Game #44: Jays at O's pregame

Toronto (19-24) at Baltimore (20-24)
at 7:05 p.m. ET at Camden Yards

Today’s lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Alex Rios, RF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Vernon Wells, CF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Matt Stairs, LF
Frank Thomas, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Royce Clayton, SS
Jason Phillips, C

PITCHING: RHP A.J. Burnett

ORIOLES
Brian Roberts, 2B
Nick Markakis, RF
Miguel Tejada, SS
Ramon Hernandez, C
Aubrey Huff, DH
Melvin Mora, 3B
Kevin Millar, 1B
Jay Gibbons, LF
Jay Payton, CF

PITCHING: RHP Daniel Cabrera

NOTES: RHP Roy Halladay threw his second bullpen session in the last three days on Tuesday and is on pace to come off the DL before the end of the month. When Halladay was told he’d be out for 4-6 weeks, he said he set a personal goal of three weeks. So far, so good. He’s scheduled for a simulated game on Friday. … Toronto manager John Gibbons hinted that Halladay will either take over the rotation spot occupied by RHP Tomo Ohka or RHP Jesse Litsch. If Halladay moves into Ohka’s spot, he could potentially start for the Jays on May 31 vs. the White Sox. … On Monday, C Gregg Zaun (broken right thumb) visited with the hand specialist who performed his surgery. The checkup went well and Zaun was cleared to start throwing and to start swinging a bat. He took about 50 cuts in a soft-toss session and he feels he could probably take live BP within the next week. He hoped to get in a Minor League rehab game within the next two weeks.

2 Comments

Great news on the Halladay front and it’ll be good to see if Zaun can come back sooner then later also.

I thought Burnett today pitched well, with the exception of the 4th. Frank Thomas continues to struggle, i can recall him being ahead of the count in a couple of at-bats and had no hits to show for it. I hope he snaps out of this soon, because Glaus wont be hitting over .300 for the season (Rios and Troy have been the only consistant bats lately).

It seems to me that the reason Rios and Glaus are the only ones hitting well is because they are the only hitters who are not being constantly shifted up and down the lineup. Even Frank Thomas has been moved from time to time. I’m not a great fan of the whole lefty vs righty stuff, I think its more important that the hitters can get into a groove hitting in the same spot day after day. I think it will just give them one less thing to worry about, as trivial as it is.

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