Game 3: Rays at Jays

The Devil Rays have just finished batting practice and we’re gearing up for Game 3 of Toronto’s exhibition season. Sorry for no entries the last couple days, but I’m back. Here are the lineups for today’s game:

B.J. Upton, 2B
Brendan Harris, SS
Jonny Gomes, LF
Elijah Dukes, CF
Carlos Pena, 1B
Hee-Soep Choi, DH
Dustan Mohr, RF
Joel Guzman, 3B
Josh Paul, C

PITCHING: Scott Kazmir, Al Reyes, Seth McClung, among others

Royce Clayton, SS
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Vernon Wells, CF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Gregg Zaun, C
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, DH
Chad Mottola, RF
Rob Cosby, LF

PITCHING: A.J. Burnett, Tomo Ohka, Blaine Neal, Ismael Ramirez, Francisco Rosario, Pete Walker, and maybe Josh Banks

As you can see, Rios is still in as the DH. I didn’t make the trip to Fort Myers for the game against Boston yesterday, but Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said it could be a week or two before Rios is back in the outfield. There’s definitely no reason to play him in right with a tender shoulder at this point, especially with Frank Thomas sitting the first week, too. It would make sense to transition Rios back into right field when Thomas is back in as the DH.

I did make it to Toronto’s workout at Knology Park yesterday morning. I spoke with Reed Johnson about his stiff back. He said he began feeling it when he played in one of the intrasquad games earlier in the week, but it wasn’t a big deal. He expected to be back in the mix in a few days. Again, this early in spring, there’s no need to risk anything — might as well rest him for a few days.

The Jays aren’t sending many regulars over to St. Pete for Sunday’s tilt against the D-Rays. Hill, Jason Phillips and Jason Smith are the only position players on the projected Opening Day roster who are making the trip. The pitchers that are going include John Thomson, Shaun Marcum, Victor Zambrano, Brian Tallet, Jo Matumoto, Ryan Houston and maybe Banks. Josh Towers is scheduled to start on Monday.

That’s all for now. It’s been drizzling here on and off, so hopefully we can et this game in. Right now it’s just cloudy and cold enough to make the sportswriters moan about not bringing their jackets. Poor us, huh.

Stay tuned for more…


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