Blue Jays-Braves: Rasmuses become just third brother matchup since 1974

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comMay 27, 2013 

Update: Colby and Cory Rasmus became just the third brother matchup since 1974 to face each other in a Major League Baseball game.

Atlanta's Cory Rasmus pitched to Toronto's Colby in the bottom of the seventh. Colby doubled. Cory Rasmus pitched the seventh and the eighth. He gave up a three-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh.

According to SportsSouth, the Rasmus brothers follow George and Ken Brett and Julio and Ruddy Lugo.

The Blue Jays beat the Braves 9-3. Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer against Phenix City native Tim Hudson. Hudson, who went to Glenwood, CVCC and Auburn, took the loss.

Monday's story: Robin Rasmus has a potential problem on her hands, but she wouldn't trade it for the world.

Two of her sons could potentially face each other in tonight's Major League Baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Colby Rasmus -- the eldest of four Rasmus boys who all played for their father, Tony, at Russell County High School -- is the center fielder for the Blue Jays. He's been in the big leagues for more than four years. Cory Rasmus was called up by the Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett just over a week ago.

So, if Cory has to pitch against Colby, what will their mother do?

"I hope Colby gets a hit and Cory gets a strike out," Robin said. "That's not possible, is it? But seriously, I just hope they do well. They may not be able to stop laughing long enough to even face each other."

Cory, 25, made his major league debut on Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.

In 1 2/3 innings, he struck out three but gave up two home runs in the ninth. Colby, 26, is batting .237 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs.

It's unclear how many brothers have faced each other at the MLB level in the past. Their mother said she doesn't think Colby and Cory have ever faced each other. They normally were on the same team.

The Toronto-Atlanta series is a unique interleague split with two games in Toronto -- today and Tuesday -- and then two in Atlanta -- Wednesday and Thursday. Games tonight, Wednesday and Thursday will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday's game is set for 12:35 p.m. with both teams traveling after the game.

The homecoming in Atlanta will have about 100 friends and family, Robin Rasmus said.

"It will be like a dream come true," she said. "You always hope it would happen. It's surreal. Maybe when I see both of them out there it will sink in."

Tony Rasmus flew to Toronto this weekend and plans to fly home Tuesday night for the Wednesday reunion.

"That's where they're supposed to be -- together on the field," Robin Rasmus said.

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