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Jays @ Reds

It’s spitting rain here at Ed Smith Stadium, but not really enough to call this game I wouldn’t think. Then again, I’m not a weatherman. I’m hoping it goes on as planned, because I’m looking forward to seeing if Ricky Romero can really pull himself back into the hunt for a rotation job.

Manager Cito Gaston still wouldn’t say whether Matt Clement would be gretting another start, but he didn’t sound confident that was going to happen. Gaston keeps noting that the Jays are reaching the point where the innings need to go to the guys who might be heading north, and I’d find it hard to believe Clement is still in the mix.

So, we’re still left with Scott Richmond, Brad Mills and Ricky Romero. Gaston said that there is no hesitation on Toronto’s part to hand a job to Mills due to the fact that he has no career innings at Triple-A. That doesn’t mean Mills has a job, just that his lack of AAA innings isn’t going to be an obstacle.

Gaston did say that, in the event that three lefties (David Purcey, Mills and Romero) wind up in the rotation come Opening Day, Jesse Litsch might be moved into the No. 3 hole to break up all the left-handers. Gaston said, if that happened, he’d be sure to talk with Litsch to assure him that it wasn’t a demotion at all.

Marco Scutaro has returned to the Jays and Gaston said he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow. Same for Travis Snider, who didn’t make the trip to Sarasota today as originally planned. Snider is coming back from a sore left knee and Gaston said he was playing in a Minor League game as a DH back in Dunedin today.

Today’s lineup:

BLUE JAYS
Joe Inglett, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Randy Ruiz, 1B
Aaron Matthews, LF
Raul Chavez, C
John McDonald, SS

Ricky Romero, P

REDS
Norris Hopper, CF
Chris Dickerson, LF
Joey Votto, 1B
Adam Rosales, 3B
Jay Bruce, RF
Jeff Keppinger, 2B
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Ryan Hanigan, C
Edinson Volquez, P

~JB

Spring photos: Volume 4

With or without Vernon Wells, the show must go on. It’s moving day tomorrow for the Jays, who will pack up camp after their morning workout and move shop to Dunedin Stadium. As for today, I spent some time snapping some more photos. Enjoy.

                                                                                                                         ~JB

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Third baseman Scott Rolen during Monday’s workout

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Infielder Kevin Millar during Monday’s workout

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Catcher Rod Barajas during Monday’s workout

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Third baseman Scott Rolen moving to another practice field

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Ace Roy Halladay winding up during a live BP session

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Second baseman Aaron Hill during batting practice

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Center fielder Vernon Wells (10) talks with Aaron Hill during BP

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Ace Roy Halladay delivering a pitch during batting practice

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Third baseman Scott Rolen gloves a ground ball during fielding drills

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Third baseman Scott Rolen fielding a grounder

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Right-hander Jesse Litsch during his live batting practice session

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Catcher Michael Barrett during batting practice

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Catcher Michael Barrett talking with reporters by the batting cage

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Manager Cito Gaston behind the batting cage

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Shortstop Marco Scutaro during batting practice

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Outfielder Adam Lind during batting practice

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Outfielder Adam Lind during batting practice

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Third baseman Scott Rolen during batting practice

Spring photos: Volume 2

Some more pics from the Jays’ workout today.

                                                               ~JB

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Roy Halladay preparing a throw during a bullpen session

 
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Lyle Overbay getting ready to take some cuts in batting practice

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Adam Lind watching batting practice

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Manager Cito Gaston talks hitting with coach Gene Tenace

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Manager Cito Gaston takes in batting practice

 
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Adam Loewen watches batting practice

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Travis Snider steps out of the batting cage

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Infielder Joe Inglett prepares to field a grounder

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Second baseman Aaron Hill fielding a ground ball

 
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Shortstops Marco Scutaro (left) and John McDonald during fielding drills

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Pitching prospect Brett Cecil fires a pitch during a bullpen session

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Ace Roy Halladay throws while pitching coach Brad Arnsberg admires

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Left-hander David Purcey in his windup during a bullpen session

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Catcher Michael Barrett and Brett Cecil after their bullpen session

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Reliever Jesse Carlson throws during a bullpen session

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Casey Janssen throws during a bullpen session

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Jesse Litsch prepares to throw during a bullpen session

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Reliever Jason Frasor follows through on a pitch during a bullpen session

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Reliever Brandon League prepares a pitch during his bullpen session

Where is everyone?

Funny, there’s only two beat reporters here at the Mattick today. Apparently, there’s something going on over at Legends Field in Tampa. I wonder what that could be? Something about some dude named Rodriguez?

I wouldn’t know. I cover the Blue Jays.

Slow day here at camp, though Marco Scutaro arrived, leaving only Jose Bautista, Scott Rolen and Lyle Overbay as the absent position players from the big league team. Kevin Millar arrived yesterday and we chatted with him today. Check bluejays.com a bit later for a story on that.

I’ll also be posting some photos a bit later from Day 1 at camp yesterday. I was having some computer issues and wasn’t able to post them until now. Also just sat down with Cito, and discussed a few things with him.

When asked if Bautista and Millar could both make the roster, Gaston said that’s a possibility, adding that it depends on how many pitchers the team decides to head north with. He said the Jays might consider going with one less pitcher at the very beginning of the season.

Adam Lind made fun of my graying hair today, and told me I was getting old. Nice, since he and I are pretty much the same age. I asked him if I should dye my hair Dennis the Menace yellow like he’s got going on right now. Not really in a position to make fun of someone’s hair, Lindy.

And Travis Snider told me I was a crazy person for running two marathons over the winter. “I don’t think I ran 26 miles all offseason,” he said. Maybe not, but Snider has shown up to camp a bit trimmer and looking like he’s in great shape. He said he’s dropped about 8-10 pounds.

More later.

In my CD player: Pearl Jam — Vitalogy, because this is my favorite rock album of all-time. Now, don’t mistake me here. I won’t claim this to be the best rock album of all-time — just MY personal fave. Vitalogy was my first rock casette tape when I was a kid and it was what launched my love for rock, especially ’90s grunge. This album never gets old.

Flight of the Conchords: Watched it last night and enjoyed it thoroughly. Season 2 has been up and down so far, but the fifth episode was one of the better ones of this season.

Last night: Went out and completely embarrassed myself in a round of billiards with the Star’s Rich Griffin. We were playing best of five, and I looked good from the get go. Down to one ball plus the eight in Game 1, and Griff had five left on the table. He went on a run and I never took another shot. Game 2, I was down to the eight ball and Griff had four on the table still. Another run, another loss. From there, my confidence went through the floor and Griff destroyed me. Terrible. Just terrible.

~JB

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