Good Luck, Litsch

LAKELAND, Fla. – Audioslave is pumping through the speakers here at Joker Marchant Stadium, where your Toronto Blue Jays are set to begin their 2008 preseason slate.

Aside from the obligatory traffic jam coming through Tampa, and that ******* old guy who forgot how to steer his truck correctly while picking his nose, it was a relatively smooth drive here to Lakeland with the CP’s Shi Davidi.

The pressbox is jammed, so a few of us scribes have claimed a TV booth as our personal working space. Glancing at the lineups for today, all I can say is Jesse Litsch drew the short straw for his first appearance. Hopefully, for his sake, he’s one of those pitchers who are ahead of the hitters right now.

Today’s lineups:

TORONTO (0-0) at DETROIT (1-0)
at Joke Marchant Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET

BLUE JAYS
Reed Johnson, LF
John McDonald, SS
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Rod Barajas, C
Adam Lind, RF
Buck Coats, CF
Joe Inglett, 3B
Chip Cannon, 1B
Travis Snider, DH

PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch, LHP Gustavo Chacin, and others

TIGERS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Placido Polanco, 2B
Ivan Rodriguez, C
Magglio Ordonez, DH
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Carlos Guillen, 1B
Edgar Renteria, SS
Marcus Thames, RF
Jaque Jones, LF

PITCHING: RHP Virgil Vasquez

Nate Robertson was scheduled to pitch, but his wife Kristin gave birth to a baby boy, Wyatt Dale, on Wednesday night. So, needless to say, Robertson’s been given the day off.

Jays closer B.J. Ryan was scheduled to throw around 20 pitches in a live batting practice session versus some Minor Leaguers over at The Mattick this morning. Afterward, the plan was for him to meet with Dr. Tim Kremchek — the surgeon  who performed Ryan’s Tommy John — to go over the pitcher’s progress.

More later…

2 Comments

I know its just the first spring training game, and Reed is the only (potential) starter but its d*amn nice to see you post a starting line up again Jordan.

Poor Litsch… He along with the other pitchers will probably get lit up against that lineup today. If we stay within 10 runs I would be shocked.

How has Snider looked this spring? Does he look out of place?

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