Game #9: Astros at Jays pregame

Houston at Toronto
at Knology Park in Dunedin, Fla.

Today’s lineups:

Orlando Palmeiro, DH
Chris Burke, 2B
Mike Lamb, 1B
Morgan Ensberg, 3B
Luke Scott, RF
Jason Lane, CF
Hunter Pence, LF
Eric Munson, C
Eric Bruntlett, SS

PITCHING: LHP Wandy Rodriguez

Reed Johnson, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Troy Glaus, 3B
Alex Rios, RF
Gregg Zaun, C
Aaron Hill, 2B
Royce Clayton

PITCHING: RHP John Thomson

NOTES: Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi told reporters Friday that he is not looking to trade Rios, especially for Phillies starter Jon Lieber. "You can blame Jeff Blair for all those Rios-for-Lieber rumors. You can write that," joked Ricciardi, giving the Globe and Mail writer a hard time. The Phillies covet Rios, but a deal might only be realistic if Philadelphia was willing to part with pitchers Cole Hamels or Brett Myers. Said Ricciardi: "They won’t trade those guys." So, for now, you can put those rumors to bed. … Outfield prospect Ryan Patterson did break his right forearm, and he could miss more than three months. … For the first time, Toronto unveiled its projected regular-season lineup. … The Blue Jays are high on infielder Ray Olmedo, who has a realistic chance of breaking camp with the big-league club.

FLAGGED: During batting practice, Toronto outfielder Matt Stairs, who is a native of New Brunswick, launched a baseball deep to right-center field. The ball hit the Canadian flag on a fly before disappearing behind the fence. "Pride," laughed Stairs afterward.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more…


Not good news on Patterson…Found this article with some quotes from Ryan

I’m glad to put the Rios thing to bed. We have better guys right now than Lieber and Rowand, and by next year we will be over our boot tops in young pitchers. Besides, the books are full of trades that didn’t work out, so stick with the horses you know.

who is in the Jays rotation this year??????halladay,?,?, Gustavio chacin,?,.

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