"You're a mailman! Neither rain nor sleet nor snow… it's the first one!"
Meteorology is not my strong suit. Come to think of it, I’m still not sure I have a strong suit. As soon as I find out, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, I’ll let you know that it was raining at Kauffman Stadium a little while ago, and the tarp is now out. That’s wiped out outdoor BP, and the pitchers are now on the field, playing catch and getting loose. The radar looks pretty dicey in these parts, but I still haven’t heard any real word on whether they’ll be able to get this one in tonight. For now, the skies do appear to have parted, so that’s good.
If the game is played, the Indians (8-12) will trot out the usual suspects: CF Grady Sizemore, LF David Dellucci, DH Travis Hafner, C Victor Martinez, 1B Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 3B Casey Blake. Fausto on the hill.
The Royals (9-11) will counter with: CF Joey Gathright, LF David DeJesus, RF Mark Teahen, DH Billy Butler, 3B Alex Gordon, C Miguel Olivo, 1B Ross Gload, 2B Alberto Callaspo, SS Tony Pena, with RHP Brett Tomko starting.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY:
- Down on the farm, RHP Adam Miller is making his first start for Buffalo tonight. He was lucky enough to get to spend a few extra weeks in Winter Haven because of a nasty blister that had formed on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Miller, once healthy and in the flow of things with the Bisons, could help the Tribe this season, perhaps in the bullpen.
- Indians starters have allowed just five earned runs in their last 34 2/3 innings pitched over the last four games.
- The Indians got nine RBIs from the eight and nine spots last night (Gutierrez and Blake). Believe it or not, that’s the most combined RBIs ever for the starters in the 8-9 spots in the Indians lineup in any game in which the club has used a DH.
Around the Majors, the Reds fired Wayne Krivsky (GM shakeups are a biennial event in the Queen City), the Tigers flopped Carlos Guillen and Miguel Cabrera at the 1B and 3B spots (not that they’re panicking or anything), and Curtis Granderson has returned.
UPDATE (7:41 p.m. ET): It is absolutely pouring here. This one definitely won’t start on time, if at all. We’ve got lightning. We’ve got rain. And we’ve got three of baseball’s most stubborn fans sitting in a section behind the Royals’ dugout in ponchos, sitting right in the middle of it.