"Gotta support the team."
Jamey Carroll pulled a couple reporters aside before today’s game and said, “The road to the Super Bowl starts tomorrow.”
It was pretty clear which training camp opening Carroll was excited about.
Carroll has the Colts logo on his flip-flops and his keychain. His 5-month-old twins, daughter Mackenzie and son Cole, already wear Colts gear. Mackenzie has a Joseph Addai onesie and Cole has a Bob Sanders onesie. Unfortunately, a Peyton Manning was unavailable.
And Carroll isn’t worried about Manning, nursing a sore knee, being unavailable for the season opener.
“He’ll be back by the third preseason game,” Carroll said confidently.
That’s disappointing, as I was really looking forward to the Jim Sorgi era.
Anyway, while the NFL is quickly becoming the hot topic in the clubhouse, there’s still plenty of baseball to be played. And the Indians and Angels will do so at the ungodly hour of 12:35 p.m. PT today. Here are the lineups…
INDIANS (44-55): CF Grady Sizemore, DH David Dellucci, RF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, LF Shin-Soo Choo, 1B Ryan Garko, 3B Andy Marte, C Sal Fasano, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Aaron Laffey (5-6, 3.61 ERA).
ANGELS (61-39): 3B Chone Figgins, 1B Casey Kotchman, SS Erick Aybar, DH Vladimir Guerrero, RF Juan Rivera, 2B Howie Kendrick, LF Garret Anderson, CF Gary Matthews Jr., C Jeff Mathis. RHP John Lackey (7-2, 2.58).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Suffice to say Eric Wedge wasn’t impressed with his offense’s effort against Jered Weaver and his array of curves and changeups last night. The Indians made Weaver throw 77 pithces in three innings but had just two runs to show for it. “At a certain point, if a guy throws nine out of 10 changeups, you might want to look for a changeup on the 11th pitch,” Wedge quipped.
- If the Indians win today, it will be their first series win in Anaheim since May 9-11 of 2005.
- Casey Blake has a seven-game hitting streak in which he’s batting .387 with two homers and seven RBIs. He’s hit in 12 of 13 games.
- The Indians were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position last night.
- Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez is on pace for 66 saves this season, which would blow away the MLB record of 57, set by Bobby Thigpen of the White Sox in 1990.
- This has nothing to do with anything, really, but Masa Kobayashi is wearing a T-shirt that says, “I’m huge in Japan.” It was given to him on this trip by Paul Byrd.