Dbacks send down 3 starters, Aces reveal promotions

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Joel Payamps is expected to start the season in Triple-A Reno.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned right-handed pitchers Joel Payamps, Emilio Vargas and Rodrigo Hitoshi “Bo” Takahaski to Triple-A Reno on Friday.

With the MLB regular season approaching, 56 players remain in Arizona’s Spring Training camp.

After being sidelined with an injury at the start of 2019, Payamps, 25, had his first two career starts with the Dbacks. The Santiago, Dominican Republic native totaled three strikeouts in four innings pitched. He had 15 starts between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Reno.

A Moca, Dominican Republic native Vargas signed with Arizona as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He spent the entire 2019 campaign with Double-A Jackson. The 23-year-old sported a 3.84 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 20 starts.

A Brazilian of Japanese descent, Takahasi, 23, also spent last season with Double-A Jackson. He too signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013, He ended the year with a 3.72 ERA with 104 strikeouts to just 38 walks in 23 starts.

The Diamondbacks are in full swing as the regular season moves up ahead. Tahoe Onstage will be covering Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz. March 16-19. 

Opening day at Greater Nevada Field is Thursday, April 9, against defending Pacific Coast League champions Sacramento River Cats, the affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

There’s a “Whole Lotta Love” for promotions this season.

Reno Aces release 2020 promotional schedule

As Reno adds new faces to its roster, the Aces 2020 schedule is packed with promotional events for fans to enjoy.

The Aces are set for a franchise-record 14 giveaway dates. Reno also continues its Firework Fridays after every Friday home game. The new addition of Super Saturdays — a promotional giveaway for all Saturday home games — is joined by Family Sundays with dollar menu hot dogs and sodas for attendees.

Families are celebrated on Sundays at Greater Nevada Field.
Shaun Astor / Tahoe Onstage

Here is a rundown of special event nights in store for the Aces’ 2020 campaign: 

  • Traditional Opening Day Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Reno, Commemorative Baseball Giveaway – April 9 at 1:05 p.m.
  • Remo, Sriracha Night Presented by THE ROW, “Home” Night Light Giveaway – April 25* à Click here for info
  • Los Corazones de Reno Presented by KOLO 8 News and Juan 101.7, Maraca Giveaways (May 5, July 5) – May 4-7 and July 5-7
  • 70’s Night featuring Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Presented by Living with Fire, Dillard’s and KOLO 8 News, 70s Fauxback Jersey Giveaway – May 9*
  • Mother’s Day Presented by Renown Health, Hometown Health, and KOLO 8 News, Pink Aces Beanie Giveaway – May 10
  • Nickelodeon Night featuring SpongeBob SquarePants Presented by KOLO 8 News, Archie Toothbrush Holder Giveaway – May 16*
  • Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act – May 29
  • Summer Opening Night – June 12
    • Celebrating the start of summer vacation for schools across Northern Nevada
  • Star Wars Night Presented by Truckee Meadows Community College and Wild 102.9, Lightsaber Giveaway – June 13*
  • The Wizarding World of the Reno Aces, Wand & Custom Aces Box Holder Giveaway – June 27*
  • Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Independence Day Celebration – July 4
  • Military Appreciation Night Presented by International-Peterbilt and News Talk 780 KOH, Kevin Cron Bobblehead Giveaway + Postgame Fireworks– July 11 (Game 2)*
  • Go for the Gold Night, Aces Gold Medal Giveaway – July 25*
    • Celebrating the Olympic games and Nevada Mining Association
  • Margaritaville Presented by Greater Nevada Field Credit Union, Aces Bucket Hat Giveaway – August 8
  • Wolf Pack Night Presented by Eye Care Professionals, Postgame Fireworks – August 22
Jimmy Buffett’s “Parrotheads” get a free lid on Aug 8.

2020 Daily Specials

  • Military Monday: Buy one ticket, get one ticket free for Military and First Responders with valid ID)
  • Tuesday 20’s and #Taco Tuesday: $12 Right Field Reserve Ticket + $8 Taco/Beer Combo)
  • Wing Wednesday: $5 for 6 wings, 3 specialty sauces, Boomer BOGO (Buy One Ticket, Get One Free Ages 55+)
  • Coors Light Thirsty Thursday: $2 Coors Light Drafts, Dog Days (the first Thursday of every month, excluding Opening Day), and College Ticket Offer ($5 with student ID at the Ticket Office)
  • Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday: Postgame
  • Super Saturday: Special Event/Giveaway every Saturday
  •  Family Sunday and Bonanza Baseball Bingo: $1 Hot Dogs and In-Game Bingo

— Isaiah Burrows

Four amigos attended the first Los Corazones de Reno in May 2019.
14 promotional nights along with daily specials at Greater Nevada Field
Corozones de Kevin Cron.

ABOUT Isaiah Burrows

Isaiah Burrows
Tahoe Onstage sportswriter Isaiah Burrows also is a general assignment reporter for CarsonNow.org, an online news source in Carson City. He is a journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he writes sports for the Sagebrush student newspaper. He is the Reno Aces beat writer for Tahoe Onstage.

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