The weather in Detroit, like most everything else there (sorry), looks a little fucking bleak for today– and the rest of this week’s trio of afternoon games between the Jays and Tigers, for that matter– but according to the forecast at noon from The Weather Network (for whatever that’s worth), which you can see above, downtown and Comerica look like they’re going to come away unscathed (the image is the 1:20 PM forecast, and the rain stays north of the park from there).
[Note: The animated radar forecast now has downtown Detroit looking rainy until 2 o'clock.]
So… we’re probably going to have baseball today, and we’re definitely going to have Jose Bautista, as the Jays slugger is back in the lineup, at DH, having missed what were apparently the three most important games in the history of the damn universe, with a twisted ankle.
Brandon Morrow takes the hill against Anibal Sanchez, looking to build off a terrific start last Wednesday against the Clevelands, while Sanchez hopes to help his club rebound from the drubbing they took against the Yankees on Sunday, as that afternoon their ace, Justin Verlander, performed as badly as pretty much every ace in the league. (Though, of course, the only poor performance among aces that mattered was R.A. Dickey’s, because it demonstrated clearly that he’s finished, eh asshole????)
Mike Wilner tweets that it’s officially raining at Comerica as of 12:32 PM, and that fans are rushing out of their seats. Forecast still looking OK as far as I can tell, but what am I? A weatherman?
Barry Davis points out that Adam Lind is the odd man out today, with Jose Bautista being limited to DH action. What, no Encarnacion in the outfield experiment this year?
I’d heard last week that Ricky Romero was going to get into a game in Dunedin on Sunday, but it didn’t happen– and apparently wherever that information came from, it was bad. Wilner tells us that John Gibbons spoke to Romero, who says he’s feeling better, though there are no plans to get him into a game yet.
John Lott adds that pitching coach Pete Walker says Romero’s attitude is good and that he’s anxious to get into some game action.
Wilner informs us that Edgar Gonzalez, who was claimed from the Astros over the weekend and added to the roster after Dave Bush was D’d FA following Sunday’s disaster, is with the club and wearing number 35. He’ll be the long man, if needed. (Note: please don’t be needed.)
Davis tells us that the Jays won’t have to worry about Victor Martinez, as the Tigers DH has eight fresh stitches in his thumb– meaning, if you’ll allow me to speculate, we may not see him at all this week. Wilner adds that there are “whispers” of a “metal bat rack issue.”
If you’re looking for a place to drink and watch the game in the west end of downtown Toronto, I’m told Opera Bobs at Dundas and Ossington is open for it.
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
RF Rajai Davis (R)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
Brandon Morrow RHP
CF Austin Jackson (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
3B Miguel Cabrera (R)
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Andy Dirks (L)
C Alex Avila (R)
SS Jhonny Peralta (R)
LF Don Kelly (R)
2B Omar Infante (R)
Anibal Sanchez RHP