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brandon morrow’s pitches don’t include throwing mariners under the bus


the los angeles dodgers’ reliever was drafted by seattle in 2006 and traded by the m’s to toronto in late 2009. morrow has a 1.08 earned-run average in the postseason entering game 1 of the world series against houston on tuesday.los angeles – you don’t hear resentment in his voice when he talks about his time with the mariners. he enjoyed seattle. he appreciated the fans. he bonded with teammates, and all that good stuff.but los angeles dodgers reliever brandon morrow can’t help but share an opinion when reflecting on his former club. “it was inconsistent developmentally,” said the 33-year-old morrow, who is about to take part in the first world series of his career. “it was awesome not spending any time in the minor leagues and making the team in the first spring training, but long term,






james paxton works on offspeed pitches in mariners minor league game


the big lefty was threw 80 pitches vs. the white sox advanced class a team at the mariners complex.peoria, ariz. — in front of a small group of fans on field 3 of the mariners’ practice diamonds and facing players ranging from age 19-22, mariners lefty james paxton had his longest outing of the spring, throwing 4 2/3 innings and 80 pitches against the white sox advanced class a team. he gave up two runs on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in the 19 batters he faced.why was paxton pitching there?with the mariners facing the rangers — an american league west rival — in surprise on sunday, the organization chose not to start paxton in the cactus league game. they didn’t want to give texas hitters an extra opportunity to see him before the regular season. instead, paxton threw in






cano, albers lead mariners to 10-2 win over a's for sweep


seattle — robinson cano seems to have rediscovered his home run stroke just when the seattle mariners need it most.cano homered for the second consecutive game and drove in four runs, andrew albers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and the seattle mariners beat the oakland athletics 10-2 sunday to complete a three-game sweep."i think last night when robbie hit the ball out of the ballpark just kind of relaxed him," manager scott servais said. "he showed up today and he was seeing pitches, he was tracking the ball better, he was staying behind the ball. he's got a special swing, still got to get good pitches to hit and that's what he did today."albers, acquired from atlanta on aug. 11, did not allow a hit until matt olson opened the sixth with his 12th home run to make it 3-1. that wa






dodgers 12, mariners 7: trayce thompson, justin turner hit home runs


the dodgers defeated the seattle mariners, 12-7 on wednesday at the peoria sports complex.on the mound: the dodgers intended to give julio urias two innings in relief on wednesday. instead he collected only two outs and left after throwing 31 pitches and giving up two doubles and a walk. “to have him go more than 30 pitches in one inning just doesn’t make any sense,” manager dave roberts said. urias is now somewhat behind his fellow competitors for the final two spots in the starting rotation, and it looks more likely that he will begin the season in extended spring training to save innings. “i wouldn’t say the book is closed yet on julio breaking camp with us,” roberts said. “but if we’re going to do it, we’ve got to ramp the innings up.” . . . brandon mccarthy logged 60 pitches before le






mariners schedule felix hernandez to start friday vs. the astros


hisashi iwakuma could also join the mariners' rotation in the series vs. houstonarlington, texas — for the first time since april 25, there will be a felix day for the mariners.following a strong outing on saturday night in tacoma in his third rehab start, felix hernandez has been slated to be activated from the disabled list and return to the starting rotation. that move will come on friday with hernandez scheduled to start that night at safeco field to open a three-game series against american league west-leading houston astros.“it’s what we’ve got mapped out right now,” manager scott servais said. “at that point, we’ll have to make some decisions on how we juggle the rotation and move guys around. but that decision hasn’t been made yet. we’ll wait and see what happens in the next few da






mariners schedule felix hernandez to start friday vs. the astros


hisashi iwakuma could also join the mariners' rotation in the series vs. houstonarlington, texas — for the first time since april 25, there will be a felix day for the mariners.following a strong outing on saturday night in tacoma in his third rehab start, felix hernandez has been slated to be activated from the disabled list and return to the starting rotation. that move will come on friday with hernandez scheduled to start that night at safeco field to open a three-game series against american league west-leading houston astros.“it’s what we’ve got mapped out right now,” manager scott servais said. “at that point, we’ll have to make some decisions on how we juggle the rotation and move guys around. but that decision hasn’t been made yet. we’ll wait and see what happens in the next few da






