Game 74: Cincinnati at Toronto pregame

It’s funny how taking just two days off away from the team can leave a beat reporter feeling a bit lost. Sure, it’s only been two days, but you walk in and you feel like you have no clue about what’s been going on. Takes a minute or two to catch yourself up.

It was a lovely little break, though. Went on a belated anniversary dinner date with the Wife — headed up to the 360 revolving restaurant at the top of the CN Tower and had a great time. But, now, it’s back to the presbox and back to covering the Fightin’ Jays.

The only real news item to emerge from today’s relaxed pregame chat with manager Cito Gaston was that the team should know more about ace Roy Halladay’s status on Friday. Doc is scheduled to throw in a bullpen session to test that sore groin, and the Jays will decide if he’s able to start on Monday.

If Halladay isn’t able to come off the disabled list for that outing, Scott Richmond would likely get the nod.

“Let’s hope it’s Doc — nothing against Richmond,” Gaston said.

In the bullpen, the Blue Jays are without the services of righty Jeremy Accardo for tonight’s game — another groin tweak. The team is giving him another day off to see if he’ll be fine in time for this weekend, hoping that sending Accardo to the DL won’t be necessary.

Today’s lineups:

Reds.jpgCINCINNATI REDS (34-36)
Fourth place NL Central, 4.5 GB

1. Willy Taveras, CF
2. Jerry Hairston, 3B
3. Brandon Phillips, 2B
4. Joey Votto, 1B
5. Jonny Gomes, DH
6. Ramon Hernandez, C
7. Jay Bruce, RF
8. Paul Janish, SS
9. Chris Dickerson, LF

Starter: RHP Johnny Cueto (6-4, 2.55)

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (40-33)
Third place AL East, 5.0 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. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Russ Adams, DH

Starter: LHP Brett Cecil (2-1, 4.26)

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One comment

  1. 92bluejays93

    Now this is just pure speculation but Joey Votto was having deppression issues because he felt the pressure of not being able to be a father figure to his little brothers in Toronto. Would the reds purly in his best interest be willing to trade him to Toronto?
    Maybe something like:

    Rios+ Cambell = Votto
    Overbay +Snider = Votto

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