TORONTO — Checking in briefly from my pad here back in TO. Just browsed the Star’s baseball blog, where Cathal Kelly has an item about Jays manager John Gibbons telling the scribes on hand what Toronto’s Opening Day lineup will look like.
March 31 vs. Yanks RHP Chien-Ming Wang:
1. David Eckstein, SS
2. Matt Stairs, LF
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Frank Thomas, DH
6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
7. Aaron Hill, 2B
8. Marco Scutaro, 3B
9. Gregg Zaun, C
Obviously, the only change could be with Matt Stairs, who has been nursing a sore hip. If he’s unable to start, Shannon Stewart will slot into the No. 2 spot. Against lefties, Hill and Overbay will apparently switch spots in the order.
Kelly, as well as the Globe’s Rob MacLeod, also point to an item in the Wall Stareet Journal that has Gibby ranked as the sixth-best manager in baseball. Gibby should print that out and use it for negotiation purposes when/if it comes time to talk extension.
OK, going to watch the No Country for Old Men DVD I just bought and getting geared up for Michigan State’s Sweet 16 game againt Memphis tonight.