I am quite certain that Alan Ashby would have had tons of insight on this Blue Jays team, which he broadcast for the past five seasons. Thankfully, he is now back in Houston; to ease the loss of Jim Deshaies. Unfortunately, Mr. Ashby will not be on the air till tomorrow when Astros take on the Yankees (CSN Houston, 12:05 PM CST). (It burns to even type those letters)
The Blue Jays will be running out, University of Houston product Brad Lincoln. Lincoln, fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Pirates, Pittsburgh traded Lincoln in 2012 straight up for outfielder Travis Snider. The Blue Jays have a stacked rotation with 2012 Cy-Young Winner R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Brandon Morrow, and Mark Buehrle. Lincoln will be fighting for that fifth spot with Rickey Romero, who is coming off a down year (11-11 4.52 ERA).
Taking the mound for the Astros today is Alex White. White came to the Astros by way of Colorado, as part of the Wilton Lopez deal. As one of the dark horses to make the Astros rotation, White will be making his first start in Spring Training. Robbie Grossman and Brett Wallace will be in the lineup today. Both are off to hot starts, Grossman has a .571 average through three games and Wallace has a home run and 4 RBIs in ten at-bats. Big time Astros prospects, George Springer, Delino DeShields, Jr., and Jarred Cosart will see action today.
Houston at Toronto, 12:05 PM CT
Radio: KBME 790 AM
RHP Alex White (2-9, 5.51 ERA in 2012) vs. RHP Brad Lincoln (5-2, 3 4.19 ERA in 2012 with Pittsburgh and Toronto)
1. Greene, SS
2. Grossman, LF
3. Wallace, 1B
4. J.D. Martinez , RF
5. F. Martinez, DH
6. Dominguez , 3B
7. Corporan, C
8. Springer, CF
9. DeShields, 2B
Alex White, Wesley Wright, Jarred Cosart, Rhiner Cruz, Jose Cisnero, Chia-Jen Lo
Blue Jays Lineup
1. Reyes, SS
2. Cabrera, LF
3. Bautista, RF
4. Encarnacion, 1B
5. Lind, DH
6. Lawrie, 3B
7. Rasmus, CF
8. Arencibia, C
9. Bonifacio, 2B
Just in case anyone is blacked out of the Astros broadcast, the Blue Jays tweeted out their radio stream.
Today's game is at 1:05pm in Dunedin.Free online stream of the radio broadcast is available at bluejays.com— Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) February 27, 2013
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O' Canada, it's time for baseball... (that was bad. I'm going to take my laptop and go home now)