TORONTO – I’m not going to lie. I wish this Jays-Cubs Interleague series was at Wrigley Field and not trapped under this dome. Either way, any little taste of Chicago I can get is always good and I saw a lot of Cub-jersey-clad fans outside the ballpark today.
Toronto fans in attendance will be disappointed to see Reed Johnson was not in the starting lineup. Where’t the love, Lou? Well, Johnson is only hitting .232 against righties this year and A.J. Burnett is on the hill (First start since his fantastic sarcastic hat tip to the booing fans. I had no problem with that, by the way — thought it showed a good sense a humor).
Us scribes piled into the visitors’ clubhouse to catch up with Reed and he’s doing great — not bitter in the least. Would you be bitter if you moved from a .500 club that is struggling to score to a team with the best record in baseball? Johnson described Chicago as “no place I’d rather be” and you’ve got to believe him.
The Ted Lilly-Toronto reunion will happen on Sunday. It’s also Lilly’s first stop in TO since his famous on-field donnybrook with manager John Gibbons. Other than the triumphant return of a couple ex-Jays, the only news here was the non-return of a few injured Jays. Aaron Hill is a few days away from maybe being cleared for a Minors rehab and Shannon Stewart is on his way to Florida to continue his rehab workouts.
Jeremy Accardo has suffered a setback in his rehab with Class A Dunedin and will be reevaluated in a couple days. Catcher Gregg Zaun has been rained out two days in a row, so he’ll suit up for Syracuse tomorrow and perhaps be activated Sunday or, probably more realistically, in time for Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee.
CHICAGO (43-24) at TORONTO (34-34)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre
Ryan Theriot, SS
Micah Hoffpauir, 1B
Derrek Lee, DH
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Kosuke Fukudome, RF
Geovany Soto, C
Jim Edmonds, CF
Mark DeRosa, 2B
Eric Patterson, LF
PITCHING: RHP Sean Gallagher (3-2, 4.42)
Alex Rios, RF
Matt Stairs, DH
Scott Rolen, 3B
Vernon Wells, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Rod Barajas, C
Brad Wilkerson, LF
Joe Inglett, 2B
David Eckstein, SS
PITCHING: RHP A.J. Burnett (5-6, 4.98)