Taken down

DUNEDIN, Fla. — For those who have been following the mysterious baseball card story over the past couple days, there’s a new development. Late to the party? Recap: On Friday, four cards — one for A.J. Burnett, Dustin McGowan, Shaun Marcum and Jesse Litsch — showed up above Roy Halladay’s locker, stuck in the nameplate.

Prior to Sunday’s game, the card for Litsch had disappeared. Maybe it’s Casey Janssen’s way of saying that the race for the fifth spot isn’t over just yet. You know it’s slow goings around Jays camp when those cards are occupying much of the pregame banter.

B.J. Ryan did throw another live BP session and subsequently met with Dr. Tim Kremchek. Everything went well and Ryan will probably throw again on Wednesday, either in a sim game or in another live BP session. He won’t be pitching in a Jays spring game until mid March.

Today’s lineups:

at Knology Park at 12:30 p.m. ET

Jay Bruce, CF
Norris Hopper, LF
Jeff Keppinger, SS
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Edwin Encarncion, 3B
Scott Hatteberg, 1B
Ryan Freel, DH
Chris Dickerson, RF
Paul Bako, C

PITCHING: RHP Bronson Arroyo

David Eckstein, SS
Reed Johnson, LF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Scott Rolen, 3B
Matt Stairs, RF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Gregg Zaun, C


Today’s game, and the season-ticket holder BBQ that follows, will be broadcast on CityTV today. At the least, it should be an interesting broadcast. More after the game…


Jordan I thought the broadcast was terrible. Commercial breaks during at bats, useless interviews going on while Inglet hits a homerun and what’s worse was that in some cases they didn’t even show a replay. The commentators were awful (I know they don’t have any experience with it but give me a break) They made me miss Jamie Campbell. About the only bright spot was Barb.

As for the game itself it looks as if Matt will be capabable of putting similar numbers to last year which is great news. Buck Coats played well and I liked what I saw out of Snider (driving the ball the other way for his first hit.) It’s a good thing Frank is doing more this spring because he obviously does need some time to get things into gear.

Despite the terrible broadcast it was nice to see baseball back on the tube.

capabable = capable.

An “interesting broadcast”, it was. If you could even call it a broadcast. It was embarrassing.

I had trouble figuring out if Barb was being sarcastic (and therefore funny), or just really not-very-bright.

But yeah, it was good to see baseball again, though I would have rather been watching the game, and not replays of what we missed during the commercials. It also would have been nice to see the END of the game, which they didn’t show at all. Here’s hoping there won’t be any more like it – at least not until they get a completely different crew to work on it. Lame.

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