This afternoon in spring training action we have the Houston Astros visiting the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin for a 1:05 pm Eastern game start. After taking a road game on Sunday and an off-day yesterday, John Gibbons' Blue Jays will be sporting an almost fully major league lineup today behind starting pitcher Mark Buehrle:
They will be facing Astros righty Jordan Lyles. Bo Porter's lineup is also mostly on their 25-man roster (not ashamed that I had to look up many of their first names), despite the two-hour drive from Kissimmee to Dunedin:
According to Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar), the Blue Jays are planning to give Mark Buehrle five innings, then send out Sergio Santos for one, Esmil Rogers for two, then finish off with an inning from Justin Germano.
Over at Tampa, where the Buffalo Bisons are playing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Josh Johnson will get five innings, the recently-returned R.A. Dickey will get two, and Darren Oliver is expected to go for three (are the Jays stretching him out for a possible long relief assignments?). Henry Blanco will be tapped to catch Dickey, as the only Blue Jays catcher who hasn't caught him this spring.