Steve Guiremand — 01 December 2011
51’s open 2012 season at home against Sacramento

The Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, will begin their 30th season in 2012 with an eight-game homestand.

The 51s will host Pacific Coast League (PCL) Southern Division rival Sacramento, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, in their season opener at Cashman Field on April 5 at 7:05 p.m. That will start a four-game series with the River Cats (April 5-8) and be followed by another four-game series (April 9-12) against the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

The 51s, who will begin their fourth seasons as the top farm team of the Blue Jays, finished with a 71-73 record in 2011 and in second place in the PCL’s Southern Division. The club drew over 300,000 fans for the 29th straight year.

Other teams scheduled to visit Cashman Field this year include the Tucson Padres (San Diego Padres), the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies), Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Tacoma Rainers (Seattle Mariners), Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs), Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers) and the defending PCL champion Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals).

The 144-game schedule (72 home, 72 road) will once again feature many promotional nights including Budwesier Dollar Beer Nights, Inside Kids Carnival and a “Fireworks Extravaganza” on the Fourth of July.

Season tickets and mini-plan packages are currently available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825. Individual game tickets will go on sale in March.

The complete schedule can be accessed on the team’s website at www.lv51.com.

 

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Steve Guiremand

Steve Guiremand is the editor of Rebel Nation, a UNLV all-sports publication owned by Stephens Media that is printed weekly from August through April. He was born in southern California and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1978. He has covered college and professional sports as well as recruiting for over 30 years for several publications including the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, The National Sports Daily, the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Las Vegas Sun. He moved to Las Vegas in 1998 and has covered UNLV football and basketball as well as the old Las Vegas Stars triple-A baseball team. He’ll blog about UNLV sports and recruiting.

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