tony zych, steve cishek turn in encouraging outings to add hope of a return soon


the mariners got good news thursday as steve cishek and tony zych each took positive steps on their road to recovery.two potentially key members of the mariners’ bullpen — steve cishek and tony zych — took significant and positive steps on their return to health thursday.cishek, who had off-season hip surgery, threw off a mound for the first time, getting in 22 pitches in a performance that general manager jerry dipoto called “more than encouraging.’’“he looked great,’’ dipoto said. “he looks very stable on his front side, said he was throwing with no pain. he threw 20 fastballs and i’d say 16 of them didn’t miss the glove. he was dotting it up pretty good. … that’s about as good as we could possibly have hoped for. it’s better than we could have hoped for.zych, meanwhile, threw a perfect






ucla freshman rachel garcia throws 282 pitches in two games


garcia threw 232 pitches thursday in an 11-inning win before throwing 50 pitches of relief friday.        






dodgers add depth as veteran pitcher brandon morrow accepts minor league assignm


the dodgers offered a hint at the composition of their opening-day bullpen when manager dave roberts revealed that veteran pitcher brandon morrow had accepted an assignment to the minor leagues.the team paid morrow a $100,000 retention bonus. he can opt out of his contract by june 1. but if morrow pitches well for triple-a oklahoma city, he is likely to reach the majors far before then.with a road trip against the rockies and cubs scheduled after the opening series against san diego, the dodgers are considering carrying two long relievers. both alex wood and ross stripling could fit that role. roberts has said wood is competing with brandon mccarthy for the fifth spot in the rotation, and mccarthy has pitched in relief only once since 2007.morrow, 32, will accompany the team to los angeles






mariners reliever shae simmons exits saturday’s game with forearm issues


manager scott servais said it was precautionary. simmons, who dealt with forearm issues late last season, will be checked out by team doctors.peoria, ariz. — the mariners hope it’s a precaution and not a problem for shae simmons. on saturday, the hard throwing right hander was removed seattle’s cactus league game against the reds in the middle of the seventh inning after meeting with the assistant athletic trainer rob nodine, pitching coach mel stottlemyre and manager scott servais.“he felt a little something forearm-wise,” servais said. “it’s just precautionary, just get him out of there. our trainer noticed it right away. now is not the time to take any chances. there are no heroes at this time of the year. we’ll take a look at him and see how he is.”the signs of the forearm issues were






mariners reliever shae simmons exits saturday’s game with forearm issues


manager scott servais said it was precautionary. simmons, who dealt with forearm issues late last season, will be checked out by team doctors.peoria, ariz. — the mariners hope it’s a precaution and not a problem for shae simmons. on saturday, the hard throwing right hander was removed seattle’s cactus league game against the reds in the middle of the seventh inning after meeting with the assistant athletic trainer rob nodine, pitching coach mel stottlemyre and manager scott servais.“he felt a little something forearm-wise,” servais said. “it’s just precautionary, just get him out of there. our trainer noticed it right away. now is not the time to take any chances. there are no heroes at this time of the year. we’ll take a look at him and see how he is.”the initial signs of the forearm issu






a's pitcher jharel cotton sparkles in second spring start


peoria, ariz. — jharel cotton served notice that he was close to being ready for a rotation spot when the a’s called him up last fall. the difference now is that he knows he can do it.cotton started and worked two innings sunday in the a’s 5-4 victory over the seattle mariners sunday at the peoria sports complex. he gave up a run and two hits in throwing 43 pitches, walking two and striking out one.“his stuff looks the same, but he seems more mature,” catcher stephen vogt said of cotton, who came over from the dodgers in the rich hill trade last season. the 25-year-old right-hander wants to build off a strong september in which he was 2-0 with a 2.15 era in five starts for the a’s.“he helps a lot,” cotton said of his catcher. “he tells me my stuff plays. just go out there and be yourself.”






