AS WE WERE SAYING
The Star blog was rudely interrupted this morning by a balky Wi-fi network at Knology Park that only seems to affect the Star's laptop among all media. The Star wireless has worked flawlessly at the Star condo when poaching the neighbour's wireless signal and at every spring training park in Florida, but not at Knology. Conspiracy? It seems a little Knology is a dangerous thing...at least for the Star.
Yankees: Johnny Damon lf, Melky Cabrera cf, Robinson Cano 2b, Hideki Matsui dh, Shelley Duncan rf, Wilson Betemit 1b, Cody Ransom ss, Jose Molina c, Nick Green 3b. Ian Kennedy p
Jays: Davvid Eckstein ss, Alex Rios rf, Vernon Wells cf, Scott Rolen 3b, Frank Thomas dh, Mattt Stairs lf, Lyle Overbay 1b, Aaron Hill 2b, Gregg Zaun c, Kane Davis p.
This morning's most important news surrounded B.J. Ryan whose name was not on the pitching list for any of the next three days. Ryan is taking it easy after his soreness in Bradenton on Monday. It's the proper course of action and everyone including B.J. seems to be on board with the slower is better philosophy.
Also, Roberto Alomar is the newest member of the Jays' Wall of Excellence at the Rogers Centre. He will be inducted on Opening Day against the Red Sox.
The reason Kane Davis was pitching today vs. the Bombers is that once again, the Jays are hiding their starting pitcher from AL East foes. He will be followed by lefty Brett Cecil, which will be interesting because Cecil is listed as one of the Jays top prospects, selected 38th overall in the June 2007 draft. Meanwhile, Doc was over at the minor league complex facing a crew of Rays prospects in a Triple-A game against Durham. Brad Arnsberg went with him. We'll check on how he did later.
Two things we already knew about David Eckstein were revealed early in the game. He led off with a double into the right field corner and hustled for third, but was thrown out on a perfect relay. Then in the top of the second, on a ball to the alley, with Shelley Duncan running from first base, Eckstein got the throw from Wells as Duncan hit third bnase and was unable to thow the runner out at the plate. That is typical of where opponents will be able to take advantage of his below average major-league arm.