Two Games Today
Two games against the Blue Jays today, “B” game at 2 in the afternoon at Bright House Field and at Dunedin at 7 tonight. Only the night game will count in the standings and stats
Todd Zolecki got an early jump on everyone by posting lineups for both games in the Zo Zone at 8:16 a.m. Wonder if he skipped breakfast to get the early post.
Players in the “B” game needed to be in uniform at 12 noon. Batting practice is 20 minutes later. Gates will be open for fans to leisurely enjoy a baseball game under perfect Clearwater weather conditions.
Those on the travel roster were told to be in uniform by 3:45. Batting practice will take place at Ashburn Field at 4:10. Busses leave at 5:30 p.m.
Today was Joe Blanton’s day for his “side work” which means long tossing and throwing off the mound. Rich Dubee had him on the half-field at 11 this morning with bullpen catcher Tim Gradoville. Wonder if Dubee gets paid by the hour. He’ll watch Brett and Robert Mosebach in the “B” game and then drive with Charlie to Dunedin to see Chan Ho Park pitch.
MLB Security Department will meet with the players at 8 a.m. tomorrow . . . Jamie Moyer starts against the Tigers at Bright House Field (1 p.m., WPHT 1210 AM radio broadcast) . . . Blanton starts Sunday in Orlando against the Braves (also on WPHT) . . . Games can also be heard on mlb.com . . . OF Rich Thompson (#93) will join the Dunedin travel roster and four minor leaguers will be available for the “B” game.