Game 37: New York at Toronto pregame
If you’ve been outside Rogers Centre lately, you might have seen the gigantic poster of Bills QB Trent Edwards on the south side of the building — covering the windows where an image of former Jays catcher Gregg Zaun used to be. It’s a bit odd to see a Buffalo player up there alongside the Jays, but it’s all in the name of promoting the NFL games to be played here.
This afternoon, Edwards and wide receiver Lee Evans were at the ballpark — this time sporting their own Blue Jays uniforms — for some early batting practice. While the footballers were dressing in Toronto’s clubhouse, Adam Lind and Rod Barajas tossed a football around the room.
“I haven’t put a baseball uniform on in a loooong time,” Edwards said, laughing as he headed out to the field. “Vernon told me to go with the high socks.”
I didn’t catch all of their BP session, but apparently Edwards hit a pair of home runs. Evans? Well, I saw a few ground balls and some hits to the outfield. The FAN590’s Mike Wilner said Evans defended himself, saying, “My game is speed.” Upon hearing that, Jays managaer Cito Gaston chuckled.
“No, his game is football,” Gaston replied.
As for the baseball here today, Gaston went with an all right-handed lineup against Yanks lefty C.C. Sabathia. Aaron Hill, who fouled a pitch off his left shin yesterday, was in as the DH as a precaution and John McDonald got his first start of the season, but at second base — not at shortstop.
Talked to GM J.P. Ricciardi for a bit about some of the returning arms (specifically, B.J. Ryan, Casey Janssen and Ricky Romero). Ricciardi didn’t want to reveal any return dates. Ryan? “Soon,” Ricciardi said. Casey? “Soon,” was the answer again. Romero? “Not as soon,” Ricciardi said to some laughs.
Ryan (DL’d with a left trapezius injury) threw in a simulated game yesterday because Dunedin’s game was rained out. He will likely be back in the next few days. Ricciardi said Janssen (coming back from a right shoulder issue) is scheduled to pitch for Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday. Romero (DL’d with a right oblique strain) is down to pitch Monday with Triple-A Las Vegas.
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixiera, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Brett Gardner, CF
9. Francisco Cervelli, C
Starter: LHP C.C. Sabathia (2-3)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, DH
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Jose Bautista, LF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Kevin Millar, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. John McDonald, 2B
Starter: LHP Brian Tallet (2-1)