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It's Baseball Season! (Also, get ready for the Jayhawks.)

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BatCats!
BatCats!
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Today's Slate contains no wide-ranging editorial. Instead, we have a Major Programming Announcement. Starting tomorrow, the early-morning Slate you've come to know and even sometimes expect is no more. The main reason for this is that during the week your Benevolent Despot will be unable to post the Slate until mid-morning at the earliest.

So henceforth, the Slate will become a 10am-ish affair, assuming it gets posted on time. We will try to get more early-morning (or even overnight) content up so that morning slackers have a place to congregate, but we think this change won't really damage the normal flow of the community. After all, even on heavy comment days the Slate doesn't really get rolling until mid-morning anyway.

And now, on with the show.

Luke and Gracey teamed up for this week's Bring on the Podcast with guest star Jesse Newell, the KU beat writer for the Kansas City Star. Meanwhile, your former Evil Tyrant TB took the Kansas State administration to task for treating us all like a bunch of misbehaving infants..

BotP wasn't Gracey's only audio appearance of the day, as she also had her weekly bit with The Sport Report on 94.1 FM in Emporia. She also dropped some hot news: Dominique Heath is a new daddy.

As you no doubt expected, the mainstream media is all over this thing happening at Bramlage on Saturday between the Wildcats and some other team from exurban Kansas City.

Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal notes that Wesley Iwundu's responsibilities have changed with the injury to Kamau Stokes.

Over at the Star, Kellis Robinett reports on the Wildcats' continuing irritation over That Dunk, while Jesse Newell gives us a look at the other side, writing about Wayne Selden and his search for consistency.

Over at USA Today, Scott Gleeson and Shelby Mast watch the bubble. K-State's not in their projections, but the Wildcats remain in the bubble discussion.

The ladies got some honors this week. K-State placed seven players on the Academic All-Big 12 teams, with Bri Craig, Shaelyn Martin, Kaylee Page, Nene Taylor, Kelly Thorson, and Kindred Wesemann snagging first-team recognition. Jessica Sheble was named to the second team.

It's time. K-State opens the season at 8pm tonight at the Riverside Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif., with the first game of a four-game weekend series against (duh) Cal-Riverside. The Highlanders, from the Big West, were 15-40 (4-20) last year; astute observers will recall that Riverside was the final landing place for former Wildcat squeakyfouls coach Jim Wooldridge, who retired from his position as UCR's athletic director in 2014.

Senior righty Corey Fischer (4-6, 4.37 in 2015) draws the opening day assignment for the BatCats, facing lefty Austin Sodders. Lefty junior Parker Rigler, a transfer from Cowley County, faces off against righty Angel Landazuri at 3pm Saturday; same time on Sunday, right-handed senior Levi MaVorhis battles righty Richard Delgado; and at 8pm Monday night junior righty Colton Kalmus will start for K-State, while Riverside's starter is yet to be determined.

Some stuff from the Deathstar, largely the work of Jake Trotter: in the final installment of their Big 12 pre-spring position rankings, Jake pegs K-State at number one on special teams. (#HireSeanSnyder.) In the Big 12 blog's roundtable for the week, Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton get some love from Trotter too.

Only one meet remains in the track team's indoor regular season. It's an evening event tonight as the Steve Miller Open kicks off at 4pm at Ahearn.