another long reliever swap, mariners recall chase de jong from class aaa tacoma


right-hander casey lawrence was optioned back to tacoma after throwing 3 2/3 innings on tuesday night.minneapolis — the moves are somewhat predictable now given the state of their starting rotation and the pattern that’s emerged this season. if a mariners long reliever has a heavy workload in a game and won’t be available for three or more days, he’s shuttled back to class aaa tacoma and a fresh arm is brought in.this isn’t a new development in baseball with long relievers.  it’s just that the mariners are having to make the move much more frequently than most teams.after throwing 3 2/3 innings (63 pitches) and giving up six runs on 11 hits in tuesday night’s 20-7 shellacking, right-hander casey lawrence was optioned back to tacoma. right-hander chase de jong, who was scheduled to start fo






ariel miranda impressive as mariners win another home series


the mariners are 13-16 on the season and 8-4 at safeco field — they’ve won their past three series at home.ariel miranda’s limitations as a starting pitcher have been well documented. the lack of a consistent and viable breaking ball and the struggles to shut down hitters for a third plate appearance in the game are factors that aren’t easy to overlook.the work to improve both will be continuous, but there are signs of improvement.on thursday night, miranda shook off early command issues in the first two innings, settled in and used ample run support provided by his teammates to lead the mariners to a solid 11-3 victory and a series win over the angels.texas @ mariners, 7:10 p.m., root seattle improved to 13-16 on the season and 8-4 at safeco field. the mariners have won their past three s






mariners manager scott servais: ‘we were due to kind of bust out’


postgame notes, highlights, boxscore and video of manager scott servais discussing seattle's 10-0 win over the angels.ariel miranda’s pitch usage from brooks baseball. much better mix of his offspeed stuff.mlb statcast data on mariners homers … highlightsmost read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.postgame notesangels notes:angels are .500 on the season for 22nd time this year … marks season-high 17 hits allowed, most since aug. 12, 2016 at cleveland … third time this season allowing 10+ runs … shut out for seventh time this season, last on june 27 (kenta maeda (7 ip); brandon morrow (2 ip)), tied for second most in majors…largest shutout loss since oct. 3, 2012 (12-0 loss at seattle) and largest shutout loss at home since july 5, 1999 (10-0 loss; also vs. seattle)parker bridwel






mariners manager scott servais: ‘we were due to kind of bust out’


postgame notes, highlights, boxscore and video of manager scott servais discussing seattle's 10-0 win over the angels.ariel miranda’s pitch usage from brooks baseball. much better mix of his offspeed stuff.mlb statcast data on mariners homers … highlightsmost read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.postgame notesangels notes:angels are .500 on the season for 22nd time this year … marks season-high 17 hits allowed, most since aug. 12, 2016 at cleveland … third time this season allowing 10+ runs … shut out for seventh time this season, last on june 27 (kenta maeda (7 ip); brandon morrow (2 ip)), tied for second most in majors…largest shutout loss since oct. 3, 2012 (12-0 loss at seattle) and largest shutout loss at home since july 5, 1999 (10-0 loss; also vs. seattle)parker bridwel






mariners hopeful for a return of reliever shae simmons after the all-star break


also injury updates on infielder shawn o'malley and top prospect kyle lewis.the mariners could be adding a power arm to their bullpen in the weeks after the all-star break, and it won’t come via trade. hard-throwing right-hander shae simmons made a strong initial appearance in his rehab assignment with the arizona league mariners on thursday night.simmons tossed one inning (14 pitches), allowing one hit and striking out two batters.“he threw great,” said general manager jerry dipoto. “he was 95-97 mph and his average velocity was 96 mph. he felt good coming off the mound with good break on his breaking ball. most importantly, he came out feeling good.”simmons has been on the disabled list since spring training with a strained flexor bundle in his forearm. his current throwing progression o






darvish is out but it's dodgers who are greatly relieved


christian walker, pinch-hitting in the pitcher's spot, was hit by a pitch, the ball striking the bill of his helmet.earlier in the bat-bat, darvish threw a pitch that nearly struck walker but instead hit the nob of the bat.the hit batter brought a quick hook from dodgers manager dave roberts, who removed darvish even though he was throwing a two-hitter.left-hander tony cingrani is in for the dodgers.david peralta grounds to bellinger, who starts a 3-6-3 double play. nice work by cingrani.quick, too. after getting two outs in two pitches, cingrani is removed in favor on brandon morrow.cody bellinger is having a game. he went far to his right to snag a hard-hit grounder by ketel marte, and underhanded the ball to morrow covering first for the third out.






