after the first one finishes. One admission is good for the whole day.

This was not a scheduled event. It was made necessary when the two teams' game was rained out Aug. 19 in Kansas City. Because the two teams still had one more series together, in Seattle, the decision was made to make up the game here.

The last time there was a doubleheader in Seattle was Aug. 30, 1986, in the Kingdome. That was a similar situation, in which a game in New York had been rained out. The two teams split the doubleheader.

The last scheduled doubleheader was May 25, 1981, against the Royals. The Mariners swept those games. Overall, the Mariners have had 14 doubleheaders in Seattle — all in the Kingdome.

Move may be near

Mariners' manager Bob Melvin hinted that there might be a player move, perhaps even between games today.

Melvin is concerned about overuse of his bullpen. Clint Nageotte is the first-game starter. If he struggles and too many relievers are used, a pitcher from Class AAA Tacoma could be brought up.

"That's why the proximity to Tacoma is such a good thing to have," Melvin said.

It would be possible for Nageotte to be sent back down to Tacoma and be recalled when rosters are expanded Wednesday. He might not even have to leave the team.

The Rainiers play Portland at 6:30 tonight. Conceivably, a pitcher could be available and, if not needed, could still make the trip back to Cheney in time for the Rainiers' game.

M's pick up pitcher

The Rainiers added a pitcher yesterday when the Mariners picked up right-hander Brett Evert on waivers from the Atlanta Braves' system. He was assigned to the Rainiers.

Evert, 23, was the Braves' seventh-round pick in the 1999 June draft. He pitched for Class AA Richmond and Class AAA Greenville this season. He was a combined 6-4 with a 4.81 earned-run average in 29 games, with 14 starts. He had 92 strikeouts in 97-1/3 innings.

The native of Salem, Ore., was twice selected among the Braves' top four prospects by Baseball America.

A future Mariner?

Another player who could figure into the Mariners' long-range plans is Steve Uhlmansiek, a left-handed pitcher who was signed this week. Uhlmansiek, 6 feet 3, 185 pounds, was drafted in the 12th round in the June draft out of Wichita State.

He was projected as a first- or second-rounder but underwent elbow tendon transplant surgery in May. The Mariners knew of his impending surgery before drafting him, but felt he was worth the gamble.

Pineiro tired

Right-hander Joel Pineiro, who strained the flexor bundle in his right forearm and was placed on the disabled list July 27, left the field during batting practice with trainer Rick Griffin and team physician Dr. Larry Pedegana, the team's medical director and orthopedic specialist, following him.

As it turned out, nothing was wrong. He had thrown 10 minutes at about 90 feet and felt no pain.

"I was just tired," Pineiro said. "I haven't thrown for 10 minutes in a long time."


• The Fir State Golf Foundation, which promotes minority participation in golf, will hold its 13th annual Celebrity Challenge Golf Tournament Sept. 13 at Jefferson Park Golf Course.

The event, which has been hosted by Mike Cameron the past several years, will be hosted by Sonics coach Nate McMillan. Other prominent athletes who have hosted the event in the past include Tiger Woods, Ken Griffey Sr., Warren Moon and Dale Ellis.

Anyone wanting to participate can call Rose Dotson (206-760-9664) or Candace Oehler (206-725-7044).

• A group of Dominican Republic Little Leaguers, who are touring and playing games in the Northwest, were pregame guests of the Mariners.

Mariners players from the Dominican, Julio Mateo and Ramon Santiago, spent time before the game talking to the youngsters. Pitcher Rafael Soriano, who is from San Jose, Dominican Republic, volunteered to pick up a bunch of them at Sea-Tac Airport.

Information in this article, originally published August 28, was corrected August 29. A previous version of this story contained an error. A doubleheader between the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals was played Saturday, not scheduled for Sunday as reported earlier.

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