DETROIT — The Tigers kicked off their annual Negro Leagues Weekend on Friday, a tradition the club has held for the last 20 years. Traditionally, the Tigers and opponents each wear Negro Leagues uniforms for one of those games. And while the Tigers will wear Detroit Stars uniforms on Saturday, the Rangers will be in their usual road uniforms.
Club officials said the Rangers would have liked to participate in the event, but logistical issues that date to the lockout did not allow it to happen. The Rangers did wear Texas Black Panthers uniforms in 2014, the last time the Rangers were in town for Negro Leagues Weekend.
In addition to labor and supply shortages that have created issues with other industries, teams were hesitant to commit to things like promotional uniforms during the lockout.
The Rangers have had their own uniform issues: They had hoped to have the visiting team wear 1972-style uniforms when they wore their turn-back-the-clock uniforms, but similar issues prevented that from happening. There was also a delay in the Rangers receiving alternate red tops and powder blue uniforms earlier in the season.
Uvalde fund raiser: Rangers Families, consisting of wives, fiancées and significant others of Rangers players and staff, will hold a “Gold Mystery Ball” fundraiser for the Robb Elementary School Memorial Fund on Tuesday.
The mystery bags will be sold for $50 each, with each bag containing an autographed baseball from a current or former Texas Rangers player. Fans who find one of 10 “Gold Balls” will receive four tickets to an upcoming Texas Rangers game and an opportunity to meet the player who signed that ball during batting practice. Balls will be sold on the main concourse adjacent to the Grand Slam Team store
Briefly: OF Kole Calhoun had a bruised side Friday after getting hit by Gregory Soto’s 98 mph in the right ribcage. The Rangers said he was OK to play, but manager Chris Woodward chose to sit the left-handed hitter against lefty Tarik Skubal. … In his Triple-A debut Thursday, LHP Cole Ragans went seven innings, allowing six hits and two runs for Round Rock against. He struck out eight and did not walk anybody. … Even fans usually blocked by the ongoing contract dispute between Sinclair Broadcast Group (parent of Bally’s Sports Southwest) and local cable providers should be able to watch Saturday’s game on Fox Sports 1. The game will be broadcast on both networks.
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