felix hernandez will make a third rehab start before rejoining the mariners


mariners call up another pitcher, hisashi iwakuma close to a rehab stint and mitch haniger expected back on sundayfelix hernandez wasn’t pleased about it. as he walked by in the mariners clubhouse, he was casually asked what his pitch count would be in sunday’s rehab start for class aaa tacoma at cheney stadium.“sixty five,” he replied.only 65? wasn’t it supposed to be 80-85?“yeah, but they changed it,” he said flatly.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the reason for the change is that manager scott servais, pitching coach mel stottlemyre and the rest of the mariners’ decision makers have determined that hernandez needs a third rehab start in his return from shoulder bursitis. the original plan was for hernandez to make two rehab starts — one of 65 pitches on last tu






unhappy ending for mariners in 3-1 loss to houston


ariel miranda allowed no hits through six innings, but was pulled after throwing 112 pitches. houston’s carlos maybin hit a two-run homer in the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie as the astros won in justin verlander’s debut with the club.the story line almost certainly had to be justin verlander on tuesday night at safeco field.view box scorebut mariners starter ariel miranda earned himself equal billing with verlander, the longtime detroit tigers ace, who was making his first start with the houston astros after being dealt last week.miranda pushed himself into the spotlight by pitching six no-hit innings, but this story did not have a happy ending for the mariners. reliever emilio pagan served up a two-run homer to carlos maybin with one out in the seventh that not only ended the no-hit bid but






andrew moore on his ‘unbelievable’ debut as mariners complete sweep of tigers


scott servais on moore's debut: "of all the young players i've seen come to the big leagues, i probably was as confident in him in what he would give us."even going back to his days at north eugene high school, andrew moore didn’t overwhelm many hitters with his pure stuff. even now, moore’s individual pitches don’t “wow” you, as mariners manager scott servais said thursday night.but, surely, the sum of his pitches added up to a “wow” performance in his major-league debut in the mariners’ 9-6 victory over the detroit tigers, pushing seattle (38-37) over the .500 mark for the first time this season.“of all the young players i’ve seen come to the big leagues, i probably was as confident in him in what he would give us,” servais said. “i didn’t know he’d go seven (inning), but i knew he’d be






ricky nolasco pitches three-hitter in angels' 4-0 victory over the mariners


captionlakers no. 2 pick lonzo ball is looking forward to playing with brandon ingram, and as far as his dad? well, lonzo doesn't know what lavar ball is going to say next, either. lakers no. 2 pick lonzo ball is looking forward to playing with brandon ingram, and as far as his dad? well, lonzo doesn't know what lavar ball is going to say next, either. 






with improved command, lefty james pazos could be a ‘nice fit’ for the mariners


the hard-throwing lefty was acquired from the yankees this offseason for bullpen depth. but he could pitch his way into a spot for the opening day rosterpeoria, ariz. — in the brief 25-plus pitches of his first live batting practice session on wednesday, you could see all the reasons why james pazos could force his way into the mariners’ bullpen as the second left-handed reliever.“(pazos) would be a nice fit for us if it clicks there,” manager scott servais said.but in those same 25 pitches, you could also see the issues — meandering fastball command and slider control — that have kept him in the minor leagues despite a left arm that produces velocity and stuff, which scream big leaguer.“a guy that throws that hard, well why isn’t he in the big leagues?” servais said. “for him, it’s been t






brandon kintzler rebounds, jason castro's hot, and twins get timely defense


seattle — brandon kintzler didn’t do much on thursday that was different from wednesday. maybe a couple more breaking balls, perhaps a little more change of location. but his 14 pitches in the first game were pretty similar to the 12 in the second. well, except for the one that became a mammoth, game-winning home run.“just keep throwing the sinker,” kintzler said of his strategy. “it was moving.”it was, and on thursday it preserved a 2-1 victory, just 24 hours after a bad one produced a painful 6-5 loss. “the fact that i can get in there the next day was huge,” the twins’ closer said after racking up save no. 16. “you don’t want to sit around for a couple days and dwell on it. the guys gave me a chance, the team played really hard, and the last thing you want to do is let them down again.”






