Yesterday’s afternoon affair was rained out for the Toronto Blue Jays but weather-permitting they will attempt to play some baseball today in Dunedin. The Jays are set take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05pm EST and the game be shown in Canada on Sportsnet East/Ontario/West/Pacific and through MLB.TV. According to the Weather Network, we are looking at about a 30% chance of precipitation with a drop in humidity so that sounds promising enough.
Mark Buehrle, who was supposed to start yesterday, will take the hill first for the Blue Jays with Marcus Stroman and Ricky Romero scheduled to follow in today’s game. Drew Hutchison, who was supposed to be today’s starter, had his start pushed back to Saturday but R.A. Dickey will pitch as scheduled on Sunday. Lefty J.A. Happ, who is struggling with back and performance issues, was bumped from his Saturday start and it’s not known when he will return. Hat tip to Tom Singer of MLB.com for the pitching updates.
We can also give both teams an assist for tweeting out their lineups nice and early. I wish this happened during the regular season.
Today's @BlueJays lineup (1:05pmET) Reyes-SS Cabrera-LF Bautista-RF Encarnacion-DH Lind-1B Lawrie-3B Navarro-C Gose-CF Goins-2B Buehrle-P
— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) March 7, 2014
Lineup: Jennings CF, Joyce LF, Myers DH, Forsythe 3B, Hanigan C, Nix 2B, Kiermaier RF, Sands 1B, Lee SS, Cobb SP. Come see us in Dunedin!
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 7, 2014
As Kyle mentioned earlier this morning, Colby Rasmus has been dealing with a stiff neck and hasn’t played in a week after apparently sleeping on it funny. If you haven’t already, go check out Kyle’s piece for updates from Mike Wilner of The Fan 590, who says Rasmus is feeling better and should be cleared to resume baseball activities tomorrow.
Hopefully Colby will in fact be back and ready to take some hacks tomorrow. I guess it’s better to get these nagging injuries out of the way early in spring training before games actually start to matter. And I don’t know, maybe Colby should try sleeping on his back for now on or something? Enjoy the game and have a great weekend everyone!