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Michael Pineda Pitches Tonight

It's been a while since Seattle had an interesting pitching prospect. For point of reference, I don't count Brandon Morrow. Morrow never interested me, for whatever reason. Michael Pineda does. From the time I heard about him, earlier this year, I wanted him to and believed he would succeed. Who knows what that's based on. Who knows what part of me never bought into Morrow but believes big in Pineda, but, whatever it is, I am thinking about consummating my interest with my first trip to Cheney.

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I've been to a Portland Beavers game, but without any interest in the players, the minor league experience is, well, lacking. Live baseball does not offer a ton of excitement if you're not interested in the players, and add in the dingy, smelly, tinny feel of a minor league stadium and you've got somewhere you visit but don't come back to. That was my experience at PGE. It's a nice location within Portland, a bit out of the way, but I've been to more welcoming and exciting high school football fields.

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Seattle has more future talent at Tacoma than it does on its major league squad. In addition to Pineda, Tacoma has recently demoted first baseman Justin Smoak, former second overall pick Dustin Ackley, catcher Adam Moore, a few major league washouts, Mike Sweeney, who I imagine is a pretty awesome presence for the kids to have around, and two fringe prospects that are intriguing for some and annoying for others: Mike Carp and Greg Halman.

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