Toronto Blue Jays pitchers Mark Buehrle, Marcus Stroman and Ricky Romero are scheduled to take the mound today against the Tampa Bay Rays. Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Weather-permitting Buehrle, Stroman, Romero scheduled for Blue Jays

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 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.

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!

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  • Len Nunes

    Here’s hoping Romero pitches a perfect game this time out. Bringing Stroman north on March 31st is an idea that still scares me.

    • Michael Wray

      I actually find myself getting more comfortable with it by the day. MLB is definitely turning into a young man’s league. I wouldn’t mind a bit more seasoning in Triple-A but you can really only learn how to pitch in the bigs, in the bigs.

      • Len Nunes

        sadly my hopes for Drabek have been stomped on this far in the pre-season

        • RyanMueller

          Drabek and romero both have so much trouble locating pitches. If we could find a way to straighten them out our pitching staff would be golden.

          • Len Nunes


          • Andrew van Laar

            Oddly enough Romero hasn’t given up a run yet… weird :S

          • Andrew van Laar

            BAHAHA! Just after I wrote that I went to check the score… he gave up a HR :P

          • Andrew van Laar

            Nvm… That was Redmond. Gameday was acting all weird and said it was Romero :S

          • Jason Kerr

            So much hate for Romero … He seems to be looking better with each start he gets … However, Stroman had horrendous day today …

          • Michael Wray

            It’s nice to see Ricky actually be able to throw the ball in the strike zone but he was facing mostly minor leaguers so I take his results with a grain of salt.

            I was surprised at the lack of FB command by Stroman yesterday but I’m okay with him facing a bit of adversity in ST before the game’s start to count for real.