When Ernie Banks said “let’s play two.” I don’t think he was talking about a split-squad doubleheader with one game in Scottsdale and another in Glendale. But when you are a gamer like me and Pete Rose, you don’t worry about such things.
Above is the line-up for this afternoon’s game at a sold out Scottsdale Stadium. Apparently the Giants are becoming the Red Sox of the west with their fans. Lawn tickets for today’s game were going for $38. The lawn area is a great viewing area at that stadium. You can even see some of the game too. But $38?
DJ Peterson, Ketel Marte, Tyler Smith, Dario Pizzano, Jabari Blash, Leon Landry and John Hicks have been summoned from minor league camp and are on the travel roster.
The Mariners will play in Glendale vs. the Dodgers and you can watch that game on MLB Network, which is showing the game live.
Peterson gets the start at third base tonight. He’s had three hits in the last two games in limited action. So that should be fun.
From Lloyd McClendon’s morning meeting with the media …
Robinson Cano is still feeling the effects of the root canal. He will likely have a light workout today and tomorrow and then probably return game action on Monday.
Taijuan Walker has the day off from playing catch after throwing two days in a row.
“The trainer tells me he’s feeling good,” McClendon said.
Corey Hart will DH today and go back and play in the field tomorrow. McClendon is waiting to put Logan Morrison in the outfield this spring, saying, “that’s aways off.”
McClendon said the competition between Brad Miller and Nick Franklin is “quite equal.”
He also said this about the outfield defense:
“I don’t know if I can answer that. As far as concerns, it can’t be any worse than it was last year. We had a horrible defensive outfield last year. I think we have options that will make it better this year. That’s all I can tell you at this time. I can’t tell you what’s on my mind and my though process – that wouldn’t be fair. I will say this, it will be better.”
“You need to catch every ball you are supposed to catch. Spectacular plays are a plus. But I just want to make sure we make the outs we are supposed to make.”
Here’s my notebook leading with John Stearns stepping down from third base.
Jerry Brewer wrote about Willie Bloomquist and the art of being a utility player.
Oliver Perez signed with D’backs. Good for him, I always liked it.
Michael Pineda pitched two shutout innings in Tampa. Jesus Montero did have two doubles today, but if Pineda comes back and is even a capable starter for the Yankees, that trade will be another bad one for Jack Zduriencik. It won’t be Doug Fister bad, but still bad.
Ervin Santana may now sign a one-year deal. He wants to go to a strong offensive team. It doesn’t appear the Mariners are on his list of teams.