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There's Something Waiting For Us In the Hot, Wet Air: Game Preview and Thread, Jays at Twins


Toronto Blue Jays @ Minnesota Twins

04/14/09 8:10 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Minnesota Twins
Marco Scutaro - SS Denard Span - RF
Aaron Hill - 2B Alexi Casilla - 2B
Alex Rios - RF Justin Morneau - 1B
Vernon Wells - CF Michael Cuddyer - DH
Adam Lind - DH Joe Crede - 3B
Scott Rolen - 3B Delmon Young - LF
Kevin Millar - 1B Mike Redmond - C
Rod Barajas - C Nick Punto - SS
Jose Bautista - LF Carlos Gomez - CF

Jesse Litsch, who was placed on the 15-day DL today, seemed quite relieved that the MRI apparently didn't show any significant damage. Litsch will likely miss more than two weeks, though, as the plan is for him to start throwing again in about two weeks. I'm sure Litsch was especially relieved considering that he may have been a little reckless in taking the mound at all yesterday -- apparently he was hurting the entire game before finally pulling himself out:

"It was probably not the right thing to do, but you have to learn from your mistakes and hopefully I get back here pretty soon," Litsch said.Given that, Litsch was understandably extremely anxious about his scheduled arm today -- he sounded relieved he is expected to only miss a few weeks and it's great for a team that is off to a great start but is already relying on a lot of young and inexperienced pitchers.

The Jays announced that Brian Tallet will be taking Litsch's place in the rotation, at least temporarily, and will make Litsch's scheduled start on Saturday afternoon. Whether he makes more than one start will probably depend on how he pitches.

As for today's game, Ricky Romero faces off against fellow young lefty Glen Perkins in a great pitching matchup. Romero looks to build on an excellent start his last time out, as does Perkins. The Jays once again go with the righty heavy matchup against the lefty, benching Travis Snider and Lyle Overbay, who, after all, only combined for 3 home runs and 6 RBI yesterday. If Cito was really going to play Moonraker (who seems to think his nickname is "lunchbox") against lefties, as he keeps saying, one might think that a good time to do that would be coming off a monster day in which he bashed two ridiculous home runs, walked, and stole a base. If he can't play today, when is the right time to feature him against a southpaw? Just saying....

Anyway, let's go Jays! I'll be around watching tonight's game, so join in if you're around...By the way, today's title comes from the great great song "Minnesota" by the Mountain Goats.