What'd I Miss?
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — So John Parrish is striking guys out left and right, David Eckstein is mashing grand slams and B.J. Ryan is still simulating games after all. Meanwhile, I was hitting up Disney World and knocking off some restaurants off the must-eat list with my wife over the past few days.
Well, Mrs. Bastian is back in Toronto and I’m back following the Jaybirds. Mike Wilner of The Fan590 and I roadtripped it up here to Kissimmee this morning and enjoyed the 11-mile trek down Main Street U.S.A. Man, even as an American, it’s just gross to see so many tacky gift shops, motels and fast food joints line the road to this ballpark.
My favorite — aside from the one motel that offered "Clean Room" — was the pizza/gas station/tatoo palor. Yeah, I’d like a slice of pepperoni, a fillup on No. 2, and how about one of those barbwire tats across my bicep. Sold.
Considering Buck Coats just had a well-barreled ball that looked like a home run turned into a routine fly out to open this game, perhaps I should toss the ol’ lineups on here.
TORONTO (4-7) at HOUSTON (5-8)
at Osceola County Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET
Buck Coats, CF
Alex Rios, RF
Adam Lind, LF
Marco Scutaro, SS
Rod Barajas, C
Travis Snider, DH
Curtis Thigpen, 1B
Hector Luna, 3B
Russ Adams, 2B
PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay
Hunter Pence, RF
Darin Erstad, CF
Lance Berkman, 1B
Carlos Lee, LF
Miguel Tejada, SS
Geoff Blum, 3B
Ty Wigginton, DH
Mark Loretta, 2B
Brad Ausmus, C
PITCHING: RHP Roy Oswalt
A Rios double, followed by a shot off Lind’s bat that looked like another homer. That wind is really coming in from right field, though, and it wound up being another fly out.
A slight change you might see coming on the blog here is more little news tidbits and updates. Higher ups at MLB.com have decided to change the way we roll news out somewhat, leading to a switch from the traditional notebooks on the team Web sites to more news stories.
As a result, the "Quotable" and "Did you know?" type sections that I’ve done in the past, or the short one-sentence note items that sometimes don’t warrant an entire story, will now have a home here on the blog. That’s pretty much what I’ve done on the blog thus far anyway, so in reality not much will change.
Halladay’s about to start working against the ‘Stros. Manager John Gibbons had this to say about having Doc facing Oswalt today:
"These first four innings, they may go pretty quick."
On deck tomorrow morning, Ryan, Dustin McGowan and Casey Janssen are down to throw in a Minor League game at the Bobby Mattick Training Center. It’s tentatively the last sim game apperance for Ryan, who would then make his first spring appearance on Friday. Gus Chacin is the scheduled starter for the game against the Yanks in Tampa.