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Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball

Kernels offer 5 games with noon starts

The Cedar Rapids Kernels will play five home games this season with noon starts for fans who enjoy day baseball.

The five dates are:

  • Tuesday, April 30 (sponsored by 104.5 KDAT)
  • Monday, May 20 (sponsored by Z 102.9)
  • Monday, June 10 (sponsored by Z 102.9)
  • Tuesday, June 25 (sponsored by KMRY 1450 AM and 93.1 FM)
  • Monday, July 15 (sponsored by 104.5 KDAT)

The gates will open at 11 a.m. for the noon games.

Monday noon games will feature the Dollar Monday Special. Tuesday noon games will feature a $7 lunch combo, consisting of a sandwich, snack, soda or beer. The Tuesday games also are part of the Great Clips Twins Tuesday promotions.


Kernels plan 12 fireworks shows

The Cedar Rapids Kernels will stage 12 post-game fireworks shows at Veterans Memorial Stadium this season.

Nine of the 12 shows will be held after Saturday home games. Here is the complete schedule:

  • Saturday, May 18
  • Saturday, May 25
  • Saturday, June 8 (presented by Eastern Iowa Airport)
  • Saturday, June 15 (presented by Procter & Gamble)
  • Saturday, June 29
  • Thursday, July 4
  • Saturday, July 13
  • Saturday, July 27
  • Saturday, Aug. 3
  • Friday, Aug. 16
  • Saturday, Aug. 24 (presented by Cargill/Special Olympics)
  • Friday, Aug. 30



Kernels set Special Jerseys Night

The Cedar Rapids Kernels will wear special jerseys at selected games this season at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The jerseys will be sold during the game through a silent auction on the concourse.

The Special Jersey Nights are:

  • May 19: ACS Night (benefits American Cancer Society)
  • May 25: Star Wars Night (benefits JDRF)
  • June 15: ALS Night
  • June 29: Autism Awareness Night
  • July 4: Armed Forces Night
  • July 27: Iowa State Day
  • Aug. 3: Hawaiian Jersey (Jimmy Buffett Night)
  • Aug. 16: Hawkeye Sports Night

The Kernels also will wear Minnesota Twins replica road jerseys during every Tuesday home game as part of Twin Tuesday, presented by Great Clips. These jerseys will be sold as part of a silent auction on Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, Aug. 30.

Visit www.kernels.com for game times.


Kernels set daily specials for 2013 campaign

The Cedar Rapids Kernels will be offering a special promotion every day of the week this season.

Run The Bases Sunday, presented by 104.5 KDAT, returns at the ballpark. Fans can get autographs from Kernels players, run the bases and play catch in the outfield following home games on Sundays.

Fans can enjoy Papa Balloon and Face Painting by Kennedy on the concourse during Sunday games as well. They also can play Travel Advisors Baseball Vacation Bingo to win a trip to a Minnesota Twins game.



59 former Kernels invited to spring training

Fifty-nine former players for the Cedar Rapids Kernels were invited to Major League spring training camps this season.

Five members from last year's team received invitations with catcher Zach Wright, infielder Alex Yarbrough, infielder Eric Stamets, infielder Kaleb Cowart and pitcher Donn Roach all getting the call.

Thirty-five former Kernels were members of their team's 40-man rosters when spring training began in February. That list included:

Hank Conger, Jeff Mathis, Alexi Casilla, Mike Napoli, Alberto Callaspo, Andrew Romine, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Luis Jimenez, Jean Segura, Alexi Amarista, Sean Rodriguez, Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, Travis Witherspoon, Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Taylor, Garrett Richards, Jordan Walden, Darren O'Day, Miguel Gonzalez, John Lackey, Tyler Chatwood, Ervin Santana, Will Smith, Bobby Cassevah, David Carpenter, Kevin Jepsen, Michael Kohn, Ryan Brasier, Johnny Hellweg, Fernando Rodriguez and Joel Peralta.

Twenty-four former Kernels were invited to spring training as non-roster players. That list included:

Carlos Ramirez, Bobby Wilson, Brandon Wood, Efren Navarro, Luis Rodriguez, Dallas McPherson, Matt Young, Randal Grichuk, Barrett Browning, Warner Madrigal, Trevor Bell, A.J. Schugel, Kevin Johnson, Sean O'Sullivan, Mason Tobin, Ramon Ortiz, Rich Thompson and David Herndon, along with the five 2012 Kernels listed above.


Kernels banquet draws record crowd with Twins

It looks like the Cedar Rapids Kernels have hit a grand-slam by joining forces with the Minnesota Twins this season.

A record crowd of more than 500 baseball fans attended the 17th Annual Hot Stove Banquet at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Thursday night to mingle with Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire and members of the Twins Winter Caravan.

Several dozen fans were dressed in Twins attire and many others identified themselves as Minnesota fans, delighted the Kernels are the new Class A affiliate of the Twins in the Midwest League.



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