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Spring Threat: Pitching Worth Watching, Phillies @ Blue Jays

Marco Estrada will make his first start of the spring, while Aaron Sanchez will come in relief at some point to make his 2017 debut. If you like aces, today is your day.

News and Scuttlebutt

Great news from last night, as T.J. House tweeted out that he’s going to be completely fine after getting drilled in the head with a line drive in the ninth inning of yesterday’s win over the Tigers. The game wasn’t televised, but based on Mile Wilner’s description of the events, it was some pretty terrifying stuff. House laid flat on his stomach for about twenty minutes before being taken away in an ambulance. Scary, scary stuff.

More positive news today, as Josh Donaldson is on the field working ground balls, and looks perfectly fine doing so. As Hazel Mae says, he’s going to make his debut next week, first as a DH for a few games, and then in the field once he’s 100 per cent good to go.

Here’s an interesting story from Shi Davidi on Team Canada’s former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne making a comeback in his 40s. It’s been years since we heard Gagne’s name, as he hans’t pitched in the Majors since 2008 with Milwaukee. But damn, this would certainly make an interesting story if it does somehow manage to come to fruition. I, uh, I’m not sure if I want it to be with the Jays, though.

And now, the starting lineups…

TV: None

Radio: MLB.com

Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar (R) CF

Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS

Melvin Upton Jr. (R) LF

Justin Smoak (S) 1B

Kendrys Morales (S) DH

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C

Darwin Barney (R) 3B

Darrell Ceciliani (L) RF

Ryan Goins (L) 2B

Marco Estrada (R) SP 

Phillies

Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B

Freddy Galvis (S) SS

Brock Stassi (L) LF

Maikel Franco (R) 3B

Tommy Joseph (R) 1B

Andrew Knapp (S) C

Aaron Altherr (R) DH

Cameron Perkins (R) CF

Nick Williams (L) RF

Vince Velasquez (R) SP