Biloxi Shuckers

Brewers, Shuckers set to meet Saturday at MGM Park

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 Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun (8) receives a high five from third base coach Ed Sedar (6) after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Houston Astros Thursday in Houston.
BOB LEVEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun (8) receives a high five from third base coach Ed Sedar (6) after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Houston Astros Thursday in Houston. AP

The biggest baseball event on the Coast in over seven decades will take place Saturday afternoon at MGM Park in Biloxi.

The Double-A Biloxi Shuckers play host to their MLB parent club, the Milwaukee Brewers, in an exhibition game at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday. Gates will open at 11 a.m.

Tickets remained for the contest as of late Friday afternoon.

Select Brewers will sign autographs from 11:05-11:30 a.m. Saturday at MGM Park and will start batting practice soon after. The Shuckers' batting practice will coincide with the Brewers' autograph session.

Shuckers players who stayed late in Phoenix to complete spring training arrived Friday afternoon in advance of Saturday's contest. Other players have already been in town trying to settle in for the start of the season.

The Brewers were also set to arrive in Biloxi on Friday after a 4-2 loss to the Astros in a spring game in Houston earlier in the day. The Brewers will be the first MLB club to compete on the Coast since the 1938 Philadelphia Phillies held spring training in Biloxi.

That Phillies team went on to finish 45-105 for eighth place in the National League.

The Brewers are hoping for much better results after finishing a disappointing 68-94 in an injury-plagued 2015 campaign.

Jorge Ortega will be the starting pitcher for the Shuckers, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Left-hander Josh Hader was originally reported to be the starter for Biloxi.

Ortego is a right-hander who was assigned to Biloxi in September last year during the Shuckers' run to the Southern League championship series.

He had a 10-9 record with a 2.38 ERA in 23 games, including 21 starts, while spending most of the 2015 regular season at Class A Brevard County, Fla.

The Brewers will counter with former Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Chase Anderson. The 28-year-old right-hander was 6-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 27 starts for the D-Backs last season.

Anderson has struggled in five starts over the spring with a 1-1 record and 9.82 ERA.

There will be some new features for Shuckers games at MGM Park starting on Saturday.

The south entrance will be open for the first time with all work complete on the Southern League's newest stadium. Fans who already have their tickets can enter through the south entrance, which is located along U.S. 90 behind the MGM lion statue.

The Shuckers also announced Friday that they will unveil their long awaited mascot during the first inning of Saturday's exhibition contest. They did not reveal details about the look or name of the mascot.

The Shuckers begin the regular season at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday at MGM Park against the Southern League defending champion Chattanooga Lookouts, starting a seven-game homestand.

The Brewers will leave after the game for Milwaukee as they prepare to start the regular season at 1:10 p.m. on Monday with a home game against the San Francisco Giants.

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