with improved command, lefty james pazos could be a ‘nice fit’ for the mariners


the hard-throwing lefty was acquired from the yankees this offseason for bullpen depth. but he could pitch his way into a spot for the opening day rosterpeoria, ariz. — in the brief 25-plus pitches of his first live batting practice session on wednesday, you could see all the reasons why james pazos could force his way into the mariners’ bullpen as the second left-handed reliever.“(pazos) would be a nice fit for us if it clicks there,” manager scott servais said.but in those same 25 pitches, you could also see the issues — meandering fastball command and slider control — that have kept him in the minor leagues despite a left arm that produces velocity and stuff, which scream big leaguer.“a guy that throws that hard, well why isn’t he in the big leagues?” servais said. “for him, it’s been t






mariners reliever shae simmons suffers a setback in his recovery from a forearm


the hard-throwing right-hander will be shutdown because of continued inflammation in the flexor bundlepeoria, ariz. — the mariners have shutdown shae simmons in his recovery from a forearm strain after continued issues with the flexor bundle.“it’s weird,” he said.  “whenever i’m not throwing, it feels great. that’s the only issue.”simmons was removed a game on march 11 after experiencing forearm tightness. after taking a week off from throwing to receive treatment on the forearm, he had begun playing light catch out to 90 feet. but during that process he noticed that the forearm wasn’t responding well while throwing.“when i’m throwing it’ll start to fatigue out on me,” he said. “when i get done, it might be a little uncomfortable. i don’t have any trouble sleeping and when i wake up the ne






white sox acquire hard-throwing reliever thyago vieira from mariners


the white sox added to their stable of minor-league pitchers when they acquired hard-throwing right-hander thyago vieira from the mariners on thursday in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.vieira, 24, was a combined 2-4 with a 4.00 era, four saves and 46 strikeouts in 41 appearances between double-a arkansas and triple-a tacoma in 2017.the brazilian native was selected to compete for the world team at the all-star futures game in miami, where he threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.the 6-foot-2, 210-pound vieira, who regularly hit triple digits with his fastball in the mariners system, made one major-league appearance last season, retiring all three batters he faced aug. 14 against the orioles.vieira, whom mlb.com ranked as the no. 8 prospect in the mariners organizat






white sox acquire hard-throwing reliever thyago vieira from mariners


the white sox added to their stable of minor-league pitchers when they acquired flame-throwing right-hander thyago vieira from the mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money thursday.the 24-year-old was a combined 2-4 with a 4.00 earned-run average, four saves and 46 strikeouts in 41 appearances between double-a arkansas and triple-a tacoma in 2017.vieira was selected to compete for the world team at the all-star futures game in miami, where he threw 0.2 scoreless innings.the 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound vieira, who regularly hit triple-digits with his fastball during his time in seattle’s system, also made one appearance with the mariners last season, retiring all three batters faced in his major-league debut aug. 14 against the orioles.vieira, who was ranked by mlb.com a






james paxton dominant as mariners blank astros in home opener


paxton pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits with two walks and four strikeouts on 103 pitches. paxton allowed just one runner to reach second base in his first six innings, flashing an upper-90s fastball and biting breaking pitches.the baseball gods can be a cantankerous group of curmudgeons, lamenting the bygone days of sacrifice bunts and choking up on the bat. but they also have devilish sense of humor.so a day after becoming just the second team to blow a six-run lead in the ninth inning since 2011, the mariners, of course, again found themselves entering the ninth inning ahead by six runs.this time, catastrophe did not ensue. this time the mariners closed it out. reliever evan scribner worked a 1-2-3 inning, and the mariners beat the houston astros 6-0, pleasing an antsy






mariners manager scott servais announces chris heston will start on sunday


postgame notes, quotes, highlights, boxscore and video of scott servais postgame. also mike freeman discusses his pitching debut.mariners manager scott servais announced after friday night’s 16-1 drubbing by the white sox that right-hander chris heston will start on sunday in the homestand finale vs. the white sox. that means the team will have to make a corresponding roster move. with dillon overton throwing 4 1/3 innings  in relief and not being available to pitch for a few days, he will likely be optioned to class aaa tacoma. overton saved servais from having to use a lot of bullpen arms in an otherwise lost game. heston pitched on wednesday, throwing 49 pitches for the rainiers.“everybody will show up on the mound for us tomorrow,” servais said. “we’ve got on an off day on monday. we a






