The Explorers start their 21st season a week from Thursday at Lewis and Clark Park. Sioux City will start their 100 game schedule against Sioux Falls. Before that, there are still three exhibition games to be played.
The X's go to Lincoln on Thursday and face Sioux Falls, in Huron, on Friday. Sioux City lost their first preseason game to the Canaries, 5-3 on Monday.
The X's were ten games under the .500 mark last season at 45-55 and were just 24-26 at home. Manager Stan Cliburn says the key to making the playoffs for the first time since 2008 will be the 50 games away from Lewis and Clark Park.
"If you play .500 ball on the road, you go 25-25, take care of our business at home like we usually do, then we'll be a playoff contender. That's all you can hope for," said Stan. "You get in the playoffs then everything takes care of that from there."
"Hopefully I'll bring a winning attitude," said outfielder Palmer Karr. "I've had some success in independent baseball. That's where I've made my career in independent baseball. The reason I've been able to stick around long enough is luckily my teams have won some games. I'm just here to help the team anyway I can and try to get us some W's."
The X's only home exhibition game is Saturday at 2 o'clock against Lincoln.
Sioux City made two roster moves on Wednesday. Relief pitcher Daniel Carela has been signed by the Phillies and catcher Clint Ourso was traded to Fargo-Moorhead for a player to be named later.
He was battling for the backup catcher job behind starter Alberto Espinosa.
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