Posted by: Asher Roth | March 4, 2010

Spring Training, Day 2

11:14 AM – Well how exciting is this? Spring training is under way! Finally, we can put all the speculation to rest and see how these guys perform. If only we had the time/means to watch every game, but what can you do?

So the Jays are facing the Tigers again this afternoon, after a “disappointing” (though completely meaningless) loss yesterday in Dunedin. Today, the Jays will be looking to avenge the loss in front of their “home” fans by beating the Tigers in front of theirs, in Lakeland.

Jordan Bastian reported about half an hour ago that Brett Cecil has been scratched from his scheduled appearance this afternoon because he literally has a boo-boo (cut) on the thumb of his pitching hand. This injury is not remotely threatening, and Cecil should be ready to throw within the next few days.

While it’s unfortunate that one Jays young stud can’t go today, a couple others overshadow his absence. Marc Rzepczynski will try to follow up his solid rookie campaign with a strong spring debut, while Jays fans will get their first taste of Kyle Drabek this afternoon. Reidier Gonzalez will take Cecil’s place in today’s game.

I will add details as the afternoon progresses…

12:03 – here are the starting lineups, according to Mr Bastian, with some added input:

1. Mike McCoy, 2B (told ya he was going places)
2. Jeremy Reed, CF (former M)
3. Brian Dopirak, DH (he’d be the biggest surprise of spring training if we hadn’t hyped him up so much)
4. Randy Ruiz, 1B (big bat)
5. Chris Lubanski, RF (homered yesterday)
6. Jarrett Hoffpauir, 3B (career utility man fighting for a spot – in Vegas, at this point)
7. Jose Molina, C (two world series rings under his belt)
8. Travis Snider, LF (stud)
9. John McDonald, SS (fresh contract, same defence)

Pitching: Marc Rzepczynski (don’t forget Drabek)

TIGERS (1-0)
1. Austin Jackson, CF (Big former Yanks prospect Jays wanted for Doc)
2. Johnny Damon, LF (what’s wrong, Johnny? Couldn’t get that massively inflated salary you wanted?)
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF (when on his game, is a beast in the clutch)
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (the drunken domestic abuser, in the flesh)
5. Carlos Guillen, DH (solid bat, diminishing D?)
6. Gerald Laird, C (decent starting backstopper)
7. Scott Sizemore, 2B (big prospect, no relation to Grady)
8. Adam Everett, SS (former Astro, D-only shortstop)
9. Audy Ciriaco, 3B (who?)

Pitching: Rick Porcello (lookin for a good sophomore year after a solid rookie campaign)

4:02PM – I have good and bad news. The bad news is that Scott Richmond has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. The good news is that Scott Richmond is now guaranteed to not make the opening day starting rotation.

To take his place, the Jays claimed Casey Fien off waivers from the Red Sox. Fien, a 26-year-old former 20th round pick, pitched nine games for the Tigers in 2009, his first major league season, allowing 10 earned runs in just over 11 innings of work.

Ok, I want Richmond back…

4:48 PM

And there you have it, the Jays get their revenge! A 9-7 road victory over the Tigers. There are a number of talking points to come from this game, which featured 26 hits between the two teams.

1. Starting pitching: Ok, so Porcello and R-Zep each only pitched two innings, but they were scoreless innings, so solid outings on that regard. Porcello’s 2 innings were perfect with a strikeout, while Rzepczynski surrendered a hit and a walk, but also K’d one.

2. Guys we’ve heard of: for the Tigers, D-Train Willis pitched 2 scoreless innings in the 5th and 6th. While the game doesn’t matter, it would be nice to see him get back on the right track in terms of the anxiety issues he’s had. Say what you will about his huge contract, he’s a personality and entertaining to watch. Johnny Damon had a hit with 3 LOB, Maggs had a hit and an RBI, Miggy, Guillen, Laird and Everett added a hit apiece as well.

For the Jays, Dopirak was an impressive 2-3 with an RBI, Ruiz had a hit and an RBI, Snider had a hit, Loewen and Gathright added a hit apiece off the bench, and Johnny Mac and Jose Molina, by no shock, were hitless.

3. How bright does the Jays future look today? Brett Wallace had an RBI single and scored in two appearances off the bench. Kyle Drabek, on the other hand, allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits in two innings of work. He also walked two and struck out three. It’s all good, since he’s really only auditioning for the future anyway. Also, the big shocker of the day was that J.P. Arencibia was the big hero. With the game tied 7-7 in the 9th, Arencibia smacked a 2-run homer off Zach Miner to give the Jays the lead, which Rommie Lewis (who?) managed to hold down for his 1st save of the spring.

For those wondering, Reidier Gonzalez was brutal allowing 5 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) in two innings, and Chris Lubanski, the “hero” of opening day yesterday, was 0-3 with 4 left on.

For those looking for how Hoffpauir, McCoy, and Jeremy Reed did, don’t worry about it… they’re going to get cut.

That’s all for today, folks.



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