sonny gray won't make mistake of rushing his return


mesa, ariz. – sonny gray vowed wednesday morning he’s not going to repeat history.as badly as he wants to be pitching in games for the a’s in early april, the club’s top starter said he’s not going to rush to get himself on the fast track.he tried that twice last year, and wound up spending more time that he’d like on the disabled list, missing about a dozen starts in all. so as he comes back from missing 14 days due to a lat strain in his right arm, he won’t be throwing fastball with smoke behind them for a while yet.“you know i want to be out there,” he said. “but i want to be smart about this too. i need to be patient and not force things.”gray threw 35 pitches tuesdays, 20 pitches at 60 feet and another 15 at 75 feet. he moved the total to 40 pitches wednesday, but to call them pitches






brandon morrow shuts down cubs in top of seventh


brandon morrow is still pitching for the dodgers.albert almora grounded to short.addison russell struck out swinging.jason heyward flied to shallow center, with chris taylor making a nice running catch.it's seventh-inning stretch time.






hisashi iwakuma works through some things in first spring start for mariners


facing the al west rival texas rangers in his first official outing in the cactus league, hisashi iwakuma was missing his usual pinpoint accuracy as he prepared for the game and it carried over into his start. but he got his two innings of work in.surprise, ariz. — it’s a situation that will arise not once but a handful of times in the 2017 season. and it’s something that every starting pitcher has dealt with in the past. that it came in the first start of the spring for hisashi iwakuma wasn’t unexpected and possibly fortunate considering the lack of meaning in the game. on friday, facing the al west rival texas rangers in his first official outing in the cactus league, iwakuma was missing his usual pinpoint accuracy as he prepared for the game and it carried over into his start. “i didn’t






rodriguez strong, red sox down mariners for 5th straight win


boston — eduardo rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the boston red sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the seattle mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on friday night.it was the third consecutive win for rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. craig kimbrel earned his 13th save.rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.the only run support rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when hanley ramirez scored on josh rutledge's rbi groundout. boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.yovani gallardo (2-5) took the loss. he lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was respons






james paxton dominant as mariners blank astros in home opener


paxton pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits with two walks and four strikeouts on 103 pitches. paxton allowed just one runner to reach second base in his first six innings, flashing an upper-90s fastball and biting breaking pitches.the baseball gods can be a cantankerous group of curmudgeons, lamenting the bygone days of sacrifice bunts and choking up on the bat. but they also have devilish sense of humor.so a day after becoming just the second team since 2011 to blow a six-run lead in the ninth inning, the mariners, of course, again found themselves entering the ninth inning ahead by six runs.this time, catastrophe did not ensue. this time the mariners closed it out. reliever evan scribner worked a stress-free 1-2-3 inning, and the mariners beat the houston astros 6-0, pleasi






a's sonny gray ready to start facing some hitters in workouts


kansas city – sonny gray threw on the side before monday’s game against the royals and he’s been cleared to advance to the next level of his recovery from this spring’s right lat injury.manager bob melvin said gray will throw two sets of 15 pitches each against hitters before thursday’s final game against kansas city.“he threw 35 pitches, but then sat down and got back up and threw a simulated inning,” melvin said.the a’s came into the spring figuring gray, 27, would be their opening day starter. now they are hoping he’ll be pitching by the end of the month.“he’s throwing hard down there,” melvin said. “sometimes it’s tough to look like you are throwing 100 percent. he does. the intensity is there. he’s looking forward to getting the hitters and more than anything looking forward to going






rapids make quick stop in denver before heading to tucson to close preseason – t


commerce city — the colorado rapids held their first training session of the preseason at dick’s sporting goods park on sunday, before heading this week to tucson for the desert diamond cup.the rapids opened camp in boulder, then spent 10 days training in los angeles at the rams facility, returning late last wednesday.“that was tremendous,” said rapids sporting director padraig smith. “the rams really pulled out all the shots for us. good fields, good environment, good weather, which obviously helps.”colorado played two friendlies against ventura county fusion of the premier development league (pdl), drawing the first match 1-1 and winning the second 6-1.the rapids will open the desert diamond cup on wednesday with a match against sporting kansas city. they take on new england revolution o