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Tracy McGrady to start against Revolution on Thursday

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It’s official according to a press release sent out on Tuesday, May 20 by the Sugar Land Skeeters:  RHP Tracy McGrady will make his second regular season start for the Skeeters against the Revolution in the series finale from Sugar Land on Thursday night.  The game will air live on WatchESPN.com, set for an 8:05 (Eastern Time) first pitch, concluding the longest road trip of the season for York at 10 games.

Sugar Land is clearly bringing the 34-year-old along slowly, in his first year of professional baseball after a 16-year Hall-of-Fame worthy NBA career.  In his last action at home against the Somerset Patriots on May 10, he started, but faced just nine batters in 1.2 innings pitched.  He allowed two hits, two walks, two runs (both earned) and a solo homer to Somerset shortstop Edwin Maysonet.  Somerset prevailed 5-3, giving McGrady the loss in his professional debut.  However, an overflow crowd of 7,701 was on hand at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters will visit York for the first time in 2014 June 6-9, a four-game series.  It is expected McGrady will travel with Sugar Land for the series and be in York, although that still has to be confirmed.  It is unclear whether he will pitch in York.  McGrady hasn’t yet appeared in a road game.  Sugar Land’s other visits to York are August 6-8 and September 9-11.

It would be interesting if McGrady and Revolution reliever Mark Hendrickson ever found themselves in the same game…before embarking on a 10-year MLB career Hendrickson played in four NBA seasons from 1996 to 2000, and was on the court against McGrady three times.

The full release from Sugar Land is after the jump:

On Thursday, May 22 beginning at 7:05 p.m., right-handed pitcher Tracy McGrady will make his second professional start for the Sugar Land Skeeters against the Atlantic League’s York Revolution. Gates open at 6 p.m., as the Skeeters host their new Thirsty Thursday promotion with $2 beers and sodas. It’s also Zombie Night at Constellation Field, where free tickets will be given to any patrons dressed as zombies upon arrival.

Thursday’s start will mark McGrady’s second regular season appearance with Sugar Land. The 6-foot-8 right-hander made his first start on May 10 against the Somerset Patriots, allowing two runs on two hits over 1.2 innings of work. In Spring Training, McGrady also threw 1.0 inning against Alvin Community College on April 16, allowing one run on three hits.

McGrady, 34, spent 16 years in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors (1997-2000), Orlando Magic (2000-04), Houston Rockets (2004-09), New York Knicks (2009-10), Detroit Pistons (2010-11) and Atlanta Hawks (2011-12). During that span, McGrady earned two scoring titles (2002-04), seven All-Star Game nominations (2001-07) and was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2001. In 2013, McGrady retired with more than 18,000 points and 5,000 rebounds in his career.

For a complete promotional schedule, game times and information on how to purchase tickets for the Atlantic League All-Star Game, Independence Day Celebration and the rest of the 2014 season, please call 281-240-4487 or visit www.SugarLandSkeeters.com.

-Paul Braverman

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