Spring Threat: Jays @ Philles

Marcus Stroman
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Play ball! Actual baseball! Sort of!

But whatever you want to call this first action of the Grapefruit League season, on this total garbage winter day here in Toronto, I call firing up the ol’ MLB.tv app and shaking off my rusty memory of which number corresponds to which position on the diamond (yes I have to do this every year) very, very welcome.

The Jays took BP in Dunedin, and have now made their way to Philadelphia’s Bright House Field, just a few minutes away in Clearwater, where Marcus Stroman (who’ll pitch what? an inning?) takes on… uh… some Phillies guy we’ve never heard of.

BASEBALL! YASSSS!

Oh, and what the hell, let’s do this one more time:

Scuttlebutt

According to a Scott MacArthur tweet, in addition to Severino Gonzalez, the pitchers the Phillies will send out today are Hector Neris, Gregory Infante, Bobby LaFramboise (!!!), Edubray Ramos, Luis Garcia, Dalier Hinojosa, and David Hernandez. I don’t know either (except Infante, obvs).

MacArthur also tweets that R.A. Dickey will start tomorrow for the Jays in their Dunedin opener against the Phillies.

Meh… let’s just watch baseball!

Oh, but lastly, be sure to like the great John Lott on Facebook — he’s got a new page up. You can like my stuff, too, while you’re at it!

TV: MLB Network/MLB.tv (via Comcast Philly)

Next game: Tomorrow, 1:07 PM ET, vs. Phillies

And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Dalton Pompey
CF Darrell Ceciliani
DH Chris Colabello
1B Justin Smoak
3B Matt Dominguez
SS Darwin Barney
RF Ezequiel Carrera
C Josh Thole
2B Maicer Izturis
RHP Marcus Stroman

Philadelphia Phillies

CF Peter Borjos
LF Odubel Herrera
3B Maikel Franco
1B Ryan Howard
RF Aaron Altherr
DH JP Arencibia
2B Cesar Hernnandez
C Carlos Ruiz
SS Freddy Galvis

RHP Severino Gonzalez