Reporting For Duty - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Reporting For Duty

  • BaseballMore>>

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia returns to lineup after knee surgery

    Red Sox 2B Pedroia returns to lineup after knee surgery

    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:03 PM EDT2018-05-26 16:03:29 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:35:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola). Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia speaks to teammates in the dugout before an interleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Boston. Pedroia is making his return after...(AP Photo/Elise Amendola). Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia speaks to teammates in the dugout before an interleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Boston. Pedroia is making his return after...
    Red Sox star second baseman Dustin Pedroia's comeback from offseason knee surgery is complete.>>
    Red Sox star second baseman Dustin Pedroia's comeback from offseason knee surgery is complete.>>
  • Benintendi, Moreland carry Red Sox past Braves 8-6

    Benintendi, Moreland carry Red Sox past Braves 8-6

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-05-26 20:53:29 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:34:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Winslow Townson). Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi watches his two-run triple against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday, May 26, 2018.(AP Photo/Winslow Townson). Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi watches his two-run triple against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday, May 26, 2018.
    Andrew Benintendi homers as Boston Red Sox knock off Atlanta Braves 8-6.>>
    Andrew Benintendi homers as Boston Red Sox knock off Atlanta Braves 8-6.>>
  • Astros rally vs Miller, pour it on for 11-2 win over Indians

    Astros rally vs Miller, pour it on for 11-2 win over Indians

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:23:26 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:05 PM EDT2018-05-26 17:05:52 GMT
    (AP Photo/David Dermer). Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrates after hitting a two-run double off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.(AP Photo/David Dermer). Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrates after hitting a two-run double off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.
    Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt, and the Houston Astros scored 11 times in the final two innings...>>
    Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt, and the Houston Astros scored 11 times in the final two innings to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2.>>

Justin Sprenger and John Straka sat side-by-side on small folding chairs in front of their lockers inside the cramped home team's clubhouse at Avista Stadium late Monday afternoon.

The right-handed pitchers arrived earlier than the other Spokane Indians and they had the quiet clubhouse to themselves -- just them, a TV showing the Red Sox-Rays game and piles of baseball pants on a table in the middle of the room.

Then the madness descended onto the small room beneath the bleachers along the first-base line. Most of the Indians flew into town this afternoon and the team drove them to the stadium in vans. Once at the stadium, the players were able to pick out uniform and hat sizes and settle into their lockers. First-year Indians were able to scope out the field.

The Rangers announced on Monday evening that first-round pick Alex Gonzalez had been assigned to the Indians.

Most of the players were told of their Minor League assignment yesterday morning. For those that were selected last weekend in the first-year player draft, it's been quite the whirlwind.

"I was like, ‘All right, I've got family over, I've got to get this done by tonight and this done tomorrow,' so it was all kind of woven," said Straka, who was a 32nd-round pick out of North Dakota State. "It wasn't too bad. I'm glad I didn't have to sit around for a whole week at home. More so, just being anxious and getting excited to go out there."

The season starts with a 6:30 p.m. game Friday against Everett at Avista Stadium. For some of the Indians, though, the professional baseball season began months ago. Those drafted in past years and reporting to Spokane this season have been working in Extended Spring Training in Arizona.

It's been a tough couple months for pitcher Josh McElwee, who will look to right the ship in Spokane. McElwee played with the Indians last year and started this season with Single-A Hickory. But he wasn't able to perform well, posting a 10.13 ERA in 11 games.

So the Rangers sent him back to Arizona and now he makes a return trip to Spokane.

"I remember so many fans and fans coming to the games," McElwee said. "It's a great atmosphere to play baseball in. Especially, for most first-year guys coming right out of college or right out of the draft, it's a good atmosphere and it's a great place to play."

  • Pro

    • Photo: Cacophony / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

      Seattle Mariners agree to 25 year lease for Safeco Field

      The new lease will take effect in 2019. The original ballpark 20-year lease expires at the end of 2018.

    • Get to know the NAIA World Series teams

      The first round of action in this year's NAIA World Series begins on Friday, May 25 and you can catch all the action live on SWX.

    • Photo: Twitter/@Mariners

      Mariners place Dee Gordon on 10-day DL

      Gordon, 30, initially injured the toe when he fouled a ball off it during an at-bat on May 9 at Toronto, and further injured it in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Tigers.

    • Central Valley has won two state titles in the past three years

      Central Valley honored on MaxPreps Tour of Champions

      "It's an honor and a privilege to receive this award," said Central Valley head basketball coach Freddie Rehkow. "It's great for the Pacific Northwest to be recognized with this honor and accomplishment.

    • Paxton tosses complete game as Mariners earn 7-2 win over Tigers

      James Paxton pitched a complete-game three-hitter and the Seattle Mariners took a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at Safeco Field. Paxton struck out eight and walked on, recording his second complete game of the season. He joins Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco as the only pitchers in the Major Leagues with two complete games this season. This was his fifth straight start with at least six innings pitched and three or fewer runs al...
    • Mariners drop to 24-19 after Thursday's loss

      Tigers get past Mariners after big 8th inning

      The Tigers had the bases loaded in the 8th inning with two outs when Jose Iglesias drove in two runs on a single to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead and ultimately the win.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Spokane IndiansSpokane IndiansMore>>

  • Indians season ends after 2-1 loss to Canadians

    Indians season ends after 2-1 loss to Canadians

    Indians eliminated in 1st round of the NWL PlayoffsIndians eliminated in 1st round of the NWL Playoffs

    Vancouver started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base with two outs on a walk, Logan Warmoth advanced to second on a walk by Kacy Clemens and then scored on a single by Riley Adams.

    >>

    Vancouver started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base with two outs on a walk, Logan Warmoth advanced to second on a walk by Kacy Clemens and then scored on a single by Riley Adams.

    >>
  • Indians drop Game 1 of NWL Playoffs to Canadians

    Indians drop Game 1 of NWL Playoffs to Canadians

    Game 2 will be played tomorrow in VancouverGame 2 will be played tomorrow in Vancouver

    In the bottom of the ninth, Spokane saw its comeback attempt come up short after Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single, driving in Pedro Gonzalez to get within one.

    >>

    In the bottom of the ninth, Spokane saw its comeback attempt come up short after Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single, driving in Pedro Gonzalez to get within one.

    >>
  • Hazardous air quality postpones Game one of NWL Playoffs

    Hazardous air quality postpones Game one of NWL Playoffs

    Game one is now scheduled for Wednesday in Vancouver. Photo: Spokane IndiansGame one is now scheduled for Wednesday in Vancouver. Photo: Spokane Indians

    Due to the current air quality conditions and forecast, the Spokane Indians and the Northwest League have postponed tonight's game scheduled at Avista Stadium. Game one will be moved to Vancouver and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th at 7:05 PM.

    >>

    Due to the current air quality conditions and forecast, the Spokane Indians and the Northwest League have postponed tonight's game scheduled at Avista Stadium. Game one will be moved to Vancouver and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th at 7:05 PM.

    >>