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GameThread: Tigers @ Blue Jays

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Today's game is on TV. And, of course, today is the day that I've got other things going on and I won't be able to watch much. The season is getting closer. A week from now I'll be in Montreal, with a whole mess of other baseball fans watching baseball in Montreal.

Hutchison gets the start. Castro, Francis and Hendriks are also to pitch, I'd imagine Castro will pitch 2 innings. What ever we might think about the idea, we might as well go along with the plan. I've decided to be ok with him in the pen. Osuna, on the other hand, if he's in the pen, I will hate it. I think that would be a terrible idea, Osuna needs to build up his arm strength, pitch in regular intervals, make it possible that he could be considered a possible starter next year or the year after. I really don't want them to waste another year of development for him. But then, I don't get a vote and my job isn't on the line if the team doesn't win this year. Or at least I hope it isn't.

This is pretty close to the lineup we'll see on opening day, with Devon Travis in Ryan Goins' spot.


Blue Jays Tigers
Jose Reyes, SS Anthony Gose, CF
Russell Martin, C Alex Avila, 1B
Jose Bautista, RF J.D. Martinez, RF
Edwin Encarnacion, DH VIctor Martinez, DH
Josh Donaldson, 3B Tyler Collins, LF
Dalton Pompay, CF Nick Castellanos, 3B
Justin Smoak, 1B James McCann, C
Kevin Pillar, LF Hernan Perez, 2B
Ryan Goins, 2B Andrew Romine, SS
Drew Hutchison, P Justin Verlander, P

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