Game 70: Toronto at Washington pregame

obama.jpgIt’s like that famous blurry picture of bigfoot. Just who exactly did I see on the south lawn of the White House this afternoon?

After running into the Star’s Morgan Campbell at the President’s house, police began to very forcefully clear the sidewalk on the north side of the street. This sometimes means someone is coming out of the big white building, so I hung around to see what was what.

Well, someone in an orange shirt and khaki shorts came out shortly after a black SUV — probably security — rolled up. People thought they saw the Obama’s dog being walked, and everyone started screaming thinking it was Mr. Obama himself. Upon closer inspection of the photo I snapped very quickly, it looks more like the First Lady if it even is one of the Obama family.

It’s probably just a hired dog walker. Who knows? I’m sticking with my story. I saw one of the Obamas today and that’s all there is to it. I also checked out the Newseum (great!) and walked from there to the Washington monument, Vietnam memorial, Lincoln memorial and headed back down the Capitol to take some photos.

BACK TO BASEBALL

The lineup card had an odd sight for tonight’s game. Catcher Raul Chavez was starting in place of Rod Barajas. This is often the case for day game’s after night games, but Saturday’s contest in D.C. was a night game as well. Manager Cito Gaston said Barajas has a sore hamstring and might be fine to play on Sunday.

“We’re just going to give him the night off and hopefully he can play tomorrow,” Gaston said. “It’s not that he can’t play tonight, but I figure if I rest him tonight maybe he’ll be OK tomorrow.”

After using 13 relievers in the past two games, Gaston’s bullpen is a little thin tonight behind rookie starter Brett Cecil. The only available arms are Shawn Camp, B.J. Ryan and Dirk Hayhurst (Gee, who’s the closer?). If Cito needs more arms, he said starters Brad Mills and Scott Richmond are emergency options.

“It’s not good. It’s not good,” Gaston said. “It’s a night that we need Cecil to go out there and pitch a shutout.”

Gaston was asked if — to help the bullpen situation — the team considered calling someone up from Triple-A Las Vegas, just to have an extra arm on hand.

“I didn’t have my jet available,” Gaston said with a laugh. “No, who would you send out? You have to think of those things, too. Who do you get out of here to do that? Then, the guy would come in and be useless anyway, flying overnight. That’s what’s so tough where we have our Triple-A club. It’s really tough on travel for us. So, no, we never even thought about it.”

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (37-32)
Third place AL East, 4.0 GB

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Adam Lind, LF
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Kevin Millar, 1B
8. Raul Chavez, C
9. Brett Cecil, P

Starter: LHP Cecil (2-1, 4.38)

nationals.jpgWASHINGTON NATIONALS (19-46)
Fifth place NL East, 17.0 GB

1. Christian Guzman, SS
2. Nick Johnson, 1B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, LF
5. Elijah Dukes, RF
6. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B
7. Willie Harris, CF
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Ross Detwiler, P

Starter: LHP Detwiler (0-3, 5.23)

Don’t forget, you can follow me on Twitter: @MLBastian

~JB

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