The home team sports the colors of St. Patrick’s Day when they host to the Indians at 1:05 in Clearwater. Chad Durbin makes his first official Grapefruit League start.
Today's rant: Instead of green dye, Charlie Manuel is lacing his beer with Goodys Headache Powder. His club is looking a little rough around the edges. His core isn’t taking it seriously. The rest are transposable, interchangeable, pain in the ass parts. He’s trying to sledgehammer square pegs into round holes. He’s trying to make Travis Blackley, who went unprotected by the Giants, into a reliever, even though he’s never done it. The team is trying to figure out what the hell to do with Wes Helms, and also Chris Snelling. Snelling is young and may be useful, but he’s out of options and is blocked by someone who’s 12 years older. Manuel’s bosses are reportedly on the phone, working last minute deals, because late March is traditionally the best time for that. The latest rumor finds Colorado left-hander Brian Fuentes on their radar, but they are competing with clubs who may have more to offer. Fuentes would be a upgrade over last spring's bargain acquisitions, currently serving as placeholders until the Phillies select their latest leisure suit from baseball's clearance rack.
Today's topic: Trade center fielder Shane Victorino to a money-strapped club for better pitching.